An MAA inspection highlighted discrepancies in the way the contractor was managing the engineering. Prior to that those discrepancies weren’t known about or the contractor wasn’t complying with the RAs.
Until you know there’s something wrong, you can’t do anything about it…
Once you can’t reassure yourself that something is safe, you have to take action. The action was the pause.
The RAF have been working to reduce the risk during the pause to ALARP so that cadets can fly in gliders. I.e. rectify the discrepancies in the engineering processes, compliance with RAs etc.
The Viking gliders are military registered so the maintenance processes/compliance that the BGA use are different and not as stringent. That of course doesn’t mean that BGA gliders are any less safe.
What is clear is that the BGA have many more serious/fatal accidents than air cadet gliding has.
Air cadet gliding is about getting young people a gliding experience as safely as possible. The BGA provide sport gliding for all age groups, so their culture is different. They can afford to absorb more risk because of the nature of what they do. Air cadet gliding can not afford their risk culture, not financially but in terms of RTL.