The Aim of the CCF
The broad function of the CCF at RGS Worcester is to provide a disciplined organisation within the school so that boys and girls 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 vital in the civil life of the nation today.
Along with developing powers of leadership and command we also aim to give all cadets a back-ground knowledge of the methods and conditions of service in the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force. We also encourage those who have an interest in the Services to become Officers of the Regular or Reserve Forces. We are in no way considered a Armed Forces recruitment agency.
Our training in the classrooms is interesting, imaginative and purposeful and is planned so that it is steadily progressive for the Cadet during the period that he/she serves in the CCF.
Cadet Senior Rates will normally instruct Cadets in syllabus work. The responsibilities of CCF Officers are to ensure that training is planned with this in mind and that Cadet Senior Rates are properly trained in the technique of instruction. They will also supervise the instruction to ensure that a satisfactory standard is maintained. Regular Service assistance may be available to help with this.
Combined Cadet Force courses are all excellently organized and only led by qualified instructors. Cadets enjoy a wide range of activities and courses run mainly in the Easter and summer periods, but there are also weekend and one-day courses available in a variety of subjects. Annual summer Camps are always popular and involve many different activities. CCF (RN) courses are open to all arms of the Combined Cadet Force (Army, RAF, RM and RN). The RAF Section has several opportunities throughout the year to go flying in gliders, whilst the Army Section enjoy their annual camps as well as live firing on the local ranges. With almost all of the activities provided most cadets can, providing they hold suitable qualifications, join activities sponsored by the other Sections.
With regards the RN Section, there are currently over forty varied courses offered to cadets, plus courses for instructors and CCF Officers, together with leadership weekends and annual camps. Our courses run in Easter and summer and we also offer one day and weekend courses in a variety of subjects.
Twice a year the Contingent gets to ‘move out’ and go on manoeuvres. For the Army Section, this is generally a weekend out at an Army Base where the cadets experience the real meaning of ‘out on patrol’ and ‘let’s bivvy in this ditch’. The RN Section usually end up either in Portsmouth or Plymouth where they experience not only the culture and history on the RN but also get to visit ships both old ( HMS Victory ) and new ( HMS Daring ). For the RAF, if it not paying a flying visit to RAF Cosford, they will be found practicing their leadership and wet survival drills in a local water-sports centre.
Previous and recent highlights
Our most recent highlight was the visit / inspection of the Contingent by HRH The Princess Royal where she was invited to unveil a plaque commemorating the 450th Anniversary of the school receiving its Royal Charter. After the unveiling she then walked down Long Walk and spoke to several of the cadets.
Last year we underwent our Biennial Inspection by Cdr Welborn and his team, which also included Cdr Richardson CO 824 Squadron. With the weather holding off, the Inspection team were greatly impressed by the quality of presentations as well as the confidence shown by the cadets in discussion.
Prior to this Royal visit, three RN Cadets went to visit the Royals at Buckingham Palace as part of the Cadet 150 celebrations. We were extremely proud of the three cadets, P.O. Tom Neachall, L/S Lottie Millington & A.B. Matthew Beale on such a spectacular occasion. They all looked very smart and were certainly top of the class with their marching. We were very pleased that they also managed to remain throughout whilst some were falling like flies whist being inspected in Buckingham palace. All credit to the three of them as the previous days have been very tough. Day One drill from 7am - 7pm Day Three they marched 17 miles and apparently Day Two they marched even further. They marched so much that Lottie had cuts and sores where the shirts rubbed her ( and that was in the nice soft blue ones !! ) and even in well worn in shoes blisters. All good character building stuff but bless their cotton socks they looked exhausted.