As the new year begins, Sea, Marine, Air, Army cadet forces, as well as the school-based Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) have a packed calendar, with tons of new activities to look forward to in 2018.
Forces Radio BFBS presenter Tim Humphries takes a look ahead to the plans in the clip below.
The RAF Air Cadets, better known as the Air Cadets, are open to 12-20 year-olds and boast more than 40,000 members in the UK. Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty, Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets says they are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the RAF as the service celebrate their centenary.
“We've got an army of young people and adult volunteers who are so willing and ready to help support the RAF 100.”
As part of the centrepiece to mark their parent service’s 100th birthday, 500 cadets, alongside 250 teenagers not yet in the military-themed groups, will have the chance to sample a flavour of flight-based activities at an aerospace camp at RAF Syerston.
For the Sea Cadets, it is also about the integration of the Senior Service and cadets. Captain Phil Russell is the head of the Sea Cadets, seconded from the Royal Navy, to represent the youth teams nationwide.
“We’re very fortunate to be supported by the Royal Navy and the Reserves, both in the Marines and the Royal Navy.”
Last year, Sea Cadets were honoured to be part of an historic day at the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth.
This year, other members will be stepping on board other Senior Service vessels as part of weekly activities around the country.
One of the oldest voluntary youth organisations is the Army Cadet Force who can trace their history back to 1859. The ACF aim to recognise strong leadership and the investment in it.
Brigadier Matthew Lowe is Deputy Commander ACF says this new year they are launching the cadet to adult volunteer pathway.
“So [Cadets] don’t have to leave the organisation when they’re 18. They can transition into being an adult instructor, or even into commissioning.”