Combined Cadet Force
Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army Sections
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a voluntary organisation whose aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.
The CCF has a long tradition at King's, and celebrated its Centenary in 2002. We currently have 260 cadets spread amongst the Royal Navy, Royal Marine and Army Sections and our Chindit Columns. Involvement is on a voluntary basis. Our new Contingent Commander Major Steve King RMR has taken over from Lt Col David Cole. His emphasis for the Contingent echoes that of David; one of leadership training with our senior cadets, where they will take on much of the responsibility for instructing junior cadets under the supervision of officers and staff. It is not surprising that most of our school prefects have had leadership training in the CCF.
We have two Field Days a year which always involves overnight exercises for our senior sections using local training areas. Our Easter Adventure Training week in the Brecon Beacons run by 2/Lt Chris Pearson involves a mix of hill walking, caving, mountain biking, rafting and rock climbing. The Summer CCF Contingent Camp gives the senior cadets the chance to experience more military skills, and includes an overnight exercise, live firing, canoeing and rock climbing. The Third Form Chindit Camp held on Exmoor in July regularly attracts up to half the year group. With a range of exercises with cryptic names such as 'Blindfold Drop', 'Night Fright' and 'Ditch Delight', and with two 24-hour hiking tent experiences, the camp gives the pupils a chance to become more independent and self-reliant. We have very well-equipped Military and Adventure Training Stores maintained by the School Staff Instructor, SSgt Ron Mason.
The quality of our top NCOs has been reflected in their regular appointments as Lord Lieutenant's Cadets. We have had an unbroken chain of ten Lord Lt Cadets from the RM Section.
The school has a huge network of connections with the forces, and cadets are given various opportunities and invitations to represent the Navy Section (and school) at many events. In recent years cadets have had the opportunity to spend a week aboard our affiliated ship HMS Richmond and two weeks crewing an ocean going yacht across the Bay of Biscay.