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ACF wearing C95 to school?

#1
Just a curiosity question really.

I work around Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. Every Friday I see swarms of kids going to school wearing thier C95 (usual state of cadet dress, absolute crap. But I digress). Last Friday a saw swarms of them boarding a coach, presumably for some kind of half term camp. My question is I can understand last Friday as they was all on coach and moving by 0900. But why the uniform every other Friday? Also, why the hugh scale of them at this school? It's a big posh school in Tunbridge Wells so would it be some kind of school related thing? I grew up in London so never saw anything like this and was never part of the cadets so don't have any clue as to what it's about.

Not a really important question but one that's bugged me since I've seen it (not a lot happens during my day you see.)

Thanks, TBM.
 
#2
Some ACF units are running detachments during school hours. There is one up North that I know of. Mainly to encourage mostly ruckuss teenagers who wont go at night during usual parade timings.
 

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#3
Am trying to remember back to my schools days, we definitely wore our CCF uniforms to school instead of school uniforms on the day of CCF, but that was because it started straight after school.
 
#6
As others have said it is likely to be a CCF unit not ACF as it is school based. The CCF activities are probably run during or immediatly after school time, some schools allow the cadets to wear uniform all day, others insist they change. My school used to make us change, but it was during the 90's when the home grown terrorist problem was a bit more prevelant.

S_R
 
#7
It is not unusual for schools with CCF Units to ask that the order of dress for their members on parade days is C95's, and it may well be that some ACF School units have adopted the same.

There are 80,000 Cadets through the nation, and I personally see no reason why they should not be seen, and certainly that they should have no need to hide away :)

Some of these young people will make up a fair proportion of our Services in the future, (and should they join, they have low fall-out rates through basics, and tend to do well); others will have had the advantages of structured youth activities, and also some knowledge and understanding of the roles of armed forces, and I see this as good :)
 
#8
I remember when I was 13 year old little walt with delusions of cadet grandeur. One "mufty" day where all the kids paid a pound to charity to wear their own clothes, I decided to wear my 95s and a wooly pully. I got bullied to ****! Life lesson learned...
 
#10
Just a curiosity question really.

I work around Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. Every Friday I see swarms of kids going to school wearing thier C95 (usual state of cadet dress, absolute crap. But I digress). Last Friday a saw swarms of them boarding a coach, presumably for some kind of half term camp. My question is I can understand last Friday as they was all on coach and moving by 0900. But why the uniform every other Friday? Also, why the hugh scale of them at this school? It's a big posh school in Tunbridge Wells so would it be some kind of school related thing? I grew up in London so never saw anything like this and was never part of the cadets so don't have any clue as to what it's about.

Not a really important question but one that's bugged me since I've seen it (not a lot happens during my day you see.)

Thanks, TBM.
Why didn't you just ask someone there?
 
#11
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to "provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance". It is not a pre-service organisation, although it acknowledges that one of its objectives is "to encourage those who have an interest in the services to become Officers of the Regular or Reserve Forces", and a significant number of officers have indeed had experience in the CCF. Prior to 1948 cadet forces in schools existed as part of the Officers' Training Corps framework, but in 1948 the Labour government founded the Combined Cadet Force as a separate entity on the grounds that the previous name was deemed elitist.

Taken from wiki, hope that clears it up
 
#12
C95? You were lucky, we had to wear Battle Dress on CCF days. If we were lucky, KF shirt and denims.

Kids at the posh school used to buy their own No2 Dress.

Did anyone else shop at the ACF shop on Buckingham Gate?
 
#13
C95? You were lucky, we had to wear Battle Dress on CCF days. If we were lucky, KF shirt and denims.

Kids at the posh school used to buy their own No2 Dress.

Did anyone else shop at the ACF shop on Buckingham Gate?
We never went there, used to get some bits by post. There was always someone who had their little catalouge. I think it was called Cadet Supplies.
 
#14
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to "provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance". It is not a pre-service organisation, although it acknowledges that one of its objectives is "to encourage those who have an interest in the services to become Officers of the Regular or Reserve Forces", and a significant number of officers have indeed had experience in the CCF. Prior to 1948 cadet forces in schools existed as part of the Officers' Training Corps framework, but in 1948 the Labour government founded the Combined Cadet Force as a separate entity on the grounds that the previous name was deemed elitist.

Taken from wiki, hope that clears it up

Yeah, because it's not like a bunch of walty half-lives with nothing better to do that debate the finer points of whether soldiers should salute ACF/CCF horrificers because they actually do hold a commission (sort of) need a wiki extract to tell them what the CCF is all about.

Unless there's a thread about having your knob loppeed off in favour of having a plastic clopper inserted where your gonads should be, and trust me, I don't want to see one, I fail to understand exactly how that "input" helps. But thanks for sharing.
 
#16
Being a member of the CCF I can tell you that the majority of schools with CCF detachments allow cadets to wear uniform to school on the allocated training day. Regarding the bus I assume that you witnessed the start of the annual "field weekend" where we all go to a training area and put into practice all the skills we learn over the year. FR
 
#17
As others have said it is likely to be a CCF unit not ACF as it is school based. The CCF activities are probably run during or immediatly after school time, some schools allow the cadets to wear uniform all day, others insist they change. My school used to make us change, but it was during the 90's when the home grown terrorist problem was a bit more prevelant.

S_R
There are a number of ACF dets currently run by schools almost as a CCF.
 
#18
Just a curiosity question really.

I work around Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. Every Friday I see swarms of kids going to school wearing thier C95 (usual state of cadet dress, absolute crap. But I digress). Last Friday a saw swarms of them boarding a coach, presumably for some kind of half term camp. My question is I can understand last Friday as they was all on coach and moving by 0900. But why the uniform every other Friday? Also, why the hugh scale of them at this school? It's a big posh school in Tunbridge Wells so would it be some kind of school related thing? I grew up in London so never saw anything like this and was never part of the cadets so don't have any clue as to what it's about.

Not a really important question but one that's bugged me since I've seen it (not a lot happens during my day you see.)

Thanks, TBM.
Sounds like Skinners School CCF; the local boys state grammar school, as they have the only CCF in the town. As others have written many schools now allow the kids (sorry cadets) to wear uniform all day when it's CCF afternoon. If you think they look a mess complain to the contingent commander and head master. It sometimes works; my school (not that one) got around it by insisting that you wore school uniform to and from school.
 
#19
Am trying to remember back to my schools days, we definitely wore our CCF uniforms to school instead of school uniforms on the day of CCF, but that was because it started straight after school.
Mine too - a whole day in khaki battledress, ammo boots and anklets!! Sure helped us all develop a thick skin . . .
 
#20
Mine too - a whole day in khaki battledress, ammo boots and anklets!! Sure helped us all develop a thick skin . . .
Well it is said that those who went to public schools found POW camps rather easy given their experience of no heating, confinement, arcane rules, random beatings and lousy food
 

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