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Army Cadet Force (ACF)

With over 150 years of history, The Army Cadet Force (ACF) has established itself as a pioneering national youth voluntary movement. The ACF’s motto is ‘Make Your Mark’ and we want you to be a part of the next 150 years.


The outdoor experience aims to provide you (young people aged 12 to 18) with the following opportunities: to sleep out under the stars and cook your own meals, take part in canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, overseas expeditions; target shooting, football, athletics, cross country, swimming; to become proficient in map reading, first aid, fieldcraft, communications training and weapon handling.


There are also academic advantages you can gain from the ACF, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and BTEC work related qualifications. Extra-curricular activities also include an active local community calendar and helping to raise money for good causes. Cadets will parade in their uniforms with pride on Remembrance Day and tend to local war graves and memorials throughout the year.


The highlight of cadet training is annual camp. This is a two-week adventure, sometimes abroad, where you and other Army Cadets practise fieldcraft and have fun with other detachments from all over the country. In short, just like the Army, our cadets work hard and they play hard.


There are 129 ACF detachments across Wales split between three forces:


Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF

From Holyhead to Deeside and from Towyn to Rossett, Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF brings the cadet experience to over 800 young people in 40 detachments. The headquarters is located at Bodelwyddan, south of Rhyl which has a well-equipped weekend training centre and plenty of outdoor space to get to grips with a variety of activities, such as fieldcraft and first aid. In the north west, our weekend training centre at Bethesda is right in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park bringing with it all of the advantages of challenge and excitement be it training for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or simply having fun with good friends.


For further information call 01248 600363 or 01745 583794 or click here.


Gwent and Powys ACF

From Llanfyllin in mid Wales to Ystradgynlais in the south west and Chepstow in the south east, Gwent and Powys ACF has 31 detachments providing fantastic opportunities for over 750 cadets. The headquarters is located at Cwrt y Gollen near Crickhowell, in a modern well-equipped training centre which has its own backdoor training area for camping, shooting and fieldcraft training. This outstanding location in the Brecon Beacons National Park offers great opportunity to get outdoors and explore one of the most beautiful areas in Wales.


For further information call: 01873 813756 or click here.


Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF

Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF is the largest of the three ACF groupings in Wales stretching from Pembrokeshire in the west to Cardiff in the east and from Aberystwyth on Cardigan Bay through to the Swansea valleys, the Rhondda and Merthyr Tydfil. With 1000 cadets in 60 detachments, the headquarters are in Litchard Cross, near Bridgend. Regular use is made of local Army training centres such as Sennybridge and Castlemartin but there are also local smaller local facilities in Llanelli, Pentre (Rhonnda) and Lampeter. Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF really offers an unrivalled opportunity to provide outdoor challenges and great fun be it in the Brecon Beacons National Park or on the Pembrokeshire beaches.


For further information call: 01656 657593 or click here.

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