We’ve all seen things where an assurance has been given that someone has ‘complete support’ only to be out of the door five minutes later and something is safe for the immediate future which is then also gone ‘5 minutes’ later.
Our payments are in this group and with a hint however vague that these will be reviewed is to be taken by us that they are safe, displays naivety on the part of the messenger.
CEP was and always will be a non-starter, regardless of who and or how it is funded. While it may have been a project to test the feasibility of school cadet units vs community cadet units, this has failed as the school's take up / geographic spread has been poor. I think the model that will evolve is a community CCF with co-located cadet units working closer and sharing resources, with a national tri-service management framework with a county/wing based system, doing away with the Regional (middle management) structure in the ATC / ACO / RAFAC. Every business I have come across in the last 25-30 years sheds middle management when things are tight. I know a lot of people who have declined promotion into this group as they didn't feel it would be safe to do so.
WRT CEP we were told at a COs Conference that Pupil Premium would be used to pay for it as it was felt by the govt that this group would be the one to benefit most and join. But as I understand it pupils have to meet certain criteria to qualify for PP and schools have to be able to show that these pupils benefit from the funding and if they use it elsewhere they can get their knuckles rapped by the DfE. Would schools be able to or want to fund and staff a cadet unit outside of the glow of the initial spurt, when it becomes just another school club with rules set by someone else? As suggested like all things in the world it is at the whim of the current management, change of management and in order to give the illusion of progress new pet projects and ideas come in so the individual(s) can prove themselves worthy of ascending the greasy pole.
Funding CEP by using money from LIBOR fines is non sustainable in the longer term (eventually putting schools under pressure to fund) and with all the pressures on public finance which have more of a need in Joe Public’s view than cadet units, would sooner see LIBOR fines being used there.
Regardless of how small the cost in terms of MOD's overall budget the cadet forces are, the ATC has seen the RAF increasingly struggle to support it in the last decade and this struggle will increase in the coming years and who's to say that the RAF doesn't get fully subsumed to become a 'regt' in the Army in the future.