Army Cadet Force back in action

206 (Chiswick) Army Cadet Detachment Royal Signals needs you

The Army Cadet Force is one of the most successful youth organizations around and has been in existence for over one hundred years. It is not part of the regular army, although it is partly funded by the Ministry of Defence. It is a combat force against boredom and is currently helping about 40,000 youngsters (12-18) overcome it.

The ACF is serious and fun.

Serious because we help young people. We help them develop a sense of achievement and self esteem. We teach them to work together as members of a team. We show them how to trust and be trusted. We equip them with new skills both physically and mental.

Its fun because it’s the Army Cadet Force. They get to pit their wits against the elements. Scale craggy rock faces. Cross murky rivers in full kit. Sleep rough in the middle of nowhere. Eat out under the stars. Enjoy adventurous training such as canoeing, mounting biking, rock climbing and absailing.

Due to being funded by the Ministry of Defence all our activities run at a low cost. The uniform is lent to the cadets free of charge excluding the boots which cost approximately £20. The weekend camps we run throughout the year cost around £10 while a two week annual camp in the summer costs about £50 both include travel, accommodation and all the activities.

We work on the principle that school comes first. Leeway is given during key parts of the school terms and help is always there if the cadets need it. The ACF takes a keen interest in each cadet’s academic career.

The ACF presents the ideal opportunity for young people to develop themselves. They can take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and their achievements can lead to a BTEC.

The unit we currently recruiting for is 206 Chiswick, this unit has great potential but due to various problems (that have all now been rectified) the unit has been closed for a year and has just re-opened this September. We feel it’s with great importance that a cadet unit should run from this site mainly for the community of Chiswick.

For more information call 0771774422 or 020-8248-8154.

Sgt Ray Haran
Detachment Commander

September 20, 2003

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