South West Reservist and Cadet News - November 2015
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7 Military Intelligence Battalion

The Intelligence Corps is one of the smallest Corps in the British Army. However, what the Corps lacks in size it more than makes up for in impact and influence.

Throughout history it has always been important for a military commander to obtain and understand intelligence with regards to their enemy. Modern military operations are no exception, and are now almost entirely dependent upon the provision of highly accurate and timely intelligence. All of this can have an effect upon how a military commander may plan and execute an operation.  Read more.

PC who is also an Army Cadets leader receives Lord-Lieutenant's Award

A Cinderford policeman who previously served 10 years in the Welsh Guards has been honoured by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire for his dedicated work with Army Cadets in the county.

Lieutenant Mark Evans received his Certificate for Meritorious Service from Dame Janet Trotter DBE, during a ceremony at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps headquarters, Imjin Barracks, Gloucester.

Read more.

Exeter hosts Devon's 2015 Poppy Appeal launch

The Launch of this year’s Poppy Appeal in Devon is set to surprise the city of Exeter. Starting at 11am on Saturday 24th October, a large parade involving numerous cadet units from across the county will march through the city centre to the Cathedral. 

The activities surrounding the Launch will continue in the afternoon at the city’s St James Football Stadium. Read more.

FR20 Programme Update - Autumn 2015

Foreword - Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves & Cadets)
Major General John Crackett

We continue to make good progress in the delivery of the FR20 Programme. This has been confirmed by the External Scrutiny Team’s first statutory report on FR20 and the Reserve Forces in July which concluded that the programme is on or near track for delivery. As you will read below, we continue to improve the Reserve proposition and the relationship 
between Defence and employers. This is evident from the increasing number of people signing up to the Reserves; the tri-service Reserves strength as at 1 August 2015 is 32,560.  Read more.

Dorset Healthcare pledges support to the Armed Forces

Dorset Healthcare has publicly pledged their support to the Armed Forces community by signing the Corporate Covenant.

The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant is a voluntary pledge which allows businesses and charities to publicly

 outline how they are willing to demonstrate their support to the armed forces community.

Dorset Healthcare signed the Corporate Covenant at their Annual Members Meeting, held at The Tank Museum, Bovington, and has pledged to offer greater support to veterans and their families.  Read more.

Sea Cadets Newsletter

The Sea Cadets November newsletter is now available.  For news about the Sea Cadets throughout the country click here.

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About Wessex RFCA

The Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association is an independent, non-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the 3000 tri-service Reservists and 14,000 Cadets across the South West of England.

The RFCA is also required to assist the Defence Council and all three services at any level. To find out more about the RFCA
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Reservists come from all backgrounds, regions and jobs and get paid to train in their spare time. The Reserves cover all three services - The Royal Naval Reserve, Army Reserve, The Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Air Force Reserve. Find out more.


The aim of the UK cadet forces are to contribute to the development of young people. Cadets have the chance develop new skills and qualities needed to ensure they become the next generation of responsible citizens. Find out more.

Alternative Venues

Alternative Venues Wessex has a range of interesting buildings available to rent across the South West - from fully equipped Cadet and Territorial Army Centres to beautiful listed buildings dating back hundreds of years. Find out more.

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