Cadet Aviation Proficiency Weekend Highlights! 

Published on 29/01/2024

Sat 20 Jan 2024, marked our first Volunteer Cadet Corps Cadet Naval Aviation Proficiency Course held jointly with the Sea Cadets.

Together, we delved into topics covering the History of the Fleet Air Arm, Principles of Flight, Radiotelegraphy, Metrology, Flight Deck Operations, and the exciting world of Aviation Careers. 

The first day our cadets were stationed on the iconic HMS BELFAST, allowing them a unique opportunity to “kip on a ship” and immerse themselves in the maritime life. 

Day two was equally epic, as we embarked on a visit to the Farnborough Air Sciences Museum. Cadets and Adult Volunteers had the chance to get hands-on with awe-inspiring aviation history, explore cockpit interiors, and immerse themselves in flight simulators. 

SLt (VCC) Gary Fletcher, Executive Officer (Training) said “In a remarkable collaboration – 1 Cadet Force, 2 RN Cadet Force Organisations, 17 cadets, and 6 staff members working seamlessly to create an educational experience that surpassed expectations. The synergy between Sea Cadets and the Volunteer Cadet Corps was evident as they shared knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm for aviation”

The impact was undeniable, with some cadets leaving the experience not only inspired but also googling the realm of aviation careers. The Farnborough Air Sciences Museum shop can attest to our cadets’ zeal, as they practically cleared the shelves of aviation magazines! 

New First Sea Lord Cadets Appointed

Published on 19/01/2024

On Friday 19 January, two new VCC First Sea Lord’s Cadets were appointed during an investiture ceremony in the historic surrounding’s of Lord Nelson’s flagship in Portsmouth. Joining cadets from the Sea Cadet Corps and Combined Cadet Force, the cadets accompanied by members of their families visited HMS VICTORY to meet Adm Sir Ben Key KCB CBE, First Sea Lord, and receive their certificates and badges.

Congratulations to Cdt WO1 (RSM) Harvey from Portsmouth RMVCC and Cdt CSgt Phoebe from Bands of RMVCC Gosport on your appointment!

After attending the event onboard HMS VICTORY, Lt Col (VCC) Chris Spratt, Commander VCC, said “the First Sea Lord’s Cadets are regarded as some of the very best cadets from their respective organisations and play a crucial role in shaping the future of the Corps.

It’s a unique opportunity to have their voices heard and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

Throughout the year, the First Sea Lord’s Cadets attend a number of high-profile events, representing the Corps at official ceremonies, functions, formal parades and ship visits.

It also offers them a privileged insight into higher naval policy and work of senior Royal Navy serving officers.


Published on 14/12/2023

This week saw Richard Spratt, an adult volunteer at Portsmouth Division Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps retire from his role marking 37 years’ service to the Volunteer Cadet Corps.

Richard, who has dedicated many thousands of hours in and out of uniform behind the scenes to support the VCC with creating and managing logistical elements of our activities, supporting weekend exercises, attending summer camps and much much more; Richard has been instrumental in enhancing the experience of thousands of cadets through his long service.

As the epitome of a dedicated adult volunteer, it only seemed fitting for Richard to be awarding him a Commander VCC Commendation by way of formal thanks from our organisation, which Commander RNCF, Cdre Jo Adey ADC, was delighted to present on behalf of Lt Col (VCC) Chris Spratt.

The thanks continued with a presentation of a small token of thanks by Richard’s Unit Commanding Officer, WO2 (VCC) Stuart Hinchliffe, marking his final evening and an end to his remarkable career within our organisation.

BZ Richard, and thanks for everything.

Looking Back at the King’s Coronation

Published on 14/11/2023

Today is HM The King’s 75th birthday so it seems a good opportunity to look back at the Coronation earlier this year and reflect upon the VCC’s involvement in this historic occasion. To do so, we’re delighted to link with our friends in the Royal Marines Charity and the Globe & Laurel magazine here.

Happy birthday Your Majesty from everyone in the Volunteer Cadet Corps.

Summer Camp Comes to an End

Published on 07/08/2023

On Saturday 5 August over 170 cadets and 45 adult volunteers travelled home after an amazing week away in south Wales. Over the past week, the cadets and staff had dived into an action packed training programme with coasteering, team building activities, first aid lessons, sports, a theme park visit, paddle boarding, axe throwing, competitions, archery, field exercise and rowing. Based at Merrion Camp on Castlemartin Training Area near Pembroke, the camp was designed around challenge, achievement and fun.

All of this was planned and delivered by a dedicated group of unpaid adult volunteers, focused on the safety and well-being of our cadets.

If you would like to have a similar experience just apply to join your nearest VCC unit.