Joining the cadets will provide you with multiple skills. During your time in the Cadets you follow a path which gets more challenging each year. Before joining up you need to purchase your Army Cadet Kit from a reputable supplier to get your life in the cadets to a solid start. Subjects that you learn in the cadets will include the following:


You will learn how to march and be part of a team. This important subject allows you to gain a better understanding of how you fit in and operate as part of a team. It is also excellent for teaching self-discipline and for developing a sense of pride.

Drill is the term used to describe a formal parade where you can move quickly in formation from one place to another.  You will learn how to form into a squad, then progress to turning and saluting at a halt. Once you have mastered these moves separately, you put them all together, marching, moving, turning, and saluting on the march.


Turnout is the term used to describe how to wear your uniform and personal equipment correctly. Your appearance is an important part of being a cadet. You will be taught about each part of your uniform and how to take care of it.

It will be your responsibility to always look smart and tidy when in Army Cadets uniform and one of the most important parts is your boots. We have written a guide on what you should look for when purchasing your boots which you can read here…..


Expeditions are a central part of Cadet life, so you could find yourself spending a few nights camping in a national park here in the UK or on an ambitious trek through the Himalayas.

Every year many expeditions are planned at detachment, county, and national levels. You will start off with some training on how to prepare clothing and equipment. You will learn how to safely carry a load and identify a suitable route as well as what makes an ideal camp site.

In addition, you will be taught how to pitch a tent and cook a meal on a camping stove. Your first expedition will probably be close to home, but as you progress through the syllabus you will venture further afield, and possibly even overseas.

A guide on what and how to pack your rucksack can be found here….


You will start by learning the basics of personal camouflage and how to move as an individual in the field, then go on to learn how to work together as a section in the field, before eventually commanding your own section.


Fieldcraft is taught throughout the year but during annual camp you will get to live out in the field over several days. Working as a team to patrol an area at night and deal with a mock ambush is one of the most exciting exercises that you will experience during your cadet training.

Teamwork and communication are both skills developed in fieldcraft exercises that are readily transferable to everyday life.

First Aid

All cadets receive training in lifesaving first aid skills to enable them to cope in the event of an accident or incident.


This valuable skill will teach you how read a map and use a compass for navigation.

This is an essential skill for when you are out in the field. These skills are also especially useful if you want to do orienteering or take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


Whatever your standard or choice of instrument, you are welcome to join, and once you reach a reasonable level, you will be able to take part in your band’s busy schedule of engagements both in Britain and abroad.

By following a structured syllabus, you can now gain the BTEC First Diploma in Music, equivalent to four GCSE at A*-C or four Scottish Standard Grades.


Learning about shooting will teach you several key skills, the most important of which are discipline and safety awareness.

As a cadet you will learn to shoot accurately using a range of cadet rifles, but you will not be allowed to shoot any rifle until you have demonstrated a full understanding of the use of the rifle and the vital safety procedures.

All handling and use of weapons or ammunition in the Army Cadets is directly supervised by adult instructors who have received in-depth training.

A variety of weapons are used as part of this training where you will learn several disciplines, including target shooting, rifle drill, shooting on rifle ranges, shooting clays and the practical use and care of rifles whilst on fieldcraft exercises.


As a Cadet you will have the option to take part in a variety of sports and competitions such as athletics, cross country, swimming, football, rugby, hockey, orienteering and tug-of-war. All sports involve both boys and girls.

Senior cadets can apply for the Community Sports Leadership Course, which is currently run twice a year.

Army Cadet Kit

You can get your life off to a good start in the army cadets by purchasing your army cadet kit essentials from Supply Drop.