Combined Cadet Force

The CCF consists of 3 sections: Army, Royal Air Force (RAF) and Pipe Band.


The Army Section gives cadets the opportunity to experience life as a soldier. Officers, regular soldiers and senior cadets provide hands on training in all the skills needed to be in the infantry. This includes weapons handling and shooting of the British Army rifle, field craft and survival.

Various exercises and range days are conducted throughout the session with opportunities for travel outwith the UK. Promotion is dependent on passing practical courses, demonstrating leadership qualities and high standards of personal conduct and performance.

Our Army Section is one of the top in Scotland, regularly being in the medals in national competitions. Join the best!


The Royal Air Force Section at Robert Gordon's was formed in 1994 and complements training and activities offered by the Army Section. The section has attracted interest from an additional selection of pupils and parents, naturally including those with an interest in aviation. 

 Members are given the opportunity to work through a structured training programme focused on team building and leadership, first aid, weapons handling and communication as well as developing knowledge and understanding of flight and aircraft.  

Regular activities offered throughout the year include flying at RAF Leuchars, adventurous training, ceremonial events and competitions.

 Cadets take part in the various national and international camps held at RAF bases that are available during both the Easter and Summer holidays. We regularly send cadets to Cyprus, Gibraltar and Germany, where they enjoy a varied programme including sailing, climbing, kayaking and scuba diving.

 RGC cadets have been successful in gaining Flying or Gliding Scholarships which provide experience of more advanced flying for those considering aviation as a career. Several former cadets have gone on to successful careers in aviation with an impressive number serving as front line fast jet and helicopter aircrew.

 The CCF RAF offers challenge, excitement and personal development. Our section encourages and supports cadets to make the most of all the opportunities on offer.

Pipe Band

Retired Senior Pipe Major of the British Army, Mr Sumner brings a wealth of pipe band experience to the College. This includes organising and training pipe bands for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. WO1 Sumner is responsible for piping tuition and day to day management of the CCF Pipe Band where he is both the Piping and School Staff Instructor. 

The band has been in existence since the mid 1940's and provides pupils with the opportunity to learn piping and drumming during school hours. Tuition is open to both Junior and Senior School pupils and bandsmen are not required to take part in cadet military training unless they wish to do so.

As a Combined Cadet Force Pipe Band we provide music for CCF parades and inspections, including the annual Remembrance Day Service, Aberdeen Veteran’s Day Parade and the Biennial Inspection. We are also called upon to promote the College and play at various venues throughout the year.

The highlight of the year though is marching at the head of the annual Founder’s Day Parade followed by a short display in the College grounds.