Welcome to the SRMS CCF website
Last Update 9 Nov 2016
The CCF at SRMS has been running for many decades. Here are a few words from the Contingent Commander to summarise what we do.
The first year in the CCF can be tough for year 8's, although you can be a member of the SRMS Cadet Band from year 7. Cadets will be taking charge in future years, so it is important that they learn how to achieve high standards in everything they do. We expect a high standard of turnout each week and high personal standards in areas such as dress, organisation and timekeeping. On top of this we follow a syllabus that is reinforced by regular testing in all basic core skills such as drill, shooting and military knowledge (e.g. the Army rank structure). They must also take on board more section-specific training. Cadets complete a weapons handling course, and also learn basic infantry section skills.
It is also important that cadets participate in off-site activities as the learning experience is far greater when away from the "comfort zone" of school and familiar faces. This includes "Exercise Raw Recruit" which takes place in the training areas in the Lydden Valley during October of their first year in CCF. The March Training Weekend is the second exercise that new cadets do and involves the whole contingent. Cadets also have the opportunity to spend time away in the holidays on courses run by the services.
Our aims are laid out in the Cadet Manual, training cadets in leadership by promoting:
· sense of responsibility
We hope that all boys and girls will gain a taste of leadership and understand how to develop their own powers of leadership, even if they only remain in the CCF for one year.
Years 9 and 10
No-one is a born leader, although most people have a number of leadership qualities to a greater or lesser degree. The aim of the CCF courses in years 9 and 10 are to show cadets what leadership is all about and help them develop and promote the leadership qualities they possess. They learn that leadership is not just about being able to shout at people; it is about planning and organisation, self-confidence, powers of persuasion and decision-making. It is about building teams and building morale and solving problems. Cadets must face their fears, whether by taking a classroom session or by completing a tough assault course.
There are ample opportunities to put leadership into practice, although most of the situations are "self-contained": a 20 minute command task, for example. Throughout the year there will be many opportunities for to cadets to develop their knowledge and expertise in other areas, adventurous training activities, shooting, map reading and so on.
Year 11, 12 and year 13
The CCF could not run without cadet NCOs. After more than two years in the CCF they know how the system works, they know how their section runs and they understand what is required in terms of cadet training. As they progress through the senior school they will develop their own particular strengths. Most will train junior cadets, be this in the classroom or in other areas such as drill to weapons training. Most will help organise exercises and camps and, depending on the section and the number of senior cadets, many will help plan and organise the training for the year, or develop websites, or become radio communications experts, or whatever.
There is no doubt that by the end of 4 years in the CCF something has rubbed off. At the very least it will be an awareness of how to communicate with others; at best, it will be the development of self-confidence, of reliability and an easypower of command.
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