Sorry would anyone mind reviewing my possible first draft of a letter to my commanding officer, as I need to send it to her by Tuesday. I am not yet first class, but she said to send it anyway as I should be by the next promotions.
Plt Off ___________,
As an aspiring member of ___ Squadron, I believe I am ready to embrace the responsibility of being promoted to corporal. During my brief time with the Air Training Corps, I have gained knowledge and life skills, and have taken every opportunity given to me. Over the past couple of years, I have participated in leadership roles outside of cadets, as I was voted to become a house leader last year for my form, which involved me planning alongside other house representatives and teachers about potential charity events and other changes to regular school life. During this time, I learned the importance of teamwork, which is crucial to becoming an NCO, and I believe the skills I learnt over that period are easily transferable to cadets. I am also a very well organised person (for example, completing the Flight Simulator Theory Module within a week, and I intend on completing my leading class cadet badge almost as soon as I reach first class). In the future, I plan on taking every opportunity available to me as a cadet, and learning even more than I already have during my time with ___ Squadron. In addition, I intend on taking part in the Duke Of Edinburgh going into year 10, and I am now in the position where I believe I am able to give back to ___ and the RAF Air Cadets organisation as a whole.
Personally, I believe becoming a JNCO would help me develop my confidence, and also make the squadron even more enjoyable to any new recruits coming in the next year. I would bring a lot of ideas to the current NCO team, and I have already gathered some ideas on potential activities to engage cadets, and still teach them about aviation and useful life skills, including NCO night ideas such as:
-Emergency response exercises (that would either include first aid or having cadets react to possible threats within squadron premises)
-Large escape room where cadets would only be able to communicate through morse code between teams (inspired by Corporal ____’s leadership exercise a few weeks ago, but on a much larger scale).
All of these exercises would teach cadets valuable skills, but still be engaging and enjoyable, and they are only a fraction of my total ideas for the squadron.
Another idea I would bring to the squadron is having a monthly ‘uniform night’ for newer cadets or anyone who wishes to take part, allowing people to bring (shoe polish, for example, or have cadets come in civvies and have those who need it mould their berets with help from the NCO team and anyone else who is able), and spend the first half of the night simply improving their uniform, something which I am improving on very quickly, and want to help the other cadets at as well. I believe this would help confidence when in uniform in public areas, as well as bring better representation to our squadron and the ATC. Cadets should take pride in their uniform, and I believe this could help with that. I don’t think anyone on the squadron finds uniform enjoyable, and it might help many to have uniforms be done in part at cadets, so that it does not feel like it is taking large chunks out of their day.
I believe it would also help the squadron if we could hold more public events around _________ not necessarily public parades or even in uniform, just small promotional events to bring attention to the Air Training Corps, and maybe encourage more potential recruits to join.
I believe I can give a lot more back to the squadron as a corporal than as a cadet, and I hope I can bring some enjoyable ideas to the current NCO team.
If anyone can think of anything to change, please tell me.