I think this sums it up neatly.
Firstly we’re a youth organisation
Secondly a training organisation
Third a “military themed” organisation
in that order.
Other than helping Candidates in the first few weeks/initial stages of training I am not sure what we as CFAVs be that ex regulars or otherwise can do in 5 hours a week.
One occasion i felt low about my CFAV time i happened to come across a ex-Cadet recently graduated regular. I asked if they felt their time as a Cadet helped, they said yes absolutely and restored some faith that not only was i making a difference, it was helping an area important to me
Some time later a close friend went through Halton, I kept in touch throughout the process week by week and at the end of it asked the same question, they said “barely” and didn’t feel there was a great advantage to being an ex-Cadet. this got me thinking and i could see their point.
As a ex-Cadet they already knew about uniform, how to wear it and care for it (ironing/polishing), they knew much of the General Skill Knowledge (GSK - ranks, structure of the RAF etc*) module of the training and had little trouble picking up the bits which were new. When it came to shooting, again another area that was straightforward having achieved a lot in shooting before, and having enjoyed fieldcraft was happy with these elements just taking a step further in a military environment and scenario rather than Cadet-friendly ones
In truth, as indicated by @Giminion, if those who aren’t Cadets can walk in to an AFCO and pass through all the application stages and then initial training, what does the RAFAC need to achieve? the RAF has set up a course (airman or officer) that allows trains candidates to pass - yes there maybe certain advantages to being ex-Cadet that aid picking up the early bits, and means while non-Cadets are learning everything/doing things for the first time, ex-Cadets can concentrate on the 20,30, 40, 60% that is new to them…
now, on the flip side, i was on an annual camp at a phase 2 training station and recall being told that those candidates who were Cadets in the past were on average more successful at staying the course (not necessarily top marks, but just got on with it) and in the four-man rooms the station tried to organise it so there was an ex-cadet in each room as that improved the success rate of the whole course. I guess in this regard what the RAFAC does is build an appreciation for teamwork, and some team leadership in helping those who have less experience or competence in a task
If the RAFAC did more it would distract from what we already do (see the top three lines, namely youth organisation first). To have any value it would end up being all we would do, and in return would aid candidates take a significant shortcut in the RAF training (which i understand post 1945 occurred for a some years) but would need CFAV to be at RAF standard of instruction - which we clearly aren’t, and a lot of auditing to ensure that this backdoor/shortcut entry to the military is still offering all the required training.
*although some of this is tested at the AFCO stage so perhaps all we do is get them through the AFCO bit?