Combined Cadet Force

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a youth organisation in the United Kingdom, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), which operates in schools, and normally includes Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force sections. Its aim is to "provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance".

One of its objectives is "to encourage those who have an interest in the services to become Officers of the Regular or Reserve Forces", and a significant number of British military officers have had experience in the CCF.

Prior to 1948 cadet forces in schools existed as the junior division of the Officers' Training Corps framework, but in 1948 Combined Cadet Force was formed covering cadets affiliated to all three services. As of 2018 there were 43,400[2] Cadets and 3,640 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAV)[3][4] The MOD provides approximately £28M per year of funding to the CCF.[5]

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
CCF logo
Country United Kingdom
AllegianceHM The Queen
TypeYouth Organisation
RoleLeadership and disipline education
Size43, 400 Cadets[1]
3,640 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers
Garrison/HQRegional Command Cadets Branch, Aldershot
WebsiteCombined Cadet Force
Commandant Air Cadets (RAF CCF)UK-Air-OF6-Flag.svg Air Cdre. Dawn McCafferty RAF(R)
President of Combined Cadet Force AssociationFlag of Vice-Admiral - Royal Navy.svg Vice Admiral P Hudson CB CBE
Vice President of Combined Cadet Force Association
Standard of the CCF
Flag of the Combined Cadet Force
Ensign of the CCF
Naval Section Combined Cadet Force Ensign


The CCF was created in 1948[6] by the amalgamation of the Junior Training Corps (formerly the Junior Division of the Officers Training Corps) and the school contingents of the Sea Cadet Corps and Air Training Corps. CCFs are still occasionally referred to as "The Corps". On 12 May 1859, the Secretary of State for War, Jonathan Peel, sent out a circular letter to the public schools and universities inviting them to form units of the Volunteer Corps.[7] The first school cadet corps was established at Rossall School in February 1860,[8] initially as an army contingent only. Felsted already had an armed drill contingent at the time of the War Office letter under the command of Sgt. Major Rogers RM; its claim on these grounds to be the oldest school corps was upheld by Field Marshal Earl Roberts in a letter to the Headmaster of 1904.[9] In February 1861 the Oxford City Rifle Cadet Corps was founded, with five companies, the first of which was composed of pupils of the Linden House School, a private school in Headington,[10] and the second composed of pupils from Magdalen College School. In 1908, the units were re-titled the Officer Training Corps (OTC).[11] A school contingent may have any combination of Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and sometimes Royal Marines sections, the army section is almost invariably the largest.

Independent and state schools

The CCF movement is dominated by the independent sector with 200 contingents still being based in independent schools with only around 60 in state schools.[12] It was reported in 2008 that some private school CCF detachments would be opened to pupils of local state schools[13] however there was no resultant change.[12]

[14] Unlike established CCFs, the MoD's model to expand cadet forces into schools require new schools with cadet units to either sponsor their own cadets or find a third party sponsor who can meet some of the cost to the MoD of funding and training Cadet Forces. Therefore, costs to schools involved are considerable, at over £200 per cadet per year and many thousands of pounds more for a cadet force to become an independent unit.[15]


In July 2014 the following changes to CCF funding were proposed:

  • From September 2015, MOD will no longer make a Contingent Grant. Schools would need to determine how best to fund those costs currently met by the grant.
  • From September 2016, MOD will no longer fund the remuneration of adult volunteers.
  • From September 2017, MOD will apply an additional charge to cover running costs, such as uniform, rations, and ammunition. In this year the charge will be about £75 per cadet per year, applied termly in arrears.
  • From September 2018, the charge will rise to £150 per cadet per year.

A Memorandum of Understanding, setting out what the MOD and each school are expected to provide, is under development.[16]

In January 2015, the proposal was shelved, and all funding was to remain in place, as well as removing the requirement of CEP cadets having to pay an annual fee.


CCF Contingents are part of the CCF, but are also part of their own school and as such are semi-autonomous organisations, run by internal school or school-related staff, supported by armed forces personnel. Army sections may wear their own capbadge, this might consist of the school or college logo or crest. However, Army headgear is worn with this capbadge. Royal Navy and Royal Air Force sections wear the appropriate RN/RAF other rank and officer capbadges.


Royal Navy Section

Combined Cadet Force Naval Section Badge
Badge of the Royal Navy section.

