Combined Cadet Force

There are Combined Cadet Force contingents in over 500 secondary schools all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. The number of contingents has grown strongly in recent years, especially in state schools.

Our 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.

Schools that have set up cadet units have seen significant benefits for their young people, their schools and the local community. Head teachers tell us that they have seen significant improvement in attendance and behaviour, improvement in attainment, commitment, self-confidence and discipline and that relationships between staff and students have improved. This creates positive benefits in all areas of school life including the character skills strongly valued by employers such as leadership, teamwork, communication, integrity and career progression.

If your school does not have a CCF contingent, but you are interested in finding out more about the cadets, there are Sea Cadet, Army Cadet and Air Cadet units in the local community, which are not tied to a specific school.