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Cadet Units in Schools


Combined Cadet Force’s (CCF) allow pupils to undertake military-orientated and adventurous training alongside their studies within the education structure of their school. Training includes flying, sailing, camps and much more, giving opportunities to develop and demonstrate new character qualities and skills.


There are currently seven schools in Wales who have unique educational partnerships that allow pupils, aged between 13 and 18, to join a CCF. The personal attributes gained will remain valuable throughout the cadets' lives, impressing potential employers and remaining relevant in whatever career they pursue.


The UK’s Cadet Forces are among the most successful youth organisations in the world, with a long history of developing young people’s skills and attributes, and helping them grow into responsible young adults.


At the beginning of 2016, the Welsh Government in consultation with the MOD, agreed to join the School Cadet Expansion Programme.


The Government’s objective is to see more state schools have access to a cadet unit, as this would significantly increase the number of young people able to access the cadet experience in a way that is likely to have significant benefits to schools and young people.


Benefits to young people include:

  • Increased confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
  • Development of self-discipline, self-reliance and leadership.
  • Greater aspirations, along with opportunities to gain qualifications.
  • Sense of service to others, to the community and team-work.
  • Action, adventure, fun and friendship.

However, it is not only young people who benefit. Schools which have set up cadet units have seen significant benefits to the school itself, to the staff who have got involved, and to the local community. Benefits to the school and community include:

  • An observed improvement in student behaviour and discipline.
  • Improved relationships between students and teachers.
  • Positive role modelling by cadets for other young people.
  • Wider opportunities for staff development as Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.
  • Increased visibility and reputation of the school and its students in the community.
  • Practical cadet support of community activities and events.


Over 100 State schools have already joined the programme and opened a cadet unit in their school. To hear the views of some of the Head Teachers involved, please follow the links below:


For more information:


The School Cadet Expansion Officer in Wales is Major Stephen John. Please feel free to get in touch with Stephen and he will be able to tell you more about the initiative, discuss your particular situation and advise on the next steps you could take.


Major Stephen John                           
School Cadet Force Expansion Officer
Tel: 02920 375740

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