Any cadet unit that displays strong program fundamentals can earn the Quality Cadet Unit Award. This new award motivates squadrons to pursue goals that we think will inevitably lead to their having a vibrant Cadet Program. The Quality Cadet Unit Award is purely objective. Cadet and composite squadrons who meet the challenging criteria below automatically earn the award.
Units that received the award may use the 2012-2013 Quality Logo on their unit website, letterhead, recruiting materials and other squadron publications.
Units that received the award may use the 2011-12 Quality Logo on their unit website, letterhead, recruiting materials and other squadron publications.
Units that received the award may use the 2012 Quality Logo on their unit website, letterhead, recruiting materials and other squadron publications.
The award criteria are entirely objective. Any unit that meets at least 5 of the 11 criteria listed below, as of 31 August, qualifies:
Adult Leadership: Unit has at least 3 Training Leaders of Cadets graduates on its roster
Aerospace: Unit earned the Aerospace Excellence Award (AEX) during the school year
Cadet Achievement: 40% of cadets on roster have attained the Wright Brothers Award
DDR Participation: 20% of cadets on roster have completed DDRx or unit participated in RRLA
Encampment: 50% of cadets on roster have completed encampment
Enrollment: Unit has at least 35 cadets listed on its roster
Growth: Unit’s cadet roster increased by 10%, or 10 cadets
Orientation Flights: 60% of cadets on roster have participated in at least 1 flight
Retention: Unit retained 40% of first year cadets (cadets that joined from 1 September 2012 through 31 August 2013)
* CyberPatriot: Have one or more teams competing in CyberPatriot
* STEM Kits: Submit an after-action report for receipt and implementation of a STEM Kit
* Additional criteria added as options to earn the Quality Award. The number of required criteria remains the same.
You can see if your unit is on track to receive the award throughout the year by using the calculations file (excel 2007). Just fill in the yellow cells.
Cadet and composite squadrons that qualify for the Quality Cadet Unit Award will receive the following:
(1) An award emblem for the unit’s website, letterhead, recruiting materials, and other publications.
(2) A certificate that will be presented by wing headquarters at an appropriate venue
The Quality Cadet Unit Award can serve as a helpful management tool. Local leaders can use its award criteria to gauge the relative health of their Cadet Program. Wing leaders can use the QCUA program to identify squadrons that are flourishing, and perhaps use leaders of those outstanding units to mentor leaders in nearby units that did not earn the award.
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