• Supporting Reserve Forces and Cadets in the South East

    About Us

South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SE RFCA) is one of 13 RFCAs UK-wide, SERFCA is a Ministry of Defence (MOD) Crown body, responsible to the Defence Council, but separate from military chains-of-command. SE RFCA gives support to the Reserve Forces and Cadets from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in the Counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East and West Sussex. The majority of the Association comprises volunteers, presided over by the Lord-Lieutenant of each County, ranging from high-ranking serving and retired military Officers, through local Councillors to enthusiastic locals, with no military experience, but with a will to support the Armed Forces and Cadets; so it can be seen that the Association has close links with the Community because it is part of that Community.  In short, the main roles of SERFCA are:


  • Managing the volunteer estate (Reserve, Cadet and Training Centres) through building new Centres, maintaining current Centres to the required legal standard and ensuring that all sites are kept in good condition, fit for purpose and secure. We aim to provide an attractive environment in which to recruit, train and refresh the spirit of our volunteers. Through our professionally qualified staff, we are responsible for the upkeep of some 29 tri-service reserve forces’ sites and 225 cadet centres on behalf of the MOD.


  • Encouraging support for the Reserves and Cadets through engagement events, briefings, awards evenings, social media and other publicity, allowing us to actively inform, influence, engage and create a positive but lasting change with gatekeepers and others who hold influence within their county. This includes giving support to, in particular, Reservists by engaging with Employers and supporting Employers of Reservists who seek more information or who have Reservist  Employees deployed on operations.


  • Supporting Cadets We also promote permanent support staff for the Army Cadet Force and promote the cadet experience for both cadets and adult volunteers in the Combined Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps.


  • The Reservists and Cadets are under command of their respective military chains-of-command, but the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations support the MOD by providing an independent view on the state of the Reserves and Cadets, and their issues, recommending solutions through annual statutory reports to Ministers.




To be an enduring and essential pillar in the delivery of support for the well-being of the Reserves and Cadets and, through our effectiveness and our position in the regions, to be the independent body that represents their interests and promotes understanding between the Armed Forces and civil society.


  • We are a Central Government Body with Crown status, set up by statute.

  • We are a manifestation of the volunteer ethos.

  • Our Voluntary membership bring with it an unparalleled breadth of expertise and experience.

  • We are tri-Service.

  • We are the regions, operating thought the United Kingdom.

  • We are a not-for-profit organisation.

  • We are demonstrable value for money.




  • We promote the interests of the Armed Forces.

  • We champion the volunteer ethos both within and outside the Services.

  • We are apolitical.

  • Through our collegiate behavior, we have national responsibility, influence and recognition, while being independent ( from the MOD and the chains of command ) and autonomous ( from each other ).

  • We support the work of third sector organisations which also contribute to the well-being of Service personnel & dependents, veterans and youth.

  • We supplement government funding through income generation for our dependencies.



Address: Seely House
Shoe Lane
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU11 2HJ
 
Alternatively, please contact John Taylor on: Phone: 01252 357606 Fax: 01252 357620
 
E-Mail: se-offao1@rfca.org.uk