Become a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer

Our cadet force adult volunteers are the beating heart of Yorkshire’s cadet forces.

Whether it’s running twice-weekly drill nights, weekends away or annual camps, it’s our volunteers that make it all happen.

Across the region, we have more than 1,300 outstanding individuals who give up their time to support and inspire young people in this way.

You don’t need to have been in the military to become an instructor and being an adult volunteer can:

  • Develop leadership skills
  • Build confidence
  • Benefit your career
  • Give you a new challenge.

What sort of people become cadet force adult volunteers (CFAVs)?

Our cadet force adult volunteers come from all walks of life. Many have been in the cadets and stay on to become adult volunteers. Others come from a military background or are the parents of current or past cadets. Others are people who simply want to do their bit and be part of a youth movement that can transform the lives of young people in their local community. What they all have in common is a commitment to create fantastic opportunities for our cadets and to support them to be the best they can be.

What qualifications do you need?

To become a part-time adult instructor you need to be a British or Commonwealth citizen aged between 18 and 55 years old. You should be reasonably fit and feel you can make a difference to the life of young people. Full training is given and uniforms are provided where appropriate.

How much time would I need to commit?

The normal commitment is one or two evenings a week plus some weekends. Adult instructors have the opportunity to attend camps, both
in the UK and overseas, and take part in adventurous training activities.

What sort of training would I receive?

All adult volunteers receive training, personal development, an enhanced CV. In addition, they benefit from being able to take part in a range of activities that might not otherwise be available to them. For example, a group of Yorkshire instructors took part in a four week expedition to the Himalayan mountains. More usually, adult instructors all have the opportunity to acquire First Aid qualifications, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme passes and diplomas and graduate level qualifications in public service through the BTEC scheme.

Will I be paid?

The position of adult instructors are voluntary. However, travelling expenses are paid and you can earn up to 21-28 days’ pay each year for training at weekends, annual camp and attending courses. In addition, some employers offer paid leave to adult instructors who need time off to attend annual camps.

What safeguarding checks would I be subject to?

 The safety and security of young people in the cadet forces is of paramount importance and is subject to the MOD Cadet Forces Safeguarding Framework. Anyone who works with young people must also be willing to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

How can I become a cadet instructor in Yorkshire?

If you would like to become a volunteer adult instructor with a cadet force in Yorkshire, please contact:

Sea Cadets – T: 07930 179633
Army Cadets (Humberside & South Yorkshire) – T: 07701 380617
Army Cadets (North & West Yorkshire) – T: 01904 490529
Central & East Yorkshire Wing RAF Air Cadets – T: 07775 986418
South & West Yorkshire Wing RAF Air Cadets – T: 07919 303119


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