What you describe explains why the organisation is in such a mess and not delivering what it should, as all the little bits can sit in their own little bit and say not my problem. Which seems to be what happened with gliding ... hived off from HQAC to produce a number of jobs and totally unaccountable to the people they are supposed to be delivering to ... the cadets.
You could say in a manufacturing company that production and transport and buyers and sellers have little to do with each other, but if one doesn't do their bit soon no company. I know a little bit about this as I spent many years working in a company and seen what happens when one part didn't do their bit.
Ergo HQAC sit there saying AEF manning has nothing to do with us and they don't apply pressure to resolve the problem, which means (as we have found ourselves) little, none or a very much reduced flying experience for the cadets.
When I was a CO, I had to keep all the balls in the air all the time regardless of the sqn staffing and support from the top or else get wing bitching, but it seems HQAC (full of people getting paid a salary) can 'drop balls' and take no responsibility or be held to account by us, and likewise the AEF fraternity no responsibility and unaccountable as they have no one exerting pressure to deliver, sit their thinking they're doing a good job.
Where is the corporate accountability? Where does the buck stop and what happens to those who fail? Promoted? Given a gong? Both? We must have some in HQAC, 2FTS and the AEF circles all due a gong as the public sector seems to honour those who fail.
When are we going to get someone who has some clout? The last one we had with any drive was Gordon Moulds, but he was a little bit too radical for the others and ranks were closed. Having had two career admin types as CAC, the Corps has just become a morass of what they know and love. They must love being able to impose admin processes and being untouchable. It seems to be a conjectured and jokey discussion when people get together, but given the lacklustre management we've had over the last couple of years, you have to wonder how long the ATC has left. Squadron staff put in many many hours of their time and money into the Corps to get cadets in and then keep them, but you get a sense that without the bread and butter 'flying' opportunities you have to wonder if we're not wasting our time. The flying never was and never has been a massive aspect in terms of time, but it was there as the thing that set us apart. Now we are like a theme park who have closed their top rides and expect people to come along just for the mundane everyday rides that can be experienced elsewhere.