KEY STAFF INTRO
You will meet your cadet staff and senior member staff during this meeting so that you know who they are. To see the list of people serving in those roles, you can find that on our website under the "Squadron" tab at the top navigation bar of the page. Here is a direct link to the Cadet Staff and the Senior Staff.
There are certain policies we have established for our squadron to provide guidance and streamline operations. These policies only apply to our squadron and you will be responsible for adhering to them. To find these, just visit the "Memoranda and Operating Instructions" page under the "Squadron" tab at the top navigation bar of the page.
Our squadron has a colorful history full of success that you will be a part of. To see where we've been, you can check out our Squadron History page. Will you be on it some day?
Getting Uniform Items in the Future
Flight Cap Insignia Placement
CUSTOMS AND COURTESIES 6
Let's once again review your reporting procedures. That first impression is the most important!
When directed to formally report to an officer, follow these steps:
1. In an office setting, knock on the officer’s door and wait for permission to enter.
2. Walk toward the officer and halt 2 paces in front of them.
3. Salute and report, “Sir / Ma’am, (Grade) (Name) reporting as ordered.”
4. Wait for the officer to return the salute.
5. Remain at attention, unless instructed otherwise.
6. When the meeting is over, the officer will say, “Dismissed.”
7. Come to attention (if not already), and take one step backward.
8. Salute and wait for the officer to return the salute.
9. Perform an about face and exit the area.
When being called forward to receive an award, it is customary to report to the officer and then turn to face the audience as photos are taken.
Accept certificates with your left hand – “take with your left, shake with your right.”
When a large number of people will be reporting to an officer (such as during a graduation ceremony), the event organizers may simplify the reporting procedure to speed the ceremony along. In such cases, the custom is to salute the officer, accept the certificate, shake hands, and move along.
DRILL AND CEREMONIES 7
The following commands are typically covered in Week Nine. These may differ depending upon the speed in which the class learns the information. All of the images are from AFMAN 36-2203 Air Force Drill and Ceremonies.
Count Cadence CountThe command for the element to count cadence is Count Cadence, COUNT. Give the command of execution as the left foot strikes the ground. The next time the left foot strikes the ground, the group counts cadence for eight steps, as follows: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR; ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR. Do not shout the counts. Give them sharply and clearly, and separate each number distinctly.
Now is the perfect time to brush up on all the drill movements you learned up until this point! After you graduate our Cadet Orientation Program, you will be expected to know how to perform each of these commands during your regular drill instruction with your flight so that you can move on to more advanced maneuvers. Your cadet staff will help you review each of these commands at the Week 9 meeting:
Drill TestingAs we discussed before, for each promotion in Phase 1 and 2, you must complete a Drill Test as part of your requirements. As you progress through the program, you will learn additional drill movements that you will need to test off on for your subsequent promotions. During Week 9, you will take your Drill Test for your promotion to Cadet Airman - the General John Curry Achievement. In order to pass, you must perform at least 11 of the following commands correctly.
A copy of the Cadet Drill & Ceremonies Test Book can be found here for your reference.
As a fun fact, that is our squadron on the front cover of the book!
That picture was of our 2009 Drill Team marching between venues in front
of the Wright Patterson AFB Operations Building at the 2009 Great Lakes
Region Cadet Competition.