May 17th 2016

Potential ACF Officers take part in selection weekend

Adult volunteers taking part in POST event

Twelve adult volunteers from Army Cadet Forces (ACF) across the East Midlands came together at Chilwell Barracks last weekend to take part in a rigorous and challenging training event to prepare them for the ACF’s officer  selection course.

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Adult volunteers taking part in leadership activity

Known as POST – Potential Officer Selection Training – these weekend events are organised once or twice per year to give ACF adult volunteers, who are interested in developing their volunteering role and become ACF officers, the opportunity to experience how they would be tested if they attended an actual Cadet Forces Commission Board at Westbury in Wiltshire.

During the POST weekend, participants took part in a variety of leadership challenges to assess how they work both individually and as a team. All of the obstacles encountered by the group were done so under the watchful eye of a team of highly experienced and specially selected  current ACF Officers who acted as directing staff, observing and assessing how each of the candidates are faring throughout the weekend.

Simon Worsley, Deputy Chief Executive at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, helped to organise the event. He said: “We were delighted that the candidates put their all in to each of the tasks, demonstrating to the watchful staff  their individual strengths and weaknesses.

“I would like to thank each of the ACF Officers gave up yet another weekend to help the  next generation of ACF Officers were given a first class  introduction to what they may  when they attend the  real ACF Officer Selection event at Westbury.

Adult volunteer takes part in POST activity

“The weekend was highly successful, with many of the group commenting how much they enjoyed the experience. All the evidence has now been analysed and the reports on how well the individual candidates have done has now been sent to their units, and I suspect the slightly nervous candidate will hear they have done very shortly.”

The event took place on 14 and 15 of May 2016 at Chilwell Barracks in Nottingham.


“We were delighted that the candidates put their all in to each of the tasks, demonstrating to the watchful staff their individual strengths and weaknesses."