I’ve done ACTC/ATF 3 times and apart from the first AWO course, it has been drain with nothing learned except we are little more than adults masquerading as cadets, as far as they are concerned and they need us to keep them in a job.
How much actually changes in what ATF say or do, to make going back worth the holiday usage? There was around 5 years between my AWO and IOC and apart from the badge on my shoulder, it was little different. I spent more time helping others on the courses to avoid the pitfalls of uniform inspections, so they could get on with it and not get constantly pulled up for the mind numbing and inconsequential things that don’t in any way affect your ability to do a job. You’ve got some fluff or your creases aren’t sharp or your welts are dirty, you so want to say and why does that matter. Which is all sort of rubbish someone like this chap would have to potentially endure, just to be allowed to wear a uniform while volunteering in a youth organisation.
Before you tell people giving up their time they need to go and do more or less the same thing, you need more than a militaristic justification of we are telling you, you have to, as this misses the big point, we are volunteers in a youth organisation that is increasingly being used to invent jobs and keep people unable to leave the RAF in jobs, not in the military.