Looking for a rewarding hobby?

Ticknall’s Army Cadet Detachment is run by volunteers, who invest their spare time in to the development of young people aged 12 – 18. Their aim is To Inspire, To Achieve.

Volunteers may be Instructors and wear the Army’s combat uniform, or be Civilian Assistants and perform a variety of support roles. No military or Cadet experience is required, full training is given at no cost. You must accept a background check and be able to pass a basic medical assessment. Our volunteers vary greatly! From students to business owners and aged 18 – 70.


Second Lieutenant, Detachment Commander Paul Thomas, joined in 2014:

“I’m a keen outdoors person, I enjoy mountain biking, climbing and other adventurous sports. The Army Cadets offers courses & qualifications at a very modest personal cost – far less than any commercial outlet! I visited a local Detachment to find out more.

One of the first things I witnessed was a 15 year old Cadet teaching a group of new recruits basic first aid. He was recounting a time when he applied life-saving first aid to an injured member of the public. His maturity, and the respect he commanded from his audience, was incredible. At that moment I knew I wanted to invest my time in coaching young people; building their confidence and developing their leadership and teamworking skills.

Volunteers develop great pride in their Cadets because they achieve so much. I consider my role a privilege with an exciting future. Like many, I only regret not joining sooner!”

Civilian Assistants may help with administration, organising kit & equipment, supporting Duke of Edinburgh Awards, training first aid and adventurous sports, music, driving and more.

Instructors will do all the above plus deliver a range of military themed subjects from a syllabus (full training given).

You will be asked to Parade at a Detachment in the Derby area (if not Ticknall) one night per week, between 7 & 9pm. You’ll also be invited to support weekend activities that see Cadets going to Army camps, sporting events and much more. In addition, you can attend free courses in military subjects and public relations, and work towards industry recognised qualifications in music, leadership & management, first aid and adventurous sports.

To find out more visit www.armycadets.com and contact Paul Thomas on 07748 332058.

Paul Thomas

Through his work with the Army Cadets, Paul is concerned with the Defence of The Realm - especially Ticknall.
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Through his work with the Army Cadets, Paul is concerned with the Defence of The Realm - especially Ticknall.

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