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The Ground Training Competition, or The Air Squadron Trophy Competition as it is has recently been renamed, was created in 1998 as a way for CCF (RAF) sections to contest the Air Squadron Trophy.

The Regional & National StagesEdit

Every CCF(RAF) section that can field a full team is eligible to partake in the Air Squadron Trophy Competition. The TEST (Training, Evaluation & Support Teams) Officers & SNCOs from each area tailor the composition of their regional competition to meet local needs. In general, however, teams of 13 cadets drawn from all age groups compete in a round robin of activities that include; RAF Knowledge (13 Cadets), Drill (13 Cadets), Command Task (8 Cadets), Shooting (6 Cadets), Aircraft Recognition (6 Cadets), First Aid (4 Cadets) and a Multi-Stage Fitness Test (4 Cadets). The first and second places teams from each of the six regions qualify for the national finals, held at RAF College Cranwell in Spring each year.

Air Squadron DayEdit

The first, second and third places teams are invited to attend the Air Squadron Day which is held at RAFC Cranwell on the first Sunday in July each year. During the day cadets may be offered flights in aircraft belonging to the Air Squadron members. The cadets also attend a formal parade, where the Captains of the three teams receive the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation Medals for CCF Achievement along with the presentation of The Air Squadron Trophy to the first placed team.

Requirements for EntryEdit

Each team will comprise one Team Captain (Cadet Corporal or above) and 12 other cadets, who should ideally represent a wide cross-section of age groups within the parent CCF(RAF) Section. The Team Captains role is to manage the team, to give the orders in the Drill competition and, if he or she wishes, to take part in events. An RAFVR(T) officer should accompany the teams.


The results in 2009 are particularly notable as each of the top three schools won only a single discipline each (Command Task, Aircraft Recognition and RAF Knowledge respectively) but, due to high overall scores in every discipline, each managed to achieve high scores overall. In 2010 Maidstone grammar school achieved first place in the competition for the third time in a row, being the first ever school to achieve this.

Year 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2007 King Edward's School, Grantham Unknown Unknown
2008 Maidstone Grammar School King Edward's School, Grantham King Edward's School, Birmingham
2009 Maidstone Grammar School Monmouth Grammar School King Edward's School, Birmingham
2010 Maidstone Grammar School The Judd School King Edward's School, Grantham

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