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.
All cadet and composite squadrons and flights with a minimum of 10 cadets are eligible.
2014-2015 CRITERIA (Data from 1 September 2014 through 31 August 2015)
The award criteria are entirely objective. Any unit that meets at least 6 of the 10 criteria listed below, as of 31 August, qualifies:
CHANGES FROM PREVIOUS YEAR
First, we are combining the AEX and STEM requirement. Accomplishing either one will earn that criterion. Second, we are increasing the Orientation Flight requirement to 70% from 60%. We are at 66% nationally, so it’s time to raise the bar on that criterion. Finally, with the addition of the Cyber requirement we are increasing the number of items that need to be met by 1 to 6 out of the 10. In previous years, it was 5 out of 9, but this past year we introduced Cyber and STEM as separate criteria (after the registration for Cyber was closed) and simply added them to the list (still requiring 5, but increasing the number of criterion to 11).
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. (Updated for the 2014-15 criteria).
Cadet and composite squadrons that qualify for the Quality Cadet Unit Award will receive the following:
1. How does the Quality Cadet Unit Award affect the Squadron of Merit Award program?
The Squadron of Merit Award remains in effect, but only one squadron per wing wins that award each year. The SOM program allows the wing commander to make subjective judgments about which unit is the “best” in the wing, while the Quality Cadet Unit Award is purely objective. One would hope that the SOM winner would also be a QCUA winner, but that is not a pre-requisite.
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Steven Trupp, NHQ Program Manager
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