Im new to this forum so il say hello...HELLO.. Right Cadets aged 12???? whats it all about?? is it a ploy by the ACFA to say we got more Cadets? From experience i know that some 12 year olds hold their own and are quite clued up but the majority ive found are not. Not only are they imature in mind but also when really small have difficulty in some training. Joining the cadets at 13 used to be quite grown up.. but with the enforced age reduction has caused the outlook and standards to slip. The other day i was training some Basic lads and lasses and their was 2 girls about 3ft 5 and the build of a pencil! now im the first to overcome problems and fight through but some things just cant be....How for instance are these 2 girls ment to hold a No8 rifle or put a bergen on their back and tab? Because some hapless DC has let them into the system without useing their loaf and saying come back in a year has ment we Instructors have more to worry about..........put ACF entry back to 13....whoes with me?