RAF Combined Cadet Force

The Combined Cadet Force is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the United Kingdom. The cadet expansion programme (CEP) is now currently in 400 schools and is expected to rise to 500 by the end of this programme. There are currently 50 schools in our catchment area. The general size or the CCF is approximately 43,000 Cadets with 3,400 Adult volunteers (as of 2019) nationally.

For further information on the CCF please follow this link: https://combinedcadetforce.org.uk/ 

Note: It is not a recruiting tool for the Armed Forces.

Why Join?

Etone College is proud to offer pupils the opportunity to join and experience all that the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) has to offer. In joining, pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • To challenge themselves both physically and mentally;
  • Gain life skills and Qualifications;
  • Bolster their academic skills;
  • Learn how Discipline is vital;
  • Gain Leadership skills and put them into practice;
  • Improve Confidence and self-awareness;
  • Learn the importance of Team Work;
  • To prepare the cadet for real-world work life;
  • Opportunity to develop military skills including marksmanship, first aid, map reading;
  • Opportunity to experince flying in either a glider or single prop aeroplane;
  • Sleeping under canvas and camps.

How to Join?

Joining the CCF programme is a big commitment. It is not an ‘attend when you want to’ club. You are expected to uphold the highest of standards every day in school. Hard work and effort within the Cadet force will give you the opportunity to enhance progression in all areas of your life.

Application forms can be obtained from the Plt Off Hodgson or from the CCF office.


Frequently Asked Questions

There is an initial joining payment of £30, then a further weekly payment of £2.50 for the next 39 weeks and every 39 weeks of each subsequent year that your child is a member of the Etone CCF Contingent. All payments will need to be made via the WisePay portal. This enables the unit to operate, provide the cadets with a Blue Uniform, Parade shoes and the possible training both within the school and whilst on residential trips eg. Rock climbing, overnight camping, flying and other activities.
If the cadet leaves or is removed from the CCF programme will I get a refund? No, a refund is not available as costs have already been incurred.
Can my child apply if they have poor attendance/behaviour. As the CCF is a flagship programme, Cadets are expected to be role models to the other students in the school. Any student can apply but this is subject to approval form the Heads of House and the Head Teacher.
The CCF is open to everyone. Provision(s) and risk assessments are put in to place for everyone to train. Privacy and discretion are used at all times.
Attendance to CCF activities are required regularly so the Cadet doesn’t fall behind on their training. Attendance to other extracurricular events is encouraged but the balance between these can prove difficult for the cadet. Cadets who are unable to attend a parade night are to inform the Commanding Officer at the earliest opportunity.
Tuesday 3pm – 5pm. Arrangements are to be made for your child to be collected or the Cadet to make their own way home. Weekend activities are organised inline with school policy. Permission letters and activity paperwork to be signed before attendance. This can be at short notice sometimes as we get offered last minute activities.
The Cadet will get RAF blue uniform. We do have spare combat uniform that may be issued to the Cadet but our supplies are quite limited due to sizes. Accidental damage and uniform that is too small need to be reported to a member of the CCF team to allow exchanges of uniform to take place. A small cost may be incurred to replace lost uniform. Please do not purchase uniform off the internet until you have spoken to a member of the CCF team.
Cadets are to be encouraged to participate in the school run DoE scheme. This is a qualification that can be worn on their uniform once completed.
If a Cadet gains qualifications outside of school hours this may be transferred to a CCF qualification, examples: music, first aid, volunteer work etc…