The Royal Navy Section numbers around forty Cadets. Cadets learn their seamanship skills partly on the theoretical side at School, but also through practical sailing and powerboating activities at Port Edgar Sailing School. A popular recent development is an annual yachting expedition.
The Royal Marines Troop is the only R.M. CCF unit in Scotland. The Cadets compete each year against units from other schools in the Pringle Trophy, which they had the distinction of winning in 1998, 2001 and 2005.
The Army Section was for many years been affiliated to the Black Watch, and now wears the badge of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Recruits (boys and girls alike) in Fourth Form work towards the Army Proficiency Certificate and then go on to promoted positions where they have the chance to command and instruct. The Section participates in the annual Scottish Schools' Military Skills competition.
The Combined Cadet Force at Strathallan School is an optional activity for boys and girls form the Fourth Form upwards, and operates principally on Wednesday afternoons. It offers a mixture of military and adventurous training and aims to develop in pupils a sense of self-discipline, leadership skills and team work.
Being a CCF Cadet can be hard work, but it is also fun and it has many advantages: Cadets are able to take advantage of a wide variety of excellent courses run specifically for them by the Ministry of Defence at prices which no civilian organisation would be able to match - typically a contribution of under £2 per day for food - many of which will enhance their personal skills and their CV. Courses range from sailing to rock climbing, leadership and expedition skills to Cadet Exchanges with Canada, from skiing to power-boat handling.
In addition to this we take Cadets on Annual Camp at the start of each Summer holiday and on numerous out-of-School trips, training weekends and expeditions throughout the year. All we ask of prospective Cadets is, that they make a commitment to us for two years in the first instance.
Prospective Cadets do not need to be looking at a career in the Services, and most do not do so.