| 01 July 2012
Vigilance can report that new Cadet Units across England will be given a £10.85 million boost so that more young people can join up and take pride in their community, the Government announced on Armed Forces Day.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Department for Education (DfE) have committed the money to roll out 100 new Cadet Units across state-funded schools in England by 2015. This will give thousands of children the opportunity to learn leadership skills, volunteer in their communities and build their self confidence.
Over the next three years, the new Cadet Units will be created through partnerships with existing units in schools or by creating completely new units. The £10.85 million will go towards essential equipment and training of staff. Interested schools will simply need to demonstrate they are able to provide the adult volunteers and third-party funding to maintain the unit.
Research has found that Cadets tend to have high levels of respect for authority and high levels of self esteem. They are likely to be committed citizens, with high aspirations and a greater sense of community. The vast majority, nearly 80 per cent, said being a Cadet has helped them stay out of trouble.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "Cadet Forces offer a great opportunity to gain life skills and we are determined to ensure that we open that opportunity up to as many young people as possible. The funding announced by the Government today will kick start an exciting new phase in the development of our Cadet Forces - fostering greater social mobility, and raising awareness of the values and ethos of our Armed Forces among local communities."
Education Secretary Michael Gove said: “Cadet Forces provide an exciting and challenging way for young people to learn teamwork, self-discipline and respect. They have made a hugely positive impact, especially in boosting standards and discipline. By extending the scheme in state schools, more young people can benefit from the Cadet experience. It will help them develop into well-rounded, accomplished adults fully prepared for life beyond school. We know many schools with Cadet Forces have a partnership or collaboration arrangements with neighbouring schools to allow more young people to take part. We want to see more partnerships to allow schools to share their expertise and facilities for the benefit of all.”