Cadets from the Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force during Remembrance Sunday, 2006
Cadets from the Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force during Remembrance Sunday, 2006

The Community Cadet Forces is a term used by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) to group together the Sea Cadets and Volunteer Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps. Together with the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) they constitute the UK's MOD-sponsored cadet forces.[1] The Volunteer Cadet Corps, which in 2017 became the fifth MOD sponsored cadet force,[2] enjoy close ties with the Royal Marines elements of the Sea Cadet Corps and the Combined Cadet Force forming a tri-partite family of 'Royal Marines Cadets'.

While these cadet forces are sponsored by the MOD and maintain strong ties, traditions and customs with the British Armed Forces, they are Volunteer Youth Organisations and have no liability for military service.[3] The MOD describe the Cadet Forces as offering "challenging and enjoyable activities for young people, and prepare them to play an active part in the community while developing valuable life skills."[4]

As of 1 April 2019, there were 110,620 Cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the Community Cadet Forces.[5]

Cadet Ranks

Main article: Ranks of the cadet forces of the United Kingdom

Army cadets ranks share associated regiment's equivalent rank title.

UK
Cadets
Officers Cadet Senior NCOs Cadet Junior NCOs Cadets Recruits
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)

Sea
Cadets Corps
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No insignia
Petty Officer
Cadet
Leading
Cadet
Able Cadet Ordinary Cadet Cadet 1st Class Cadet New Entry
POC LC AC OC CFC CDT NE


UK
Cadets
Officers Cadet Senior NCOs Cadet Junior NCOs Cadets Recruits
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)

Royal Marine
Cadets

(Part of the SCC)
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No insignia No insignia No insignia
Cadet
Sergeant
Cadet
Corporal
Cadet Lance
Corporal
Marine Cadet 1 Marine Cadet 2 Recruit
CDTSGT CPL L/CPL MCR


UK
Cadets
Officers Cadet Senior NCOs Cadet Junior NCOs Cadets Recruits
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)

Army
Cadet Force
Under Officer Cadet Regimental
Sergeant Major
Cadet Company
Sergeant Major
Cadet Staff
Sergeant
Cadet
Sergeant
Cadet
Corporal
Cadet Lance
Corporal
Cadet Recruit
UO CDTRSM CDTCSM CDTSSGT CDTSGT CDTCPL CDTLCPL CDT RCT


UK
Cadets
Officers Cadet Senior NCOs Cadet Junior NCOs Cadets Recruits
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)

Air Training Corps
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent No insignia No insignia
Cadet
Warrant Officer
Cadet Flight
Sergeant
Cadet
Sergeant
Cadet
Corporal
Cadet Junior Cadet
CWO Cdt FS Cdt Sgt Cdt Cpl Cdt JCdt


See also

References

  1. ^ "MOD Sponsored Cadet Forces Statistics" (PDF). Statistics at MOD. 1 April 2019. p. 1. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  2. ^ "MOD Sponsored Cadet Forces Statistics" (PDF). Statistics at MOD. 1 April 2019. p. 9. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ "MOD Sponsored Cadet Forces Statistics" (PDF). Statistics at MOD. 1 April 2019. p. 2. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  4. ^ "The cadet forces and MOD youth work". GOV.UK. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  5. ^ "MOD Sponsored Cadet Forces Statistics" (PDF). Statistics at MOD. 1 April 2019. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 19 August 2019.