Benefits of being a cadet

Want to fly a plane, climb mountains, learn to sail and make an incredible group of friends? The CCF offers life changing experiences that no other extra-curricular activity can match.

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From power boating to completing an obstacle course, joining the CCF provides so many opportunities to challenge yourself, develop your skills, and work as part of a team.

Why join the CCF?

Becoming a cadet within the Combined Cadet Force can be a life-changing experience. Being a cadet will give you the opportunity to take part in a huge range of exciting and adventurous, military-themed activities - whether that's flying a plane, completing an army obstacle course, or learning to sail, there is something for everyone. 

Hear from cadets about their experiences in the CCF

Whichever Service section you join (Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force), you will quickly build important skills like teamwork, confidence and self-discipline, as well as having the opportunity to take on leadership roles. CCF offers you a chance to get to know a wide-range of people from across the school, and work together to take on new challenges. Whatever your academic ability, CCF can give you the chance to shine.

Find out more about the different sections within the CCF


Each section will have its own focus, and key activities. There are some parts of the training that are common to all sections though - all of which help build your skills, your confidence, and which look great on college, university or job applications. Read more about the different activities on offer. 


Apprenticeships allow individuals to learn skills in the workplace, and are offered by a growing range of companies nationally. However, it is not always easy to identify the best apprenticeship and that is where the Cadet Apprenticeships Company can help. As a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, they aim to match cadets seeking apprenticeships with companies looking for high-quality individuals.

We know from business leaders that the list of qualities that they want from apprentices include teamwork, motivation, respect, initiative and communications – all skills gained in the CCF. Our cadets have these qualities and more, and are well placed to succeed as an apprentice given the opportunity. The Cadet Apprenticeships Company is supported by the Ministry of Defence and offers the potential to open career and employment opportunities for our cadets, as well as helping cadets start to build their CV.

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