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Headquarters VCC

Headquarters VCC is based at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth and it is from here that Commander VCC and his staff oversee the efficient management and compliant governance of the Cadet Corps.

Further Information

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Code of Conduct

As befits being a member of a disciplined uniformed organisation, we expect our cadets to adhere to a Code of Conduct.  This ensures they know what behaviour is expected of them and helps them to follow our ethos and values.

Media Policy

We follow MOD cadet forces policy on media and social media consent for our cadets and adult volunteers. All new joiners are asked to provide media consent (for cadets this consent is sought from their parent/carer) and unless approved we only identify individuals by first names. We know many of our cadets and volunteers enjoy having their successes shared on media and social media, and the consent obtained upon joining is taken as permission to use approved images on our media outlets. However, every individual has the right to withdraw consent and we will endeavour to remove images on sites where we have control if requested. We are unable to prevent third parties taking photographs or filming our cadets at public events, and therefore attendees at these events need to bear this in mind.

Further details about our policy towards media can be obtained by writing to us at

Clothing and Equipment

In the VCC we endeavour to loan uniform clothing to all of our cadets that best fits them.  This includes their Number 1 Dress (‘Dress 1A’) and other uniforms such as training rig or general service dress.  Please bear in mind that a lot of these uniforms are obtained from or supplied by the Ministry of Defence, and that as we take cadets from the age of 9 it can sometimes be challenging to kit out smaller cadets.  To this end we ask parents/guardians to do their best to get alterations made (regrettably we can’t pay for these) and sometimes it may be necessary for parents/guardians to buy additional clothing items. The only item of uniform we do not routinely issue is boots due to safety reasons.

We do buy smaller uniform items from specialist suppliers in order to kit out our youngest cadets, and this is issued when cadets are measured up and kitted out with uniform during their recruit training.

Please note that all clothing issued to you child is the property of the VCC or MOD, and must be returned upon them leaving us.  We issue something like £1,500 worth of uniform to most cadets, significantly more than our joining fee so we do appreciate the return of these items so that future cadets can benefit from them.  It is our policy to recover items of VCC or MOD property loaned to cadets and reserve the right to use legal means to do so. We reserve the right to report to the police any items of VCC or MOD property put up for sale on sites such as eBay unless proof of ownership can be produced.


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