Army cadets : Sections – Expedition

Leaders should familiarise themselves with the aim, principles and the general conditions of the expeditions section.

Expeditions in Wild Country

All leaders are reminded that there is a requirement to complete an Expedition Notification Form for expeditions in Wild Country whenever assessment or training is to be carried out in a Wild Country area as defined by the DofE.

A copy of this form, with a clearly marked route, must be sent to a representative of ACFA as listed below at least seven weeks in advance for expeditions requiring the appropriate Expedition Co-ordinator to supply an assessor (preferred method). For expeditions not requiring an assessor to be provided by the Panel, and for practice (accompanied) expeditions, the form should be submitted at least five weeks in advance. Only after the form has been approved by ACFA should it be forwarded to the appropriate Expedition Area Co-ordinator

Expeditions Abroad

Similarly, for any expedition abroad, an Expedition Notification Form for expeditions Abroad the Blue Form must be completed.
Two copies of this form must be sent to Lt Col Mike Gerrish, Edenhills, Bolton, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6AL. (or e-mail to [email protected]) at least thirteen weeks in advance.

Adventurous Projects

Very occasionally, Army Cadets over the age of 16 and other eligible members of the Cadet Forces have the opportunity to undertake an adventure which does not fit neatly into the conditions of the expedition section. The former Other Adventurous Project (OAP) has been replaced by the Variations process.

Please note that the vast majority of ventures which are submitted for consideration as an Adventurous Project either do, in fact, fit into the conditions for a normal expedition or contravene the conditions unacceptably (usually because participants are not given the opportunity to plan their route, they are not catering for themselves, or they are accompanied by leaders or guides). Almost always in these instances, the venture, although adventurous, is in an inappropriate location for a DofE expedition.

Participants, with the assistance of their leaders, should complete the Application for variation application form, and send it to Lt Col Mike Gerrish, Edenhills, Bolton, Appleby, Cumbria, CA16 6AL. (or e-mail to [email protected]) at least thirteen weeks in advance.

There is a great deal of research to be undertaken prior to the form being submitted, and participants are advised to start the process at least 4 months before the intended venture.

Combined Cadet Force

1. The process for the CCF Contingents operating the DofE through ACFA is identical to that above for the ACF, with the additional request that a copy of any application form should be sent to the CCF Advisor

Further Information / support Please contact the Expeditions Advisor or the CCF Advisor should you require assistance with completing any of Expedition/OAP paperwork

Sections – Skills

Military & Brass Bands


Play various simple scales from memory

Play their own part of 4 marches or tunes

Sight read a simple melody

Play more difficult scales

Play their own part in a slow march, a quick march and a waltz.

Sight read more difficult melodies

Be efficient members of a marching or concert band

Have a good knowledge of the elements of music

Know all the major and minor scales

Be able to assist in instructing on their own instrument

Continue to build up a repertoire of marches and tunes.


Progress should be continuously assessed by the Bandmaster or Instructor. Governing Body/Organisation The Royal Military School of Music, Knellar Hall. The ACFA Band Committee


What is it?
   Good communications is essential to a modern army. Signalling training involves learning the basic techniques used, and researching the history of signalling. There are Signals Platoons in many ACF Counties.
Safety Message
   The use of radios involves electricity. Participants should be aware of rules for safe handling of any electrical equipment used, and supervised where necessary.
·       Undertake basic signals training prior to the Signal Classification Test.
·       Understand the role of communication in the Army
·       Know basic voice procedure including simple radios nets and elementary call signs
·       Have a knowledge of radio equipment
·       Understand the importance of effective communications
·       Undertake further training and qualify in the Signal Classification Test
·       Research the history of the Royal Corps of Signals and their role in today?s Army
·       Have a knowledge of line instruments and field testing
·       Gain competence in all communications procedures
·       Learn more advanced radio skills
·       Attend a CCF/ACF Cadets signals course.
·       Begin qualifying as a Cadet Assistant Instructor in signals
·       Demonstrate an ability of instruct cadets up to the standard of the Classification Test.
Assessment should be carried out by a NCO, WO or Officer from a Signals Unit, or a suitably qualified Adult.
Governing Body/Organisation
               Royal Corps of Signals ACF Signals Officer

Skill at Arms and Shooting, which is not available in the Programmes File.

What is it?

This involves learning the skills of maintaining and handling weapons safely and competently, and applying that skill to target shooting. The range of weapons will be those which are currently approved for use by the ACF.

Safety Message

Rules for safe handling of weapons and the conduct of ranges is contained in the current edition of Cadet Training Safety Precautions. In particular no Cadet may handle a weapon unless under the supervision of a competent Officer or AI.


  • Cadets should undertake activities from the following list appropriate to their ability and stage reached in the APC, and the length of the period of the Service.
  • Undertake Skill at Arms Training at basic and 1 -star level both theoretical and practical
  • Pass the 1-star Skill at Arms Test
  • Know the rules for firing on miniature ranges and 25/30 metre ranges
  • Be a second class shot with the air rifle or No8 .22 rifle as laid down in the current APC (ACF) syllabus
  • Continue Skill at Arms training at 2 star level
  • Pass the 2-star Skill at Arms test
  • Know the rules for firing on all ranges
  • Pass the GP Rifle grouping test as laid down in the APC (ACF) syllabus
  • Be a first class shot with the air rifle or .22 rifle
  • Continue Skill at Arms training at 3-star level.
  • Pass the 3-star Skill at Arms test
  • Pass the GP Rifle Test or the LSW test as laid down in the APC (ACF) syllabus
  • Learn the use of the Target Rifle
  • Pass the Target Rifle Test
  • Enter the ACF Cadet Hundred small-bore competition and obtain an average score of 80 on four targets
  • Enter the Montgomery of Alamein or Earl Roberts competition for the GP Rifle
  • Enter the Commonwealth Target Rifle Match or fire in the ISCRM at Bisley.
  • Enter other competitions such as:
  • News of the World
  • Country Life


Skill at Arms and shooting training and assessment will be carried out in accordance with the APC syllabus. The record book should be signed by an Officer or Adult holding a Range Management Qualification, and in the case of competitions, by the County Shooting Officer.

Governing Body/Organisation

ACFA Shooting Committee c/o Duke of Yorks HQ Turks Row, London. Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting (CCRS) Derby Lodge, Bisley.