Independent Report Celebrates Positive Impact of Cadet Forces

Published on 15/06/2021

The University of Northampton recently released its four year study into the positive impact of being in a cadet force has on young people.

  • Four-year university study provides extensive assessment of cadets
  • Huge well-being and career benefits
  • Defence Command Paper outlines commitment to invest in the Cadet Forces

The UK currently has 130,000 cadets and almost 30,000 adult volunteers supporting them. This follows the Cadet Expansion Programme launched by HM Government in 2012 which saw the number of school cadet units double to over 500 by last year.

During a visit to a local cadet unit based in a South London all-girls school, Defence Minister James Heappey explained that the study found participation in the Cadet programmes led to greatly improved communication and leadership skills.

“I AM DELIGHTED TO READ THE POSITIVE CONCLUSIONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON’S REPORT INTO OUR CADETS, WHICH EMPHASISES THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS PROGRAMME FOR BOTH YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULT VOLUNTEERS.

“CADETS FORM A VITAL PART OF THE COMMUNITIES THEY REPRESENT, BUILDING CONFIDENCE, RESILIENCE AND FRIENDSHIP IN A UNIQUE SETTING. THIS REPORT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES HOW CADET FORCES BENEFIT OUR YOUTH BY BROADENING THEIR HORIZONS AND UNLOCKING THEIR POTENTIAL.” Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heappey

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, added: “I have seen for myself how the values of our Armed Forces – those of resilience, self-discipline and perseverance – can benefit so many of our young people with skills they can rely on well into adult life. That, for me, is one of the biggest benefits of this growing programme and why we are expanding it into even more schools. This study confirms the positive impact that being a Cadet can have, by levelling up outcomes in education, employment and health for young people.”

Not only were these positive attributes developed within the Cadet Forces; the study found the skills gained through cadets’ experiences are reflected in other aspects of life. For example, participation was directly linked to increased social mobility, improved educational outcomes and greater employability.

Additionally, improved mental and physical well-being and strong community links are included in the findings, particularly for those who experience economic or other disadvantages. The well-being benefits from participation may result in fewer visits to the GP or less use of mental health support services.

“OUR RESEARCH HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE CADET FORCES PROVIDE STRUCTURED CHALLENGE, DISCIPLINE, TRAINING, EDUCATION AND, IMPORTANTLY, FUN. CADETS AND THEIR ADULT VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS GAIN NEW SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS WHICH INCREASE THEIR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THE POSITIVE IMPACTS ON SOCIAL MOBILITY ARE, FRANKLY, AMAZING. THE CADET FORCES REPRESENT A VERY GOOD USE OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY.” Professor Simon Denny, Institute for Social Innovation and Impact, the University of Northampton

The report outlines a significant return on investment in the Cadet Forces, with the cadet experience offering potentially life-changing opportunities for career progression and vocational qualifications. This results in increased career prospects for those who may not hold traditional educational qualifications.

Earlier this year, the Defence Command Paper outlined a refreshed commitment to invest in the Cadet Forces, and the MOD will continue to work jointly with the Department for Education to develop and expand the programme to provide this opportunity to more young people.

The Ministry of Defence and Department for Education also announced a further £1.1 million of funding for the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) in April 2021. The CEP builds on the Government’s support for children’s wellbeing as they make the transition back to the classroom, as well as its £1.7 billion investment in programmes targeted at young people who may benefit from additional help with academic, social or emotional skills.

The University of Northampton’s full report, entitled ‘What is the social impact and return on investment resulting from expenditure on the Cadet Forces in the UK?’ can be viewed here.

THANK YOU!

Published on 23/03/2021

The Volunteer Cadet Corps is fortunate enough to be supported by a number of organisations but we are particularly proud of the relationship with The Connaught Trust. The Trust has graciously awarded a number of grants in support of VCC activities and recently contributed towards the funding new instruments for our Cadet Band in Gosport, which would have a hugely positive impact on our cadet’s musical development and allow younger members to embark on their musical journey but also to procure handheld radios and an associated VHF licence which will be used during weekend field exercises and other occasions such as when the VCC attends summer shows and charitable events, as well as Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions and when in convoy on long journeys.

Please visit their website to learn about the fascinating history of the Trust but also see how they have helped so many cadets and reservists in the Hampshire and IOW area achieve their potential over the years.

We extend our continued thanks to the Trustees of the Connaught Trust and look forward to developing our partnership further.

Capt (VCC) Louis Colpitts, Executive Officer (Support) said “We at the VCC passionately believe that children should have the opportunity to become involved in music and reap the benefits of playing an instrument, with all of the educational positives that follow. The generous grant allows our young people the opportunity to learn a musical instrument provides them with many important life skills, such as patience, perseverance, confidence, and self-discipline, all of which will put them in good stead well into their adult lives.”

VCC120

Published on 08/01/2021

As you know, we are celebrating our 120th anniversary this year. Our original plans have had to be pushed back due to Covid (more details on them soon) but we’d still like to celebrate our actual Cadet Corps birthday on the day itself, 14 February.

Therefore, we’d like to publish a video with as many cadets and adult volunteers as possible from across the VCC saying happy birthday in uniform (don’t worry, we wont ask anyone to sing!).

Therefore, much like the ‘Clap For Carers’ last year we invite cadets and staff to climb back into uniform and film a short clip simply saying “Happy Birthday VCC”.

