Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
The CCF is a youth organisation supported by the Ministry of Defence. The Combined Cadet Force of the United Kingdom is made up of over 250 school Contingents, the vast majority of which are from independent schools. The CCF at Monmouth combines two Services – Army and RAF.
The aim of the CCF is to provide a disciplined organisation through which boys and girls may develop qualities of endurance, resourcefulness, self-reliance, leadership, responsibility and a sense of public service. The Service (military) training that we do is used as a framework through which the above aims can be realised. I must point out at this stage that we do a considerable amount of “non-military” training, such as command tasks, leaderless tasks, adventurous training and sports competitions.
Joining the CCF
Membership of the CCF at Monmouth School for Boys is optional. Boys can join the CCF at the start of the Year 10 and can chose to join either the Army or RAF section. Members of staff from the school are commissioned officers and take lessons alongside instructors from the regular or territorial forces. In the last fifteen years, membership has been extended to Sixth Formers from Monmouth School for Girls. This innovation has proved to be very popular and successful.