The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Greater London


Greater London RFCA

The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Greater London (GL RFCA) is the focal point of activity and administration for Reserves and Cadets of all three Services in London. We came into existence in 1908 at the same time as the Territorial Army, as did twelve other autonomous Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations (RFCAs) spread throughout the United Kingdom. We were established by statute and are not part of the military chain of command but are required to give advice and assistance to the Defence Council and the three Services on Reserve and Cadet matters.

Our role encompasses amongst other things:

  • The upkeep of over 190 properties housing Reserves and Cadets
  • Administration of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the provision of property and facilities management for the Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps
  • Engaging with London businesses
  • Recruiting support for the Reserves of all Services
  • Civic and Community Engagement – building awareness and positive attitudes towards the Armed Forces as a whole
  • The hiring out of the Reserve Estate in order to generate additional funds to support our role and help maintain the Estate
  • Working with the police, local authorities, educational establishments and the Army Cadet Force, to help crime-vulnerable and socially disengaged young people
  • Being the focal point for YOU London – the partnership of ten uniformed youth organisations in London

Some 190 members of the Association are experienced professional people interested in defence and are drawn from the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force and Cadets as well as London boroughs, universities and employers.

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