Completely agree, I did my course last year.
I actually like the Staff at ATF but very few have Cadet experience.
The Padres lesson was interesting. He told us all about how we were going to get stressed in our role, but then didn’t tell us how to combat stress… We complained about this in our feedback and ATF staff said they always get complaints about the padres lesson, they will speak to him but unfortunately he has to teach one lesson…
I’ve never been told so many times in one week about how they would hate to be in our positions as OC’s. They would never want to do our role and don’t understand how we want to neither.
I felt the reasoning for the course is for us to pull apart policy, stand up in front of a Regional Commandant or someone from HQ and talk about the pros and cons only to be fully interrogated and them basically say they disagree with our points. It made it almost seem like a worthless activity if they don’t want to hear the opinions from those on the ground.
I really enjoy speaking to others that have similar problems and share best practice but you only really get this opportunity on the final night as your working until silly hours every night as not enough time is allocated. We didn’t really connect as a team like I did on other ATF courses, maybe it was the mixture of people, but I feel more the pressure and lack of time.
Oh and my husband redid his course this year after doing the Senior Officers Course many years ago and it was exactly the same as my course, so it doesn’t sound as though many changes have been made.