Discipline and reprimands

What does everyone do to reprimand cadets on squadron should they fail to maintain good discipline?

Lock them in the cupboard


Well there’s a broad range of options depending on the circumstances, but once a pattern of behaviour becomes clear it’s a quick chat to explain to that cadet what the problem behaviour is, find out if there’s a root cause and if there’s any help to be given or changes/allowances to be made to account for that, and explain how the behaviour affects them and those around them.

There may or may not be a baseball bat visibly stored in the background while this happens.

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Hmmmm perhaps not the most conventional technique of keeping good discipline

Didn’t work for that pesky Potter kid.


Depends on how your Squadron is run. Where I’m at it starts with a chat from a senior cadet NCO and will escalate to SWO and beyond depending on the issue. The higher up the food chain the more “personal” the chat becomes in case there is an underlying reason etc. The cadet in question needs to understand what the Squadron’s expectation is and why what they are doing is a problem.

The Boo Box…


We have a bit of a ladder system. Use talking in a lesson as an example.

First, just tell them to stop. Be nice, but firm.
Then, if it continues, take them out for a beret-on chat in an empty training room, with the next rank up present. (Don’t forget at this point about having a witness in the room as you may need it later). Ask them why they are doing it then explain why they cannot. Avoid an argument here.
Send them back into the lesson, and keep an eye on them. When it happens again, it goes to the next rank. They repeat the beret-on chat, with their next rank/Sqn SNCO in the room.
If it should happen again, refer it straight to staff.

So in short,

  1. tell them to stop
  2. formal chat
  3. formal chat from above
  4. staff

Of course, this isn’t always applicable depending on your position and what has happened.

Hope this helps!

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“Remedial action” is always a favourite.

If it’s a personal failing - such as poor uniform (rather than behaviour) then getting the cadet to put right the problem, such as getting them to polish their shoes at canteen break, both solves the problem and encourages them to do it at home instead.

Likewise, there is no reason why, if a few individuals were persistently talking in a lesson after warnings, they could not be tasked with some required extra duty instead of canteen break.