Independent report shows Cadet Forces benefit young people

Posted on October 02, 2018

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The study by the University of Northampton shows that cadet forces increase social mobility and help young people's self-belief, offering a range of benefits to individuals and the wider community.

Following research across the entire cadet organisation, the report outlines the huge positive impact that Cadet Forces have on social inclusion, mobility and the mental well-being of young people.

The report has been welcomed by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson who said:

"Being a cadet offers students unrivalled opportunities to develop new skills, enjoy unforgettable life experiences, and to be inspired by our world class armed forces.

"This report confirms that joining the cadets gives people from all communities the confidence to succeed in life."

The report found that being a member of the cadet forces:

  • Increased an individual's belief in their ability to complete specific tasks
  • Improved their motivation
  • Improved school attendance and led to better behaviour and attitudes
  • May lead to greater academic success which can contribute to increasing social mobility

The research also found that many respondents commented on how being a member of a Cadet Force had improved their confidence, teamwork skills and homework completion. It also identified links with resilience, leadership and communication skills.

Professor Simon Denny, Executive Dean at the University of Northampton, said: "The evidence so far has been overwhelmingly positive and demonstrates that the Cadet Forces make a huge difference to improve school attendance, develop confidence and help young people become more successful."

You can read a copy of the report here: www.northampton.ac.uk/socialim... 

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