The Vagabond Cadets exist as a feeder corps for the General Butler Vagabonds. In the Vagabonds years of successful DCI touring, the Vagabond Cadets were generally aged from 10-14. While the General Butler Vagabonds competed in the DCI circuit during three periods, the Vagabond Cadets with a very youthful membership marched in parades only. After the Vagabond's 1980s competition years, the junior corps membership drastically declined. At this point, the Cadets effectively became the General Butler Vagabonds, although they did not enter DCI competition until the late 1990s. After the 2000 version of the Vagabonds lost a strong membership base, the Vagabond Cadets again became the General Butler Vagabonds.