East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (EM RFCA) is one of 13 autonomous Tri-Service bodies, established as Crown Agencies by Act of Parliament to support the Reserve Forces and Cadets throughout the UK. The EM RFCA covers an area from just below Doncaster down to Northampton and from Buxton in Derbyshire right across to the East Coast.
The Association has responsibilities in the areas of employer support, cadets and youth, recruiting support and management of the estate of 170 Reserve and Cadet properties. The Association also has a responsibility to promote the Armed Forces within society in the East Midlands through engagement with the Government, local authorities, employers, youth organisations, chambers of commerce, the media and other influential groups.
The aim of this engagement is to promote a wider understanding of the roles and needs of the Armed Forces in general and of the Volunteer Reserve and Cadet Forces in the East Midlands, in particular Volunteer Reserves and Cadets choose to serve, giving their time and commitment to their community and our country. Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Territorial Army and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force underpin the three Services. They rely on and deserve the support of a dedicated organisation staffed by people familiar with their environment, who understand the context of their contribution and have their interests at heart. The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association provide this point of contact.
Set up in 1908, at the same time as the Territorial Army, the Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association has built up a formidable amount of local knowledge and experience about:
|Communities that make up their regions|
|Local government at all levels|
|Schools and Colleges of Further and Higher ducation|
|The media that serve the area|
|Charities and other organisations that are there to help and advise|
|Volunteer Reserve units located within the Association areas - who they are and what they do|
|The thousands of Cadets and their Instructors|
|Recruitment of Reservists and Cadets|
|Provision and maintenance of buildings for the Volunteer and Cadet estate|
The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association are not part of the military chain of command but are required
to give advice and assistance to the Defence Council and the three Services on Volunteer Reserve and Cadet
For more information about the Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association get in touch with the contacts (given below)
Wing Commander Philip Giles OBE
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