I get paid for being an adult instructor in the ACF?
The short answer is yes, but no one joins for the money. You
will get paid at rates of pay similar to those of the
Territorial Army for up to 28 days per year. However it is
not something any ACF adult instructor focus on and most do
many more days for the enjoyment of it. The real rewards are
seeing cadets turn into promising young men and women who
will make a positive contribution to society.
Would I get paid any expenses?
Allowances for out of pocket travelling expenses are
As an adult instructor in the ACF would I be liable
for military call up in the event of a national emergency?
No. Adult Instructor are not liable for military
Before becoming an ACF Adult Instructor will I have
to undergo any security vetting?
Yes. Because you will be working with young people
we have to check that you do not have anything which
would bar you from contact with children. This
process is now carried out by all organistions
working with young people and takes a short while
during your initial induction period.
Do I need any specialist skills or previous experience to
become an adult instructor with the ACF?
No, the ACF will teach you all you need to know about the
military skills and about working with and developing young
What is the time commitment?
The commitment is as much as you want to make it, but
clearly there are responsibilities that go along with being
in charge of cadets and if you don't turn up they don't get
the chance to train. Most detachments meet once or twice a
week, there are occasional weekends away and you will be
expected to attend the annual camp which is one or two weeks
outdoor activity usually in the summer months.
Can I gain any qualifications in the ACF?
Yes, as well as in house qualifications the ACF also offers
the opportunity to gain widely recognised qualifications
such as NVQs and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Training its
volunteers is part of the ACF's core business and it is very
aware of what it can add and makes sure it does add to the
CVs of its adult instructors.
Will I have to buy any uniform?
No all your uniform will be provided as will all the
equipment you need to lead and train cadets.
Are there any particular professions you are short
The ACF is particularly keen to attract people who
can bring the skills of their civilian life to
benefit cadets, such as chefs, mechanics, IT and
people with skills in management
Do I need to have some military background to become
an adult instructor in the ACF?
Not at all, ACF adult instructors are youth workers
first and foremost. We can teach you all the
military skills, it is your ability and enthusiasm
to work with young people that we need.
How do I go about joining?
Your first move should be to contact the Cadet Executive
Officer at your local ACF headquarters. You will find all
their details by clicking "How to Join".
If I am injured whilst on ACF activities, am I
Yes. You are fully insured by the Ministry of Defence, who
would receive and process any claims where appropriate