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Combined Cadet Force

Combined Cadet Force

Cheltenham College has a long and distinguished connection with the military dating back to 1862. It’s a connection that remains just as strong today. Every pupil at College is given the opportunity to be a part of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) in the Fourth Form and many choose to continue beyond this.   

The Combined Cadet Force sees pupils become a part of an Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force contingent. As a cadet, pupils undertake exciting and adventurous pursuits that help them to develop leadership skills, teamwork and confidence that will stand them in good stead in their school lives and beyond.   

Training takes place every Wednesday evening at College and is led by the many members of our staff who have distinguished military backgrounds themselves.   

It is supported by field days and occasional weekend camps and courses where cadets spend longer periods of time working towards recognised qualifications. Cadets also have unique opportunities to attend external MoD-sponsored courses on subjects such as cadet leadership and powerboat operation. Current pupils have taken part in night-time raids and flown small aircraft during their time in CCF.   

In many cases these are experiences that define future careers. We often see students taking the opportunity to enlist in military training establishments, including training to become military doctors, when they leave College. Indeed, College has been formally recognised by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for its development of the military’s future leaders.