Exactly right

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Posted by Michael Dorosh from Canada on May 18, 2021 at 09:22:18:

In Reply to: Re: Ex Cadet etc... posted by Magoo on May 17, 2021 at 12:18:59:

We are one tiny force and we should get along.

And cadet service is something to be proud of. But I think "a soldier" makes a good point about not mentioning it on the recruit course. Some instructors will think the ex-cadet is showboating or thinking himself better than his "new" peers - even if he isn't. Some cadets do make it hard on themselves by refusing to relearn things like drill to the standards of their instructors - and continue to do things because "that's the way we did it in cadets." Here in Alberta, at any rate - Air Cadets (for example) do drill very differently than the Militia. We had one air cadet on my basic, and he thought he was going to be Top Candidate - but he kept telling the instructors how he thought things should be done (because of his extensive cadet experience, don't you know) and he didn't place very highly.

Best to keep your mouth shut, listen to your instructors, and learn things the way THEY want you to learn.

I am currently trying to cope with a former cadet WO who is a new private in my section - and while the enthusiasm and pride is obviously there - he has no job experience (or life experience) to back up his misguided belief that he knows it all. It only makes it harder on him in the long run.

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