Combined Cadet Force


The tradition of cadet units in schools goes back over 150 years to the 1850s. In 1948, the Combined Cadet Force was formed in the United Kingdom, covering cadets from all three Services; the Army, Air Force and Navy.

In 1859, the idea of cadet units in schools was developed by the Secretary of State for War, Jonathan Peel - who wrote to public schools and universities, inviting them to form units of the Volunteer Corps. Several schools took up the idea, and the King's Rochester CCF was formed in 1911.

Today the Combined Cadet Force contingents are very different to those early groups of young people. Although they are still based on the ethos of the Armed Forces - their focus is on helping young people to develop and reach their full potential by providing challenging, active, adventurous and fun activities for the future.


King's Rochester is proud to be one of a small number of schools in the UK to offer all three services, the Army, Air Force and Navy, each offering its own unique experience. We are honoured to have the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) at Brompton Barracks, RAF Wittering and HMNB Portsmouth as our parent units.

Learning through personal development is central to any pupil's time at King's and the CCF offers a wide variety of opportunities including leadership training, method of instruction, Target Shooting, Clay Target Shooting, First Aid, Adventure Training, Field Exercises, Bush Craft, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Expeditions (Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels) and residential trips across the UK and overseas.