Members of Wolds detachment Army Cadet Force visited The Market Weighton School to speak with Year 8 students about the organisation.
The Army Cadet Force is a national youth organisation sponsored by the British Army. It offers training and experience based around a military theme including adventurous sports, promoting achievement, discipline and good citizenship. It is a separate organisation from the Combined Cadet Force which provides similar training within principally independent schools.
Although sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, the Force is not part of the British Army or Army Reserve and as such cadets are not subject to military ‘call up’. Some cadets do, however, go on to enlist in the armed forces in later life and many of the organisation’s leaders have been cadets or have a military background. However, cadets do participate with the Regular Army on some occasions. The age range to become a cadet is from age 12 to 18-years-old.
Wolds detachment Army Cadet Force is looking to recruit more cadets and adult volunteers into the detachment, to follow the success of The Market Weighton School Year 11 student Alex Park, who has recently been promoted to the rank of Cadet Lance Corporal. Alex joined the detachment in July 2013 and has progressed into a strong leader. He has a great ability to promote the desire to learn and is also willing to lead from the front.
Alex has attended all training weekends and in August 2014 undertook a two-week annual camp with the Army Cadet Force to Otterburn in Northumberland where he put to work the skills and knowledge acquired in the time leading up to the camp. Alex also has just completed his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and is looking to enrol onto his silver ready for the new training year.
To join the cadets visit your local detachment, including The Market Weighton School’s Youth Centre, or the Army Cadet Force’s official website, www.armycadets.com.