They may be issued with combat uniform if required and some schools have No 1 uniform for senior cadets. Number 3 uniform is normally the parade uniform for the CCF(RN) and consists of a white Shirt, black tie, blue trousers,[17] and blue heavy wool jersey, worn with plain black shoes, a Brassard should be worn on the right arm, displaying qualification badges.[18][19][20] Number 4 uniform is the standard working uniform of the Royal Navy, in one form or another it has been in existence for over 60 years. This uniform is fire retardant and consists of a blue shirt, blue trousers, blue heavy wool jersey, beret, with CCF badge and black boots.[19]

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Cadets during commemorations in Jersey 2013. Showing the RAF Section uniform (left) and Army Section uniform (right)

Royal Marines Section

Royal Marines sections wear the bronzed Royal Marines badge with a red "tombstone" backing on a blue beret with MTP (Multi-Terrain Pattern) clothing, and either brown or black boots.[21] They may also wear a version of No.1 Ceremonial Uniform with Cadet insignia for special occasion.[22][20]

Army Section

The Army Section dress regulations are set out in Army Dress Regulations.[23] Army Section Cadets wear Multi-terrain Pattern uniform for most occasions.[17] A contingent badge may be worn on the left. All cadets wear a rank slide with the word "CADET" in embroidered red capital letters at the top, any rank is then shown underneath in black. Cadets may be given permission to wear a stable belt of CCF, school, or affiliated unit pattern.[24] No. 2 Dress may be worn for ceremonial or other relevant uses (such as drill or duty cadets) and is to be worn in accordance with the dress regulations mentioned above.

Royal Air Force Section

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Parade and church service in Saint Peter Port, featuring ATC and CCF cadets, Guernsey, 16 September 2012

RAF cadets wear a version of the No.2 dress. This consists of either light blue shirt and tie or a dark "working" blue shirt, blue-grey trousers (male cadets) or skirt/slacks (female cadets), a blue-grey jumper: V-neck or round neck version, and an RAF blue beret with the RAF cap badge.[18][25][26] They also wear a brassard to distinguish themselves as cadets.[25] Except for the cap badge, this is identical to the uniform of the ATC and regulations for its wear can be found in AP1358C.[25][26][17] Most RAF sections issue cadets with combat clothing, formally the CS95 DPM standard, but now are issued with Multi-terrain pattern uniform (MTP).[21]


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Army Cadet Force (ACF) Cadets during the Battle of Jersey commemoration in 2013
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Royal Navy Cadets, during a Royal Visit at Victoria College, Jersey

The MOD Sponsored Cadet Forces Statistics are published annually.[3] Statistics are provided for the Community Cadets (the Sea Cadet Corps and Volunteer Cadet Corps (VCC), Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps (ATC)) and the Combined Cadet Force. The Volunteer Cadet Corps (VCC) is included in these statistics for the first time, as its status changed to become the fifth MOD sponsored cadet force in 2017.[3]

Section Cadets
Army 30,100[2]
Royal Air Force 7,660[2]
RN/RM 5,640[2]
Total 43,400[2]

In October 2007 the under-secretary of state for defence gave details of the total number of CCF sections, and the number present in state schools.[27] As of 2012 under the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) 100 new CCF Units were created in State Schools.[28]

Section No. of sections No. in state schools
Army 359 161
Royal Air Force 199 41
Royal Navy 110 12
Royal Marines 18 1
Total 686 215

Cadet ranks

Most Cadet ranks are standard non-commissioned ranks, prefixed by "Cadet", for day-to-day administration the "Cadet" prefix is often omitted. The highest rank depends on the size of the contingent, but are usually Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major, (Army and RM Sections) and Cadet Warrant Officer (RN and RAF Sections). Some contingents may have Junior (and sometimes Senior) Under Officers. Cadet Under Officers' rank badges are blue bands 12 mm wide across each shoulder slide, with the addition of the letters CCF underneath..

The "Cadet" prefix is omitted from all ranks during the day-to-day running of activities. Cadet Warrant Officers are to be addressed as "Warrant Officer" and all other cadets by their rank, "Flight Sergeant", "Sergeant" or "Corporal", as the case may be. In some contingents it is tradition for cadets to refer to Cadet Warrant Officers and Cadet Company or Regimental Sergeant Majors as "Sir or Ma'am".

The Naval Cadet that is in command of the naval section can also be called Coxswain.

