The UK Service Cadet movement is one of the oldest and most successful voluntary youth organisations in the world.

The movement comprises the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, Royal Air Force Air Cadets and Combined Cadet Force. There are around 10,000 Cadets in Scotland, supported by around 2,000 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

The aim of the UK Cadet Forces is to contribute to the development and preparation of young people for transition to adulthood, empowering them to meet the challenges of a changing society through dynamic, military-themed and community-based activities. The Cadet Forces also aid the personal and social development of young people by instilling in them the attributes of good citizenship, leadership and responsibility, as well as by promoting physical and mental fitness and self-reliance.

All the Cadet Forces offer activities that include adventure training, such as caving, hiking, survival training and white-water rafting; a range of sporting activities, such as tug-of-war, football, rugby and swimming; and vocational qualifications, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, First Aid and the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Awards.

The Cadet movement also places a strong onus on positively contributing to local communities. As such, cadets play an active part in ceremonial events including public and military parades, local fetes, carnivals and charitable activities.