It has been a long standing expectation that cadets learn about drill during flight time. Flight commanders were expected to advise cadets when they were ready to test.
In recent months, the Squadron has established the routine of teaching drill the first meeting of the month. This has reduced the void of drill instruction. However, flight time will still be required to hone skills.
Flight staff are too busy to assess individual skills of cadets in their flights.
Add another category of tesitng sign ups for "Drill pre-test". Cadets should plan on signing up for a drill pre-test that is non-binding.
A drill test score card should be provided on the website for the cadet to print.
After the evaluation, the evaluating cadet should sign a portion of the drill test card, indicating they feel the cadet is ready for a final evaluation the following week. The cadet will need to sign up for the final drill test. The evaluating cadet should be a spare cadet staff.
If the cadet is not prepared for the final evaluation, spare cadet staff should instruct the cadet on areas requiring improvement. The cadet staff can then determine if the cadet learned the material well enough for the final review or if they will need to request an additional pre-test.
Cadets that do well on the pre-test, cannot use those results to pass the drill test that night. They will need to request the final evalaution.
The planning of the cadet testing schedule is often poorly done and cadets often do not get the test that they have requested. Also, cadets always forget to sign-up online by the required date, this means that they have to wait a week, sometimes two, to get the test that they wanted.
This is routinely overlooked and can easily be fixed.
A spreadsheet with the name of the test on one side with a certain number of slots that night, next to that a space for the cadets name and grade with a space for an authorizing signature. This will go out next to the sign in sheets at the beginning of th meeting. Each meeting will difer with the number of slots available within the shedule.
The Squadron Website has been an ongoing issue. The interface is not particularly simple to use for staff members, let alone for cadets and parents. There have been complaints but no one has addressed the situation. The squadron needs more of a presence, our attendance is not what it once was. The easiest way to get the word out is with the internet. The website isn't even mobile compatible. When you log on from a smartphone the desktop website shows up.
The website either needs a serious overhaul of an update, or a new website needs to be built. It will take time and energy, but in the long one it will be worth it. “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
In the age of internet and technology there are plent of people who have learned how to code. I have friends who have built websites from scratch. We simply need to take the time to find people able and willing. If this truly is a fruitless endeavor then we lose nothing in trying. “I would prefer to try and fail than to not try at all.” ― Grant McLachlan