In short, don’t expect any “Commandant’s Letter” (for time off school) to be linked to the RIAT application. Too busy / under-staffed…
Timescale is getting tight, so the suggestion from the organiser is to write a sqn letter with suitable wording.
I’ve drafted a super-speedy version so our cadets can seek permission if needed. If you need one pronto, feel free to adapt / ignore as required!
PUPIL REQUEST TO ATTEND AIR CADET ACTIVITIES – ROYAL INTERNATIONAL AIR TATTOO
…………………………… (pupil name), a pupil at your school and Air Cadet with XXXX Sqn, Air Training Corps has been offered the opportunity of a place at the Royal International Air Tattoo Camp from 11 July 2020 to 24 July 2020 (main camp 16 July – 21 July). As this activity is programmed during term-time, I am writing this letter to endorse the activity and support the request to attend. This activity is endorsed by the Commandant of the Air Training Corps, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE RAFR.
The camp is not a basic camp where the cadets would learn squad drill, do leadership exercises or field craft. This is an extraordinary camp in the fact that it caters for a very wide audience amongst the younger generation with many STEM activities from major organisations such as British Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Martin Baker, Airbus, GCHQ and numerous other companies. Our Air Cadet Region only has to opportunity to bid for places every 2 years; the next availability will be in 2022.
The cadets will be associating / working with aircrew from around the world enabling them to experience their cultures / working environment and learning to understand what it takes to become a pilot or other aircrew.
The cadets will also have the opportunity to meet dignitaries of different countries and project a positive image of today’s youth. Furthermore, there are specific “enhanced’ areas for cadet development, such as logistics, media, communications, and IT.
I would be very grateful if you could agree to release …………………………… (pupil name) from school to attend the camp.