Urgent plea for help in running cadet forces

Scarborough Cadet Todd Thompson
Scarborough Cadet Todd Thompson

An urgent appeal is being launched to find more adult volunteers to support Scarborough’s Army Cadet Force.

As new cadets continue to sign up, the force’s adult instructors are struggling to keep up with demand and are calling for men and women over the age of 18 to consider volunteering.

The appeal is part of a plea for new volunteers across the North and West Yorkshire Army Cadet Force, which as 46 detachments including Scarborough.

More adults are needed to ensure cadets can continue to enjoy weekend camps, adventurous training and parade evenings, as well as earning qualifications and awards.

Scarborough cadet Todd Thompson, 15, who attends Scalby School, said: “I love every minute of being a cadet. The Army Cadet Force is a great place to make new friends, develop skills and enjoy experiences that many other people my age rarely get the chance to do.

“But the whole unit can only exist if we continue to have enough adult volunteers. Without them we will struggle to be able to provide high quality training and opportunities for other cadets like me.”

Paul Mathers, an adult instructor at the Scarborough detachment, who in his civilian life works as the local postman, said: “Being an Adult Instructor in the Army Cadet Force is enormously rewarding and a great privilege.

“Besides having the opportunity to play a leading role in the development of young people, it’s also a terrific way to take part in a range of exciting military-orientated pursuits, from training weekends and summer camp holidays, to white-water rafting and rock climbing.”

Colonel Malcolm Render MBE, Commandant for Yorkshire North and West Army Cadet Force, added: “The Army Cadet Force is one of the most prestigious youth organisations in the country.

“Its popularity means we need more adult instructors to lead the cadets and deliver the quality of experiences, adventures and community projects, including the Duke of Edinburgh award, which our cadets enjoy.

“You don’t need any military experience to become an instructor and you can even gain qualifications that will help you in your workplace.

“We would love to hear from people who are willing to offer their time and enthusiasm to join our ranks as an Adult Instructor.”

To find out more about becoming an adult volunteer call 01904 490529 or visit www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/rfca/vacancies, or enquire at your local detachment.