The expectation isn’t that all SNCOs will be promoted some will just parade twice a week at their squadron and will remain as a Sgt.
Promotion for both Officers & SNCOs is for personal gratification - their rank makes no difference in the ability to deliver the cadet experience.
We are struggling to staff camps, so this is included in the the promotion matrix - those that want the higher rank will attend the camps.
It also looks that we are finally loosing the time Served Flt Lt - why should someone be a Flt Lt (Un-Paid) just because they have been around for a while, but have shied away from a command position?
The requirement to complete a qualification in the time at rank or previous 4 years (shortest of the 2) will result in our staff being better qualified, those that are AFA/FAAW qualified tick this box every 3 years anyway.
It’s not the hardest of criteria to meet, but does mean the rank is now associated to useful experience, not just drinking tea/coffee for a few years.