25 June, 2009

Combined Cadet Force (RN) Syllabus

Assessment and Promotion Policy
Cadet to Cadet AB
To be eligible for advancement, the Cadet must:

  1. Complete three months membership of the section,
  2. Satisfactorily complete the asterisked items in strands 1 and 2 of the RN Proficiency Syllabus 2001 and,
  3. Be recommended by the OIC of the RN Section.
Successful completion of the syllabus items can be assessed as follows:

Item Reference Topic Assessment
P1.1 Wearing of Uniform Practical Assessment by the Area Instructor / OIC
P1.2 Basic Naval Squad Drill
P2.1 Aim and Organisation of the CCF End of course assessment using HQ CCF (RN) Assessment Paper. Papers marked in the section.
P2.2 Role of the RN
P2.3 Affiliated Ship
P2.4 Parent Establishment
P2.5 RN Ranks and Rates
P2.6 RN Customs

Cadet AB to Cadet LS
For advancement to Cadet LS a cadet must:

  1. Complete at least one year's service in the section,
  2. Satisfactorily complete the CCF (RN) Proficiency 2001 syllabus,
  3. Complete strands 1 and 2 of the CCF (RN) Advanced Proficiency (2001) syllabus and,
  4. Be recommended by the OIC.
Assessment of Proficiency Topics

Item Reference Topic Assessment
P1.3 Communications HQ CCF (RN) End of Course Assessment Paper
P2.7 Air Rifle / 0.22 Shooting Achieve a pass in the practical shooting test
P3.1 Buoyancy Aid Familiarisation HQ CCF (RN) End of Course Assessment Paper
P3.2 Afloat Training Produce logged evidence of 6 hours training afloat activity
P3.3 Elementary Rule of the Road HQ CCF (RN) End of Course Assessment Paper
P3.4 Sources of Weather Information
P3.5 Clothing and Equipment
P3.6 Rope work
P4.1 Map and Compass Practical orienteering course or exceptionally written / practical test
P4.2 Basic First Aid HQ CCF (RN) End of Course Assessment Paper and practical test
P4.3 Basic Expedition Skills Satisfactory completion of the 24 hour expedition
P4.4 Expedition

Assessment of Advanced Proficiency - Strands 1 and 2

Item Reference Topic Assessment
A1.1 Power of Command Practical test on taking charge of a squad. (AI/OIC)
A1.2 Leadership Training Practical assessment of performance when leading and taking part in PLTs. (AI/OIC)
A1.3 Individual Topic and Presentation A six-minute presentation on a topic of the cadet's choice related to RN or RN CCF. (OIC)
A2.1 RN Ships, Weapons and Aircraft HQ CCF (RN) Assessment Paper - marked in sections
A2.2 Replenishment at Sea
A2.3 The History and role of NATO
A2.4 Equivalent Ranks

Cadet LS to Cadet PO
For advancement to Cadet PO, a cadet should:

  1. Have completed a minimum of two years service in the section, with six months seniority as a Cadet LS,
  2. Have satisfactorily completed the Advanced Proficiency Syllabus,
  3. Have attended a CCF (RN) leadership course, and
  4. Be recommended by the OIC.
Assessment of Advanced Proficiency - Strands 3 and 4

Item Reference Topic Assessment
A3.1 Afloat Training Cadets must present logged evidence of a minimum of six hours afloat training directed towards RYA / BCU qualifications after completing the afloat training for proficiency.
A3.2 Rope work Practical test conducted by AI / OIC
A3.3 Sea Terms CCF (RN) End of course assessment paper
A3.4 IRPC CCF (RN) End of course assessment paper - marked in sections.
A3.5 Pilotage
A3.6 Meteorology
A3.7 Tides
A3.8 Compasses
A3.9 Chartwork
A3.10 Electronic aids to navigation
A3.11 Distress
A3.12 Planning a short passage
A4.1 Expedition Completion of an expedition equivalent to Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver level. Sections are encouraged to consider waterborne expeditions as well as land based ones.
A4.2 Option Completion of the prescribed syllabus and achievement of either a course completion certificate or a certificate of competence.

Cadet PO to Cadet Coxswain

For advancement to Cadet Coxswain a cadet should be:
  1. Recommended by the OIC and the Contingent Commander.

Fast Tracking
It is recognised that on the occasions cadets join the CCF in the sixth form, or transfer from other schools or sections, the time requirements shown above may be inappropriate in terms of rate of learning, maturity etc. In these cases, OICs may relax the time requirements, but must ensure that the professional requirements outlined above, are met.

Ratio of Cadet Petty Officers to Cadet Junior Rates

The ratios shown in the table below should be regarded as an ideal model for a section:

Rate Ratio Ratio
Cadet PO / Coxswain 1  
Cadet LS 16 1
Cadet AB / OR 16 6

However, these ratios should be interpreted in terms of:
  1. The age distribution of the cadets in the section and,
  2. The availability of positions of responsibility that need to be filled, either in a section or contingent role.

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