I have previously posted on here earlier this year when I was a newly promoted Cdt Sgt - I felt somewhat out of my depth at the time. Thanks to the support and advice I received from on here as well as from staff and other SNCOs on my squadron, I feel that I have gradually grown into my rank and have settled in well to perform as a more effective SNCO.
However, my main challenge now is to continue to further improve my leadership skills etc., as within the next few months, I will become the most senior cadet NCO on my squadron. My squadron is relatively small and because of that we have quite a small cadet NCO team, with the only SNCOs being myself, 1 FS and 1 CWO. The FS and CWO are staff cadets and will be ageing out within the next few months, hence why I will soon become the most senior cadet NCO on the squadron (I am currently 16 so have a good few years left!).
Now the main reason why this is an issue for me is because due to some problems the squadron has faced over the past year or so, cadet numbers have decreased (this has mostly affected the NCO team as we have had 7 NCOs leave within the past year alone due to them becoming fed up) and there is an underlying lack of discipline and respect amongst certain cadets and some of the JNCOs. Because of this, the JNCOs are not pulling their weight effectively. Furthermore, we only have 3 JNCOs who attend on a regular basis, and due to the lack of discipline amongst cadets we do not have many cadets (or JNCOs) who are currently showing potential for promotion. Since I will soon be the most senior cadet NCO on the squadron, I have been told by my OC that there will obviously be some changes to the cadet NCO team, as we will no longer have a FS or a CWO so will only be left with 4 of the current NCOs. As I will become the most senior NCO, I will obviously be expected to take on more of a mentoring role with the other NCOs than I am currently doing and will be working more closely with them. However, because there is a lack of discipline and (in some cases) morale amongst the JNCOs, I am finding it extremely difficult to encourage them to pull their weight. For example, the JNCOs are not dealing with problems such as cadets misbehaving (e.g. constantly talking on parade and being disrespectful to members of staff) and cadets who constantly put no effort into their uniform despite being at the squadron for a long enough time to have been shown multiple times how to get their uniform up to the correct standard.
I have been asked by my CO and WO to improve the leadership of the JNCO team as obviously this is much needed, especially since they will soon have to up their game greatly once the FS and CWO leave. However, I am trying my absolute hardest to do so while seeing little improvement, and quite frankly I am beginning to reach my wits end with it all. I don’t know if anyone is able to help, but any advice on how I could potentially go about solving this problem would be much appreciated!