In their third year (Year 9), many secondary pupils elect to join the CCF. Cadets join either the Army (Duke of Lancaster's Regiment) or the RAF Section, where a minimum of five terms' service is expected. They may then choose to continue as Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) in the Sixth Form, during which time they undergo more advanced training and assist in instructing the junior cadets.
The CCF meets weekly and has a Field Day each term.
Membership offers many advantages, not least of which is the opportunity to apply for a wide range of residential courses offered by the services; especially popular are leadership, gliding, first aid and adventurous training.