Every two years CCFs are inspected by the MOD to ensure they are fulfilling their remit ‘to provide a disciplined organisation within a school so that young people may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, team work, endurance, perseverance and a sense of service to the community’. Seaford College CCF was inspected by a senior RAF Officer and his team on 11 May 2016.
Maj Andrew Plewes RM, CCF Contingent Commander, said: “My main effort was to demonstrate what training normally goes on in the CCF here at Seaford. There is really no reason to make it too complicated or big by involving organisations from outside the school because that is not what normally happens. We have not taken time out of the programme to rehearse for the inspection, we have just treated this as a day of quality training.”
The day started with a formal parade, which gave the Reviewing Officer (RO) the opportunity to talk to the cadets about their experiences in the CCF. Then after lunch there were a series of training activities that the RO was able to observe, including Camouflage and Concealment, a Personal Role Radio ‘assault course’, Fire and Manoeuvre, a Principles of Flight demonstration, some air rifle shooting, Command Tasks and two-man shelter building.
The day finished with a final address by the RO. He said that he was very impressed with what he had seen. His main message was that cadets should grasp the opportunities that the CCF can provide as “the more you put in to your time with the CCF, the more you will get out”.