Cadet Ranks and Insignia
Officers Commanding Cadets Senior Cadets Junior Cadets Recruits
Naval Section Combined Cadet Force Ensign

CCF Navy
Under Officer Cadet Warrant Officer Cadet Chief Petty Officer Cadet Petty Officer Cadet Leading Cadet Able Cadet Able Cadet Able Cadet Ordinary Cadet
Under Officer Warrant Officer
Chief Petty
Officer Cadet
Petty Officer
Able 3*
Able 2* Cadet Able 1* Cadet Naval
New Naval
Officers Commanding Cadets Senior Cadets Junior Cadets Recruits
Flag of the Combined Cadet Force

Army and Royal Marine
ACF Cadet Rank Slide UO ACF Cadet Rank Slide RSM Rank slide Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major ACF Cadet Rank Slide CSM ACF Cadet Rank Slide CSgt ACF Cadet Rank Slide Sgt ACF Cadet Rank Slide Cpl ACF Cadet Rank Slide LCpl ACF Cadet Rank Slide Cdt No Insignia
Under Officer Cadet
Regimental Sergeant Major
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
Cadet Company Sergeant Major Cadet Staff
Cadet Lance
Cadet Recruit
Officers Commanding Cadets Senior Cadets Junior Cadets Recruits
Flag of the Combined Cadet Force

ATC Cadet Warrant Officer Tabs ATC Flight Sergeant Tabs ATC Sergeant Tabs Leading Cadet GVCAC Lance Corporal No Insignia No Insignia
No equivalent Cadet
Warrant Officer
No equivalent Cadet Flight
Cadet Lance Corporal Cadet Junior Cadet

Army cadets ranks share associated regiment's equivalent rank title (e.g. Corporal in the Royal Artillery becomes Bombardier.)

The CCF is separate from the Community Cadet Forces namely the Sea Cadet Corps, the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps, and the other MOD recognized cadet force Volunteer Cadet Corps. Pupils normally join at the age of 13 or 14 (Year 9), with both sexes able to take part.

Cadet Force adult volunteers (CFAV)

Unlike the other cadet organisations (ATC/SCC/ACF), most adult volunteers are officers, the exception often being the School Staff Instructor (see below).

CCF Officers

CCF officers are usually teachers or other school staff and are not members of the armed forces, as such they are not subject to military law, but are subject to CCF Regulations[29] they are always subordinate to officers in the Armed Forces whether Regular or Reserve[30]. Until 2017 CCF(Army) and CCF(RAF) officers were in special categories of the reserves of their service whereas CCF(RN) Officers were 'appointed' and did not hold commissions. However on 1st December 2017 the Cadet Forces Commission was introduced and since then all CCF officers hold one[31]


  • Officers in the Naval section of the CCF, undertake the six day CCF Royal Navy officer induction course training at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. It is commanded by a course officer (regular Naval Service) and at least two CFAVs to assist.The training is delivered by regular sailors.[32]
  • Unlike officers in the Army Cadet Force, CCF(Army) officers do not attend the Cadet Forces Commissions Board of the Army Officer Selection Board and are commissioned based on recommendation from the Headmaster of the employing school and confirmed by the relevant Army Brigade. From 2018, the commission will be approved after all potential officers (as Adult Under Officers) successfully complete the CCF (Army) Basic Course. Prospective officers may be appointed as an "Adult Under Officer", awaiting commissioning.[23]
  • CCF(RAF) officers attend the Officer and Aircrew Selection Centre and undertake the five day RAF Air Cadets Officers' Initial Course at RAF College Cranwell, as officer cadets. Upon successful completion of the course, they are commissioned as RAF CCF Officers.[33] Formally, they were known as Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training branch (RAF VR (T)) officers. However, recently all RAF cadet organisation staff have been re-syled/branded as being part of the one umbrella "RAF Air Cadets" organisation.Their rank slides are thus emblazoned with the legend 'RAF Air Cadets'.[34]

All CCF adult induction/basic/initial courses cover the basic skills needed for CFAVs who wish to serve in the CCF, such as drill and turnout, leadership and teamwork tasks, weapon training, navigation, etc.

School Staff Instructors (SSI)

Supporting officers in the running of the Contingent is the School Staff Instructor (SSI) - usually a retired Senior Non-commissioned Officer (SNCO) or Warrant Officer. Although they are civilians, they retain their rank as a courtesy and are employed by the school to instruct and assist in the running of the Contingent.[35] Whilst the majority of the SSIs are SNCOs it is also possible for them to be a commissioned officer. There is usually only one SSI per Contingent and they are also supported by other external staff, including the RN's Area Instructors, various Brigade Cadet Training Teams (CTTs) and RAF TEST SNCOs.

