Cadets from Normandy Company, Somerset Cadet Bn (The Rifles) ACF, representing the battalion, after competing in the Rifles Cup Competition on Bulford Training Area. The Rifles Cup is a multi-faceted competition including command tasks, patrolling, contact drills, target recognition, endurance, team work and shooting amongst others. The Team comprised: Cadet Company Serjeant Major Eden Frew (i/c), Cadet Corporal Charlie Matthews (2i/c), Cadet Serjeant Harry Gray, Cadet Corporal Liam Gardner, Cadet Corporal George Milton, Cadet Lance Corporal Ben Anderson, Cadet Lance Corporal Michael Gardner, Cadet Lance Corporal Sam Maundrill & Cadet Sean Starke (all from Midsomer Norton Platoon), Cadet Lance Corporal James Hamilton (Shepton Mallet Platoon) and Cadet Lance Corporal Phil Stanley (Bath Platoon).

The Rifles capbadged ACF and CCF detachments are an integral part of the Regiment.

They come from the national UK Army Cadet Force Association and Combined Cadet Forces from Schools and Colleges. Approximately 25% of the Army Cadet force Association wears a Rifles Cap Badge and the Regiment is currently affiliated with 48 Combined Cadet Forces around the country.

Cadet organisations provide challenging adventurous and community activities set against a flavour of military life. They are not recruiting agencies, but use military values to develop young people to play a dynamic and constructive role in society. It aims to inspire young people to ‘go further’ and achieve success in life with a spirit of service to community and country, to develop in the young the qualities of good citizens and employees.

Activities in the Cadets encourage the development of leadership and communicative skills, engendering the ability to work successfully as a member of a team. Training often of a challenging and exciting nature is used to foster confidence, initiative, self-reliance, loyalty and respect and a sense of service to others. All key qualities in a good Rifleman, and also in a good citizen who can contribute to their communities.


Winchester Mayor’s Cadet Badge Awarded to Cpl Grant-Howell of 6 Platoon RIFLES, Hants and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force (ACF)

On Mon 25 January the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Angela Clear visited 6 Platoon (Rifles), Z Company to award the current Mayor’s Cadet Cpl Beatrice Grant-Howell her unique badge.

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SMI Dale Hawkins Arnhem medal recognition for 20 years of marching

The ‘Glorious Gloucesters’ remembered respected and represented

The Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Army Cadet Force contingent consists of one highly motivated detachment within the County.

The Rifles National Cadet Cup Competition took place on Salisbury Plain in September 2015. For more info visit their page here and see the video on their youtube channel