South West Reservist and Cadet News - October 2013
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Reservist describes 'experience of a lifetime' in Afghanistan

After ‘the experience of a lifetime’ serving in Afghanistan, Kiwi Corporal Dion Tantrum is back enjoying the routine of training in Dorset with the Territorial Army. Click here to read more.

We have a new website!

You can now find a host of new features, including Reservist and Cadet photo galleries, news, and our new 'Find a Unit' interactive map on Wessex RFCA's brand new website. Click here to explore the new website

Schools Cadet Expansion: Cadets at two Cheltenham schools join forces

Cadets from two Cheltenham schools, All Saints' Academy and Dean Close, joined forces for the first time in September as part of Wessex RFCA’s Schools Cadet Expansion programme. Read more...

Make-up artists wears real 'war-paint' training with Reservists

Rosie Cox loves her job as a Yeovil-based make-up artist but in her spare time she opts to use real ‘war paint’ as a Reservist with the Territorial Army... Click here to read more.

Steve Rose finds Army life irresistible

After five years in the Grenadier Guards and experiences ranging from service in Afghanistan to guard duties at Buckingham Palace, Steve Rose is back in Civvy Street. Not that he spent more than a week out of uniform... Read more.

Defence Minister visits Devon Cadets

Mark Francois The Minister of State for Defence, Personnel, Welfare and Veterans visited Air and Army Cadets at the Joint Cadet Centre in Newton Abbot, Devon, earlier in September. Read more.


Upcoming events of interest this October include
  • The annual Lord Lientenants Award Ceremonies in Gloucestershire, Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire
  • The South West Poppy Run taking place in Taunton.  

Visit our events calendar to read more.

Picture Galleries

Click on the images below to view this month's featured image galleries


News Items
  • Reservist Describes 'experience of a lifetime'
  • We have a new website!
  • Cheltenham Cadets join forces
  • Rosie swaps make-up for war-paint with the Reserves
  • Steve finds Army life irresistible
  • Defence Minister visits Cadets
  • Lord Lieutenants Awards 2013
  • The Poppy Run
  • Featured image galleries for October
About Us

Wessex RFCA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting Reservists and Cadets across the South West of England. The RFCA is also required to assist the Defence Council and all three services at any level.Click here 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, The Territorial Army (soon to become the Army Reserve), The Royal Marines Reserve and the Royal Air Force Reserve Find out more here.


The UK Cadet movement is one of the most successful youth organisationsin the world and has been running for over 150 years. Cadets have the chance develop new skills and qualities needed to ensure they become the next generation of responsible citizens. Find out more here.


Do you need a venue for a meeting or special occasion? We can help! Alternative Venues Wessex has a wide range of  properties available to rent across the South West. Click here to find out more.


Colonel Cadets - 43 (Wessex) Brigade

Applications are invited for the position of Colonel Cadet with 43 (Wessex) Brigade based at Tidworth. Click here to find out more.

Find a Unit

Use our new interactive map to find your local Reserve and Cadet Units. Click here.

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