Given that UAS and AEF are (or seem to be) inextricably linked, which part(s) weren’t moving to Wittering; AEF? Air Traffic? Pilots?
Can you come to meet the parents of cadets who are not happy as their children aren’t getting in the air and doing the things promised when they joined in the last 3 years and see how far that line gets you.
Regardless of whether or not something else trumps weekend flying of cadets in the MoD bubble, without AEF and even with gliding the Corps is not meeting, IMO, its representation to the public. We use flying and flying training as main selling points; pictures of aircraft with smiling young people, smiling young people in flying garb, stories of cadets achieving scholarships and so on, especially gliding as an entry to flying and we are not doing it. I’ve done better in terms of recruiting with pictures of cadets flying/gliding in the local press. Our latest waiting list has 4 (it’s generally 10-12) and 3 of them are siblings. It’s a shame we don’t come under the remit of trading standards as at the moment they would probably have a field day. I only wish parents would complain via MPs and get questions in the house and or several to the relevant minister as they wouldn’t be subject to people hiding behind a rank as we are or be ‘cotton mouthed’ for being politcally active.
If the losing of 3000 cadets over the past couple of years has been attributed to problems with delivering our USPs, someone, somewhere is to blame and has to take the consequences. At squadron and wing level we are unable to affect change, due to a we know best and unless you’re in agreement with us we’re not interested attitude / mindset within senior management. They don’t understand we have customers and ‘shareholders’ in the shape of parents who pay for their children to be members.
I know we’re not, but in a business setting the failures we have experienced will have seen senior heads roll, probably with the opportunity to jump rather than get pushed, but they would go. Senior management in private business know that the people working for them have good ideas and or know when something they’ve implimented isn’t good and do listen and take action. The company I work for has had a suggestion scheme for decades and many have been taken up and criticism listened to. A few of these suggestions have been well rewarded.