Community Cadet Forces

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Cadets from the Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force during Remembrance Sunday, 2006

The Community Cadet Forces is a term used by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) to group together the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps.[1] Together with the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) they constitute the UK's MoD-sponsored cadet forces.[2] Although a fifth cadet organisation – the Volunteer Cadet Corps[3] – is also recognised by the MoD (and sponsored by the Royal Navy), it consists of a comparatively small number of cadets and is not included in MoD initiatives or published statistics on Reserves and Cadets.[1] However, the Volunteer Cadet Corps does enjoy close ties with the Royal Marines elements of the Sea Cadet Corps and the Combined Cadet Force forming a tri-partite family of 'Royal Marines Cadets'.

While the Community Cadet Forces are sponsored by the MoD and maintain strong ties, traditions and customs with the British Armed Forces, they are Volunteer Youth Organisations and have no liability for military service. The MoD describe the Cadet Forces as offering "challenging and enjoyable activities for young people, and prepare them to play an active part in the community while developing valuable life skills."[2]

As of 1 April 2014, there were 114,050 Cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the Community Cadet Forces.

Cadet Ranks[1][edit]

To see the ranks of the community cadet forces compared to those in the CCF see: List of United Kingdom cadet forces by rank

Cadet Ranks and Insignia
UK
Cadets
Officers Commanding Cadets Senior Cadets Junior Cadets Recruits
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)
Ensign of the Sea Cadet Corps.svg

Sea
Cadets Corps
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Petty Officer Cadet Leading Cadet SCC AC.jpg SCC OC.jpg SCC CDT 1ST.jpg SCC CDT.jpg
No equivalent Petty Officer
Cadet
No equivalent Leading
Cadet
No equivalent Able Cadet Ordinary Cadet Cadet 1st Class Cadet New Entry
POCDT LCDT ACDT OC C1st CDT NE
UK
Cadets
Officers Commanding Cadets Senior Cadets Junior Cadets Recruits
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)
Ensign of the Sea Cadet Corps.svg

RM Cadets
(Part of the SCC)
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RMC CDT SGT.jpg RMC CDT CPL.jpg RMC CDT LCPL.jpg No Insignia No Insignia
No Equivalent Cadet
Sergeant
No Equivalent Cadet
Corporal
No Equivalent Cadet Lance
Corporal
Cadet Recruit
CDTSGT CDTCPL CDTLCPL MC RCT
UK
Cadets
Officers Commanding Cadets Senior Cadets Junior Cadets Recruits
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)
ACF Logo.png

Army
Cadet Force
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ACF Cadet Rank Slide UO.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide RSM.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide CSM.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide CSgt.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide Sgt.png Leading Cadet ACF Cadet Rank Slide LCpl.png ACF Cadet Rank Slide Cdt.png No Insignia
Under Officer Cadet
Regimental Sergeant Major
Cadet Company Sergeant Major Cadet Staff
Sergeant
Cadet
Sergeant
Cadet
Corporal
Cadet Lance
Corporal
Cadet Recruit
UO CDTRSM CDTCSM CDTSSGT CDTSGT CDTCPL CDTLCPL CDT RCT
UK
Cadets
Officers Commanding Cadets Senior Cadets Junior Cadets Recruits
CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)
Ensign of the Air Training Corps.svg

Air Training
Corps
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ATC Cadet Warrant Officer Tabs.png ATC Flight Sergeant Tabs.png ATC Sergeant Tabs.png Leading Cadet GVCAC Lance Corporal.png No Insignia No Insignia
No equivalent Cadet
Warrant Officer
No equivalent Cadet Flight
Sergeant
Cadet
Sergeant
Cadet
Corporal
Cadet Junior Corporal Cadet Junior Cadet
CDTWO CDTFSGT CDTSGT CDTCPL CDTJC CDT JCDT


Army cadets ranks share associated regiment's equivalent rank title.

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