Instructors Frequent Questions and Answers:
How old do I have to be to join?
If you are aged between 18 and 70 years then you can join as an Uniformed Adult Instructor.
Do I need previous military experience?
You do not need any previous military experience to join as an adult instructor. Many of our instructors are ex-cadets themselves, or have served in the military, but we also have many that joined with no previous military background at all. We will provide you with all the training you need to become an effective instructor.
Could I get called up for active service?
No you can't. Whether you are an Adult Instructor or Officer in the Sea Cadet Corps, you have no active service liability whatsoever and cannot be called up for Reserve or Regular Service.
Will I be paid for my time?
The Sea Cadet Corps is a volunteer organisation dedicated to developing young people to enable them to be good citizens. Your time is provided on voluntary basis. We do however pay you for certain events such as your training courses or annual camps. This will be paid at different levels dependent upon your rank and role within the organisation. We would also cover such out-of-pocket expenses as travel.
Will I be provided with a uniform?
On joining the Royal Marines Cadets as an instructor you would be issued with a uniform and any equipment necessary to carry out your duties.
What is the time commitment?
This is like asking how long a piece of string is! As a minimum you would be expected to parade one or two evenings a week at a Detachment to help with training cadets. There is an awful lot more available for those with more time on their hands in terms of weekends away.
What opportunities exist for my own development?
There are many ways you can develop yourself personally within the Royal Marines Cadets. Our adult training and development courses are designed in such a way as to help you develop new skills, many are recognised with external civilian qualifications from examining bodies such as EDEXCEL, Institute of Leadership & Management and City & Guilds. These qualifications are available for adult instructors wishing to pursue them up to Membership level through the CVQO.
There are also many other learning and development opportunities, which could see you become a qualified instructor in a huge range of activities that the Sea Cadet Corps offers such as: hill walking, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, communications, first aid, sailing, power boating, are to name just a few! These activities are also recognised and registered with external examining bodies such as MLTB, BELA, BCU, SPA, RYA, Duke of Edinburgh and all for the fraction of the cost! Many of these courses, qualifications and awards can help you develop leadership, problem solving and communication skills which will help you develop within your own workplace and career. Checkout the link for an upto date list of qualifications.
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