Hey all, I hope this doesn’t seem like a moan, but I am at my wit’s end with this situation.
I am the Cadet NCO i/c of the squadron, and I am having problems with my NCO team for the past 2 years. I have tried everything under the sun to try and get the team to work together, but the only thing that has happened is that there is a divide in the NCO Team. Is it my fault for trying to get my team to work together? Is there a deeper meaning to the divide? My only other option is for demotions, but I don’t know if the NCO i/c can ask for demotions from their CO. I have gone to my staff repeatedly about the issue of the team.
For a bit of context, we have:
4 Cpls, where only 1 has done a JNCO Course.
2 Sgts, where 1 has done both a JNCO and SNCO Course, and the other has done no courses.
1 FS, me, and I’ve done both NCO Courses.
We regularly have 20 to 30 cadets on a parade night with a smidge over 30 on the books, (I know this as I sort out all the registers, Inspection Sheets, and flights).
We had 8 Cpls, 3 Sgts, and 2 FS. 3 Cpls and 1 Sgt got to 18 and didn’t submit their DBS, 1 FS and 1 Sgt left as they felt like they were holding onto their rank, and work factors. and the Sgt that has done no courses got promoted from Cpl to Sgt, even though I recommended the Cpl who has done the JNCO Course, but I got told that we need female SNCOs or it gives a bad reputation for the squadron, and she is the better one of the 2 female NCOs.
Is there anything more I can do? Or is another option me leaving the squadron and transferring/leaving the corps? As I am struggling to deal with the Team as a whole, especially since the NCOs that haven’t done any courses have come back from the exam season to a more highly disciplined, and more efficiently run parade night system, and are taking it out on the cadets. I have had many cadets come up to me, and the Cpl and Sgt that have done the courses, complaining about them.