The Western Isles Company, 1st Battalion the Highlanders, Army Cadet Force is organising information and recruiting evenings for prospective cadets and adult volunteers as well as interested parents and carers on the following dates:

Back Detachment Tuesday 22 August at 7.30 pm – Back Community Hut , Broadbay View

Stornoway Detachment Monday 28 August at 7.30 pm – Stornoway Army Reserve Centre, Church Street

Young people who decide to join the ACF on the information and recruiting evenings will be given the opportunity to attend the Company training weekend being held in Benbecula during September and begin their Basic training.

The Army Cadet Force is a national, voluntary youth organisation open to young people aged 12-18 years and attending secondary school. If you or someone you know would benefit from action and adventure, fun and friendship in a structured, disciplined environment then the Army Cadet Force might be the thing to do.

The Army Cadets offer a range of challenging activities, some of them military themed, but all intended to help with personal self-development and team working.

During your time in the Army Cadet, you will follow a syllabus, which gets more challenging as you progress. As you learn more and get better at it, you go up through the star levels until you reach 4 Star or even Master Cadet.

Some of the subjects you will participate in include: Cadet and the Community; Drill and Turnout; Expeditions; Fieldcraft; First Aid; Junior Cadet Instructors Cadre; Navigation; Military Knowledge; Shooting; Skill at Arms

Additionally you can get the chance to have a go at various adventure training activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, archery and clay pigeon shooting. There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favourite sports and compete at County, Regional and perhaps National level.

Through your cadet activities, you will gain loads of valuable skills, experience, leadership qualities and more self – confidence. In addition, you can gain a whole range of qualifications, such as BTEC Diplomas, SQA recognised qualification and First Aid certificates all of which would be impressive on a person’s CV.

Cadets who may have an interest in music, in particular Piping & Drumming, will get the opportunity to develop their playing skills through the Army Cadets as part of the Battalion or wider Cadet Force Pipes & Drums – which have taken part in performances across the UK and Europe.

During the training year cadets will have the opportunity to attend weekend camps, training alongside cadets from their local area. Annual camp is without doubt the highlight of the cadet year. Every day at annual camp is packed full of exciting and challenging activities, some of which cadets might not have ever tried before. It gives cadets the opportunity to go away with other members of the Army Cadets in the County for 2 weeks during the summer holidays, making lifelong friends.

It is realised that parents and carers may have particular questions about the aims and objectives of the Army Cadet Force, and the kind of activities that are taught to young people. The Army Cadets gives young people from all walks of life access to fun, friendship, action and adventure. They are inspired to aim high and given skills, values and attitudes to go further in life, no matter what they aim to do in the future.

The Army Cadets is a national, voluntary youth organisation sponsored by the Army but not part of it. There is absolutely no requirement for cadets to join any of the Armed Forces.

Uniform is free of charge; all that cadets need to buy are a good pair of boots. Costs for attending events are kept as low as possible. A small fee is charged for attending weekend camps and annual camp usually costs under £100 with all food, accommodation, transport and activities included.

The safety and security of every cadet is of paramount importance. Every Cadet Force Adult Volunteer is required to undergo detailed, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks; they also attend annual Safeguarding training sessions. Each County has a full time Training Safety Advisor to ensure all training is conducted in a safe manner.