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Hong Kong Adventure Corps
Service history
Active 1995 - Present
Role JLW - Cadet Training
CTSW - Instructor Training and Support
Size Two wings
Motto Nulli Secundus in Oriente (Second to None in the Orient)
Colors Red, yellow, blue
Commanders Anson Chan, Tsang Yam PuiColonel Joseph Pau MBEHonourary Brigadier Ecnoh Lam
Command Sergeant Major PartronsPartrons

The Hong Kong Adventure Corps is a voluntary uniformed group subsidised by the Hong Kong government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Created in 1995 with ties to the British Army's Combined Cadet Force. Patrons of the HKAC are Anson Chan and Tsang Yam Pui.


The HKAC replaced the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers)'s J Corps or Junior Leader Corps. The RHKR(V) J Corps was created in 1971 by then colonial government and provided the same mission as the current HKAC. The J Corps had a maximum strength of 300 members was divided into two units, J1 Squadron and J2 Squadron. Unlike the HKAC, the RHKR J Corps accepted boys only. Girls are admitted as recruits in the HKAC.


It is an army-orientated, disciplined youth organisation, which aims to promote qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community, and to develop their leadership and social awareness through the community.[1]

The Corps HQ is in High Island near Sai Kung and was given to the Corps by the HK government. The camp was formerly a British Army Camp. Another Training Camp, also located in High Island, was formerly a corrections facility and detention centre for Vietnamese refugees

Training activities at the camp include:

  • General/Basic Training
  • Drill & Parade
  • Fitness & Adventure Training

They are divided into 4 wings:

  • 1. Junior Leaders Wing consist of cadet squadrons:
    • A Squadron
    • B Squadron
    • C Squadron
    • D Squadron
    • E Squadron
    • F Squadron
    • Training Squadron
  • 2. School Wings consists of the individual troop units
  • 3. Central Training Wing provides the actual training and skill development training.
  • 4. Special Project Wing
  • 5. Guard Troop
  • 6. Band


The qualifying age for joining HKAC is between 11 and 18 and given the rank of Recruit. As the cadet progress, they will become a Cadet. Therefore, they can promote to the various ranks as follow:

Like the Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps and Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, HKAC's purpose is to serve the Hong Kong Community for their services. The HKACC symbol is based on two lines facing each other. The Bahunia above the two lines replaced the crown in 1997.

Customs and CourtesiesEdit

The HKAC custom is based in the values of the British Army, a tough, challenging, training with a distinctive military tone of discipline and esprit de corps.[2]

The main goals of the HKAC are:

  • Challenge to stimulate potentials
  • Discipline to cultivate autonomy
  • Demand to initiate growth

HKAC members cannot wear uniform when:

  • Engaging in a paid employment not associated with HKAC.
  • Engaging in political activities.
  • Participating in sports events (unless authorised by HKAC).

Cadet must wear the beret/headgear at anytime, except:

  • Sitting
  • Eating or Drinking
  • At work and on board public transport
  • In a hangar

Dress Code/UniformEdit

The HKAC has similar dress uniform with the British Army. They are very strict with standards, every "meeting", there is an "Open-Formation" where officers and instructors check the uniforms.




CHQ/ Council

Junior Leader Wing



Type Officers
Rank Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Officer Cadet
Abbv Col Lt Col Maj Capt Lt 2Lt OCdt
Type Instructors and WOs Cadet SNCOs and JNCOs/ Other Ranks
Rank Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer Class 2 Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Instructor/ Potential Instructor Cadet Staff Sergeant Cadet Sergeant Cadet Corporal Cadet Lance Corporal Recruit/ Cadet/ Senior Cadet
Abbv WO1 WO2 SSgt Sgt Cpl Instr/ PI C/SSgt C/Sgt C/Cpl C/LCpl Rect/ Cdt/ Cdt


The Corps uses equipment handed down after the disbanding of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment in 1995:

Two BTR-60 APCs are located at the High Island training camp, but it was not handed down by the departing British Army.

Exchange TripsEdit

The HKAC cadets are often visited by fellow army cadet corps from other countries and they in turn visit corps in other countries from time to time.

See alsoEdit

Cadet Corps Type Country
Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps aviation Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong
Hong Kong Sea Cadet Corps naval Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong
Sea Cadet Corps (United Kingdom) naval Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Army Cadet Force army Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Royal Canadian Sea Cadets naval Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Royal Canadian Air Cadets aviation Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Royal Canadian Army Cadets army Flag of Canada.svg Canada


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