Bob started the evening in Shaftesbury to see the Army Cadet Force in action at the Old TA Centre, Victoria Street, where he was shown around the facility and met cadets, staff and Detachment Commander SMI Ian Cook as the cadets undertook their training activities and performed the Cadet First Parade.
Bob was then escorted to Gillingham Army Cadet Force on Cemetery Lane to meet Detachment Commander SMI Jeremy Stockford and young ACF members. He ended his visit by attending their Final Parade.
Both Detachments train on Mondays and Thursdays between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and welcome new members and adult volunteers (particularly those with managerial qualities) to join one of the UK’s largest voluntary youth organisations.
Dorset Army Cadet Force has over 550 cadets and close to 100 adult volunteers in 22 detachments. Across the UK the ACF boasts over 46,000 cadets, aged 12-18yrs, and 8,500 adult volunteers in 1,700 locations.
“It’s always a pleasure to visit the local ACF Detachments in my constituency and I enjoyed meeting the new members at Shaftesbury and Gillingham who’ve joined since my last visit in celebration of the Army Cadet Force’s 150th anniversary.
“The ACF is such a fantastic way for young people to take part in exciting outdoor adventure activities, whilst learning important skills like team work and discipline, which will be a real boost to their CVs and future careers.”