The Squadron parades every Tuesday and Thursday, 19:00 to 21:30 hrs, and is only closed during the two weeks of the school Christmas Break. It is expected that a Cadet should attend both parade nights, as discussed during the Information and Recruitment Evening when they signed-up. We do, however, fully understand how busy a Cadets life (outside Squadron) can be and we therefore understand if a Cadet cannot attend every night.
If a Cadet is unable to attend a specific parade night, they must report this to the Squadron Staff via Cadet Portal
. This then automatically updates the attendance records and lets us know why a Cadet hasn't attended.
The downside to not attending regularly and as much as possible, is the impact on progression and engagement for that Cadet. The Squadron plans its activities and events in advance and, when doing so, plans for all Cadets to be in attendance. Especially the Junior/ Training Flight Cadets which will have recently joined the Squadron. This allows us to plan when a new Cadet's enrolment and completion of the First Classification will be. This is importance, because a Cadet cannot fully engage with RAF Air Cadets life until they are enrolled and have completed their First Classification; usually taking between 8 to 12 weeks.
If a Cadet does miss a parade night, and that night is around Classification, then they should log on to RISE and Shine
to ensure they catch-up. They should also confirm that they have caught up by informing the Training Officer
If a Cadet has a regular evening they cannot attend (i.e. the second Thursday of every month) then we can support this by ensuring the Cadet is kept informed of the events and the Cadet and relevant Instructor will work together to ensure the Cadet can progress with the rest of their Classification as desired.