15th Leon Platoon Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force

The Army Cadet Force is a national youth organisation which provides young people with many key life skills as well as develops a sense of pride of themselves and their units.

The ACF has been very inspirational in the lives of many since it formed in 1859. Cadets develop a sense of their ability through the principals of the ACF:

  • 1. Discipline – the underlying principal of the ACF is its Discipline, we train with dangerous equipment, learn to deal with dangerous situations. We must remain disciplined.
  • 2. Service – we are a service for our Community, County Head Quarters, Division and Country. Our actions must reflect that fact.
  • 3. Pride – we are proud of our units and achievements. We take pride in our appearance, our presence and our conduct. We uphold the traditions and history of the Army as the best trained force upon the planet.

To maximise our training we use the same equipment the Army uses. The L98A2 GP Rifle is used to teach the cadets weapon handling skills, shooting skills and respect.

All instructors are qualified to train cadets on the use of the equipment we have at our disposal.

Cadets aged 16 and over can earn a BTEC First Diploma in Public Services, absolutely fee-free. That's the equivalent of 4 GCSE's at A-C level.

The aim of Leon Platoon will be to place every cadet through this qualification. 4 GCSE’s for doing a hobby!

As a member of the ACF you will automatically train and be tested for all the requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. All three awards are available alongside the normal training.

DofE is recognised by employers as an award showing service, teamwork and leadership.

SHL Academy is the only Academy in the UK which supports the ACF during its timetable. It is a unique feature of the Academy.