In 2012, the Prime Minister announced the Government’s School Cadet Expansion Scheme. The objective was to provide more state schools with access to a cadet unit, increasing the number of young people able to enjoy the cadet experience. The programme proved so successful that the target of 100 more state-funded schools in England with cadet units set for September 2015 was met by March of that year.
With nearly 140,000 cadets across the country, the Cadet Forces are among the UK’s largest and most successful youth organisations. Both the Department for Education and Ministry of Defence believe that the Cadet Forces can help transform the ethos of a school, and the Government’s Positive for Youth strategy highlighted its ambition for more young people from a wide range of backgrounds to benefit from the Cadet experience.
Greater London RFCA has appointed a Schools Cadet Expansion Officer, whose role is to advise schools on the type of unit that may be most suitable for their circumstances, and to assist throughout the process. Schools may register their interest via the DfE website.