Kent Links to the Cadets

The Cadet Forces are Youth Organisations sponsored or supported by the Armed Services. There are many local detachments spread across Kent. For further details go to:

Sea Cadet Corps (SCC)

Kent Army Cadet Force (KACF)        

Air Training Corps

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

Lieutenancy Involvement

The Lord-Lieutenant has an overview of all Cadets in Kent, through his role as Deputy President of South-East Reserve Forces and Cadet Association and President of the County Committee. Deputy Lieutenants are asked to support their local Cadet Detachments.

Honorary Colonel of the Kent Army Cadet Force

The Honorary Colonel of the Kent Army Cadet Force has been a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent for a number of years; currently it is Wing Commander Peter Gilbert QVRM TD DL who took over from Colonel James Partridge TD DL.

The Kent ACF is a youth organisation with 38 Detachments County-wide providing over a thousand 12–18-year-olds, male and female, with challenging military-style and adventurous training and community activities.

Honorary Colonels, whose appointments are approved by The Queen, are outside the chain of command and they are not paid. Their voluntary role is to promote the interests of their unit or force and encourage connections with the community locally, and nationally where appropriate. They are selected for their influence, understanding and experience to provide independent, but authoritative, support and advice.

The Lieutenancy strongly supports the Regular and Reserve Forces of the Crown and encourages all Local Authorities to honour the Community Covenant.

Lord Lieutenants Cadets

Each year the four different Cadet organisations appoint a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet. Those appointed may accompany the Lord-Lieutenant on Parades and carry out other duties, as time away from their formal education allows.

How you can assist

The Cadet Forces rely on being able to recruit and retain Adult Instructors.

Those who volunteer for the appointment find it very rewarding to watch young people achieve their potential. Instructors are able to advance their own personal development through the CVQO

For further information about joining the Kent Army Cadets please contact:

Major Brian Hilton BEM, Cadet Executive Officer on 01622 750328 or e.mail –

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