Combined Cadet Force

What is the CCF?

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is part of the national youth movement and is administered by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Our aim is to provide opportunities for cadets to develop, leadership, self-discipline, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community. 

At Cowes College CCF we have two sections – Army and RAF. It is entirely voluntary and we encourage pupils to enroll as a cadet once they reach 13 years old. The CCF provides a means to help pupils know themselves. It teaches leadership, team spirit and the qualities of good citizenship. It also provides adventure and challenge. 

Each section has its own officers, uniform and training programme, though many activities are also shared. Both sections have a common core of drill, navigation, first aid and skill at arms. The Army section specialises in infantry skills and tactics and the RAF in flight training including gliding and flying.

What do we do?

Basic training for the CCF takes place on Monday evenings between 5.00pm and 7.00pm in term time only. Emphasis for the Contingent is on providing a challenging, safe and enjoyable experience for all. 

In addition to the parade nights, the CCF also organises it’s own training camps and field days throughout the year. 

RAF cadets are provided with opportunities to attend gliding and flying experiences days. Army cadets have opportunities to participate in fieldcraft exercises and shooting competitions.

Annual camp

An annual camp is also held by both sections during the summer term. During these camps, cadets will spend a week on a military base and integrate with other cadets from around the country. These weeks are good fun and provide cadets with an excellent opportunity to develop skills learnt throughout the year as well as gaining an insight into the work of the relevant Armed Force. 

Adventurous training

The Contingent organises a week long Adventure Training Camp normally during the Easter holidays. Cadets are encouraged to take part in activities such as walking, rock-climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving, coasteering, paddle-boarding etc. In recent years we have visited Peak District, Snowdonia, Breacon Beacons and Dartmoor. There are also a number of courses run by CCAT (Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training) which cover similar activities and can lead to recognised qualifications.


In both sections of the CCF you will find many opportunities to take part in activities that contribute towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Being in the CCF itself contributes towards the service, residential courses are always on offer through the CCF and it is possible to demonstrate a skill in a particular area of the CCF. The expeditions can be completed in the adventure training week or on field days.

There are lots of opportunities to gain recognised qualifications including the Cadet Vocational Qualifications Organisation (CVQO) ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders and the BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community.


Where do we get the uniform? This is issued to you from our stores on loan free of charge. You will need to buy your own boots and possibly a set of waterproofs.

How much does it cost? Unit subscriptions: Cadets are asked to pay annual subscriptions of £5 per half term. This money is used to purchase training equipment and consumable resources. 

Cadets experiencing financial hardship should contact Maj Crane in confidence.

Contact details

Major J Crane.

Tel: Cowes Enterprise College - 01983 203176 / Email: [email protected]