Combined Cadet Force

The Combined Cadet Force is a national youth organisation funded by the Ministry of Defence. There are currently around 42,000 cadets in the CCF in the UK.

Most of these units are in Independent Schools. The aim of the Cadet movement is to develop such qualities as leadership, self-reliance, teamwork and good citizenship. A secondary and not insignificant aim is to foster and engender an interest in the role of the UK Armed Forces. All of this is achieved by means of a combination of military type training and adventurous training.

All pupils at Glenalmond have to spend one year (Fourth Form) in the CCF. This activity takes place on Wednesday afternoons. Pupils can elect to join one of three services - The Royal Navy, The Army or The Royal Air Force. Cadets can, and many do, stay on longer and the idea is that the senior cadets run the Wednesday afternoon activities under the supervision of the CCF Officers. The majority of the CCF Officers are members of staff, although this is not always the case. During the year there are CCF camps which cadets can attend. The Army camps tend to be centralised and many schools come together to undergo a week of activities. These camps take place at Training Camps that are normally adjacent to large Training Areas, e.g. Wathgill in Yorkshire or Warcop in Cumbria.

RAF Section

The RAF section aims to give young people a chance to exercise their interest in aviation within the framework of the Combined Cadet Force.  The training syllabus has much in common with the other two sections (Army and Royal Navy) but there is an emphasis on training that gives cadets a greater understanding of the modern Royal Air Force in terms of its capabilites, footprint and operational commitments and force structure which we will foster and encourage an interest in flying and aviation in general, and maybe stimulate an interest in a possible service career.

There are annual week long summer camps to operational RAF stations so that cadets can experience life on an RAF station whilst carrying out training and other activities that would not be possible within a school environment.  In recent years we have taken cadets to RAF Valley (2010), DCAE Cosford (2011), RAF Wittering (2012), RAF Henlow (2014), RAF Waddington (2015) and most recently RAF Boulmer (2016).  Camp normally includes flying, shooting, educational visits to military installations and civilian museums (such as the Imperial War Museum Duxford), team building exercises, and sport in the RAF’s excellent facilities.  Camp is also a good chance to meet cadets from other schools.

We have regular flying days at Army Station (formerly RAF) Leuchars where cadets can put into practice some of the theory of flight that they have learned on Wednesday and experience the thrill of aerobatics. 

Royal Navy Section

Royal Navy cadets do not attend camps as such, but there are numerous courses that cadets can attend. A list of these courses is published annually. Many cadets get the opportunity to spend some time aboard one of HM's ships during the course of their service in the CCF.

Additional Training

Apart from camps there is a range of other courses which cadets can attend. These include leadership courses and adventurous training courses at one of the Cadet Adventure Training Centres (there are three in the UK). Cadets have the opportunity to attend overseas training in countries such as Canada. Most of this is free or at very little cost to cadets.

For more information, you may wish to visit the following websites:

Air Cadets

Royal Navy

CCF is optional for those in the Fifth Form and above. Pupils in the Fifth and Lower Sixth Forms choose from a variety of activities on a Wednesday afternoon, all involving an element of service to the school or the wider community. These activities include Duke of Edinburgh Award, stagecraft, conservation, community service in Methven and Perth and helping with the Second and Third Form activities.

Contact: Major Andrew Goodall ( or 01738 842108