Cadets & Youth

Cadet organisations provide a vital service to young people in the UK. Although not a direct recruiting system, the cadet groups thrive on the close links with their parent Service, its ethos and its values.


Cadet organisations


 Actively involved youngsters across the programmes 


Adult volunteers critical to their operation


Years of heritage

Cadet organisations

Combined Cadet Force Royal Navy

The Combined Cadet Force is a MOD-Sponsored cadet organisation. Its aim is to provide a disciplined organisation within a school setting.

Pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance.

Combined Cadet Force

Sea Cadets

Sea Cadets is the UK’s largest maritime youth charity, established in 1856 and working in over 400 units with 14,000 cadets aged between 10 and 18.

Cadets learn life skills like leadership and team working through nautical adventure activities, and can earn extra qualifications which give youngsters a head start.

Sea Cadets

Royal Marines Cadet Regimental Council

The Royal Marines Cadets Regimental Council's role is to provide Royal Marines leadership, advice and coordination across the Royal Marines Cadets and to promote the interests and well-being of Royal Marines Cadets and instructors. This includes the Volunteer Cadet Corps RN-RM and the Combined Cadet Force RN-RM.

Royal Marines Cadets

Volunteer Cadet Corps

Formed over 100 years ago to keep sailors and Marines’ children out of mischief, the Volunteer Cadet Corps is said to have originated with a bored lad with questionable football skills and was set up to give the lad, and his friends, an alternative and more constructive way of passing the time.

Volunteer Cadet Corps

Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scouts

There are around 350 Sea Scout groups and units in the UK and 103 are officially recognised by the Royal Navy.

RN Sea Scouts wear the RN Recognition badge on their uniforms, fly a special RN Recognition pennant and wear a defaced red ensign at their HQs and sometimes on their boats.

Sea Scouts

Become a Cadet

Wherever life takes you after school, cadet organisations give you tons of skills that help you out in the big world, and build amazing memories with lifelong friends!

Become a Volunteer

Support teenagers through life and help transform them into confident and charismatic young people who are destined to succeed.