South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SE RFCA) is the focal point of activity and administration for Reserves and Cadets in the South East for all three Services. We were formed in October 2000 following the merger of South East and Eastern Wessex TAVRAs both of which were raised in 1908 at the same time as the Territorial Army. We are one of thirteen RFCAs spread across the UK, with boundaries that broadly match regional Army areas and those of Regional Government Offices. RFCAs were established by statute and are not part of the military chain of command but are required to give advice and assistance to the Defence Council, the three Services and the Community on Volunteer Reserve and Cadet matters.
The full time staff of SE RFCA are Crown Servants headed up by ex-Regular officers.
The members of the Association are drawn from the community. Some are current or retired members of the Services, particularly the Reserve and Cadet units in the region. Some are members of local Councils, Universities and Education Authorities and are nominated by the organisations to both represent them and report back to them. Individuals are also co-opted for their areas of expertise. The membership sits on various Committees that help ensure the smooth running of the Association and its links with the Community.