Common Time 2019

Combined Cadet Force

Boys in training

In his second year at Winchester a boy is required to serve two and a half terms in the Combined Cadet Force of the College, the CCF, joining one of the four Service Sections: Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force. Each section follows its own proficiency syllabus; however, the training is primarily focused on developing team work and leadership.

The year is punctuated with three 24hr weekend exercises and two voluntary camps. It is particularly on the exercises and camps that boys develop skills in leadership, teamwork, self-reliance and at the more senior level a strong sense of service towards those for whom they have responsibilities.

At the start of the Easter holiday a voluntary combined service, and mainly military, camp is held at various venues throughout the UK. The training is often supported by soldiers from the regular army. During the summer holiday, a completely non-military, adventure training camp is held in the Lake District. The training is delivered by instructors from the CCF and the School's Adventure Education programme.

After the second year in the School, a boy is free to leave his CCF experience behind him and engage in Community Service. Those volunteers who stay on in the CCF engage in various self-development courses during their third year and are taught how to instruct the many military and adventurous topics required of junior cadets. As the cadet progresses through the school and the rank structure, his responsibilities grow until his final year he is likely, if he has shown the necessary qualities, to be given a unit of some thirty junior cadets, and to be responsible for their progress over the two and a half terms. This is both exciting and very challenging. The CCF is fully supported by, and receives regular visits from, serving full-time members of the Armed Forces.

The Armoury was the subject of a Friends of Winchester College leaflet.