The Combined Cadet Force is a national organisation, which exists primarily in schools. It exists to give its members military skills, adventurous training and qualities of leadership within the safety of a formal and controlled structure. It is possible to have sections from all three major arms of H.M. Forces: the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force. At Abingdon we have an Army Section and an RAF Section. Which section you join is entirely up to you and is a decision which will be made during the Recruit Training Camp in the Easter holidays of your first year of membership. The CCF is jointly financed by grants from the Army and termly subscriptions from the boys.
The broad function of the Combined Cadet Force is to provide a disciplined organisation within a school so that boys may develop powers of leadership by means of training, to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance, and a sense of service to the community. It is firmly believed that the self-confidence and self-discipline required in Service life are equally important in civilian life.
The specific function of the Service training in the CCF is to:
- Provide the opportunity for young people to exercise responsibility and leadership and to learn from the Services how they can be best developed.
- Show them why the Services are needed and how they function.
- Encourage and assist those who have an interest in joining the Services to become Officers in the Regular or Reserve Forces.