The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales

RFCA for Wales is the enabling voice for reserves and cadets in Wales.

RFCA for Wales is the enabling voice for reserves and cadets in Wales. It maintains the estate, provides support to the three Services and connects defence with society through the provision of an extensive ‘network of networks’.

Latest news

Teenagers honoured by Lord-Lieutenant of Powys

Lady smiling against military backdrop.

Lord-Lieutenant of Powys Awards. Copyright: RFCA for Wales.

4 teenagers from Powys have been appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2022 at a virtual awards ceremony.

Cadet Colour Sergeant Stephanie Chaplin, Cadet Corporal Grace Buschini, Cadet Sergeant Erin Nodland and Cadet Lance Corporal Antonia Scott-Howell were presented with the badge of their appointment, which will last for one year, by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Powys, Mrs Tia Jones.

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Deputy Head of Estates awarded the British Empire Medal

Lady with short blonde hair smiling.

BEM awarded to RFCA employee, RFCA for Wales Copyright.

The Deputy Head of Estates at RFCA for Wales has been awarded the British Empire medal (BEM) on the New Year’s Honours list.

Mrs Catherine Spiller, of Newport, has been given the honour for services to the Reserves and Cadets Forces and the community in Monmouth.

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ERS Silver and Armed Forces in Wales Awards celebrate success

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Winners of Silver ERS 2021. Copyright: RFCA for Wales.

The Armed Forces community has welcomed 24 Welsh organisations to the network of networks that offer support to past and present Service Personnel.

The 24 employers from around Wales were presented with the prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award at the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and armed forces in Wales awards evening on 25 November 2021.

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Golden night at HMS Cambria

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Winners of Gold ERS 2021. Copyright: RFCA for Wales.

10 Welsh businesses have been presented with the prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award at a special ceremony in Cardiff.

The joint regional event held on 17 November 2021 at HMS Cambria saw employers from Wales, West Midlands and Wessex recognised for the outstanding support they give to the armed forces community.

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RFCA for Wales welcome 130 guests to Annual Briefing

Guests at RFCA for Wales’ Annual Briefing. RFCA for Wales.

The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales welcomed more than 130 guests to its Annual Briefing.

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New Chief Executive appointed to the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales

Colonel Dominic Morgan

Colonel Dominic Morgan OBE, RFCA for Wales Copyright

The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Wales is pleased to announce the appointment of Colonel Dominic Morgan OBE as its new Chief Executive.

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Lt Cdr Ruth Fleming: Mum’s the word!

Lt Cdr Ruth Fleming in her Royal Navy Reservist uniform.

Lt Cdr Ruth Fleming. Crown copyright.

Lt Cdr Ruth Fleming is a Royal Navy Reservist and works in population data science at Swansea University.

Fleming volunteered at the earliest opportunity for Operation Rescript, the largest UK peacetime military operation to support the government’s response to COVID-19.

Champion Cadets

We support more than 4,400 cadets and over 1,200 cadet force adult volunteers in Wales. As champions of the cadet movement we promote the benefits of the cadet experience to young people’s lives.

John Challenger, Sea Cadet - awarded the British Empire Medal

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Have you ever thought of becoming a cadet in one of Wales’ cadet units? John Challenger, 17, explains why he thought it was so important to help keep the 2,300 sea cadets spread across North Wales and the North West together during the pandemic.

John said:

I believe that many young people have struggled with mental health, feeling unable to balance school work, cadets and keeping in touch with family and friends. However, the sea cadets has been working hard to reduce these difficulties for staff and cadets by building up networks of support that stretch throughout the country and aim to help us all through this challenging time.

Read John’s story: John Challenger talks about the importance of doing his bit to help other cadets.

Find out more about becoming a cadet.

Promote the Reserve forces

We work closely with the Reserve units (Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force) based in Wales to support recruitment and promote their role in delivering the UK’s Defence capability.

How reservist Tracy Llewellyn combines being a military musician, mum and farmer

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Trombone player Corporal Tracy Llewellyn of the Royal Welsh Band says she couldn’t wish for a better part-time job which she combines with working on the family farm near Abergavenny.

After joining her local Powys Cadet Force Band at the age of 13, Tracy went onto to serve in the regular Army for 12 years as part of the Corps of Army Music before leaving to start her family.

Tracy said:

For me it means that I can do all the three things that mean the most to me, which is working on the farm, being a mum and being a military musician.

Read Tracy’s full story: Reservist Tracy Llewellyn combines being a military musician, mum and farmer.

Find out more about becoming a Reserve.

Engage with the local community and employers on behalf of defence

We work with local employers to encourage support of the Armed Forces community and recognise the valuable skill set members of the Armed Forces community bring to the workplace. Our enduring relationships with local communities continue to encourage support for reserves, cadets and the wider military family across Wales.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd was award the Gold MOD Employer Recognition Scheme Award (ERS) in 2020. Founded in 1968, they are one of the leading civil engineering and rail contractors working throughout Wales. In this video, Richard Bruten (Major projects Director and Army Veteran) and Amanda Holmes (HR Advisor and Veteran) talk about the forces-friendly culture within the organisation and Griffiths ongoing advocacy of the armed forces community.

Watch the full video: Alun Griffiths Limited, forces-friendly culture

Read the Full transcript for the Alun Griffiths Ltd video (ODT, 8.14 KB)

Provide the best places to work and train

We manage and maintain the 400-plus buildings that are home to local cadet and reserve units as well as provide home adaptations for injured service people living in Wales.

Photograph taken outside of the new HMS Cambria building.

HMS Cambria is the brand new £11 million state-of-the-art home to three Maritime Reserve units. MOD Crown Copyright

Described as ‘a crown jewel’ in the Defence Estate, HMS Cambria was delivered on time and on budget by RFCA for Wales in partnership with the Royal Navy and Associated British Ports (ABP). The hugely successful project has enabled HMS Cambria, Wales’ only RNR unit, to return to its original maritime home in Wales’ capital city of Cardiff.

Read the full story: Cardiff’s new £11 million HMS Cambria is ‘crown jewel’.

Contact Information

RFCA for Wales,
Maindy Barracks,
CF14 3YE.

Phone: 02920375735


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Published 2 March 2021
Last updated 20 January 2022 + show all updates
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