A couple of points to help with filming:

• Please use landscape orientation of filming not portrait, ideally upper body only.

• We’d like a selection of uniforms so it would be great to have clips with cadets and staff in PCS, MTP, Lovats, Blues and Band Ceremonial dress please. Those in MTP can even get ‘cammed up’ and put their field kit on if they’d like.

• Please make sure uniforms are worn correctly (ie: collars done up, buttons, fastened, headress on properly, etc).

• Please use a neutral or not-too-busy background (eg: garden, blank wall), or a background that has something relevant in shot (eg: a VCC, RN or RM crest or badge on a wall, or possibly a picture/photo/flag relevant to the cadets).

Can you please email your video clips to our webmaster at info@laketreeconsultancy.co.uk and we’ll take it from there. Please note that by submitting your video clip we will assume you or (for cadets) your parents/carers give the VCC permission to use it in our media publications.

We may be in lock down but lets still try to celebrate our special birthday in style.

Comd VCC

CHANGE OF COMMAND FOR THE VOLUNTEER CADET CORPS

Published on 19/12/2020

CHANGE OF COMMAND FOR THE VOLUNTEER CADET CORPS

The torch of knowledge changes hands as the current Commander of the VCC, Lieutenant Colonel (VCC) Terence Wing VR steps down from his Command on 31 December 2020 after 6 years of being in the position and 13 years with the organisation.  

The Royal Navy has appointed Major (VCC) Christopher Spratt as the next Commander of the Volunteer Cadet Corps. He will take post on 1 January 2021. Maj Spratt is currently the Deputy Commander of the VCC.

Lt Col Wing joined the organisation after completing his military career as a Commissioned Officer with the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and took up post as the Training Officer of the Portsmouth Division RMVCC in 2007, he then went onto become the Commanding Officer of the Division in 2009. After completing his time with Portsmouth Division RMVCC he was promoted to Lt Col in 2014 to take up the post of very first appointed Commander of the Volunteer Cadet Corps. He has steered the VCC into the organisation that it is today, fully sponsored and recognised by the Ministry of Defence and more visible to the public. The contribution of Lt Col Wing has been both on the front line and behind the scenes, and is the pillar upon which the VCC now stands today. He has tackled the challenging issues of establishing the VCC as a single service organisation complete with a new headquarters, setting up the VCC Training Centre, establishing a VCC wide cadet training syllabus, organisational expansion, transition to a fully MOD Sponsored Cadet Force, forming independent charities and all with commitment,  energy and passion.

Lt Col Wing said “It has been a genuine privilege to command the Volunteer Cadet Corps and, whilst it was a very difficult decision to step down, I know the organisation is in great shape and in safe hands for the future. I thank all cadets, adult volunteers and wider stakeholders of the VCC for their support and friendship, and wish them continuing success.”  

Lt Col Wing has committed to his VCC duties whilst owning and managing a successful facilities management company in Hampshire.

Having been with the VCC since 1982, Maj Spratt has progressed through the ranks as both a Cadet and Cadet Force Adult Volunteer. Formerly the Commanding Officer of Portsmouth Division RMVCC, Maj Spratt has held a range of appointments in his 32 years of volunteering, including Company Commander and Chief Instructor – indeed, he’s the first VCC ex-cadet to go from the very bottom to the very top in their Unit and Organisation.

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the next Commander of the Volunteer Cadet Corps. Watching our young people develop and ‘Meet the Challenge’ of modern life is truly inspiring but I know that the organisation would not enjoy its superb reputation without the determination and commitment of an excellent team of permanent staff working with an amazing network of adult volunteers.  I have enormous respect and gratitude for everything that Colonel Terry has achieved for the VCC during his tenure, and I am looking forward to helping the organisation grow and march confidently into the future with my dedicated Senior Leadership team.” In his civilian life, Maj Spratt lives in Hampshire and works as a corporate real estate director for part of Cambridge University.

The entire Volunteer Cadet Corps wishes Lt Col Wing well for the future.

Lt Col T E Wing VR (VCC), Outgoing Commander VCC

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VJ Day 75 |Remembrance

Published on 30/07/2020

With so many events cancelled or restricted for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on 15 August 2020, join the Volunteer Cadet Corps in commemorating VJ Day by sending paper cranes to us at Headquarters, where they will be assembled into a paper wreath for the Children’s Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park.

15 August 2020 is the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, when Imperial Japan surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II. During six years of fighting, at least 50 million people died. Shortly before VJ Day, on 6 and 9 August 1945, the United States, with the consent of the United Kingdom, dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively, to bring an end to the Pacific War. The atomic bombs killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, the majority of whom were civilians. This devastating loss of life brought about the Japanese surrender.

What is the Children’s Peace Monument?

The Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima is dedicated to Sadako Sasaki who died of radiation poisoning as a result of the atomic bomb aged 12. While she was in hospital, Sadako wanted to fold a thousand cranes – in Japanese tradition, if you fold 1000 cranes you are granted a wish. Sadako’s wish was to have a world without nuclear weapons. Today, thousands of origami cranes from all over the world are offered to her monument. This is where your cranes wreath will be laid.

How do I make a paper crane?

 Follow this step-by-step tutorial video to create your own paper crane.

Where do I send my cranes?

Once you have made your paper cranes, please send them to: Headquarters Volunteer Cadet Corps, 158 Building, HMS EXCELLENT, Whale Island, PORTSMOUTH, PO2 8ER. The closing date is 21 August 2020