Loddon Army Cadets

A little bit about the Army Cadet Force:

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has over 41,000 cadets in more than 1,600 detachments all over the country and is one of the biggest and best gangs around. When it comes to action, excitement and adventure, it’s hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.
Become an Army Cadet and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling. There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favourite sports because the ACF has competitions for both boys and girls at county, regional and national level.

OK, so you might end up a little wet and muddy, but wouldn’t you rather be having the time of your life with some great new mates, instead of just sitting in front of a TV or computer alone in your room?

Being an Army Cadet means that you get to do lots of activities you wouldn’t normally do.
You won’t be part of the Army, though you will get a uniform, free of charge, and will just have to get yourself some good boots.
Activities are provided at low cost or even free . Annual “Subs” will need to be paid (average £20 a year) and the costs of weekends away and the 10 day annual summer camp.

If you’ve ever wanted to do the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, that’s something we can help you with, and your cadet activities can even count towards proper qualifications like BTEC First Diplomas, which are equivalent to four GCSEs.

During your time in the Army Cadet Force (ACF) you follow a syllabus called the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) which gets more challenging each year. As you learn more about each topic and get better at it, you go up through the star levels until you reach four star or even Master Cadet.

As well as the APC topics, you also get the chance to have a go at a wide range of exciting adventurous training activities (including kayaking, abseiling, climbing, caving, skiing and mountain biking, plus loads more) and you can also do The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
We run expeditions that can be anything from a few nights camping in the Lake District to an intrepid trek through the Himalayas – plus everything else in between.
There are also international cadet exchanges and field trips to European battlefields.
If you’re sporty then there are heaps of competitions for you.
You’d start by competing against other cadets in your local area, but if you’re good you could end up representing your county in national ACF sports competitions.
There are even a few opportunities to travel overseas and represent Great Britain in sports like shooting.

Your local ACF

If you fancy giving Loddon Army Cadets a try, come down to the ACF Hut in HIgh Bungay Road on Wednesdays between 1920hrs and 2130hrs and have a chat with us!