The Cadet Force was founded in 1900 and celebrated its Centenary with the Millennium. It is a large one, organised and run jointly with St Helen’s, and has three sections, the Army, Navy and Air Force. Its modern, purpose-built Headquarters helps make it one of the best equipped in the country. Our grounds contain an assault course, lakes for water activities and a shooting range.
Boys make the most of their opportunities to rock-climb, shoot, kayak, fly, glide, sail, mountaineer and parachute. As they mature, they also teach other cadets. They learn a large number of useful, practical skills, and develop valuable qualities of leadership, resilience, self-reliance and team-work: the 'soft skills' so valuable for future careers. There are adventure training expeditions and camps during most holidays, and, for those interested in pursuing a career in the Forces, MTS enjoys one of the best records in the UK when it comes to winning Scholarships for young officers.
The Army section looks to develop cadets' leadership and teamwork skills, while also building their understanding of basic military practices. All cadets receive instruction in drill, navigation, shooting, field craft, tactics, and military knowledge. They also receive a range of opportunities to take charge of running activities, or putting their knowledge into practice. This includes two Field Day exercises to a military training area, where cadets are asked to lead tasks and conduct challenging activities within a carefully supervised environment. There is also the option of attending the Summer Camp which also includes adventurous training activities, such as kayaking and rock climbing, as well as more advanced military training. Underpinning all this is a careful development of the cadet's confidence, self reliance, and ability to take the lead, with our best cadets receiving positions of responsibility through promotion, or attending external leadership training offered by the Army.
For the Royal Navy, all cadets must be able to swim since sailing is one of our options, training for navigation and boat-work also feature. Cadets shoot and undertake practical leadership activities, visiting Portsmouth, and conducting overnight exercises. At summer camp, boys spend a week learning to sail. All the camps are co-educational and girls are involved at every level.
As well as the kind of training done in common with the other two sections (drill, weapon and leadership training etc.,) you will do various aviation based activities such as the theory of flight, aircraft navigation, recognition and flight simulation on PCs. On Field Days, once you have passed the recruits' test, you will fly in a two seater trainer and visit RAF Stations. In the holidays you will go to camp on an RAF base for a week and you could get the chance to fly to Cyprus or to go on a flying or gliding course or go parachuting.