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.
2013-2014 CRITERIA (Data from 1 September 2013 through 31 August 2014)
The award criteria are entirely objective. Any unit that meets at least 5 of the 11 criteria listed below, as of 31 August, qualifies:
* 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. 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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