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The Army Cadet Force actively wants its cadets to succeed. All cadets start by learning the basics before moving on to the ACF Star Cadet Awards - starting at one star and moving all the way through to four. Achieve that and cadets can be put forward for an assessment course to be recognised as a Master Cadet.

As cadets progress through each stage they'll learn more and more advanced techniques in all subjects. They'll also be given a training role where they can develop their own teaching techniques by teaching the younger or less experienced cadets in their detachment.

ACF activities are as varied as they are exciting. Below is a list of ones the ACF regularly participates in.

Core basics (part of a progressive learning syllabus):

  • Drill and Turnout
  • Fieldcraft
  • Skill at Arms
  • First Aid
  • Community Projects
  • Map and Compass
  • Shooting

Physical activities:

  • Sports >> Football, X-County, Swimming, Hockey, Athletics, Rugby, etc
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Summer and Winter Mountaineering
  • Climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Caving
  • Mountain Biking
  • Archery
  • Paint Balling
  • Signals
  • Parachuting
  • Expeditions
  • Foreign Exchanges

Musical activities:

  • Music Bands
  • Drumming
  • Highland Drumming and Piping


  • Cadet Leadership Courses
  • Vocational Qualifications
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • First Aid Certificates
This list of activities is by no means exhaustive as there are many more opportunities for activities such as skiing or getting involved in our renowned Outreach Project.

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