PROMOTION OF CADETS
12.1 The quest for promotions provides constant challenge and motivation to members of the active Air Force and to members of AFJROTC programs as well. This challenge and motivation are proper since the change of insignia that accompanies a promotion reflects visible evidence of progression and standing among one's contemporaries. Also, the insignia is evidence of growing maturity, the ability and willingness to accept additional responsibility, and a demonstrated growth of leadership.
12.1.1 The TX-20009th AFJROTC Cadet Group promotion system is patterned after that used by the active Air Force and conforms to guidance provided by HQ AFROTC. The Unit Manning Document (UMD) will be used to determine the number of Officers/NCO’s that will be assigned to the TX-20009. The SASI may add or delete positions as deemed necessary to fulfill the mission. Cadets must be willing to accept the commitment and take full responsibility for the rank and position given that cadet to do the best he/she can.
12.2 Cadets of a certain AS year cannot be promoted any higher than the set range for that AS year. The ranks are broken down henceforth:
12.2.1 Cadets may hold rank from the ranges of past years i.e. an AS-III Cadet may hold any rank from E1-O3.
12.3 Grades will be considered with a certain position. All promotions will be made by the Promotions Board, with the approval of the cadet Operations Group Commander, and the SASI/ASI.
12.3.1 GRADE. This grade is initially awarded based on Cadet performance. Promotion to the next highest grade will normally take place following promotion board.
12.3.2 Position Grade authorization will be used in accordance with the Unit manning document in Chapter 15. Certain positions such as, but not limited to the Group Commander, Deputy Commander, will be promoted to the maximum grade authorized for their position. It has been determined that these positions require the highest grade allowed so the Cadets who hold them can exercise their full command. Squadron Commanders can also be promoted to their maximum grade. Cadets can serve in a position without the maximum pay grade. If the Cadet performs his/her job well, promotion might be considered. Upon advice from the SASI or ASI positions may be lowered twice if necessary.
12.3.3 Initially, cadets of a given AS year with assigned positions will be awarded one temporary grade lower than the highest authorized temporary grade for that position. This practice permits later temporary promotions based on actual performance. When two cadets hold the same job (e.g. Flight Commander) they will hold the same grade if they are the same Aerospace Science level in high school (e.g., both are AS-II cadets). If not, the one at the higher Aerospace Science level will hold one grade higher at the beginning of the year. For example, an AS-II Flight Commander will hold the rank of Cadet First Lieutenant early in the year, allowing for possible later promotion to Cadet Captain. An AS-I Flight Commander will hold the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant allowing for possible later promotion to Cadet First Lieutenant. In this instance, an AS-II Flight Commander would normally outrank an AS-I Flight Commander all year (unless the AS-I Flight Commander got a temporary promotion and the AS-II Flight Commander did not, in this instance they would both be Cadet First Lieutenants during the second semester). The Unit Detail Manning Document in this Guide lists the grade structure for the Texas 20009th AFJROTC Cadet Group by function, position title, grade, and the number of authorized positions. NOTE: There are fewer cadet jobs than there are cadets in the Group. The intended result is competition for positions.
12.4 Each cadet in the TX-20009th AFJROTC Cadet Group should understand how cadet enlisted and cadet officer promotions are made. All cadet promotions are based on cadet performance as explained later in this chapter. All cadets have an opportunity for qualification and selection for promotion to higher pay grades.
12.4.1 Cadet officer positions will normally be filled by AS-III or IV cadets with second priority given to AS-II cadets. AS-I cadets normally are not considered for cadet officer or cadet NCO positions but serve as specialists or assistants. Consideration is given for previous military experience, such as Civil Air Patrol and/or prior Junior ROTC training.
12.4.2 The criteria used to select individuals to attend Summer Leadership School include but are not limited to the following: academic grades, inspection grades, promotion board scores, promotion fitness examination score, participation in community service activities and fund-raisers.
12.4.3 Normally, cadets will not hold a grade higher than that authorized for their position. Exceptions may be made by the SASI for cadets who are assigned to special functions or advisory positions where their particular talents can be used to benefit the Group.
