I’m in a similar position – and I have one question. Would it be appropriate/required to address the Boss and other officers as Sir/Ma’am? Are CI’s required to do this as a matter of course. I’m asking as we had no CI’s in my squadron all those years ago.
I’d suggest asking. I don’t expect CIs to call me Sir. It would annoy me if they did. In front of the Cadets they’d address me by my rank and surname. Where cadets are not around first name (uniformed staff would also address me by my first name when cadets are not around too).
But different ‘bosses’ might have different views!
You can pitch up dressed in a full suit, absolutely no need to though. Especially for a ‘hi I’m Tim’ first visit.
The CI regs are wildly out of touch with reality. Uniform of a CI is jeans and a squadron polo shirt at most places, smart casual. Formal night? Sure throw something more formal on but no need to otherwise. Benefit of not being in uniform
As an OC, I was far more interested in what a person could bring rather than what they looked like. There are limits, but I’d rather speak to an inspiring person wearing shorts & t-shirt than an absolute tit in a suit.
As above; Sir etc in front of cadets, first name when they’re not around. We’re not real military.