Civilian Instructors (CI)

Like the community cadet forces, some Contingents may have one or more Civilian Instructors (CI). These are adult volunteers who may instruct in either a specialist (first aid, signals, etc.) or more generalised role when the establishment level of officers does not include sufficient suitably qualified and experienced personnel to teach these subjects. They receive no pay for time spent with cadets but may claim reimbursement for expenses at the Contingent Commander's discretion. Many are members of the academic or support staff at the school.[36]

Adult Non-commissioned Officers (NCO)

In 2018 the role of "Sergeant Instructor" (SI) was introduced for CCF(Army) sections, this is the first occasion that adults other than SSIs have been appointed as an NCO rather than a commissioned rank in the CCF[37]. Similarly to the ACF the role of the SI is to support the CCF officers. Whilst not holding a commission. SIs are uniformed, paid for their activities, have to undertake vetting/background checks and the CCF Basic Course at Cadet Training Centre Frimley Park. Contingents may appoint at least two SIs initially. Potential SIs start as a "Probationary Instructors" (PI), until successful completion of the CCF Basic Course.

RN (CCF) RNR Army (Cadet Forces) RAF (RAFAC)
Chief Petty Officer

(School Staff Instructor)

CPO British Royal Navy OR-7 Regimental Sergeant Major Instructor RSMI Adult NCO CCF WO Rank Slide No equivalent
Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Instructor RQMSI Rank slide of CCF Instructor Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant
Company Sergeant Major Instructor CSMI Rank slide of CCF Instructor Company Sergeant Major
Sergeant Instructor SI Adult NCO CCF Sergeant Rank Slide

Adult Strength

Section CFAV
Army 2,300[3]
Royal Air Force 610[3]
RN/RM 730[3]
Total 3,640[3]

Officer ranks

CCF(RN) ranks are the same as for RN (and RNR) officers with the suffix (CCF)RNR, but their rank braid is 'wavy' as used in the past by the RNVR. CCF(Army) officers wear a "CCF" legend on their rank slides in addition to any insignia of affiliated Army regiment or Corps. CCF(RAF) Officers wear 'RAF Air Cadets' on their rank sides. Since the introduction of the Cadet Forces Commission all ranks have been substantive but do not indicate membership of the armed forces.

Adult Under Officers (AUO) and Officer Cadets (OCdt) are not commissioned officers, but are normally volunteers waiting to be trained and commissioned and are therefore appointed as AUO/OCdt until their formal training and commissioning has been completed.

RN ((CCF) RNR) Army (Cadet Forces) RAF (RAFAC)
Commander (CCF) RNR RNVR CDR.png Lieutenant Colonel CCF Lieutenant Colonel Rank slide.png Wing Commander RAFAC WC.jpg
Lieutenant Commander (CCF) RNR RNVR LTCDR.png Major CCF Major Rank slide.png Squadron Leader RAFAC SL.jpg
Lieutenant (CCF) RNR RNVR LT.png Captain CCF Captain Rank slide.png Flight Lieutenant RAFAC FL.jpg
Sub Lieutenant (CCF) RNR RNVR SLT.png Lieutenant CCF Lieutenant Rank slide.png Flying Officer RAFAC FO.jpg
Second Lieutenant CCF Second Lieutenant Rank slide.png Pilot Officer RAFAC PO.jpg
Adult Under Officer Adult CCF UO Rank Slide.png Officer Cadet RAFAC OC.jpg

Cadet Training

The different sections have different syllabuses with a degree of overlap. All the sections learn drill and all cadets are trained to fire the L98A2 5.56 mm Cadet General Purpose rifle, a semi-automatic only version of the L85A2 used by the UK armed forces. There are also opportunities to fire the .22 No.8 rifle and the L81 Cadet Target Rifle.

Royal Navy section

Cadets in the Royal Navy section receive instruction in boat-work and other naval subjects (including flying with the Fleet Air Arm). The Royal Navy also offers many CCF courses during the school holidays which are open to any members of any CCF.

Royal Marine Section

The Royal Marines section, although a part of the Navy, tend to train independently, covering battle drills, weapons handling and marksmanship, fieldcraft, camouflage and concealment and the history of the Royal Marines.

Army section

The Army section follows the Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) subjects such as drill and turnout, skill at arms, shooting, map and compass, fieldcraft and first aid.[38].

Royal Air Force section

RAF section cadets are given the opportunity to fly in both powered aircraft, most notably the Grob Tutor and Vigilant and in unpowered gliders such as the Grob Viking; their training and flying courses are identical to those available to members of the Air Training Corps. As well as that the Cadets can also be involved in a multitude of battle training and tactics as well as opportunities to fly in various aircraft from the RAF and allied nations. The section also will learn about aerospace management, the structure of aircraft and propulsion, engineering, air power as well as an opportunity to see how most RAF stations, sections and wings or squadrons operate. As well as practical learning, RAF cadets also follow an academic syllabus. Cadets are usually taught "Part 1" before being expected to complete Parts 2 - 4 by themselves through the medium of Ultilearn. Completing Part 4, also known as the Master Cadet Award, leads to a BTEC Level 2 in Aviation Studies being awarded.

