About the Army Cadet Force

The ACF numbers around 45,000 cadets (aged 12-18) and 8,500 adult volunteers in 1,700 locations across the UK. It is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations. It is also one of the oldest and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010.

It accepts boys and girls from the age of 12 of all abilities and backgrounds. The intention is to help them develop physically, mentally and socially through exposure to a broad range of activities. Some of the activities have a military theme, others have more of a community focus and all seek to provide challenging and educational development in an exciting and adventurous setting. The ACF seeks to offer young people a unique blend of personal development opportunities, all designed to promote fun and friendship while also helping them prepare for success in their chosen path in life, whatever that might turn out to be.

13 Company, Greater London Army Cadet Force, South West Sector

The Company is pleased to support this valuable voluntary service through our affiliation with 13 Company, Greater London Army Cadet Force, South West Sector. The affiliation is intended to encourage the Officers, Adult Instructors, Cadets and detachments of 13 Company by the recognition of their achievements. We offer three awards each year:

  • The Arbitrators’ Company ‘Peacemaker of the Year’ award for the cadet who best exhibited relevant skills such as tact, diplomacy and the ability to resolve disputes between others
  • The Master’s Commendation for an outstanding contribution by an Adult Instructor or Officer during the year.
  • The Master’s Award for the ‘Detachment of the Year’ to reflect participation and achievement in the community in areas such as fund raising & support for other charities; the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme or vocational training.

We also look for opportunities to showcase the Cadets through their participation in some of our events.

You can read about our Adult Instructor of the Year 2023 here.


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