25 June, 2009




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VCC PortsmouthVolunteer Cadet Corps (VCC) - Portsmouth Area



Introduction

The VCC was first formed in 1904. Throughout the following years there have been several VCC units formed within a parent establishment. By virtue of RN establishment closures, there now remain only four VCC units in the Portsmouth area, these VCC units are based in:

  • HMS SULTAN
  • HMS COLLINGWOOD
  • HMS EXCELLENT (RM VCC)
  • FORT BLOCKHOUSE (HMS DOLPHIN VCC)

Purpose of the Volunteer Cadet Corps

The purpose of the VCC is to help children to become good citizens with a spirit of patriotism and service and to assist them to a healthy development of mind and body.

Instruction is given in:

a. Sports including; Football, Netball, Swimming, Cross Country, etc.
b. Seamanship, Power of Command and Customs of the Service.
c. Basic Parade Drill, Small bore shooting and Field Gun.

Instruction, drill and recreation are carried out between 1800 and 2000 on selected nights per week


Membership

Membership is open to children between 9 and 18 years of age inclusive who are:

a. Children of Officers and men who are or have been in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
b. Children of civilians employed in the parent establishment.
c. Children living in the vicinity of the parent establishment.

Membership ceases on the day prior to the cadet's 18th birthday.

Applications to join must be made before the cadet's 17th birthday.


General

There are approximately 350 cadets within the four units. Regular annual inter-unit sporting activities take place as well as Field Gun competitions, which is an important part of each units activities. In addition units take part in local activities, such as the WWII Commemoration Parade (pictured below) and Remembrance Day Parades.


Contact

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