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The Army Cadet Force is a voluntary uniformed youth organisation, partly sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. It has been successfully helping young people in their development for over 100 years. There are at present some 50,000 boys and girls aged between 12 - 18 years in the Army Cadet Force nationwide and 800 members in Somerset.

The aim of the Army Cadet Force, as described in our Charter, is to inspire young people to achieve success in Life with a spirit of service to the Queen, their country and their local community, and to develop in them the qualities of a good citizen.

It is one of the country's leading youth organisations. It is run on military style guidelines, and a certain amount of discipline is to be expected. The ACF offers a full training syllabus designed to help young people to become good citizens and responsible members of the community. We offer various activities:- climbing, canoeing, first aid training, target shooting, sports, weekend camping, annual camps, courses (cooking, leadership, physical training, communications), musical skills, celebrations (with help of service to the community, overseas expeditions, participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and St John Ambulance, friendship, discipline, leadership, development - and lots of fun!

Qualifications are gained via the Army Cadet Force's progressive "Star" system, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, and St John Ambulance, all of which can be included in an individuals National Record of Achievement. It can lead to a BTEC Award for those who choose to register through the Army Cadet Force. These are valuable qualifications that are recognised by most employers.

When cadets finally leave the Army Cadet Force, they will find that the qualifications earned whilst they have been having fun, will be recognised by their future employer. This is true whether Cadets enter "normal" employment, join one of the Armed Services, the Fire Service, Police Service, or any other Public Services. Time spent with the Army cadet Force is NEVER wasted time.

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