We are the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

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We are the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

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We are the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

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We are the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

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We are the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

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With no military experience needed, all training provided, and the chance to earn from £1,000 or more a year, find out why most of our volunteers find the cadets one of the most rewarding things they've ever done.
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    We are the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

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    The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for the Highlands is the organisation which facilitates, supports and promotes the Volunteer Reserve Forces of all three Armed Services and the three Cadet organisations in the region. It is one of thirteen RFCAs covering the UK.

    We are responsible for the wellbeing of the region’s Reserve Forces and Cadets, promoting the interests of the Armed Forces and building relationships with the local community and employers.

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    Reserves

    There are around 33,000 Volunteer Reservists in the UK. Coming from all backgrounds, regions and jobs, these are ordinary men and women who give up their time to train and serve alongside the Regular Forces.


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    Cadets

    The UK Service Cadet movement is one of the oldest and most successful voluntary youth organisations in the world. Sea Cadets (as the Naval Lads’ Brigade) began life in 1856, followed by the Army Cadet Force (as the Volunteers) in 1860. They were joined by the RAF Air Cadets (as the Air Training Corps) in 1941.


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    Latest News

    French pay tribute to Highlanders
    July 25, 2024
    A moving ceremony was held in the northern French town of Houdetot to pay tribute to the Scottish and French soldiers who fell in the Normandy town in June 1940. On Saturday 6 July flags were flying at Houdetot Cemetery and, in front of a large crowd, piper Christophe Toullec played Scotland the Brave to mark the beginning of the
    Covenant and Bronze Award for Birlinn Tech
    July 24, 2024
    Birlinn Tech was presented with the Armed Forces Covenant and Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze Award on 28 June. Highland RFCA’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Ray Watt presented both certificates at the organisation’s headquarters in Inverness. Ray (centre) is pictured with Birlinn Tech Director Alasdair Macdonald (right) and Operations Manager Duncan Hodgson. Birlinn Tech specialises in project management, rope
    Perth shows Armed Forces appreciation
    July 18, 2024
    Highland RFCA Chief Executive Brigadier (Retired) Mark Dodson MBE DL attended a parade at St John’s Kirk, Perth, to mark Armed Forces Day on 29 June. He was present in his capacity as Association Chief Executive as well as to represent Stephen Leckie Esquire, His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, as one of his Deputy Lieutenants. The event was
    New Aberdeen cadet building opened
    July 17, 2024
    The new 2nd Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force (ACF) building at Mastrick, Aberdeen, was opened officially on 3 June. The building forms part of Highland RFCA’s £1.4 million programme of cadet building replacements and follows similar builds in Newport, Bo’ness and Banff. The modular, energy-efficient design was manufactured off site and originally lifted into place by a crane in
    RMR puts employers through their paces
    July 15, 2024
    Employers were put through their paces by the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) Scotland during an exercise in Highland Perthshire. Exercise Wet Kipper was jointly organised by RMR Scotland and Highland RFCA and held at Polney Crag and Cally Loch, Dunkeld, on 27 June. The employer engagement exercise consisted of abseiling, a Tyrolean rope bridge traverse, a water obstacle crossing, and
    £1.3m Dingwall project taking shape
    July 10, 2024
    The new extension (pictured, above) at the Joint Cadet Centre (JCC) in Dingwall is taking shape. The £1.3 million project will increase the size of the existing 1st Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force (ACF) building, enabling it to become a facility shared by young people and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) from the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC). Two
    Wide-ranging support for Defence recognised
    July 9, 2024
    Highland RFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director Ray Watt had a busy start to June, presenting multiple Armed Forces Covenant and Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) certificates to six supportive organisations. Ray’s first stop was Aberdeen on 5 June to present O’Neill Ross Ltd and Hydrasun with their certificates. Artistic creation company O’Neill Ross Ltd first signed the Armed Forces Covenant
    Reserve Centre frame completed
    July 8, 2024
    Work on the £6.6 million project to replace the Army Reserve Centre (ARC) at Dunfermline continues apace. The steel frame for the new building was delivered on 7 May with installation work starting soon after. The frame is now fully in place with a new floor installed on the upper level and work to level and prepare the floor on

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