South West Reservist and Cadet News - January 2016
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Commandant Devon ACF recognised for achievements in 2016 New Year's Honour lists

We start 2016 on a really positive note! Congratulations to Colonel Ashley Fulford, Commandant of Devon ACF, who is one of two ACF Adult Volunteers nationally recognised for their dedication, in the annual New Year's Honours List.

Colonel Fulford has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Read more.

RAF Reserves put Jamie Oliver recruits through their paces

The Royal Air Force’s newest Reservist Squadron (Sqn) – 505 (Wessex) based at RAF St Mawgan recently hosted an exciting ‘boot camp’ event for 28 hopeful trainee chefs.

A series of well planned military activities were part of a selection day process for 16 – 24 year olds who were hoping to join the Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Chef programme at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant at Watergate Bay, run by the charity the

Cornwall Food Foundation.  The Charity offers the opportunity for successful applicants to gain their NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship in partnership with Cornwall College whilst completing on the job training with professional chefs at Fifteen Cornwall over a 15 month programme. Read more.

Sea Cadet Ranks - How to identify them and what they mean

The Sea Cadets (SCC) offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development through learning new skills and working in teams.

Throughout their time in the Sea Cadets, young people have the opportunity to

progress through a rank structure, which offers them new challenges and responsibilities. Click here for a guide to identifying those ranks and understanding what they mean.

RAF Reserves recruiting again as 505 Squadron moves into St Mawgan

The RAF is launching a New Year recruiting drive in Devon and Cornwall for Reservists to join a new General Support Squadron based at RAF St Mawgan, near Newquay.

505 (Wessex) Squadron is looking for men and women to train in a wide range of roles, including intelligence analysts, drivers, chefs, suppliers, RAF police and human resources specialists.

The commanding officer is Squadron Leader David Mann who said: “Ex-Regulars from the armed forces are welcome, but previous military experience is not essential. 

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Sea Cadets Newsletter

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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
click here.


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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