Students at Andover College have received new orders after it became able to offer training for military service.

The college has partnered with Winchester College to offer the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) programme to its students. The CCF provides training and education on military life across the three services of the armed forces, ahead of a possible decision to enlist as an officer.

Ben Stokes, Andover College’s vice principal, said: “Working in partnership with Winchester College allows us to create opportunities for our students. The CCF is renowned for helping students recognise their potential and build on their aspirations.”

The CCF was founded in 1948 through the merger of independent naval, air force and army training units for cadets, which were themselves based on older organisations.

It is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, and aims to encourage its members to go on to become officers in the military. There are around 50,000 cadets nationally, who wear uniforms of their respective sections, particularly at ceremonial occasions.

Under the scheme at Andover College, students will be taught a variety of skills, including fieldcraft, adventurous training, first aid, sports, and shooting.

Anthony Tew, Andover College’s public services lecturer said: “This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for our students and brings a further military element to our Military Preparation courses. I am so looking forward to working with the staff and boys from Winchester College and the new adventures they are going to bring.”

Winchester College’s CCF goes back for a number of years, and competes regularly with other schools and colleges within the area. Winchester is also home to the Army Training Regiment, where basic training for the reserve forces is given.

Lt Col Sam Hart, Officer Commanding Winchester College CCF, said: “I am delighted that we have now formed this partnership with Andover College. It is an exciting opportunity for our schools to work together in a way that will offer development and training for both pupils and staff. The CCF offers a great opportunity for teamwork, leadership, adventure and making new friends.”