Further training

All sections can undertake leadership courses at Frimley Park, Nesscliffe, or RAF Cranwell, as well as adventurous training. There are also other courses available for cadets to enhance their skills, such as Junior and Senior Cadet Instructor Courses (JCIC, SCIC) and Method of Instruction (MOI).

See also

Elements of the Community Cadet Forces

Other MoD sponsored or recognized cadet forces

Related articles


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Rossall School is a British, fee paying co-educational, independent school, between Cleveleys and Fleetwood, Lancashire. Rossall was founded in 1844 by St Vincent Beechey as a sister school to Marlborough College which had been founded the previous year. Its establishment was "to provide, at a moderate cost, for the sons of Clergymen and others, a classical, mathematical and general education of the highest class, and to do all things necessary, incidental, or conducive to the attainment of the above objects."

Along with Cheltenham, Lancing and Marlborough, Rossall was part of a flurry of expansion in education during the early Victorian period. These schools were later complemented by others such as Clifton, Wellington, Malvern and Radley.

Set in a 161-acre (0.65 km2) estate next to Rossall Beach, Rossall is also a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and was granted a royal charter on 21 October 1890. It accepts students between the ages of 2 and 18 and also has an associated preparatory school. Rossall's campus has a large array of facilities for extracurricular activities and the school is home to the Lawrence House Space Science and Astronomy Centre, the only facility of its type in the UK. Over the years, Rossall has adapted itself to changing attitudes in education, and was the first school in the UK to have a Combined Cadet Force and one of the first to introduce the International Baccalaureate and host a dedicated international study centre on campus.

Royal Air Force Air Cadets

The Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC) is the youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Air Force that manages both the Air Training Corps and RAF Sections of the Combined Cadet Force. The organisation is headed by a former serving RAF officer, Commandant Air Cadets. The current commandant is Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.

Previous to 1 October 2017, the RAFAC was called the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO). As of 1 April 2014, the ACO had a strength of 53,360 cadets and cadet force adult volunteers.The RAFAC is made up of:

Headquarters Air Cadets at RAF Cranwell

Two National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centres

1009 Air Training Corps Squadrons in the UK and overseas

199 RAF contingents of the Combined Cadet Force

Sir Roger Manwood's School

Sir Roger Manwood's School is a coeducational grammar school with academy status located in Sandwich, Kent, England. It is one of 35 state boarding schools in England.

The Vyne Community School

The Vyne Community School, Basingstoke was created out of the merger of two pre-existing schools, Queen Mary's School for Boys, Basingstoke a selective Grammar School, also known as QMSB, and Charles Chute Secondary Modern School, which occurred in 1970. Initially the school was known as Queen Mary's & Charles Chute School, and was the result of the U.K. Government's policy in the 1960s to make all maintained (state funded) schools comprehensive. In the first instance the school remained a single sex institution, becoming coeducational in 1971-72. The name "Queen Mary's" was later transferred to the Queen Mary's College, a Sixth Form College, in Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke. The school was thereupon renamed The Vyne School, in commemoration of the links that both schools had to The Vyne, a property owned by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, former home of the Sandys and Chute families, just North of Basingstoke.

The school is a coeducational community school, for young people aged 11–16, and still occupies the site of the former Queen Mary's School for Boys, in Vyne Road, Basingstoke. It is a specialist school for the Performing Arts.

The Vyne is also the only school in Basingstoke to have a Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

Warrant officer (United Kingdom)

A warrant officer (WO) in the British Armed Forces is a member of the highest group of non-commissioned ranks, holding the Queen's (or King's) warrant, which is signed by the Secretary of State for Defence. Warrant officers are not saluted as they do not hold the Queen's Commission, however they are to be addressed as 'Sir/Ma'am' by subordinates. Commissioned officers may address warrant officers either by their appointment (e.g. QMSI, RSM or sergeant major) or as "Mister", "Mrs", or "Ms" and then their last name, e.g. "Mr Smith". Although often referred to along with non-commissioned officers (NCOs), they are not NCOs, but members of a separate group (traditional official terminology for the personnel of a unit is "the officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men"), although all have been promoted from NCO rank.

In November 2018, the most senior warrant officer and most senior other ranks position was created, titled Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Wellington School, Somerset

Wellington School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school in Wellington, Somerset, England for pupils aged 3 to 18.

Whitgift School

Whitgift School is an independent day school with limited boarding in South Croydon, London. Along with Trinity School of John Whitgift and Old Palace School it is owned by the Whitgift Foundation, a charitable trust. Previously a grammar school and direct grant grammar school, the school's headmaster is a now member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

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