Hansard has the approximate expenditure by the MOD on the ATC, ACF and SCF at around £87 million a year clicky. In an ideal world, the MOD would continue to finance the cadet forces to at least this amount while properly funding the Armed Forces. However, since a decent level of funding for the Armed Forces seems a pretty far-off goal, is spending this amount of money on the cadet forces justified? A few disclaimers: a) I realise that, even if the MOD pulled the funding for the cadet forces tomorrow, the Armed Forces would not suddenly get an extra £87 million a year. Moreover there are probably many more worthwhile targets for removing funding. b) the value of the cadet forces is not in question: massive recruting tool as well as community work and most importantly giving young people a sense of discipline and a huge range of opportunities. c) £87 million p.a. is a drop in the ocean compared to the increase the Armed Forces need. I'm not sure entirely where I stand on this, I just find something slightly disconcerting about what is not a trivial amount of money being spent on a youth organisation when there is such a serious finanical crisis in the military as a whole. Thoughts?