Combined Cadet Force

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a uniformed youth organisation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. The CCF aims to "provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance". The CCF is not pre-service training for the Armed Forces.

 

The Victoria College Contingent

The Victoria College Contingent was formed as an Officer Training Corps in 1903 and in 1948 became the Victoria College CCF Contingent. In 1951 the Royal Air Force section was formed and in 1976 the Royal Navy section.

 

The Contingent Today

The Contingent parades on a Friday afternoon at 1400hrs for Senior Cadets and 1530hr for Year 10 to 11 Cadets. Squadron Leader Simon Blackmore the Contingent Commander leads a Contingent of 130 cadets and 20 adult volunteers. Cadets regularly attend camps at military establishments across the UK including adventure training, cadet skills competitions and courses. On-Island training includes sailing, rock climbing, archery and live firing at the Crabbe Range Facility. The Contingent performs several ceremonial duties including the mounting of the Halberdier Guard.

 

Cadet Training

The CCF is the most popular extra-curricular activity available to pupils in Year 9 and above at Victoria College. Approximately 50 new recruits following a selection process are accepted into the CCF in the summer term of Year 9. Cadets are then given the opportunity to join the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force Sections at the start of year 10. Progression through the proficiency awards with commitment and service to the contingent leads to promotion at the end of Year 11. Further promotion to the highest cadet ranks is highly selective and can only normally be achieved at the end of Year 12.

 

Contingent Headquarters (CCFHQ)

The Contingent Headquarters (Sir Michael Alcock Centre) is situated behind the Pavilion on College Field it includes the CCF office, classroom, meeting room, 25 yard indoor range, simulator suite, clothing and equipment stores.

The clothing store is open for uniform exchanges most lunchtimes between 1305hrs and 1330hrs.

 

Contacts 

Contingent Commander:
Sqn Ldr SP Blackmore RAFAC
email: email:  cc.t0238a@aircadets.org

School Staff Instructor:
WO (CCF) J-P Fidrmuc
email: j.fidrmuc@vcj.sch.je
mobile: 07797 713488

Victoria College CCF
Le Mont Millais
St Helier
Jersey
JE1 4HT

Telephone: 01534 638282

 

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