Our Westminster City School Army Cadet Unit gives young people access to fun, friendship, action and adventure. We inspire our cadets to aim high, providing them with the skills, values and attitudes to go further in life.

The ACF is a national, voluntary, uniformed youth organisation. If offers challenging adventurous and educational activities, some with a military theme but all designed to help participants develop and thrive. The ACF is sponsored by the British Army but is not part of it - there is no requirement on cadets to join any of the armed forces.

Westminster City School Army Cadet Unit - history

There has been a cadet unit at our School for over 100 years. The cadet corps was a major part in the life of our School and it had over 50 members. The cadets were part of the Queen’s Westminster Rifles (QWR) and many Old Boys served in this regiment during the First World War. Sadly, many never returned and young men, like Jack Pouchot, served with great distinction in the QWR. Our School cadet corps was disbanded in the 1960s.

Westminster City School Army Cadet Unit - today

A cadet detachment was re-formed at our School in 2007. We are called 234 Detachment KRRC (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) and are part of Middlesex and NW London sector ACF. The KRRC is a direct descendant of the Queen's Westminster Rifles and cadets are allowed to wear the KRRC cap badge (even though the regiment is disbanded), as some KRRC cadets won a battle honour in 1901, during the South Africa war, and are the only cadets ever to do so. Only three other cadet detachments have this honour, as well as being able to call our cadets Riflemen instead of ‘cadets’

We parade every Wednesday, 3.45pm to 5.45pm.

After joining the cadets, participants are issued with a uniform free of charge. The uniform remains the property of the army and must be handed back when the cadet leaves.Cadets are expected to look after their uniform and arrive smartly presented in uniform for parades. They are required to purchase their own boots.

We must emphasise that cadets are placed under no pressure to join the armed forces, nor can a cadet ever be forced to fight in the armed services in any way.

All cadets follow a curriculum including the following proficiency subjects:

  • Drill
  • Map and compass/navigation
  • Skill at arms
  • Fieldcraft
  • Shooting
  • First aid
  • Adventurous training
  • Physical achievement
  • Military knowledge

Cadets normally go on at least four weekend camps per year including Christmas, Easter, first aid and fieldcraft. The main event of the year is a two-week annual camp during the summer holiday. There are also sporting events such as football, athletics and cross-country, and ceremonial events like Remembrance Sunday.

Cadets are expected to attend all parade nights and weekend activities. To gain the maximum benefit from being a cadet, a degree of commitment is required and this should be borne in mind if you are a member of other clubs or sporting activities.

Army Cadet Force (ACF) background

The ACF can trace its beginnings to 1859 and  is a nationwide voluntary youth organisation supported by the British Army. The motto of the ACF is “to inspire to achieve” and the emphasis is very much on personal development through teamwork, self-reliance and leadership.

There are over 50,000 cadets in 1,600 detachments nationwide but only a very small proportion choose to join the armed forces when they leave. 

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