UTC Reading Combined Cadet Force (UTCR CCF) held its annual Remembrance Parade on Friday 11 November at 11am.
Students from both UTC Reading and its CCF partner school, Maiden Erlegh Reading, were present.
The parade was led by Pilot Officer Lewis Hart, Contingent Commander for UTCR CCF, with a reading of In Flanders Fields, delivered by the youngest member of the CCF, Cadet Delplech. There was also an impeccable display of drill from three senior cadets who formed the standard party, marching on to the parade with the standard (flag) of UTCR CCF.
“All the cadets on parade showed the highest standards of discipline and proved that they have taken on board the skills learnt over the past few weeks on Thursday afternoons in drill and turnout,” said CCF Contingent Commander Lewis Hart.
The next event for the CCF will be in late November, when senior cadets will go live firing at Longmoor Ranges, followed by the opportunity for 4 of our new cadets to go flying in the Grob Tutor aircraft at RAF Benson in December, with plenty more opportunities in the new year!
- The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a youth organisation, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), which operates in schools, and normally includes Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force sections. 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”. 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 British military officers have had experience in the CCF.