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Cadets

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which overseas nationalities are permitted to serve in the UK Combined Cadet Force. (307404)

All boys and girls over the age of 13 who are pupils of the school are eligible to join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF); there are no nationality restrictions.

There are three different types of adult instructors in the CCF:

1. CCF officers who are part of the Reserve Forces and must meet at least one of the following criteria:

at all times since birth been a British subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic;

be permanently domiciled in the UK;

have been born in a country or territory which is, or then was, within the Commonwealth or the Irish Republic;

both parents were born in a country or territory which, is or then was, within the Commonwealth or the Irish Republic, or was at death, a British subject or a citizen of the Irish Republic.

2. School Staff Instructors; where there are no nationality restrictions but applications have to be approved by the Brigade.

3. Civilian Instructors; where there are no nationality restrictions but applications have to be approved by the Brigade.