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100 Years of Cadets at Calday

2016 saw the centenary of the formation of the first Cadet Unit at Calday Grange Grammar School.

2016 saw the centenary of the formation of the First Cadet Unit at Calday Grange Grammar School

In the Spring Term of 1916 a unit of the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) was established to help train young men to take their place in the ranks of the Army embroiled in the First World War. The successor to this OTC unit is today’s Combined Cadet Force Contingent which has both a Royal Navy Section and a Royal Air Force Section.

The CCF has clear objectives; to develop leadership qualities amongst its cadets, to foster a team spirit, to develop personal qualities of self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance in cadets and to instil a commitment to service.

To celebrate this event there was a parade at the School during which a new Contingent Banner was dedicated. This was followed by a buffet lunch and demonstrations of cadet activities in the afternoon. 

There was a formal dinner at HMS Eaglet in the evening. The day also served as the Contingent’s Biennial Inspection when a senior officer of one of HM’s Forces assessed the efficiency of the Contingent and confirmed its value for money.


Calday Camp 1926