DEAN CLOSE SCHOOL COMBINED CADET FORCE
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a military cadet organisation based in schools and colleges throughout the UK. It is funded by the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force and it is one of the largest Youth Movements in the UK. The role of the CCF is to help boys and girls aged 14-18 years (Remove to the Upper Sixth) develop their leadership, confidence, self reliance and discipline skills as well as to get a taste of life in the Armed Forces.
At Dean Close there are opportunities each week and during the year to let cadets stretch themselves, finding out how much they can achieve while having fun in the process. There is no requirement to join up and serve with the Armed Forces at any point.
Military training is designed to demonstrate why defence forces are needed and how they function. Cadets also do non-military training which includes activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering, etc.
Cadets work towards their APC syllabus which involves things such as:
- Drill, Turnout & Military Knowledge
- Skill at Arms including the School Shooting team
- 0.22 Classification on the school range
- 5.56 GP Rifle Classification
- Navigation skills such as the use of a Map and Compass
- Fieldcraft and Campcraft
- Command tasks (Leadership training)
- Cadets also undertake a Methods of Instruction course so that they can train the recruit cadets themselves, presenting information clearly and with confidence.
Training takes place each week, with the further opportunity for the cadets to conduct Field Day training each term. The cadets are also expected to attend annual summer camp in the last week of the school year where further specialist training takes place. There are around 150 Cadets across the Royal Navy, Army and RAF sections, supported by a number Cadet Force Adult Volunteers from across the school community.
There is also the opportunity to take on more responsibility and Cadets who demonstrate a high level of capability are eligible for promotion; Cadets showing skill, commitment and enthusiasm can soon escalate through the NCO ranks; working in the cadets can be used towards the service or skills part of the DofE qualifications as well as personal development.