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CCFA Membership

The Combined Cadet Force Association (CCFA) is a national charity dedicated to promoting the ideals and activities of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). Membership of the CCFA is open to all CCF contingents.

Membership Benefits

The CCFA provides its members special access to:


  • The CCFA is committed to upholding the values and ideals of the CCF. On this basis we advise the MOD, Single Services and headteachers’ organisations on CCF matters. Giving voice to our members at a national level on the issues that matter to them is one of the most important things your Association can do for your Contingent.
  • A CCF Contingent Commander represents each region at CCFA board meetings with representatives from the MOD and Single Services. This gives you the opportunity to have a direct voice through your regional representative.
  • The CCFA can also provide a point of contact with other CCF stakeholders including CVQO, St John Ambulance, the Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting and others.


  • Advice is available to all CCF Contingent Commanders through your representative trustee or the Chief Executive of CCFA.

CCF Insurance Schemes:

  • CCF Personal Accident Insurance and Contingent Public Liability. This is for CCF cadets and CFAVs in member contingents. The cover includes accidents that happen during all authorised cadet activity and operates independently from the MOD Liability (you could claim on both independently). The cover also extends to include accidents on the way to your CCF place of duty. 
  • CCF Travel Insurance. This insurance is specifically tailored to the CCF and includes all authorised activity. It is purchased through CCFA on a per trip basis. If you want to undertake an activity that is not on the DIN you must contact the CCFA Insurance Administrator and get it added to the policy (there may be an excess for this service). Some specific inclusions are: A reduced excess of £40 Search and Rescue cover The use of sporting guns for authorised cadet shooting.
  • Legal Expenses. This service is available to serving CCF CFAVs in a member contingent or who hold individual CCFA membership. Once a CFAV has left the CCF they are no longer covered. CFAVs in a brigade or national appointment can also take out this insurance.

     For more information please visit our CCFA Insurance page.


  • CCFA Small Grants Programme is open only to members; it directly supports individual cadets to enable them to take part in activities not ordinarily funded by their individual cadet contingent, e.g. overseas expeditions and advanced level training courses. 
  • CCFA Group Activity Grant Programme is open only to members; it directly supports individual cadets to enable them to take part in contingent activities not ordinarily funded by the Chain of Command, e.g. overseas expeditions and battlefield tours. 
  • Sustainability Funding is available to CCF contingents in UK state schools set up under the Cadet Expansion Programme and are members of the CCFA.

     For more information please visit our CCFA Funding page.


  • The CCFA provides a UK-wide forum for the CCF and their schools;
  • And also hosts an AGM and annual members’ dinner which is open to all members and provides ideal opportunities to network with other members and key CCF stakeholders.

Training, activities and events:

  • The CCFA delivers specially tailored first aid training courses for CCF adult volunteers.
  • The CCFA organises national CCF events, including the National first aid competition that many CCFs take part in.
  • ACE expeditions – CCFA organises a subsidised biennial expedition for cadets from the ACF and CCF.  Information about upcoming expeditions will be released soon.
  • Music - ACF Piping and Drumming and Bands are always seeking CCF band involvement.


  • The CCFA strives to ensure that cadets are recognised for the outstanding contributions they so often make to society, for example, that those cadets delivering first aid in the community are nominated for St John’s Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards.

Rights and Obligations:

  • CCF contingents with CCFA Membership gain a wide range of membership benefits, particularly access to advice, support, grants, training, and representation. As a formal member of the charity they also have certain rights and obligations.
  • Members are entitled to require the Trustees to call a general meeting (this requires: at least 10% of members. If more than 12 months has elapsed since the last general meeting, then only 5% of members are required). Members are entitled to vote at General Meetings and may appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.
  • Members are obliged, should the charity be dissolved, to contribute such sum (not exceeding £1) as may be demanded of them towards the payment of the debts and liabilities of the Charity incurred before they cease to be a member, and of the costs charges and expenses of winding up. This applies to all members and for twelve months after they cease to be a member.

For further information regarding CCFA membership please email membership@combinedcadetforce.org.uk.