East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (East Midlands RFCA) is one of 13 autonomous Tri-Service bodies, established as Crown Agencies by Act of Parliament to support the Reserve Forces and Cadets throughout the UK. The RFCAs are not part of the military chain of command but they are required to give advice and assistance to the Defence Council and the three Services on Volunteer Reserve and Cadet matters. East Midlands RFCA covers the area from just below Doncaster down to Northampton and from Buxton in the Dales right across to the East Coast.
The Association has responsibilities in the areas of employer support, cadets and youth, recruiting support and management of the estate of 170 Reserve and Cadet properties.
The Association also has a responsibility to promote the Armed Forces within society in the East Midlands through engagement with the Government, local authorities, employers, youth organisations, chambers of commerce, the media and other influential groups. The aim of this engagement is to promote a wider understanding of the roles and needs of the Armed Forces in general and of the Volunteer Reserve and Cadet Forces in the East Midlands in particular.
Council of RFCA's
Each of the individual RFCA's are governed by the Council of RFCAs where each RFCA is represented on the Council by its Chairman.
The objects of the Council are as follows:-
1. The object of the Council is to assist the Associations in promoting the efficiency and well-being of the Reserve Forces and the service cadet organisations of the United Kingdom.
2. In order to achieve this object the Council will :-
a. Collect, compile and disseminate information relevant to the Reserve Forces and the service cadet organisations to all the constituent Associations.
b. Examine, consult upon and report about any matters submitted to it by the Ministry of defence or other relevant bodies.
c. Represent to the Ministry of Defence, or other relevant bodies, the collective opinion of the Council on any matter relating to the statutory duties of the constituent Associations.
d. Take any such action as may be decided by the Council for the attainment of its object.
e. Take action on any relevant matter at the request of one or more associations, or the Ministry of Defence.
The websites for the rest of the RFCAs in the Country can be visited by clicking on the following links:
North of England RFCA
North West of England and Isle of Man RFCA
East Anglia RFCA
Greater London RFCA
South East RFCA
Northern Ireland RFCA
Yorkshire & the Humber RFCA
West Midlands RFCA