The Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps (RMVCC) is a youth organisation associated with the Royal Marines, dating back to 14 February 1901. There are currently three 'Divisions', located at Plymouth, Portsmouth and Lympstone (near Exeter). Our Motto is ‘Be Worthy’, something we expect all of our cadets to live up to.
The aim of the RMVCC 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.
The RMVCC is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) which provides some funding and is overseen by the Corps Colonel Royal Marines and FOSNNI Royal Navy. Additional funding is usually self-raised through events and public displays, plus donations and subscriptions/joining fees paid by the cadets. We exist alongside our colleagues in the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force. We are not a pre-service organisation, although any cadet who shows an interest in joining HM Armed Forces can request support and guidance. Many cadets go on to equally rewarding civilian careers.
RMVCC Plymouth accepts boys and girls between the ages of 8 1/2 and 17 who can serve until their 18th birthday. Boys and girls enter as a Recruit, and having 'passed out' at the end of their basic training become a Cadet. Cadets then progress through the ranks from Corporal to Warrant Officer Second Class via our General Duties or Musical training programme and Command Courses. Where a suitable candidate exists one cadet may be appointed as the Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major in the rank of Warrant Officer First Class.