Join as an Adult Volunteer

Published on 02/07/2016

The VCC needs adult volunteers to help run our exciting and expanding organisation.  We welcome applications from all sections of our community, irrespective of military or civilian background.  All we ask is that our volunteers offer some commitment, work towards achieving Our Aim and adhere to our values.

Who Can Join?

Any UK citizen aged 18 or over who just wants to help our young people develop into useful members of society and get a head start in life is welcome to join the VCC.  As a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV) in the VCC you will need to follow our regulations, as you would expect in an organisation committed to the welfare and safety of its cadets.  CFAVs also have the chance to attend courses to increase their skills, and participate in a range of exciting and fun activities.  You’ll also meet some excellent and inspirational young people and make loads of new friends.


There are four categories of volunteers:

  • Uniformed Staff  This category includes our command, instructing and other essential back-up staff, and form the principal cadre of our operational team. 
  • Support Staff  These volunteers, who do not wear uniform, provide additional support such as stores assistants, catering assistants and administration staff.  Many are introduced to the VCC when a child joins.  Quite often, both parent and child will join a unit, and husband and wife teams are common. 
  • Service Helpers  These volunteers are serving regular or reserve armed forces personnel who volunteer to help the VCC in addition to their duties.  Whilst they receive no additional pay or allowances the fact that they offer to help the VCC may be taken into account during appraisals etc.

Please read our Adult Volunteer Guide for more information to see how you could ‘Help Make a Difference’ to our cadets’ lives.

How to Join

Applications from adults (civilian or military) aged 18 or over are welcome for any category of staff.  To apply please complete the electronic application form below:

Apply to join the VCC as a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer

Thereafter we will:

  • Acknowledgement We will acknowledge your application.
  • Review  Your application will be considered by a senior member of staff and if we decide that you may be appropriate to join our organisation we will invite you to attend an interview with the CO or other senior member of staff.
  • Decision  After your interview we will write to let you know if we intend to invite you to join our staff on a probationary basis.  Of course, you may decide at this point that we aren’t the activity for you and you are at liberty to decline the invitation to join.  If we think you are not appropriate we will write back explaining our reasons (it’s important that we only accept adults for whom volunteer service with young people is appropriate).
  • Probation Your probationary appointment is subject to receiving satisfactory references and a clear enhanced criminal records check.  If your references and/or disclosure check are not satisfactory then regrettably we may have to ask you to leave. Probation for non-uniformed staff is usually 3 months, and for uniformed staff its 6 months normally.
  • Equipment   Uniform and other equipment is only issued once references and DBS checks are satisfactorily completed.
  • Training  You will need to attend a basic induction course lasting one weekend at some point in your probationary period, plus other periodic CFAV training periods.
  • Confirmation After your probationary period (or longer if you have not yet attended the basic induction course) your appointment will be confirmed or we may decide to extend your probationary period if we feel we or you need more time to decide about confirming your appointment.

You may like to visit us before submitting your application.  If so, please contact us by email and we will arrange a suitable appointment to tour your chosen unit and meet senior staff.

What We Expect 

Our basic expectations are:

  • Safeguarding  You keep the safety and welfare of our cadets as your paramount concern.
  • Regulations  You adhere to VCC and MOD regulations.
  • Commitment You commit an amount of time that suits your role and keep to it (letting us know in advance if you need to change it).
  • Training  You attend relevant staff training (usually around two or three weekends per year) as a minimum.
  • Standards  You wear our uniform with pride and maintain the honour and traditions of the Cadet Corps and the Naval Service.

Whilst we value applications from a diverse range of people our foremost obligation is to ensure the welfare and safety of our cadets.  Applicants will be assessed to ensure they meet our standards and are appropriate to be CFAVs, including being role models that our cadets can look up to.  Being a CFAV does not mean any obligation to join HM Armed Forces and there is no call-up liability.

Some of our CFAVs have been part of the VCC for over 35 years and whilst we don’t expect every volunteer to commit for that length of service it does show that joining the VCC could be a significant and worthy part of your life.

We look forward to hearing from you.