Cadet Leadership Structure
The following position descriptions have been drawn from CAPP 52-15 Cadet Staff Handbook and have been adapted to the current staffing capabilities of the Hawk Composite Squadron.
Cadet Management Positions
The Cadet Commander provides a crucial link between the senior staff and the cadet staff, and maintains overall responsibility for the cadets under his or her command. Key duties include:
Cadet Deputy Commander/Executive Officer
The XO manages cadet operations and acts as commander when the commander is absent. Key duties include:
Squadron Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC)
The NCOIC is responsible for making sure the weekly meetings go smoothly and that all tasks are carried out. Key duties include:
Squadron 1st Sergeant
The Squadron 1st Sergeant will be responsible for the motivation and training of the Flight Sergeants. He/she will also be in charge of the CPFT and PT activities. The Squadron 1st Sergeant should get ideas for PT activities from the cadets. The Squadron 1st Sergeant is not in the chain of command and reports to the Squadron Leadership Officer. The Squadron 1st Sergeant is also in charge of forming the squadron at the beginning and end of each meeting.
Cadet Leadership Positions
The Flight Commander is responsible for the leadership and management of their assigned flight, typically between 8-15 cadets. This includes the supervision and development of their flight sergeant and element leaders. Key duties include:
The Flight Sergeant is the direct, hands-on leader who assists the flight commander in the leadership and management of his or her flight. Their primary area of concern is the leadership laboratory: drill, uniform, customs and courtesies, and physical fitness. Key duties include:
Flight Element Leader
The Flight Element Leader is in charge of the flight when the Flight Sergeant is not present. This includes times when the Flight Sergeant is absent or in a meeting. The Flight Leader is not in the chain of command and has no authority other than to keep the flight on task in the Flight Sergeant’s absence during a meeting. If the Flight Sergeant is absent from an entire meeting, the Flight Leader will be “Acting Flight Sergeant” and will be fully in charge of the flight for that meeting only. The Flight Leader is not in the chain of command. Flight Leaders report to their Flight Sergeant. This is different from an Element Leader that is chosen by the Flight Sergeant.
Cadet Staff Positions
Aerospace Education Officer
Emergency Services Officer
Logistics & Admin Officer
Public Affairs Officer
The Standards & Evaluation (Stan/Eval) Officer is responsible for:
Great Start Flight Commander
The Flight Commander for Cadet Great Start will be in charge of teaching the new cadets drill and ceremonies, motivation and organization of the training weekend.
Great Start Flight Sergeant
Great Start Instructors
Instructors will be used to teach each class in the program. Cadets can request which classes they would like to teach. For descriptions of classes, please see the Cadet Great Start Program guide. Cadets will be expected to teach the class as it is described in the guide. Power-point presentations will be available.