@anonymous, the forum, attitude, and safeguarding situation have been addressed above, so here’s a bit of a different view and some constructive advice…
As a member of staff one a small-ish, understaffed Squadron, I know that it takes A LOT of work to keep a Squadron going when when that load is unable to be shared. Oftentimes there isn’t enough time to do all at the work on unit and it has to be done at home - that’s a 3rd/4th/5th night after a full day at work and sometimes time taken at weekends as well, in addition to any attendance at weekend staff or cadet training, camps, trips to crantanamo, etc.
Sometimes a night or two of discussion and little action is required in order to plan. Sometimes you’re caught up with the work or just need a break from it! Also remember that while you’re friends with other cadets and will take some time to catch up and chat egg, the staff too are friends and may take some time to be a little social - the alternative is Squadron closes and we go to the pub instead.
I would say that if things are still happening, then the staff are doing something with their time. We can’t offer everything, but our cadets are working through their classifications, first aid training, MOI, Fieldcraft, going flying, shooting, attending band and sports, leadership blue badge and radio blue badge, going on camps and extra trips, public volunteering, and more. Sometimes we have to rely on the NCOs and senior cadets - especially and preferably those with MOI - to help us deliver this.
There may be problems, and I’ve often found myself frustrated about my sector or wing, but sometimes you just have to suck it up and move on before banging your head against that particular brick wall leads you to, er, have a bit of a meltdown…
To.some advice on how to get things done:
- Evidence. Have evidence and specific examples.
- Remain calm and professional. Even if you don’t like or respect someone, play the game.
- Be the bigger person. By becoming emotional and petty you lose all respect from others and any hope of being listened to or finding a sympathetic ear (see the responses above).
- Use the CoC. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Keep going until the effort isn’t worth it or you’re put firmly in your place - there a comes a point where the time and effort isn’t worth it.
- Leave the ego behind, especially when questioning authority, and especially when commenting as an outsider. Learn first - why is it like this? What jobs does x person actually do? If you don’t understand what you’re criticising then you’re not commenting with any kind of authority.
…you might know your squadron (or more specifically, how one staff team operated a Squadron), but it’s unlikely you know how to run A Squadron. They may be outsiders, but your staff are experienced.
- Don’t go public. You neglect pretty much all of the above.