Combined Cadet Force

One of the most popular voluntary activities in the school is our Combined Cadet Force. Now at over 300 members strong, it’s one of the largest of its kind in Scotland. In September 2018 Dollar’s CCF won the Scottish CCF competition at the annual Military Skills Competition for the 9th time in the last 15 years.

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CCF at Dollar includes a ‘section’ from each of the three services (Royal Navy, Army and RAF) but is not a pre-Service organisation. It’s a fantastic way of developing qualities such as endurance, resourcefulness, self-reliance, responsibility and leadership – as well as instilling a sense of public service.

The emphasis in our Naval section is on most aspects of boat work, afloat activities and adventure training. There’s also the opportunity to set sail with power boating, sailing and diving too. Our Army section is associated with Balaklava Company (5 Scots). It too offers adventure training, as well as the opportunity to specialise in Signals, Infantry or REME and receive training in radios and communication, weaponry and engineering under the leadership of experts. Pupils involved in our RAF section get to experience the unique thrill of flying gliders and light aircraft, along with adventure training. The teaching of leadership qualities is part and parcel of all three sections.

Senior pupils from Form II to Form VI can also learn the sport of target shooting as part of their CCF involvement. Taking place in a safe and friendly environment, we have our own indoor range and nearby outside facilities. Detailed weapon-handling training is, of course, mandatory and an assessment must be passed before any shooting takes place.

CCF activities are directed and managed by a dedicated team of staff and benefit from routine visits from regular forces service personnel. Pupils involved in CCF enjoy the chance to attend camp visits (over weekends and during school holidays) and even travel abroad.