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Basic Syllabus

1 Star Syllabus


  • Positions of Attention Stand Easy and Stand at Ease.
  • Turnings at the halt.
  • Saluting to the front.
  • Marching and halting in quick time.
  • Forming up in three ranks and getting on parade.
  • Open and close order.
  • Dismissing and falling out.
  • Wheeling in quick time.
  • Saluting on the march, eyes right and left.
  • ACF Organisation at Battalion level.


  • Revise Air Rifle or .22 Rifle (No 8)
  • General description, safety and the sight system.
  • Stripping, assembly and cleaning.
  • Magazine filling, sight setting, load, unload, make safe and safe handling.
  • Holding and aiming in the prone position.
  • Firing in the prone position.
  • Firing drills.
  • Practice firing a shot and firing drills.
  • Mechanisms of a weapon and possible stoppages.
  • Marksmanship principles.
  • The Air Rifle or .22 Rifle grouping practices. 



  • Reliability of a map and marginal information.
  • Grid system and six figure grid references.
  • Conventional signs.
  • Map scales and measuring distances.
  • North points.
  • Setting a map by landmarks.
  • Navigation practice using OS maps 


  • Revision of packing equipment and camouflage and concealment.
  • Movement with and without a rifle. Elementary obstacle crossing. Crossing obstacles.
  • Introduction to night work.
  • Elementary night movement.
  • Night observation.
  • Identifying sounds at night.
  • Safety precautions at night.
  • Duties of a sentry.
  • Campcraft. 


  • Initial assessment and priorities of treatment.
  • Managing an unconscious casualty.
  • Recovery position.
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Treatment of wounds, bleeding and shock.
  • Recognition of sprains, strains, dislocations and broken limbs.
  • Treatment of minor conditions; Blisters, cuts, minor burns, scalds, headaches, insect bites and sunburn.


  • Campcraft.
  • Introduction to tents, clothing and other equipment used during an expedition.
  • Pitching tents and camp cooking.


  • Participate in an activity in the handbook for a minimum period, attempting to gain standards where appropriate.


  • Introduction to citizenship.
  • Introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme by the Company D of Ed officer.
  • Completion of three domestic tasks within the detachment while in training.


2 Star Syllabus


  • Revision of recruit and 1 star drill movements.
  • Changing step in quick time.
  • Marking time in quick-time.
  • Left and right turns on the march.
  • Parading and inspecting a squad - moving off and falling out.


  • Revision of GP.
  • Aiming off and miss drills.
  • Firing from other positions.
  • Use of cover, carriage of the weapon and reaction to enemy fire.
  • GP Rifle grouping tests or 22 Rifle application course.


  • Relief and vertical interval.
  • Introduction to the light weight compass.
  • Types of bearings.
  • Measuring magnetic bearing with light weight compass.
  • Setting a map with a compass.
  • Conversion of a grid to a magnetic bearing and visa versa.
  • Preparation of a route card.
  • Navigation exercises by day.


  • Ground and cover.
  • Judging distance.
  • Elementary Observation.
  • Recognition of targets.
  • Fire control orders.
  • Section organisation and place in the battalion.
  • Section formations.
  • Field signals.
  • Fire and movement.


  • Patrol formations - signals.
  • Aims and types of patrols.
  • Reconnaissance patrol - action on objective.
  • Sequence of action to mount, carryout and de-brief a patrol.
  • Harbour drills.


  • Obtaining a recognised youth first aid qualification OR
  • Completing the first part of a modular based recognised youth aid qualification.



  • Participate in an activity in the handbook for a minimum period, attempting to gain standards where appropriate.


  • Talk by a statutory service member from the local area (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coastguard)
  • Create a street plan and mark on all services in the area.
  • Talk on the DoE by Company representative.
  • Take part in at least TWO group projects within the local area.


3 Star Syllabus

To Follow

4 Star Syllabus

Gaining your Four Star badge is a very important event in the Army Cadet Force and is one of the milestones of a cadet's career. In your Four Star training the emphasis is very much on being a leader and developing the skills to do that properly. You will have the opportunity to train with the army and attend various courses, including the Senior Cadet Instructors Course.

On completion, you will be awarded the 4 Star badge and certificate.


Lesson Plans and Training Aids

A Company (Exeter & East Devon) - Devon Army Cadet Force

Click on the link below to see some great training aids


Map and Compass & Expeditions

Training Aids and Lesson Plans covering Map and Compass & Expeditions at all star grades.

Drill, Turnout and Military Knowledge

Training Aids and Lesson Plans covering Drill, Turnout and Military Knowledge up to 1*.


Training Aids and Lesson Plans covering Fieldcraft at all star grades.

Skill at Arms & Shooting

Training Aids and Lesson Plans covering Skill at Arms and Shooting at all star grades.

First Aid

Training Aids and Lesson Plans covering First Aid at all star grades.

Physical Training (PT)

These are the Physical Training tests you will do at your detachment, why not try them at home.

Command Tasks

Command Tasks and Team Building Activities for use in the ACF


Training aids covering signalling in the ACF.

Other Training Aids

These are documents that didn't fit into the other categories you may find of use

JSP 535 (The Red Book)

AC 71101 APC Syllabus

APC Syllabus


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