The Cadet Organisations are built on the simple idea of using military skills to bring unparalleled opportunities for young people from all walks of life to learn, grow and excel. They are run by thousands of ordinary people, doing extraordinary things.

Over 14,000 young people are part of the Cadet organisations in the North West of England and the Isle of Man, supported by nearly 3000 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers across 58 Sea Cadet Training Ships, 156 Army Cadet Detachments, 104 Air Cadet Squadrons and 18 CCF Contingents.

Sponsored by the MOD, the four Cadet organisations are some of the largest and oldest voluntary youth organisations in the country. The Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Forces provide military themed activities and training for young people aged 12 to 18, and a unique opportunity for fun, friendship, action and adventure as well as new skills and qualifications.

The Cadets rely on volunteers to help and inspire them to get the most out of fun, challenging and rewarding activities, building confidence and gaining invaluable skills. Most Adult Volunteers join with little or no experience. So, if you’re aged over 18, enthusiastic, ready to work with young people to give something back to the community, and able to commit one or two nights a week as well as some weekends, they’ll do the rest: you’ll be trained to lead and train cadets, providing an adult role model and helping instil disclipline, self-esteem and achievement.

You’ll gain qualifications and experience, meet new, likeminded people and add some adventure to your spare time. There’s even the opportunity to put yourself forward for a commission as an officer with the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets or Air Cadets, a professional challenge and prestigious appointment.