Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA)

We give advice and assistance to the Defence Council, and to the army, navy and air force on matters that concern reserves and cadets.

Established in 1908 (as Territorial Associations) the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations (RFCAs) were originally designed to provide local support to the Territorial Force in every county. Over 100 years later the name has changed, the number of associations has reduced and the RFCAdependency has grown to encompass reserves and cadets of all 3 services.

RFCA business is publically funded, delivered regionally and reported upon against a range of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) which lay out the support provided by the RFCAs to the single services of the MOD.

The RFCA is comprised of 13 individual associations which cover the United Kingdom. They were formed in 1908 and until 1999 were known as Territorial, Auxiliary and Volunteer Reserve Associations (TAVRAs) and are central government bodies with Crown status. The RFCAs are established by Act of Parliament, each with its own scheme of association, drawn up by the Defence Council under the Reserve Forces Act 1996 (RFA 96), therefore the RFCAs are ‘arms length bodies’ of the MOD. These schemes last for 5 years, after which re-constitution must take place.

The associations are largely comparable with regional government boundaries. Each association comprises a body of volunteer members drawn from all strata of society with a professional (salaried) secretariat that is responsible for the wellbeing of the region’s reserve forces and cadets promoting the interests of the armed forces and building relationships with the local community and employees. The salaried staff employed by the RFCAs are Crown servants.

NE:  01913836250

NW:  01517274552 & [email protected]