Being an officer in both an ATC Squadron and a CCF RAF Section, both parading over 60, I have seen a number of massive differences that seem inexcusable.
- Lack of PTS Training in CCF.
While I have been trained to do up to Bronze Comms, Bronze Cyber and YFA in the ATC, no such opportunities have been made available for any of the staff in my CCF or those in CCFs anywhere near us to do the same. So there is no training to provide CCF staff with the quals to teach PTS to their cadets. Where this becomes very noticeable is where ATC cadets are covered in badges, at CCF events, the average cadet holds First Class/Part 1 and an out of date shooting badge. As of yet, I am still waiting to receive an official email from the CCF CoC informing us that we now use the PTS!
- Lack of inter-CCF (joint) Activities
I’m ATC there are always courses at wing, but at CCF, we never do Training with other CCFs and other than the AST Competition and camp, we never see other CCFs. Maybe because no one in the CCF is trained on the PTS so we just don’t bother with courses!
- Lack of encouragement from HQAC to do ATC and CCF joint activities
Although both my squadron and CCF do a lot together (due to my involvement with both), I think it is a shame that more is not done to integrate the two sub-organisations.
Any comments or ideas from CCF or ATC staff?