Hello all, i write this in the hopes that as many people see it as possible, hopefully even staff of the squadron, the wing staff, and (its a long shot but i’m hopeful) even HQAC. So get comfy because i’m about to tell you the WHOLE story.
Let’s start with the basic info you should have. 223 (Halesowen) squadron not to be confused with 233 (Pershore) squadron like they quite often do, is apart of west Mercia wing under wing commander griffin. This squadron has a total of 14 cadets including 5 NCOs ( 3 CPLs and 2 SGTs) with something like 4 regulars down each parade night. Now one of these SGTs has however been apart of this squadron longer than all but one member of the current staff team (so probably knows more about the squadron and the best wayto go about things with it) which currently consists of a WO (who only join the squadron a week ago), a FS, a SGT and a CI. i would like to say that there is an OC but there is not (well technically if you want to go into it) as the last OC took a wing promotion out of the blue, annoying quite a few people from this squadron and others staff and cadets a like.
Now lets really get into it.
A recent recruit push has been done by all the NCOs this squadron (notice how i said NCOs and not staff), and with this recruit push information has come to light that what i hope is a broken automatic response (but i’ll leave that up to you to decide) has been telling interested people who use the online method that this squadron is full…yeah i know utter right.but enough about that.
The next issue is the lack of staff effort in, around and for the squadron. This is probably my favourite issue so i may drag on a little on this one.
So about the staff, my info is that on the squadron staff do absolutely nothing but sit on their all night in the office (i know, i know they’re “doing paper work” not in a circle with having a mothers meeting all night every night they aren’t) and because of this nothing ever happens. the plans are not given to the NCOs (who i should say run the squadron more then the staff do) instead the plans and the uniform for the night is privately sent a cadet who because of this thinks he should sit in Dawn’s seat. the staff are also adamant on giving the 5 NCOs to do and instead give it to just one single cadet the same cadet who is being privately messaged by the staff (who i should say is only 13 maybe 14 so is a breach of child protection right there loves). i should also state the lack of appreciation is given to the NCOs for making an effort to clean the squadron and make it look like it is used by a military organisation that the RAFAC are. (I probably could go about the staff a little more here but i’ll drop them in it from time to time in all my other points).
There is also the lack of AFIs at 223 (Halesowen) squadron as good old 223 must have been taken off the to do list in 2017 because that AFI never happened (I do understand that they might not be ENTIRELY the squadrons fault but still) and the same as this year (yes i know it’s only April) as the 2018 AFI should have happened Thursday the 5th but yet again it was not, however the fact it was not then wasn’t shared with the NCO team or the cadets on either our public Facebook page, our private Facebook page, our private Facebook just for parents, the fact it wasn’t on the 5th was privately messaged to that same cadet ,who i mentioned earlier, by a member of the staff, which as you probably guessed made the NCOs feel like a group of plebs with no use what so ever.
If i still have your attention i like to thank you for getting this far my rant about 223 (Halesowen) squadron is not yet over but i will leave it at that for this one post. Again my goal here is the name and shame this squadron and expose it for what it is to as many members of the air cadet community as possible hopefully even the staff of the wing this squadron is in and even HQAC.
I would also like to encourage others to stand up and share their stories of similar events about their squadron or wings and even stand up about the corruption in the air cadets that we all know exists because it does exist and things like this should be made public.