I know that I’m not the only person to whom this whole “registered CivCom member” thing seems utterly pointless…
They go through DBS disclosures, BPSS, they have to complete AVIP and AFA… At the end of all this they have done all the same legwork as someone becoming a CI…
In the old days it was easy - If you wanted the CivCom to help out at an event (catering for an open day; helping at a Sqn BBQ, etc) you just ensured that they were not left alone with cadets (the same as with other non-DBS visitors).
Now though, if they want to get involved they go through the same application process as every other CFAV… So why the hell are we reinventing the wheel? If someone wants to become so involved with Sqn activities as to warrant the time, resources, and expense involved in putting them through the process then why not just point in them in the direction of applying for service as a CI?
It made sense to permit us to apply for DBS for certain CivCom members in special circumstances (if for example you had a CivCom member who ran the tuck shop or something, but was otherwise not involved in the Sqn organisation). A nice option to allow limited additional contribution from CivCom members and to remove some of the supervisory requirements from the existing staff. Not applicable across the board, and judged on a case-by-case basis on it’s own merits.
But now it’s as though some muppet has pushed it even further without stopping to think “Actually, we’ve already got a route which allows people who are not Sqn Staff to work as Sqn Staff - they apply to become Sqn Staff!”
Then of course we also have this bizarre double-standard:
As CFAVs - CIs, SNCOs, WOs, and Commissioned Officers are not permitted to sit on Civilian Committees (OC Sqn excepted) - DAS IST VERBOTEN!
But a CivCom member can now become both CivCom and CFAV at the same time? 'The hell is that about?