I am an ACF SSI and DC. I’ve done all that Frimley offers, ALM, SAAI and KGVI (now ECO)
I’m range qual’d up the yahoo, and a minibus/LR/Trailer fam’d. I am a BSI and will probably do an HF course next year
Consequently, I am never bored, or stuck in a rut and in demand across my county.
However there are days when I could just take a Fukitol pill (500mg) and walk away shaking my head. However, after all I’ve done I’d be throwing that away.
For the first 3 years I came very close to quitting, but now in my 8th year it is now looking like I will be in it for a long time. There are many things I am unhappy about, but I do see progress and improvement, perhaps not at the pace it should be, but progress nonetheless.
Now before I joined the ACF I was a CI in the ATC. I saw inertia, incompetence and some truly spiteful and childish politics. I’m not saying that the ACF has none of these, but at least it is tackled and not seen as the elephant in the room because of the strange way the ATC is managed from squadron to squadron.
The ATC does a sterling job for its cadets, but it treats its adult staff in a truly dispiriting fashion. At least in the ACF the policy seems to be motivate and train in. My experience of the ATC at every level above squadron was we don’t want you, need you and we won’t train you and consequently you will never be good enough. A clear case of pulling the ladders up. It seemed to me that as a CI expressing an interest to do anything was guaranteed to result in someone up the CofC telling you you can’t do that. You had to wait to be asked. Disastrous attitude in a voluntary organisation short of volunteers.
My advice is stick with what you have got. Talk to your OC or the Commandant. If you are any good they will find some way to keep you in and happy to soldier on. Thats what I did when I had some doubts about the point of it all, and walked out of the meeting as a DC and my name down for several developmental courses.