Bobthebuilder lets break down what you have said;
“Having had problems getting hold of CCFHQ on personnel issues I find they are on a week long conference. What on earth are they covering on it that could take a week?”
Conference was not a a week long. Actually it took place over 3 days. Granted everyone arrived on Monday which if you like would have made it 4 days. This year it was a day longer than previous conferences. The extra day was to allow those with range qualifications to get their yearly check done. This is so to provide a better service to CCF sections.
But i can hear you say “why at the beginning of September?” Well that is simple to answer. TEST staff are busy taking leave, after working on summer camps for anything up to 4 weeks straight. I for one take leave whilst schools are on their holidays. HQ staff are busy either attending camps doing courses or on leave themselves. So first couple of weeks in September is first opportunity to get everyone together. This happens only once a year so very little impact on the schools.
This is not something new and you sound like an experienced volunteer. You would be fully aware of that.
“They don’t do anything as it is” Really? You make a comment about not naming TEST SNCO because they can’t defend themselves. But that is exactly what you have done with this this post. Bit pot kettle black aren’t we. TEST SNCO’s come from all different backgrounds in the RAF. Not all are drill kings, weapons instructors.
“They clearly had no input on the PTS and don’t seem that bothered about pushing it forwards in the CCF”
Information and handout have been sent to all CCF sections regarding the Blue Badge syllabus. Also it has been pushed out on Bader. With regards to no CCF input, but again you are wrong. This is syllabus has had input from CCF hence ATC and CCF booklets. So CCF have pushed it forward. So if you are not doing it then i would say that is a issue you need to address yourself.
"are seemingly not bothered by the dearth of TEST officers or quality of TEST NCOs, "
Unfair and persons concerned are unable to defend themselves. Even if you had put in complaints this is still derogatory. Your response "technically I am correct ". Technically is not being correct. Calling a Sgt or above is not called an NCO. Some TEST Sgt’s have not been called NCO in over 10 years. You did that for effect and to get the response you did.
"ACP 22 went and wasn’t replaced with anything, the RAF annex to JSP 313 is out of date, "
If jsp 313 is latest publication you have then that is what you go by. If information is incorrect then that is issue for HQ to address. You are following current policy even if you think it is out of date.
Personal data. As i have no idea the details of that, so can’t possibly comment. Maybe you should put a complaint in to ICO. They can investigate fully including your process.
" I’m so tempted to hand in my resignation here and transfer back to my old ATC Squadron as the admin problems there were nothing compared to CCF."
If you are that un-hapy and aggrieved, maybe you should. Sounds like that you need all that extra support that the ATC can provide.
“Seriously, what is Wg Cdr CCF doing to justify his salary?”
His salary is a issue for the RAF. The Wg Cdr is a really busy man. Constantly on the road at meetings. If there is a problem with his ability to do his job, i am sure someone a lot higher than us will have something to say about it.
“Time for him and Dawn to go before the cadets gets shut down, which may well be the MOD aim.”
Answer is same as above really. But is the Comm RAFAC not head of the org that you wish to go to from CCF? Strange!
Seems to me that if anyone’s ability’s that needs to be questioned, is yours. You seem to be heavily dependent on TEST support. This is either because of lack of confidence in your ability, lack of qualifications you hold. Basically you decided to have a faceless rant accusing everyone else to deflect attention away from your own abilities.
Now it has been mentioned many times about how we need to understand volunteers. As a volunteer myself and when i say volunteer. I don’t get paid for anything I do or even a rank to put myself on a platform and brag about!
Even volunteers have commitments they need to adhere to, this could be time and being correctly trained to carry out duties for that organisation. Biggest advantage about volunteering is you can leave easily and find something else you can do which you can enjoy.
ThomastheTankengine is name I chose in jest. But more than happy to pass on my contact details so we can discuss further.