Has anyone had an older cadet attend their first encampment as an 18+ year old? Any issues with it?
I think he wants to be a senior, because he maybe thinking, he can be in charge of the same cadet leaders. Think he is one of those guy doesn't want to accept orders from younger cadets. My advice is to stay as cadet and work hard to get your Mitchell. You will related better with cadets, where as if you turn senior member you will be in a place were cadets won't approach you because your status and some seniors won't respect you because your lack of experience and matured. Sent from my HTC Desire 530 using Tapatalk
I had a cadet once 17 Years old (high school, jrotc) and he wasn't a fan of been told what to do by another much younger cadet. As soon he turn 18, he stay as cadet until I move to another station. Eventually, I found out he move to become a SM and because his lack of maturity and power trip issues he was sort of force out by the CDC (FTFY) and leadership officer First hand experience. Sent from my HTC Desire 530 using Tapatalk
More importantly, assuming the cadet-turned-SM expects to work with cadets...time away/apart is really invaluable. 3-4 years, typically enough time to cycle through known cadets is a good time.
I recently turned 18 and would like to switch from being a cadet to a FO. What is required to do so? Testing, applications, etc. Thank you for any help and information.
I disagree. In my opinion, the Cadet Programs should end at 18. In most jurisdictions, 18 is considered the legal age for an adult. Yet a 20-year old cadet still have to follow many of the same rules as a 12-year old cadet, whereas an 18-year old senior member does not. Furthermore, the age gap difference between a 19 or 20-year old cadet and a 12 or 13 year old cadet is too great. I can understand a cadet close to earning the Spaatz Award wanting to stay a cadet passed their 18th birthday, but for most non-Phase IV cadets, they start losing interest in the Cadet Programs after turning 18, especially if they're enrolled in college or working full time.
The presumption is that these former cadets can be valuable because they "get" CAP, when in many cases their exposure to what it actually takes to run the mission, vs. being the mission is pretty limited, and coupled with their general lack of life experience, due primarily to their lack of "life", limits how much they can do without direct guidance and mentoring at a much higher level then the average adult (i.e. people who don't spend the GDP of a small country on car insurance).Also, under 25, the average person's attention is focused on finishing school, career (or lack thereof), starting a family, or all the other "real things" the universe has in store, leaving limited time for something like CAP. If they are active enough as a cadet at 18 to really contribute, then they'd be better served staying a cadet, partaking of things like NCSAs, encampment staff, and mentoring their peers then trying to integrate with the senior members in a world they haven't merged with yet.
Why not allow Flight Officers who were cadets to continue to pursue the Achievements and Milestones up to and including Spaatz until they are 21? Grade need not be tied to achievement in these cases - it already isn't in Phase III/IV anyway, so not much change there.This would solve any number of problems, probably increase retention, and still recognize the transitional nature of the 18-21 year age range. Things could be left as-is for cadets under 18, with the option at 18 change, or perhaps simply make the transition mandatory at 18.A member's ability to supervise (or not), could / would be based on their age and completing CPPT, not their grade or status (cadet / senior).I'd also include the ability to allow Flight Officers who were former cadets to serve on encampment and NCSA staff or as participants, and be eligible for most scholarships.