I don’t think HQ needs to - just ask the question at the filter interview and then go straight down Sgt application once started otherwise they will be waiting for ages before everything lined up & the can start.
I think perhaps you misunderstood me there.
What I’m saying is, rather than requiring them to be properly enrolled as a CI before they can attend the ‘which way do I want to go?’ course, we let them attend that course before they are properly enrolled as anything. Give them the option to get on it as an applicant. There’s absolutely no reason that we need to wait until they’ve already signed up. We treat it as part of the interest/application process.
So, instead of getting their interest, having them fill in forms, and then telling them to go away and hold until their DBS comes back, let’s use the time wisely and get them thinking about what they want to do.
The initial stages (DBS, AVIP, &c) are the same regardless, so we can be doing those once they’ve decided that the RAFAC is definitely for them, but whilst they choose the form of their involvement; between Sgt or CI (or commission if they are eligible for direct entry commission).
I’ve heard that stupid excuse from other places too.
We’re a uniformed organization who - absolutely correctly - accept direct entry uniformed staff as Sergeants. Just like our other cadet forces colleagues.
For anyone to decide that those applying for direct entry can’t pass a board speaks volumes about their own mental capacity. What is wrong with these people!?
Rethink expectations of the board - because people applying direct absolutely SHOULD be able to pass. That’s the whole darned point.
Assist people to pass the board by giving them the required knowledge; but don’t keep them hanging on for months.
The board should be weeding out those who are not suitable to volunteer as cadet instructors; not filtering out to favour only those who’ve spent weeks swatting up.
It’s the first step on a process of development.
Someone says “Hi. I think I’d like to volunteer as an instructor in the RAFAC…”
We tell them a bit about us and explain the three options: 1. Sgt, 2. CI, 3. Officer (after a year as a Sgt or CI).
They say “Sergeant sounds like my thing”.
We board them to make sure they’re not a lunatic / too immature / a raging nazi… and that they’ve done the same basic prep for the board as anyone would do before interview for a job they want.
We say “You’re in” and we train them how to be a Sergeant in the RAFAC.
That’s what the book basically says, and that’s certainly how I’m pushing for it to be in reality.
That is the official line. It’s just that in some parts of the country, people prefer to meddle and micromanage, and insist on making things hard.
Direct entry SNCO is a thing - those people need to get with the programme or get out of the way.