Sunday, 6 April 2008

CCFs to be encouraged in state schools

The National Recognition Study (NRS), the government-commissioned review of civil and military relations, is recommending that Combined Cadet Forces should be encouraged in Britain's comprehensive schools in order not only to bolster the general public's perception of the Armed Forces, but also to improve discipline among teenagers.
Some 200 of Britain's independent and grammar schools provide CCF facilities and receive the bulk of the £80 million provided for such activities by the MoD; only 60 cadet forces operate in comprehensive schools.
The aim of the CCF is to help young people develop self-reliance, initiative and leadership. Schools that run CCFs often have sections for all three services - the activities in a Navy section would typically be diving, sailing, power-boating, navigation and adventure training; the RAF could have access to gliders and light aircraft and also train in applicable ground subjects; and the Army would focus mainly on outdoor "field" activities such as weapon training, shooting, map reading and field-craft. All cadets follow a training programme in drill, weapon training, map reading and first aid and often take part in central summer camps which are attended by CCFs from all over the country and also attend training weekends.
Whilst Quentin Davies MP, who heads the NRS, believes that basic military training is good for character and team building as well as being good exercise, concerns are being raised about teaching shooting skills at a time of increasing youth gun crime. No doubt also Britain's teachers will be throwing up their arms in horror at the thought of the Armed Forces in our schools with their immoral recruitment methods and militaristic propaganda.
Link> The Guardian: Brown backs army cadet corps plan for schools
Link> BBC: Brown 'backs' more school cadets
Link> Lenin's Tomb: Gordon Brown promotes gun crime
Link> AV: Army cadets attacked in Birmingham
Link> AV: National Recognition Study - key points