Combined Cadet Force


There are Combined Cadet Force (CCF) contingents in over 400 secondary schools all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. The aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.

Each CCF is an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence, and a CCF may include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force sections.

Within a school a CCF provides a disciplined organisation through which students may develop qualities of endurance, resourcefulness, self-reliance, leadership, responsibility and a sense of public service through activities that are safe, fun and educational.

To achieve this, cadets join the section of their choice and take part in a range of educational, adventurous and practical pursuits, many with a military theme. This includes map and compass skills, annual camps and competitive sporting events. There is also the option to enrol on various courses such as gliding, power boating, Royal Marines training and a Royal Engineers programme.

The CCF movement is distinct from the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Royal Air Force Air Cadets and is a popular organisation to join amongst school pupils.

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