This training gives you an insight into many of the subjects you will cover as a cadet, and gives you the foundations for the rest of your training.

When you first begin as cadets you will do your Basic Training. This training gives you an insight into many of the subjects you will cover as a cadet, and gives you the foundations for the rest of your training. You will have a practical test on the skills you have developed. As a recruit you will cover the following

subjects: Drill, Turn out and Military Knowledge

  • Ranks, Badges of ranks and Appointments
  • Adventure Training

For the duration of their training, Cadets follow a syllabus based on the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC). There are five levels to the APC; One, Two, Three and Four Star level, and Master Cadet each containing the same subjects but with increasing levels of complexity.

  • Drill, Turn out and Military Knowledge
  • Skill at Arms and Shooting
  • Use of Maps and Compasses
  • Field Craft
  • First Aid
  • Adventure Training
  • Leadership Training
  • Citizenship Training- The Cadet and the Community

After completing each level, cadets are awarded with badges as shown below.


 1starbadge  2starbadge  3starbadge  4starbadge Masterbadge

All of the subjects below are taught by trained Instructors and Senior Cadets as standards of training are important in any youth organization such as ours.

The training system works along the principles of theory and practice. Many opportunities present themselves at weekends and longer camps, where cadets are able to put their newly taught skills into practice.

  • Drill, Turn out and Military Knowledge

Through Foot Drill Cadets are taught the importance of obedience and discipline as well as learning how to work together as a team. Whether it be on the parade square or moving around the barracks, it’s important to be able to move large numbers of people from point to point whilst making sure they look smart. Through Military Knowledge, Cadets learn about the structure of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.

  • Skill at Arms and Shooting:

Cadets learn to be disciplined and safe when handling weapons and no firing of weapons is permitted until Cadets have demonstrated these skills. Once a Cadet has demonstrated his or her ability to control a weapon safely and with discipline, they are given the opportunity to practice their skills on a range.

  • Use of Maps and Compasses

Cadets learn to navigate safely from point to point using a map and a compass. This is often taught from a military perspective with the Cadets having the opportunity to practice their skills in orienteering exercises

  • Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft is a term used to describe the basic military skills required to operate stealthily at day or night regardless of weather or terrain. The motto of field craft is "to see without being seen"; this is upheld through the skills learned in field craft lessons.

Cadets learn how to look after themselves when away from the comforts of home as well as the basics of military tactics. Fieldcraft gives Cadets the opportunity to practice their leadership and teamwork.

  • Adventure Training

Adventure Training allows cadets to practice camp craft whilst at the same time developing stamina, discipline, initiative and self-reliance by means of an expedition involving a minimum of 15 miles on foot and one night.

  • Leadership Training:

The art of leadership, followed closely by the skills of management, are perhaps the most valuable aspects of the experience as a cadet, and the most relevant to adult life. The opportunity to command, manage, and lead other people in the number of a section, a platoon, or a company, prepares the cadet for positions of responsibility in future careers.

  • Citizenship Training- The Cadet and the Community:

No youth movement would be complete without its supporting the Community in many local activities. The aim is to introduce the cadet to his responsibilities as a citizen and to develop in him a constructive attitude to life at home and in detachment so that he participates fully in the life of the detachment. Cadets assist in many events and projects at the national and community level.