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Youth leadership in training

The New Zealand Cadet Force is a voluntary, disciplined, uniformed youth leadership training organisation open to all young people aged 13 to 18.

Costs are kept to a minimum and uniforms, excluding shoes, are provided free of charge.

New cadets join the Sea Cadet Corps, the New Zealand Cadet Corps or the Air Training Corps. They experience a range of exciting activities depending on their chosen corps including smallbore shooting, sailing, annual regattas, bushcraft, skills competitions, power flying, gliding, air navigation, visits to ships, camps and bases.

Each corps has its own three-year training programme in which cadets can gain credits towards a NZQA National Certificate in Cadet Forces (Foundation Skills) (Level 2).

Historically the number of cadets peaked at around 60,000 in the 1960s. When funding was removed the numbers dropped to around 2000. The number of cadets has grown to around 4000 today.

The organisation is not part of the Defence Force, but is directed by the Chief of Defence Force on behalf of the Minister of Defence. For more information see the NZCF website www.cadetforces.mil.nz

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