Combined Cadet Force

The JCB Academy’s CCF is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Education. As part of the wider military family, The JCB Academy’s CCF contingent offers our students a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. The aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. Joining the CCF is entirely voluntary and you will not be expected to pursue a military career, although if this is something that you are considering, it is a fantastic first step.

Our Combined Cadet Force is an Army section affiliated with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). REME embodies the ethos of the soldier/tradesman. As a part of a Corps forged on the battlefield, they keep the punch in the Army’s fist. REME is built upon innovation, meeting the twin requirements of military proficiency and engineering skill, supporting every unit in the British Army.

The CCF is a Wednesday afternoon Extension Activity option for the duration of the entire year and a commitment to the CCF for a minimum of this period is compulsory if you are successful in securing a place. Weekly training in the first year will provide a firm military foundation based on weapon training, shooting, field-craft, navigation skills, first aid and drill. The training will be delivered by myself (the Contingent Commander), the Cadet Training Team, and staff at The JCB Academy that hold the Queen’s Commission as CCF Officers.

For more information on the CCF, please visit the Combined Cadet Force web site:

There will also be opportunities for cadets to participate in competitions, courses and adventurous activities. These range from leadership and military courses, through to adventurous training and even overseas trips. You will have the opportunity to take part in obstacle courses, field-days, expeditions, as well as activities like climbing, kayaking and mountain biking. This year, our cadets have also put their marksmanship skills to the test clay-pigeon shooting and paintballing.

“Could you please forward a big thank-you to Mr Morgan and Mrs Newman (and the Academy) for the fantastic few days my son Toby has experienced. He had a amazing time and was overwhelmed by the kindness of his teachers providing hot chocolate, covering the additional cost on their meal out and drinks. The Academy continues to go beyond my expectations.”

Students will be able to use aspects of their time in the CCF to satisfy certain DofE requirements. For instance, students can use first aid or marksmanship to satisfy the skill section. They can also use their DofE expedition to meet the requirements of the expedition section of the CCF syllabus and earn the Adventurous Training badge.

As part of the Expedition section of the Award, you will need to participate in a training day at the Academy, a Practice Expedition in the Spring term on Cannock Chase and an Assessed Expedition in the Summer term in the Peak District. The training days, Practice Expeditions and Assessed Expeditions are all compulsory.

We will organise a CCF / DofE Parents Information Evening at the start of the academic year to provide more information as well an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have.

The Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provide great opportunities for you to learn new skills, to experience adventure, to gain nationally recognized awards and to have a lot of fun while doing it!

Joining The JCB Academy’s Combined Cadet Force costs £175 for the year. This cost includes a full set of uniform (including boots) as well as field equipment for field days and expeditions and access to all training equipment. The cost also covers all DofE Bronze costs, CCF membership and insurance, as well as the cost of any field days and expeditions. You will be able to pay the full amount up front or pay the remaining balance in instalments following a specified payment plan. The focus and highlight of the year for our contingent will be participation in the annual summer camp. This all-inclusive one week camp will cost £60 and runs during our Activities Week next July.

For further information on the CCF, please email Mr Morgan at

Students that join the CCF will also participate in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.

The DofE Award consists of a challenging programme of activities, which will allow you to learn new skills, help others and experience adventure. The Award will also provide you with a great sense of achievement and has an emphasis on both independent and teamwork. CCF and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award require organisation and dedication. This is the reason why they are so well respected by colleges, universities and employers alike.

There are four sections to the DofE Award – Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expedition, and there are a wide range of activities from which you can choose to satisfy each section.

For more information on The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, please visit the DofE web site: