September 18th 2014


An adult volunteer from Loughborough, who has recently been promoted to a Sergeant Instructor (SI), has spoken about how the Army Cadet Force (ACF) gives him a positive purpose in life.


Alan Bailey Alan Bailey SI Alan Bailey, aged 49, is based at Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) ACF’s Loughborough detachment and says he joined the ACF as he wanted to volunteer in an area where he could benefit young people and feel he was using his free time constructively.

Describing his recent promotion Alan said: “Finally becoming a Sergeant has been one of my personal highlights from my ACF career to date. I previously worked for the regular (full-time) Army and was a Corporal for much of my career with some postings as an Acting Sergeant. Now after 30 years and having joined the ACF I have been formally promoted. This is a big milestone for me and something I will never forget.

“I was promoted just before this year’s annual camp which was a great. I am now looking to complete a number of further training courses through the ACF with a view to being commissioned as an ACF Officer sometime in the future.”

Alan works as a freelance first aid trainer in his civilian life and has two grown-up children.

Alan continued: “My family and friends are very supportive of my ACF commitments as they understand it gives me a positive purpose in life. I am just an ordinary father of two boys, the youngest of which has just moved out to start university.

“You don’t need to have any past military experience to join the ACF, you just need to be an enthusiastic person who wants to organise and coordinate a range of activities for young people to get involved in. There are lots of benefits too such as the camaraderie of working with like-minded people and the opportunity to train towards qualifications if you want to.”

LNR ACF is recruiting adult volunteers now. If you would like to find out more information visit or call 0116 277 9701.