The Favoured Few

Website of the Regular Force Cadet Association (Inc.) - RFCA


Fortes Fortuna Juvat

Between 1948 and 1991, over 5000 New Zealand youths, at an average of 120 per year, entered the Army’s elite Regular Force Cadet School or the “Club” as it was colloquially known. Less than 3% of those who applied to join made the grade.  The Army accepted them as young as 15 into its ranks offering continued education, trade training and apprenticeships. Most would go on at age 18 to become the backbone of the New Zealand Army serving with distinction in Korea, Borneo, Malaya, Vietnam, Bosnia, Afghanistan, East Timor, Iraq and other regions of conflict as Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs). A few would earn commissions as officers. Some went on to serve with the SAS and as key personnel of other Regular Force units.

Today they can be found in leadership roles in all aspects of business, social services, government and politics following their successful careers in the Army and other arms of the services, both at home and abroad. Coinciding with the end of the cold war the School closed its doors in 1991.

This site is for the “favoured few” who attended the RF Cadet School. The RFCA seeks to help maintain the comradeships of old and the like. Check out the various sections along the top of the page for all kinds of info about the people, events, and memories of the favoured few. And if you have something you would like to contribute to the site, we’re always up for it!

Current News

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Latest Blog Posts

Allan Wallbutton, Governors-General, Armistice Day
Lots have happened since my last post in early August and I'm beginning to wonder whether we can cram much more into the rest of the year - the death of Queen Elizabeth II, threats of nuclear weapon use in Russia's Ukraine war, monster hurricanes, the USA's political reality theatre, the All Blacks winning some rugby games, and numerous other events overseas and at home have taken up all the bandwidth.
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Noel (Shorty) Jamieson, Allen Class, El Alamein
It’s been over 6 months since I last put up an As You Were! post (couldn’t you wait a bit longer? I hear you say).  One of the reasons I haven’t posted was because I ran out of time while we were selling and buying a house and then we started a major reno project doing the place up that we bought.
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Must-see movie, Pete Sheppard, Long Tan Salute
Greetings Fellow Clubbies. Welcome to the 24th As You Were! monthly blog post. Shout yourself a glass of whatever takes your fancy as you read this.
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If you are an ex Cadet but not yet a member of RFCA and would like to join, or  your membership needs renewing please click on one of the following links.


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