Cadet stories

Being a cadet can open the door to a world of unique opportunities that transform the lives of thousands of young people in Yorkshire and the Humber.

"Before joining, I was shy and didn’t feel like stepping out of my comfort zone at all. The first time I went to my detachment I was really scared but it was the best decision I ever made."

Will Kelly, Yorkshire (North and West) ACF
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"In the cadets I've experienced many situations that have pushed me out of my comfort zone. Gradually, my confidence has grown, and I now know that I can call upon the skills I’ve learnt."

Joseph Doszczeczko, 366 (King Ecgbert) Squadron
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Sea cadet Talitha Ridley wearing her uniform stands in front of some greenery

“Since joining the sea cadets I’ve learnt and developed key skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership. I've also gained qualifications like my RYA Powerboat Instructor.”

Talitha Ridley, Wakefield Sea Cadets
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Cadet Callum McGrath standing in his air cadet uniform smiling in front of a blue door

"I've truly loved being part of the air cadets. I've had numerous unforgettable experiences, been taught lifelong lessons and formed fantastic relationships with my peers and mentors."

Callum McGrath, 152 (City of Hull) Squadron
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Cadet Freddie Thomlinson dressed in air cadet uniform standing in front of some greenery

"The CCF has given me a sense of purpose and the ability to obtain a level of discipline and determination. I've learnt to persevere when times are a little tough."

Freddie Thomlinson, Read School CCF
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Cadet Matthew McGowan dressed in army uniform standing in front of a building looking down and smiling into the camera

"Many of my friends at school were in the CCF and told me about how much fun they were having, so I was keen to join in too. Since then I’ve taken full advantage of everything the cadets has to offer."

Matthew McGowan, Bradford Grammar CCF
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Charley Foster-Tomlinson in her army cadet uniform standing in front of a building in the sunlight

"Being in the army cadets has definitely changed me as a person for the better. I’ve gone from being shy and quiet to confident and assertive."

Charley Foster-Tomlinson, Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF
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Cadet Sergeant Gemma Carr in uniform standing smiling in front of some trees

"Since joining the cadets I've learnt to communicate successfully, have become confident in my abilities and made friends for life."

Gemma Carr, Scarborough Royal Marines Cadet
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