[quote=“tango_lima” post=11269][quote=“steve679” post=11265][quote=“incubus” post=11255]
The role of a CFAV does not require that level of fitness, though the role of some of our own specialists may well do. Consequently our bar should be set lower. If a person is healthy enough to actually carry out their role within the cadet forces and has valuable skills to bring then there seems to be little logic in excluding them for an ideal.
Everything else is aesthetics and aesthetics is no basis on which to run any organisation[/quote]
i dont disagree one bit with what you are staying and is the long and short of the argument.
however what “operational” requirement is there for a large majority of the RAF who dont go out on “operations”/have an “operational” need?
there are stacks of these personnel at each Station, Admin, MT drivers, chefs, nurses, even the Station Commander…they dont have a “operational” requirement like a pilot, PTI, or policemand would…so why adopt a fitness requirement?
what “operational” differences are there between a Station Commander and an ATC Squadron CO?
there is argument due to the level of activities and qualifications likely to be found in an ATC Sqn the CO has potential to be fitter than a Station Commander, or Starred general given the different roles and tasks that are performed on the weekends with the Cadets in comparison to a X Star General attending a formal function…
i would say there is an element of aesthetics involved in the RAF standard for those who’s trade or role is not specifically “operational”.
the MOD cant be seen as a leading fighting force is everyone is overweight and therefore set very achieveable fitness standards for a “moderately fit person” to weed out the fatties…
yet on the other hand there appears to be little concern about the image of a CFAV - why?[/quote]
I think this is a bit of a common misconception…
All trades are expected to carry out FP duties in addition to their main role. That could be limited to GASP, but they could be expected to patrol (potentially as part of post attack recovery or just routine due to the ground situation) and could be involved in road moves or similar.
As much as I’m horribly prejudiced against fat people, I’ve met a few who make me look sluggish once they get shifting, so I don’t think introducing a fitness test would necessarily do anything to get the rotund folks slimmed down, it certainly hasn’t in the RAF.[/quote]
just bringing a bi yearly fitness test and cracking down on it all got rid of a load of people I know of 3 that got kicked out in 2011 but as has been mentioned we are not RAF so I wouldnt expect an RAF fitness test.
Many of us get a bit of extra weight on later in life its just one of those things what worries me is the ones that are clearly too big for the uniform to fit it looks very bad and not smart at all when they are out in the public eye and as far as the public know they are RAF.