Ripon Army cadets need more adult volunteers

Cadet Mark Bartlett and Phillip Matyear from Ripon ACF.  (S)
Cadet Mark Bartlett and Phillip Matyear from Ripon ACF. (S)

The Army Cadet Force (ACF) in and around Ripon is urgently seeking more adult volunteers to support the region’s 1,500 cadets.

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 at their local detachment.

Ripon and Thirsk cadet detachments are among 46 across North and West Yorkshire urgently requiring support to ensure the cadets from the surrounding area can continue to enjoy weekend camps, adventurous training and parade evenings, in addition to earning qualifications and awards.

Cadet Mark Bartlett, 15, who has been a cadet at Ripon detachment for three years and attends Outward Academy Ripon, said: “I love every minute of being a cadet. The ACF 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.”

In a recent survey commissioned by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and the Humber, it was shown 100 per cent of current ACF adult instructors would recommend the role to others.

Col Malcolm Render MBE, Commandant for Yorkshire North and West Army Cadet Force, said: “The ACF is one of the most prestigious youth organisations in the country but it’s popularity means we need more adult instructors to lead the cadets and deliver the quality of experiences, adventures and community projects.”