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The aim of the UK Cadet Forces are to contribute to the development and preparation of young people for transition to adulthood, empowering them to meet the challenges of a changing society through dynamic, military-themed and community-based activities. The Cadet Forces aid the personal and social development of young people by instilling in them the attributes of good citizenship, leadership and responsibility, as well as promoting physical and mental fitness and self-reliance. 

All the Cadet Forces offer activities that include

  • adventure training - caving, hiking, survival training and white-water rafting
  • sporting activity - tug-of-war, football, rugby and swimming
  • vocational qualifications - Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, First Aid and BTEC awards.

A strong onus is placed on cadets positively contributing to local communities by participating in ceremonial events (public and military parades), local fetes, carnivals and charitable activities.

In the Highlands there are more than 8,500 cadets supported by approximately 2,000 adult volunteers across 180 detachments. All Cadet Forces welcome veterans as adult instructors. Service as an adult instructor provides veterans with an opportunity to pass on acquired skills, mentor young people, take part in adventurous training activities and remain members of the wider service community. 

For more information on Cadet Forces in Moray and Highland go to

The links below take you to the national website of the 4 different cadet organisations