January 23rd 2017

Hoping to parachute in 2017

Lee Rollisson

Adult volunteer Lee Rollisson

A mechanic from Derby hopes to be a part of a team of volunteers that will be teaching cadets to parachute this year.

Sergeant Major Instructor Lee Rollisson, aged 41, volunteers as Training Officer with Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF), organising activities for eight detachments around the county.

Lee has been an adult volunteer for more than 10 years and enjoys seeing the cadets achieve their goals and develop their confidence. He explained that there are lots of opportunities available for both cadets and adult volunteers through the ACF, and is currently developing a plan to complete a sports parachuting course through the ACF in 2017.

Although this is in the early planning stages Lee is looking to get a number of cadets involved in this activity, which would see them to work towards qualifications allowing them to be qualified free fall sports parachutists.

Lee, who lives in Derby, explained: “I want to be a part of the team leading the parachuting course, assisting and teaching the cadets in a completely new environment. There are so many opportunities open to individuals joining the ACF of all ages, if you want to meet new people and try something new you really have nothing to lose by finding out more.”

Lee originally joined the ACF as a cadet, before later returning to the youth organisation as an adult volunteer. Over the years, he has developed his knowledge and experience and is now passing on his expertise to both the cadets and his fellow adult volunteers.

Lee continued: “As a Training Officer a lot of my knowledge is being passed on to the adult volunteers. I ensure all of the training is carried out and is within health and safety guidelines, that detachments are working within the ACF’s teaching syllabus and when it comes to weekend or annual camps it is my responsibility to book the majority of the facilities we are going to use during these times. I make sure all of the relevant paperwork is filled in, sent out and returned as it should be, and make sure that both the cadets and the adults are going through the relevant training.”

Lee’s employer is supportive of his ACF commitments and is flexible when he needs to take time off for annual camp or other training activities.

Explaining how being a volunteer can have a positive impact on his civilian life, Lee said: “I have gained numerous qualifications through the ACF, some relating to leadership and management that I am exploring converting into a CVQO qualification which will be recognised as being part way towards a teaching qualification in civilian life.”

Although there are a variety of courses adult volunteers such as Lee can book onto through the ACF, Lee believes that it is the free things in life that make the experience worthwhile.

He continued: “It feels great when the cadets come back to you and say they have enjoyed what the team and I have organised for them, seeing them all smiling and having a good time is priceless.

“I really enjoy the ‘green’ element of being an adult volunteer in the ACF. I enjoy going outside, getting dirty and using camouflage cream when we are taking part in field craft and weapon training exercises.”

To become an adult volunteer in the ACF you do not need any military or teaching experience as everything can be learnt after you apply.

Derbyshire ACF has detachments across the county including Derby, Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Buxton, Glossop, Ilkeston, New Mills, Matlock and Chapel-En-Le Frith.

To find out more about volunteering in your area with the ACF contact 01332 772025 ext. 21 or email

Further details about joining the ACF can also be found by visiting

"There are so many opportunities open to individuals joining the ACF of all ages, if you want to meet new people and try something new you really have nothing to lose by finding out more.”