At the moment and for the last 4 years plus, it hasn’t worked for the cadets on our squadron and many others.
The problem lies in the fact that we don’t get anyone fighting the shop floor’s corner. A toothless tiger with 4 broken legs would have more bite than Wing Staff. While I accept that HQAC have no direct influence etc over flying / gliding, why they haven’t been thumping desks to get cadets the experience they deserve and which formed (note past tense) so much of the ATC’s pull, it is shameful and they should all be sacked and escorted from the building, not getting honours and awards. What they’ve done instead is just make it bloody awkward / impossible for people with ridiculously convoluted rules invented and then changed if someone’s found a way to do it, on the spur of the moment.
I know about DDH’s and their incredibly sensitive sphincters, but we have a 1* running the Corps (I think) which out ranks OC 2FTS (don’t know about flying) and if something isn’t being delivered the 1* should be going their boss and saying wtf is going on, we need to be able to do something to get the experience the cadets deserve and whoever is not doing that binned, rather than just cosying up to them. Although this is probably just how the forces operate.
My only vested interest is the cadets on the squadron I am on and don’t think I would put them in harms way, anymore than I would my own children. I’d bet if parents in large swathes of the country were told we’re not getting flying through the RAF, so we are going to ‘local flying school’ to get the cadets into an aircraft, however the RAF/ATC won’t insure it, so it will be insured through the operator, plus there will be a charge, many will go for it, because they will be used to going to and doing all sorts of things, where there is no ‘top cover’.