There is now a vacancy for Cadet Commandant within The Black Watch Battalion ACF. The normal place of duty will be the HQ of The Black Watch Battalion ACF which is situated in Queens Barracks, Perth. This appointment will take effect as of Monday 2nd August 2021.

Black Watch Battalion ACF comprises of 22 detachments which are divided into 5 Companies. The Battalion has over 430 cadets with 110 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (Officers and Adult Instructors) on strength.

The post of Commandant is a voluntary appointment. However, the successful applicant will receive remuneration appropriate to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as per the current Volunteer Allowance regulations currently up to 28 days, although it is acknowledged that the appointment
will require considerable volunteering time. In addition, payment for residence to place of duty and motor mileage allowances may be claimed when on official ACF duty.

The ACF Cadet Commandant is the Commanding Officer of the ACF within the geographical limits of their command. His or her role is to command, train and administer the County effectively, efficiently, and safely, within budget as directed by RPOC Commander. The successful candidate will work in close liaison with the Colonel Cadets, Deputy Commandants, RSMI, the Company Commanders, the CEO and QM.

To download the full vacancy notice, role specification and application procedure (pdf) click HERE.

The closing date for applications is 18 June.


The Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (HRFCA) is an enabling organisation supporting the Army Reserve and Cadet units across the Highlands of Scotland. Funded by the Ministry of Defence, one of our key, and expanding functions is to provide Administrative and Logistic support to the Army Cadet Force (ACF), a vibrant national youth organisation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Full Time Cadet Quartermaster (CQM) within HRFCA.

Those employed within HRFCA are Crown servants, and we are looking for an organised individual with excellent numeracy, literacy and Information Technology skills, who is able to learn new systems quickly, working with the minimum of supervision. They must also be capable of dealing with other military organisations. Line management is through the Cadet Executive Officer (CEO). 

As a condition of employment successful applicants are required to enrol into the ACF and will receive the appropriate Volunteer Allowance (VA) when attending as a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (CFAV). There is a requirement for security clearance and a satisfactory Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check.

The starting salary is £29,958, based on an All Hours Worked (AHW) contract, 47 hours, which includes lunch breaks. This allows some working during evenings and weekends. You are entitled, on entry, to 25 days paid leave (excluding public and privilege holidays) in each year, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ reckonable service. Prior service with HM Forces or Other Government Department (OGD) will count towards reckonable service. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to join the Council of RFCA Pension Scheme subject to the rules of the scheme. The scheme is a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) scheme, which has a personal contribution of 5% for members.  

Having a clean driving licence, with categories, D1+E, C+E would be advantageous. Based at Headquarters (HQ) 1 Highlanders ACF, Gordonville Road, Inverness, successful applicants will reside within reasonable commuting distance. Successful applicants will serve a 6-month probationary period in the first instance after which HRFCA may confirm as a permanent position. 

Job seekers who consider themselves as suitable candidates are invited to apply for this post.

Applicants should forward a CV comprising no more than 2 pages, nominate two referees, and send both with a covering letter demonstrating how they meet the essential requirements of the position and their wider motivation for the role, to:

Head of Business Administration and Finance
Highland RFCA
365 Perth Road

or email: 

The closing date for applications is noon on 25 June 2021. Interviews will be held at Battalion HQ, 1 Highlanders ACF, HRFCA Sub-Office, Gordonville Road, Inverness, IV2 4SU over the week 05-09 July 2021, with a proposed start date on 09 August 2021.

A full Job Description can be obtained from the above on request.


Applications are invited for the post of Cadet Executive Officer with 2nd Battalion The Highlanders, Army Cadet Force, based at Boddam, Aberdeenshire. It is anticipated that the post will be available for commencement on 1 September 2021.

The Army Cadet Force is a national uniformed youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. The delivery of youth work (the ‘cadet experience’) is led by civilian adult volunteers. It works to rules laid down by the Army. Administrative and logistic support is delivered by RFCA Professional Support Staff led by the Cadet Executive Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Highlanders. Within the 2nd Battalion The Highlanders a senior cadet force adult volunteer, the cadet commandant, is responsible to the Army for the delivery of the cadet experience and it is with this person the principal working relationship for the Cadet Executive Officer exists.

Previous experience as an Officer in the Armed Forces or their Cadet Forces with an understanding of military administration, or appropriate experience in the uniformed services or another youth organisation will be advantageous. The person specification is detailed at the end of the job description. However, particular emphasis is placed on:

  • Strong inter-personal communication, team-building and leadership skills, particularly in a mixed military-civilian environment. Experience of working with volunteers is a significant advantage.
  • Mental robustness.
  • Wide administrative and managerial experience to enable the delivery of effective administrative services, the management of staff and the role of being the Cadet Commandant’s principal advisor.
  • Familiarity with financial accounts and be capable of managing funds.
  • Experience of managing reports and returns and contributing to policy development to facilitate dealing with military headquarters at various levels.
  • Being up to date with current practice on diversity and inclusion.

The appointment will be for a probationary period of six months in the first instance, after which it may be confirmed on a permanent basis.

The successful applicant as a condition of employment shall be required to join the Army Cadet Force and conform to its Values and Standards. They will be appointed to the paid rank of Major and will receive the appropriate rate of pay for a full day’s training carried out up to a maximum of 28 days’ pay each year, in addition to the salary quoted above.

The successful candidate will also be required to be Security Cleared prior to appointment; this will include an Enhanced Disclosure from Disclosure Scotland.

The annual salary is currently £38,501 (all hours worked). The salary quoted includes an addition for working unsocial hours and for hours worked in excess of standard hours. The successful candidate will be eligible to join the Council of RFCA’s Pension Scheme which operates on a Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) basis and has a personal contribution for members of 5% of pensionable earnings. Annual leave, excluding Public Holidays, is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service; previous public sector employment may count towards qualifying years’ service. Applicants must have a clean driving licence and should live within reasonable commuting distance of the [location] office.

Applicants should forward a covering letter to: Craig Ansell, Head of Business Administration and Finance, Highland RFCA, Seathwood, 365 Perth Road, DUNDEE, DD2 1LX at setting out their suitability, interest and motivation for this post, together with a CV of no more than two pages. They should also nominate two referees. Applications should be received by noon on 11 Jun 21. Interviews will be held on 28 Jun – 02 Jul 21 and the successful applicant will be notified soon thereafter.

Should prospective candidates wish to obtain further information about this post prior to submitting their application they are encouraged to do so.

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