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Combined Cadet Force

The Combined Cadet Force Contingent (CCF) at Calday Grange Grammar School traces its history back to 1916, when a unit of the Officers’ Training Corps first formed. Evolving throughout the subsequent years, the CCF now consists of three sections, A Royal Naval Section, an Army Section, and a Royal Air Force Section. Cadets wear the uniform of their parent service, which is issued free. 

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The aims of the CCF are to develop the leadership skills of cadets by teaching them discipline, comradeship, good manners and technical subjects appropriate to their chosen sections. The CCF is not a recruiting machine for the armed forces or a 'mini-army', but a youth organisation with a sense of military discipline and pride.  Cadets are not required to join any of Her Majesty’s Forces when they are older.

The Core Values

Selfless Commitment

Courage

Discipline

Integrity

Loyalty

Respect for Others

The Contingent parades from 16:00 to 18:00 every Thursday during term time. Cadets are expected to attend every parade, unless there is a very good reason for not doing so.  Additionally, there are two field days each year, when cadets are taken away from school to take part in activities relating to their Service. There are other training events during the year at weekends.

How to Join

Students can join the CCF in Year 9.  Students may join at any time up to Year 11.

Training

Recruits can choose to join whichever section they wish.  The training which they receive initially is very similar for all three sections.  All cadets are taught foot drill, ranks and badges, basic map-reading, basic first aid and how to fire a rifle.

Having passed the relevant examinations cadets will then specialise in subjects appropriate to their Service.  More senior cadets can be given specialist leadership training.

  •  Cadets in the Royal Naval Section will specialise in nautical subjects.  This will include sailing.  The Section has acess to its own boats.
  • Cadets in the Army Section will learn basic army tactics, based on the Infantry.  Subjects include camouflage and concealment, and generally there will be more shooting.
  • Cadets in the Royal Air Force Section will specialise in aeronautical subjects.  They will have opportunities to fly in RAF aircraft and to go gliding.

Annual Camps

The Army and Royal Air Force sections have one week camps each year at an Army base or RAF station.  The Royal Navy section does not have its own camp, but cadets have the opportunity to go to Royal Navy stations on specialist courses, or to attend a camp with the Army Section.

Promotion

Cadets who show ability and progress can be considered for promotion to be a non-commissioned officer (NCO).