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Strength in Support
RFCA for Wales and the twelve other RFCAs were established at the same time as the Territorial Army in 1908. Despite several name changes since then, RFCAs have been the centre point of activity and administration for the reserves and cadets of all three services for over 100 years.
RFCAs were established by statute and are not part of the military chain of command. We are required to give advice and assistance to the Defence Council and the three services on volunteer reserve and cadet matters. We are a-political and not-for-profit organisation.
RFCA for Wales' role:
- The upkeep of 188 reserve centres and cadet units within Wales.
- Support to the employers of reservists and recruiting support for all reserves.
- Community Engagement – building awareness and positive attitudes towards all of the Armed Forces.
- Hiring out of our buildings from the reserve estate for corporate and private functions to generate additional funds.
- Working with the police, local authorities and educational establishments to help crime-vulnerable and socially disengaged young people.
- Administration, property management and general support to the Army Cadet Force (ACF), the RAF Air Cadets, the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) and Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
The volunteer members of the Association are experienced professional people interested in Defence and are drawn from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and Cadets as well as from universities, education authorities and employers.