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Combined Cadet Force

There are CCF contingents in over 400 secondary schools all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. Our aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. Each CCF is an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence, and a CCF may include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force sections.

More CCF contingents

Under the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP), the Government committed to grow the total number of cadet units in schools across the UK to 500 by 2020.

Find out more about the Programme and progress on meeting the target. 

Support for CCFs

The Combined Cadet Force Association (CCFA) is a national charity dedicated to promoting the ideals and activities of the Combined Cadet Force. Find out more about the support available through the charity. 


CCF units in schools give young people the life skills and self-confidence to take charge of their lives so they can reach their full potential at school and beyond, including in employment.

Each CCF is formed of sections from one or more of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or the Royal Air Force.

CCF sections
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Why volunteer with the CCF?

Read more about the benefits of volunteering with the CCF

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