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Combined Cadet Force

 

The broad function of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is to provide a disciplined organisation within the ethos of the school. The aim of the programme is to develop in Cadets powers of leadership by training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community. It seeks also to give all Cadets a background knowledge of the methods and conditions of service in the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.

The training will be interesting, imaginative and purposeful and will be planned so that it is steadily progressive for the Cadet during the period he serves. The balance between service and adventurous training is 60% : 40% in favour of the former.

Senior non-commissioned Cadets will normally instruct junior Cadets in syllabus work. This is an essential element of training for the senior NCOs as they guide the juniors through the various activities. The responsibilities of CCF Officers are to ensure that training is planned and that Senior Cadets have been properly trained in the technique of instruction. They will also supervise the instruction to ensure that a satisfactory standard is maintained. Regular Service assistance is available to help with this.

It is firmly believed that the self-confidence and self-discipline required in Service life are equally vital in the civil life of the nation today. The full commitment of the CCF staff will help provide this environment. The Cadets need to grasp this opportunity and give it their full commitment.

The CCF has a new system of induction. The new cadets now have to join the Recruits Section initially rather than choosing to go into different sections of their own accord. The training programme arranged by Major Topham involves training in tri-service elements of the CCF. including weapons handling with the L98 A2 GP Rifle, Drill and Service Knowledge. The main aim is to prepare for field days (there are two held every year when alll three sections take their cadets off the school site) and inspections. The Royal Navy heads South to the coast and the high seas; the Royal Air Force to RAF Benson and Abingdon for flying in both the Tutor and Vigilant and the Army splits itself between the Bramley Training area and visits to museums and regiments.

Wing Commander Marland Green MBE MEd FRSA MRAeS RAFVR(T)

Contingent Commander CCF