12.4.4 To give the maximum number of cadets an opportunity to perform in a leadership role, a system of role rotation may be employed. Normal rotation to either a lateral or lower positions, therefore, is not considered a demotion. All cadet positions are subject to normal rotation after the first semester, or earlier if the SASI so elects. Flight Commander positions will be rotated every six weeks.
12.5 The SASI will select the Cadet Group Commander. The ASI/SASI, with the assistance of the Cadet Group Commander, will nominate cadets to other leadership positions. All promotion actions approved by the SASI will be announced in Special Orders published by the Cadet Information Management Officer and his/her staff.
12.5.1 The Cadet Group Commander and the Cadet Deputy Commander serve for a semester. It is desirable, to rotate positions during Mid-year, which may be done at the SASI’s discretion.
12.5.2 Cadet promotion boards will be composed of the Cadet Group Commander and additional cadet officers he or she designates. The Cadet Executive Officer will arrange all Promotion Board Meetings, and inform the Board Members and personal meeting the Board, of the details.
12.6 Cadet promotions are based on the “whole person” concept with consideration given to the following:
12.6.1 ACADEMIC GRADES AND PHYSICAL FITNESS. Actual final (%) AFJROTC grade for the previous semester will be used. For PT, report records will be shown to the Review Board about the cadet’s push-up, sit-ups, and running.
12.6.2 CADET PROMOTION REPORT (CPR) – (Attachment 13). Each cadet enlisted person will receive a performance report completed by his or her Flight Commander. Factors rated include military characteristics (appearance and courtesy), knowledge of drill and ceremonies, performance of duties, leadership qualities, and other personal traits (dependability, etc.). A rating of “unsatisfactory” in any of the four rating factors automatically disqualifies the cadets from promotion.
12.6.3 CO-CURRICULAR/EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. Records of attendance kept by Operations personnel will support computation of a percentage to be computed by dividing the total number of activities attended by the total number of activities possible (less excused absences). The percentage is the score for this category. (Included here are the weekly Corps formations.)
12.6.4 PROMOTION BOARD. Four cadets will evaluate a cadet, each will give a maximum of 25 points for a possible overall score of 100. The reporter will not be a voting member but will be present to take notes as directed by the president to the board. Cadets seeking a promotion should send a typed, neat, paper to their squadron commander via the Flight Commander. The Squadron Commander will present the letter(s) to the SASI. Upon advice from the SASI the Cadet will be considered to go before the promotion board. The SASI/ASI has the final approval/disapproval over
the boards final decision. The promotion board report, regardless of outcome, will be placed in the cadet’s file. The promotion board will use the Cadet Evaluation Form (Attach. 14) to report their decision on a Cadet. Not only will the cadet be graded upon military characteristics, knowledge of Drill and Ceremonies, performance of duties, and leadership/followership but may also be graded on their academic grade, P.T. record, and Co-Curricular Activities. As stated above, after the promotion board is finished with a Cadet the decision of the board is given to the SASI/ASI for final approval/disapproval.
12.7 PROMOTION SCORES. To be promoted, the cadet must attain the following minimum scores, based on a maximum possible of 100 points as shown below based on the criteria on the Cadet Evaluation Form, during the Cadets Promotion Board Interview.
AS-II – 80%
AS-III – 85%
AS-IV – 90%
12.8 Demotion is intended to correct a serious deficiency; it is not punishment. Demotion occurs when a cadet’s rank is lowered because of continued failure to perform prescribed cadet duties, indifference, inaptitude, failure to respond to counseling, or other serious deficiencies in the cadet’s performance. Example: a cadet in an important job ceases to support Group goals when personal goals have been met. Such a cadet is demonstrating selfishness and lack of concern for the greater good of the unit and no longer merits a position of trust and responsibility. Such a cadet would be a prime candidate for demotion. Further action is also possible if the demotion does not result in a correction of performance. The Review Board will determine if such action is necessary and, is so, the extent of the demotion (see paragraph 2.4).