Joining the cadets offers a range of benefits to individuals and the wider community, according to a new independent report published by the University of Northampton.

The research was carried out across all of the cadet organisations and the report highlights how they increase social inclusion, mobility and the mental well-being of young people.

Professor Simon Denny, Executive Dean: Research, Impact and Enterprise, The University of Northampton said: “The evidence so far has been overwhelmingly positive and demonstrates that the Cadet Forces make a huge difference to improve school attendance, develop confidence and help young people become more successful.”

The news comes as dozens of new Combined Cadet Force (CCF) units in schools across the United Kingdom have been approved, including Cardiff and Vale College and Llandarcy Academy of Sport.

The report concluded that being a cadet:

  • increased an individual’s belief in their ability to complete specific tasks;
  • improved their motivation;
  • improved school attendance and led to better behaviour and attitudes; and
  • may lead to greater academic success which can contribute to increasing social mobility.

The latest approvals are part of the Cadet Expansion Programme, which has seen the number of CCF units rise to 472, benefitting approximately 43,000 cadets.

The new cadet units are backed by £50 million funding from LIBOR funds. This is used to pay for set up costs, cadets uniforms, equipment and training.

Is your school interested in learning more? Contact:

Major Stephen John
School Cadet Expansion Officer
Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales
Tel: 02920 375740

Or click here to find out more.

The Ministry of Defence has also announced the Cadets CyberFirst programme. It will be delivered by the cadet organisations and the GCHQ National Cyber Security Centre. Over 2,000 cadets a year will be equipped with the skills and expertise to become future leaders in this emerging industry.

Over £1 million will be invested in the programme each year to give cadets the opportunity to learn how to protect systems connected to the internet from cyber-attacks. Cadets will be able to choose from introductory courses covering the tools, knowledge and skills to protect small networks, to more advanced courses where they will be fully immersed in cyber security issues.

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