Volunteering

Volunteering with the CCF can have just as much of a positive impact on your life as on the lives of the young people you are supporting. Hear from current volunteers and learn more about the role. 

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Find out more about what volunteers with the CCF do, and how you can get involved.

Every CCF is reliant on volunteers to support the training and development of the cadets. Volunteers typically come from within the school community, although members of the wider community are also often involved, particularly if they have links to the school, for example parents and former pupils. 

Volunteers do not need any military experience, just enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills. As well as being a very rewarding experience, volunteering with a cadet unit can lead to fully-accredited qualifications in a wide range of activities and disciplines.

If you are interested in joining your local CCF as an adult volunteer, please get in touch with the school directly. Volunteer recruitment is carried out locally by individual CCF, and volunteers who are not from the school staff will need to undergo Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks before appointment. 

Hear from current CCF volunteers

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What does a volunteer do?

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There are different roles an adult volunteer can take on within a cadet unit. Many will focus on delivering practical training to cadets and you will have the opportunity to earn qualifications, and pass on your knowledge to cadets. Other roles will focus on administration, planning and delivering a successful and comprehensive training programme over the course of the school year.

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How much time does it take up?

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Units typically meet up on once a week. There may also be additional weekend training and longer camps in the summer – although these will not be compulsory for all volunteers. Volunteers taking on roles of responsibility within the group will commit additional time to the planning and training which goes on behind the scenes to support the activities

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Are cadets part of the military?

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Cadet units in schools are supported financially by the Ministry of Defence, but are not part of the Armed Forces.  The cadet forces follow some of the customs and traditions of their parent service, such as using the same rank structure. Cadets undertake a certain amount of military-themed training, but the organisations are separate. There is no commitment to military service of any kind, for the cadets or adults involved.

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Do I have to be very physically fit?

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It is useful for volunteers to be reasonably fit so they can join in the physical activities, but other qualities are equally important.  There are roles at units that will focus on planning and providing administrative support, where physical fitness will be less critical.

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How can I get involved?

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Each school recruits its own volunteers - so you will need to speak to the Contingent Commander at the school directly. You can find your nearest CCF using our CCF locations tool. 

If there isn't a CCF near you, you may want to consider volunteering with one of the community cadet forces, the Army Cadets, Air Cadets or Sea Cadets. Cadets are these units undertake similar training to those in the CCF, but each unit focuses on only one of the Services. The groups tend to be based in community centres, or specialised cadet buildings, rather than schools - and membership is open to young people from any schools in the area. There are thousands of community cadet units around the country.