The uniformed cadet organisations – Sea Cadets, Marine Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Training Corps – help young people in the Lowlands of Scotland develop life skills and the qualities they need to become the next generation of responsible citizens. Although sponsored by the Ministry of Defence the cadets and adult volunteers have no commitment to service with the armed forces.
Welcomed from all backgrounds and abilities, they learn to build self-confidence, teamwork, friendship and leadership through a range of exciting and adventurous activities.
Youngsters are also encouraged to develop a sense of community and to acquire vocational qualifications which will help them in school and working life. These include Duke of Edinburgh's Award up to Gold, St John's Ambulance First Aid qualifications and BTEC First Diploma in music, engineering and public service. BTEC First Diploma is equivilant to 4 Standard Grades at Levels 1 -3. Many vocational qualifications are gained through the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation ( www.cvqo.org )
At the heart of these community-based youth organisations are hundreds of male and female adult instructors – who devote their free time to provide leadership, training and administrative support; upholding the volunteer ethos which is at the heart of the cadet movement across the region. Adult volunteers need have no previous service knowledge or experience as initial and continuation training is provide - all that we look for is enthusiasm to help develop the potential of young people.
Lowland Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association provides the professional staff to administer the Army Cadet Force, has an important role in establishing and maintaining premises for the Army and Air Cadet organisations and gives support where possible, to the Sea Cadets.
The Combined Cadet Force provides the same outcomes in a unique partnership between the Ministry of Defence and schools and colleges in the public and private sectors.