The Combined Cadet Force Association (CCFA) is a registered charity which exists to promote the ideals and activities of the Combined Cadet Force. The Association provides the national forum for CCF contingents and is recognised by the Ministry of Defence, the headteachers’ organisations and other interested bodies as the organisation to carry out the following functions:

  • To act as advisors to the Ministry of Defence and other authorities on CCF matters in general.

  • To assume responsibility for such CCF activities which fall outside the Ministry of Defence’s direct concern.

  • To facilitate a collective insurance scheme.
  • To provide a point of contact, where required, with CVQO, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting, St John Ambulance and other similar organisations. 

  • To provide advice and assistance where possible to members.

The organisation also coordinates the Cadet Bursary Fund, and produces marketing and communication materials for the Cadet Expansion Programme, and CCF as a whole. The charity provides grant programmes to which CCFs can apply, for further details see the funding opportunities page. Click here to see a list of previous recipients.

If you would like to support the work of the Association, you can donate using Charity Checkout. 


CCFA Membership

There are two types of membership to the Combined Cadet Force Association;

  • CCFA Contingent Membership

Membership to the CCFA is open to all CCF contingents. Membership contributions are collected annually from CCF contingents, for further information about the benefits associated with our membership please visit our CCFA Membership page

All serving CFAVs that hold an active appointment in the CCF are classified as ‘beneficiaries’ and receive all of the benefits of membership, including access to the Legal Helpline, except an individual vote at General Meetings. They carry no personal liability to the charity.

  • Friends of the CCFA

Anyone can support the CCFA by making a charitable donation to the CCFA in return for membership. They may be a serving CFAV or a supporter, for further information please visit our Friends of the CCFA page.

100% of contributions raised through our membership schemes is used for grants to support CCF contingents and their cadets.

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