11 Oct 2017

Independent report praises work of the Cadet Forces

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has welcomed an independent report compiled by the University of Northampton that praised the work of Cadet Forces across the country.

The report carried out research across the entire cadet programme and found that joining the cadets offers a range of benefits both to individuals involved and the wider community.

Speaking at the launch of the report at the Albion Academy in Manchester, itself a school which has a Cadet Force, Sir Michael announced the approval of 31 new cadet units in state schools across the country under the Cadet Expansion Programme.

The new units also include the first school cadet unit to be approved under the programme in Wales.

The new cadet units, established under the MoD and Department for Education’s Cadet Expansion Programme, is backed by £50 million funding from LIBOR fines, which pays for set up costs, the cadets’ uniforms, equipment and training.

The benefits outlined in the report include increasing social mobility, contributing directly to the Prime Minister’s vision for a ‘shared society’ and helping kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The report also found that Cadet Forces help to develop an individual’s communication, confidence and leadership skills, as well as increasing their awareness of the Armed Forces and improves respect for veterans.

Meanu Bajwa-Patel, Senior Researcher, The Institute for Social Innovation and Impact, University of Northampton said: “The evidence so far has been overwhelmingly positive and demonstrates that the Cadet Forces can make a huge difference to social inclusion, social mobility and the mental wellbeing of young people.

“More research on the Cadet Expansion Programme and Cadet Forces across the devolved nations is planned, allowing us over the next three years to evaluate the social impact further.”

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