Well, the UAS’ have seen a massive push towards the ‘force protection’ type of activity in recent years, so they can do away with flying without much drama. That’ll save some cash. They can go play in the mud with the OTCs instead. Or they’ll do away with individual service clubs and just follow the DTUS trend. Purple units.
With no UAS’ flying they’ll be, by default, no aviation units for the air cadets, so tough excrement!
However, and this will be a comment that will cause a reaction… So what? I didn’t particularly enjoy flying as a cadet. I’d avoid it if I could. I was never going to fly professionally (bad eyes, hayfever, etc) so didn’t want to waste my time. So I did other things.
Didn’t hurt me. Still joined the UAS. Still joined the RAF.
Flying isn’t the be all and end all. We can’t keep presenting the air cadets as a “we fly!!!” organisation, then squabbles like this won’t rile as many people.