The Ministry of Defence sponsors and supports four cadet forces (voluntary youth organisations). All offer challenging and enjoyable activities for young people, and prepare them to play an active part in the community while developing valuable life skills.

The cadet forces comprise of the:

  1. Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development – by learning new skills and working in teams – they offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.
  2. Army Cadets welcome boys and girls (aged over 12) of all abilities and backgrounds. When they join the Army Cadets they encourage them to learn more, do more and try more. They inspire them to aim high and pursue their goals, no matter what they aim to do in life.
  3. Air Cadets can give you hands-on experience of activities and courses that will challenge and develop your skills to help you succeed in whatever you want to do.
  4. Combined Cadet Force has contingents in secondary schools and aims to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.

All cadet units will welcome adult volunteers.