Scots Cadets Take Their First Steps

Published on 08/12/2018

Some of the newest cadets in the VCC took their first steps towards passing out as Royal Marines Cadets in early December when they embarked on their first weekend exercise.  Ex First Steps is designed to teach the cadets the basic skills of camp craft and field craft, and involves a night under the stars and living off rations.  Even the chilly Scottish autumn couldn’t dampen the cadets’ spirits as they got stuck into their training.  The cadets ‘pass out’ for duty in January.

Connaught Cadet Challenge

Published on 10/10/2018

Well done to cadets from HMS Sultan RNVCC and Portsmouth Division RMVCC for participating in the second annual Connaught Cadet Challenge at HMS Excellent on Sat 6 Oct 2018.  This is an inter-unit skills and drills competition for cadet organisations in Hampshire, involving stances such as navigation, leadership, watermanship and archery.  The VCC won the observation stance whilst Hampshire and Isle of Wight ACF won the overall competition.

BTEC Success

Published on 10/10/2018

Well done to Aaron, a cadet from Portsmouth Division RMVCC, on recently attaining his BTEC Level 2 award. in Personal Development in the Community.  BTECs are just one of the extra curricular achievements cadets can word towards in the Volunteer Cadet Corps.

VCC Commandant’s Review Parade

Published on 13/03/2017


We are looking forward to our big parade on Sunday 19 March 2017. Spectators are to ensure that they have provided names and car details to their parent VCC unit so that access arrangements can be made. Please note that there is limited parking so spectators are advised to arrive on foot please.  Photo ID may be required so please bring that.

Cadets will be attending HMS Excellent on Saturday to rehearse; timings will be issued by each unit.  Spectators are asked to arrive at the Drill Shed at HMS Excellent on Sunday between 1015 and 1045, and the parade will finish around 1200 followed by refreshments.

Any ex -cadets who wish to attend should email ports-admin@rmvcc to apply for entry to the parade.

New Recruits Fall In at Pompey

Published on 08/03/2017

Over 25 new recruits joined the Portsmouth Division RMVCC and HMS Excellent RNVCC at Whale Island on the evening of Tuesday 7 March during their induction presentation.  After a welcome from the CO, Lt Col Terry Wing RMC, the recruits and their parents/guardians listened to a number of briefs as they were introduced to life in the VCC and what awaits them over the next few months.  The recruits were also taken away for their first drill lesson – we start as we mean to go on!

If you would like to be in the next intake, in Sep/Oct 2017, get in contact via

Next Portsmouth VCC Recruit Intake

Published on 20/02/2017

The next recruit intake for Royal Marines Cadets and Royal Naval Cadets in Portsmouth is taking place on the evening of Tuesday 7 March 2017.  There is still time to apply so if you or a young person you know are aged between 9 and 16 and wants to Meet The Challenge of being a cadet with the VCC then why not download our application form and march straight in!

Visit HMS Excellent RNVCC and Portsmouth Division RMVCC for further information about what we do.

VCC Commandant’s Review

Published on 03/01/2017

The VCC Commandant’s Review parade will take place on Sunday 19 March 2017 at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth to mark the 116th birthday of the Volunteer Cadet Corps.  Cadets and staff from across the VCC will assemble for a ceremonial parade followed by a reception of light refreshments.  We expect a number of high profile Royal Navy and Royal Marines guests to attend.

Cadets will be expected to attend on Sat 18 March 2017 as well for rehearsals (some cadets may need to travel on the Friday afternoon/evening).

Further details about the event and how to apply for spectator tickets will be issued later.

New Year, New Website

Published on 02/01/2017

As we welcome a New Year we also welcome a new website for the Volunteer Cadet Corps.  Our brand new internet presence brings all of our units under one roof and reflects our unified structure as we embark on another busy year and look to expand the organisation.
The new website provides useful information about the VCC as a whole as well as about our individual units.  There are restricted pages allowing registered users to access information relevant to serving cadets and staff, as well as useful links and other helpful information such as forms and safety information.
We intend to develop the website over time so if you have any feedback please let us know.
For serving cadets and staff a letter will be issued later this week with instructions on how to register for the restricted areas of the site.
Please take time to explore and enjoy the pages of our new site.
Meet The Challenge!

Review of the Year 2016

Published on 01/01/2017

As we march into 2017 please join us on our YouTube channel to look back at some of the highlights of the last 12 months in our Review of the Year 2016.