How many people rely on older cadets to do things or give them ‘staff responsibilities’ rather than give the roles to staff?
I was speaking with a CO last night who is in a bit of a state as their only 2 cadets over 17 announced that they are going to uni a few weeks ago and last night was their last night in the Corps. They were being lined up for commissions and all that. They had been given roles and responsibilities and now the CO is in a bit of flap, as their oldest cadet is 17 but doing a L3 BTEC and doesn’t attend very often and the rest are 15/16.
I know the 2 cadets concerned and they always seemed to be more involved than the staff (even the CO) at the squadron.
I’d like to have some cadets stay much beyond the Feb ½ term of Year 12. They all go to the 6th Forms and FE Colleges that are miles away because the local 6th Form concentrates on languages, art and performing arts, or they go to work and once in that environment you get a sense that being a cadet is a bit childish.