ROYAL MARINES VOLUNTEER CADET CORPS
The first Cadet Corps in the Royal Marines was formed at Eastney
in 1901 and two years later units were established at Chatham, Gosport,
Plymouth and Deal, whilst similar naval cadet units existed at their
Port Divisions also. Originally RM cadets were all sons of members
of the Corps but in 1922 recruiting was opened to other boys. The
cadet units were all disbanded during the Second World War but re-formed
again in 1945. In 1951 the title of some units changed to RM Volunteer
Reverting to the original title of RM Volunteer Cadet Corps in
1979, at present there are units at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Lympstone
and each one is autonomous. Commanded by a Royal Marines or Royal
Naval officer appointed by the Commanding Officer of the parent
regular unit, they have serving other ranks and civilians as instructors.
Cadets are aged between 9 and 18, dependent on the rules in each
unit and priority of entry is given to children of serving and former
members of the RN and RM, but others may be considered if vacancies
exist. Although Girls Ambulance Companies had existed alongside
the cadets before the Second World War, they were not reformed after
the war and so today, in some of the RMVCC units, entry has been
opened to girls also.
The aim of the Corps is to provide opportunities for young persons
to develop into responsible, dependable and useful members of society;
to promote self-discipline and comradeship, and to teach the basic
principles of leadership in preparation for adult life.