Heres an idea…
Relies first on a few observations which I would take as fact.
- The org has a need for central staff performing a variety of admin type roles.
- The RAFAC has many, many volunteers who are very qualified, competent and skilled individuals from across a variety of industries and sectors.
Therefore, it could work out far more cost effective, provide flexibility and ‘defence in depth’ across roles, if HQAC used volunteers for some of these roles.
I would advocate that if (simply for example) there is a critical shortage of IT bods at HQAC to create for every one shortage. 20 volunteer posts.
Each volunteer could claim an additional 28 days VA at rank for the work they did in that extra volunteer role.
I would also (maybe controversially) extend VA to CIs at equivalent Cpl pay so they could contribute.
Deliberately cpl so as to maybe encourage a few more CIs into uniform.
20 volunteers each providing upto a.months worth is still cheaper as there is no pension erc to pay.
Volunteer numbers and taskings could be phased up or down, depending on need at the time.
Either that or the org needs to jolly well hire people and get on with supporting itself.
If the whole civil service hiatus is going to be raised etc.
Maybe the time has come to just privatise the Corps and be done with it.
Separate from the RAF and MOD for funding go fully sea cadet and fund ourselves.
No more nonsense on relying on the MOD. They can just provide the core activities.
Of course this relies on the people at HQAC being able to source external funding and frankly I wouldnt trust them with a childs piggy bank.
What a total omnishambles.