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The Favoured Few

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

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Welcome to the site!

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!


Dittmer Class 1972 will be holding their 50th reunion in Napier from Friday March 11 to Sunday 13, 2022.

All Dittmer Class Cadets plus any other Cadets that were there in 1972 and any RF staff are invited to attend.

Information about the reunion is on our FB Page
“RF Cadet School Dittmer Class 1972” Please feel free to join.

Steve Driver
Dittmer Class 1972
027 7566303


Greetings fellow RFCS 1990 Burrows Class members and instructors. Planning is well underway for this year’s reunion 30 year. 30 years, crazy how time has flown by.

View details…


Paul Gundesen with Roger Gabites and Phil Greene are trying to arrange a 50th Class Anniverary in Taupo 3-6 inclusive February 2023. Please contact Paul Gundesen if you are a fellow class member.

Year Books

Click HERE or the heading above to view the year books.

Join / Renew Membership:

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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Notice Board:

 Area Get Togethers 

  • Nelson – Saturday 17 July (RFCS ‘Corps Day’), McCashins Brewery, Stoke, 1600 hours, entry = wear Dickson Crest. Organiser Ian Martyn
  • Taranaki – Saturday 17 July (RFCS ‘Corps Day’), Waitara RSA, Dinner 1800 hours. Organiser Kevyn Harris
  • Hawkes Bay – Sunday 18 July, Defence Recruiting/7 WnHB building, Faraday St, Napier, 1500 – 1800 hours. Organiser Steve Driver
  • Christchurch/Canterbury – Saturday 31 July Dinner Celebrating Cadet Day. Regretfully due to (another) double booking at the Papanui RSA I have again had to change the date🤨 We are now confirmed for Sat 31 July 6.30 for 7pm sitdown. Beef and Roast dinner with dessert $32 per head. Text me to advise if you and your partner are wanting to attend by Sunday 11 July. If booked previously please reconfirm you still want to attend. Also advise any special dietary needs. This is a CATERED dinner so if you agree to attend you are expected to pay regardless. Text confirmations to this cell 0272210984

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