Combined Cadet Force

Birmingham based CCF attend annual camp

At the end of June cadets from Rockwood Academy Combined Cadet Force (CCF), located in Birmingham, attended their annual camp at Warwickshire and West Midlands (South Sector) Army Cadet Force (ACF) Cadet Training Centre in Bramcote, Warwickshire. In order to meet with the required COVID-19 guidelines the camp was split into two parts, with two separate groups of cadets involved. The start of…

Independent report celebrates positive impact of Cadet Forces

Exciting new research into the UK Cadet Forces highlights the positive impacts on young peoples’ development, adult volunteers and wider society. The UK currently has 130,000 cadets and almost 30,000 adult volunteers supporting them. This follows the Cadet Expansion Programme launched by the UK Government in 2012 which saw the number of school cadet units double to over 500 by last year. During…

Cadets return to training roadmap

The National Youth Agency have set out a roadmap for cadets to start their return to face-to-face training. The dates detailed below are the dates from which the activities can commence and so dates may vary from unit to unit. 8 March 2021 Combined Cadet Force (CCF) units can start face-to-face training on school premises only under school direction.  29 March 2021 Cadet…

Celebrating the success of the Cadet Expansion Programme

The Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) has successfully delivered the ambitious target of 500 parading schools across the UK, six months earlier than the proposed timeline. Originally launched in June 2012 by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, the programme aimed to deliver 100 new cadet units in English state-funded schools by September 2015. Following its initial success the Government committed to…

West Midland RFCA holds a high flying afternoon tea

In September West Midland RFCA held their first briefing of the year in the very impressive Hangar One at RAF Museum, Cosford.  The afternoon event attracted over 100 people including local employers, mayors, councillors, schools and Association members. The guests were welcomed with tea and coffee before sitting down for the presentations.  The compere for the afternoon was Michael Collie, of BBC fame,…

Biennial Review success for Barr Beacon School

Barr Beacon School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) proudly showcased their skills at their first Biennial Review. The review took place at the Defence Training Estate’s Swynnerton Camp in Staffordshire and saw the cadets take part in a number of activities such as first aid, rifle training, radio and cyber training.  Despite the damp weather the cadets embraced their activities and were keen to…

Transatlantic adventure for TS Stirling Sea Cadets

Seventeen cadets from the Birmingham region took part in a multi-unit expedition to the United States for the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC). The JCLC is run by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Army League (COMAL) for high school Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets from nineteen schools across New England. Twelve of the cadets hailed from TS Stirling Sea Cadets, of which six…

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