The Combined Cadet Force Association (CCFA) is a registered charity which exists to promote the ideals and activities of the Combined Cadet Force. The Association provides the national forum for CCF contingents and is recognised by the Ministry of Defence, the headteachers’ organisations and other interested bodies as the organisation to carry out the following functions:
- To act as advisors to the Ministry of Defence and other authorities on CCF matters in general.
- To assume responsibility for such CCF activities which fall outside the Ministry of Defence’s direct concern.
- To facilitate a collective insurance scheme.
- To provide a point of contact, where required, with CVQO, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting, St John Ambulance and other similar organisations.
- To provide advice and assistance where possible to members.
The CCFA oversees the CCF website, and is responsible for the production on Connected, the termly CCF magazine. The organisation also coordinates the Cadet Bursary Fund, and produces marketing and communication materials for the Cadet Expansion Programme, and CCF as a whole. The charity provides a small grant scheme to which CCFs can apply - for further details see the funding opportunities page.
If you would like to support the work of the Association, you can donate using Charity Checkout.
Contingent Membership of the CCFA
If a school joins the membership scheme, all serving CCF officers/SSIs in the contingent are automatically members of the CCFA whilst they hold active appointments at the contingent. This membership lapses when officers are not holding such appointments. Membership fees are assumed to be covered by the Contingent Subscriptions which are collected annually from Contingents by Bank Standing Order and consist of a flat contingent fee plus a set amount per cadet determined by contingent establishment levels notified to the Association annually by the Joint Cadet Secretariat.
What members receive
Contingent members will be provided with details of social and other appropriate national events through their parent contingents and are entitled to attend CCFA AGMs, and to vote. Contingents will be eligible to subscribe to the CCFA insurance scheme - a comprehensive benefits scheme which goes beyond the limited Indemnity provided by the Ministry of Defence. For more information, see CCFA insurance.