Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force

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Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force
Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force.jpg
Logo of the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force
ActiveAfter 1974
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceArmy Cadet Force
TypeACF County[1]
RoleVolunteer Youth Organisation
Size1400-1750 cadets
Headquarters (HQ)GMACF HQ
Spenleach Lane
BL8 4JJ[2]
Motto(s)To Inspire To Achieve
WebsiteGMACF Official Website
Honorary Colonel[4]Warren James Smith
CommandantColonel Paul Irvine[3]

The Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force (GMACF) is the county cadet force for Greater Manchester which forms part of the wider Army Cadet Force, a youth organisation in the United Kingdom that offers learning and experiences around a military training theme. It is home to between 1400-1750 cadets and 200-230 adult volunteers in 45-47 detachments.[5][6] GMACF headquarters is at Hawkshaw in Bury,[2] and piping and parade nights are held at Hulme in Manchester.[7] The Honorary Colonel of the GMACF is the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren James Smith.[4][8][9]

GMACF helps 12- to 18-year-olds from Greater Manchester to "learn new skills, get real qualifications, make friends and enjoy adventures". It provides pre-training and experience of life in the British Army, with opportunies to achieve and develop skills away from home.[6]

Cadet Detachments perform training on a weekly basis throughout the year, plus occasional weekends away, and a two-week annual camp. This training typically includes military skills, like shooting, fieldcraft, first aid and navigation, together with fitness training like climbing, canoeing and mountain biking.[6]

The Greater Manchester Army Cadets form part of the 4,000 young cadets from Greater Manchester, which also includes the Combined Cadet Force, the Air Training Corps and the Sea Cadet Corps.[10] The GMACF is involved with the Poppy Appeal in Greater Manchester.[10]


Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force has detachments in the following locations:[2]

Detachment Location Borough Postcode Grid ref Affiliated Regiment Notes
Radcliffe ACF Knowles Street, Radcliffe Bury M26 4DR
Crumpsall ACF 2A Middleton Road, Crumpsall Manchester M8 5DS [11]
Belle Vue ACF Belle Vue Street, Belle Vue Manchester M12 5PW [11]
Levenshulme ACF Osbourne Road, Levenshulme Manchester M19 2DT [11]
Rusholme ACF Norman Road, Rusholme Manchester M14 5LH [11]
Rochdale ACF Norman Road, Rochdale Rochdale OL11 4HS [12]
Heywood ACF Bamford Road, Heywood Rochdale OL10 4TF [12]
Middleton ACF Ashton Lane Wince Brook M24 1BN [12]
Bury ACF Castle Street, Bury Bury BL9 0LB
Ramsbottom ACF

Holcombe Moor CTC

Spenleach Lane, Hawkshaw BL8 4JJ
Shaw ACF Royton and Crompton School Oldham OL2 6NT
Oldham ACF Rifle Street Oldham OL1 3DN
Stalybridge ACF Off 107 Wakefield Rod Staylybridge SK15 1AD
Manchester Academy Moss Lane East Manchester M14 4PX AGC
Hyde ACF 29 Commercial Street Hyde SK14 2JD
Royton ACF Broadway Oldham OL9 9QY
Stockport ACF Greek Street Sockport SK3 8AB
Cheadle Hulme ACF
Bredbury ACF
Reddish ACF
Sale ACF
Flixton ACF Royal Logistics Corps
Streford ACF Kings Road (207 Field Hospital) Old Trafford Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Salford ACF
Clifton ACF
Chadderton ACF North Chadderton High School Chadderton
Tyldesley ACF
Farnworth ACF
Wigan ACF Canal Street, Wigan Wigan WN6 7NQ
Hindley ACF Lord Street, Hindley Hindley
Leigh ACF
Failsworth ACF
Bolton ACF
Eccles ACF
Broughton ACF Grenadier Guards

See also[edit]

Manchester academy ACF


  1. ^ "Army Cadet Force". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2012-09-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "New Commandant for GMACF | The Official GMACF Blog". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  4. ^ a b Manchester Evening News. "Region's Lord Lieutenant knighted - Manchester Evening News". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  5. ^ "Greater Manchester ACF | Army Cadet Force". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  6. ^ a b c Name (required). "What is the Army Cadet Force? | The Official GMACF Blog". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  7. ^ "Parade Nights | Army Cadet Force". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  8. ^ By: University of Salford Press Office (2007-06-13). "Warren Smith | Warren is a retired businessman who, for 30 y…". Flickr. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  9. ^ "Greater Manchester Lieutenancy - The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  10. ^ a b "Lord Lieutenant's Poppy Cadet Awards 2011 - Greater Manchester - The Royal British Legion". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  11. ^ a b c d "Career Connect". Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  12. ^ a b c

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Coordinates: 53°38′22″N 2°21′33″W / 53.6395°N 2.3591°W / 53.6395; -2.3591