I suppose it depends what you saw becoming Staff Cadet meant?
@Six_Fife I am intrigued by this comment
Then when it came to anything to do with a perk of being staff it was, “what? Do you think you are special or something”.
What perks do you feel existed for being staff, that you are denied? If there is a perk to this job, can I have it backdated 39 years?
I think that Staff Cadets may see themselves as more than what they are and no real idea of what being staff is. Maybe I didn’t expect much when I was 17/18, so was happy just to get on.
Being staff :
is turning up and doing things that need to get done
it is transporting cadets
it is teaching and not just the things you like
it is spending time doing things away from the ATC
it is getting naff all respect from the organisation
this what it was like when I was a Staff Cadet and the same into being adult staff. I didn’t expect anymore. It’s not taking advantage it’s how it is.
I didn’t see myself as someone so inexperienced to be able to hold staff to account, it’s worth remembering that Staff Cadets until a few years ago had to read and digest ACPs 20a/20b/42 and get questioned on these, as well as deliver a lesson. The very act of reading these books and manually updating them meant we went into the role much more informed and this was a bloody good preparation for adult staff. It is interesting that a new officer was asking how he can find out things as doesn’t feel he knows enough, which is hardly surprising as those very ACPs contained practically everything people needed to know to function, in one place, not disparate electronic files. Now I only look for the ones I need as I don’t have the time or inclination to ‘browse’ sharepont like I would with a book of flappy printed paper sheets. Maybe I should, but when it takes ages to find, open and read, I can do more worthwhile things with that time, like pick my nose, scratch my backside, watch water evaporate.
I think you are on the money in some respects the organisation and some squadron staff build up cadets coming up to their 18th with you have to do this and that which the staff have to do, which may make them think they are more important than they are and there is more to it. But I suppose being honest about it would be counterproductive. I have always been brutally honest about things, so much so when one of the staff cadets who has been staff for 6/7 years spoke to his cadet mates when he was staff cadet, they swapped stories although what I said was what was happened, his mates found out the hard way, as their staff had presented a gingerbread house covered and filled with sweeties perspective of being a Staff Cadet and staff.