I’ve been on many things and we aren’t specifically invited and not the only youth group in attendance. The fact we look smarter is nothing to do with the regs, just the clothes and gentle nagging. Our Mayor is a council decided thing and done in camera, it’s not and never has been a public event.
We need to lose the sense and stop kidding ourselves we are something special, we aren’t and haven’t been since various defence reviews and MOD cuts. We were in many ways the premier youth organisation, when the RAF was able to and seemed willing to support us, as we had access to things many didn’t. But today, no.
The RAF pays us a lip service wrt uniform and has done for years, although it has got worse. It’s expected to last a lifetime and doesn’t come in the small sizes we need for new cadets.