Success stories so far

Since the government announced the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) in 2012, nearly 190 new cadet units have been introduced to state schools across the UK. The Government aim to have a total of 500 cadet units in schools (state and independent) by 2020. 

Much research has been carried out on the benefits to schools of having a cadet unit in school. Schools which historically have cadet units strongly value them and the role they play in the life of young people, the school and the local community. They see the CCF as life changing for young people and value it over and above other extra-curricular activities. Young people learn a range of practical skills as well as communication, independence and leadership skills, together with a heightened sense of community and the benefits of team work. Cadet units in schools provide unique opportunities for young people to develop additional skills and qualifications, with many cadets using their cadet training to contribute to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, and other qualifications which strengthen their CV.