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Cadet Detachment Operation Orders

NOTE:  This section applies to Cadet Detachment command-level (i.e., Cadet Commander-directed) operation orders and does not include those developed within the flight-level organization or those used in the completion of Cadet Staff Duty Analyses


Responsibility and Approval

The S3 shall be responsible for the administrative tasks associated with the development, coordination, and distribution of Cadet Detachment operation orders.

Operation orders shall be approved by the Cadet Commander.

Operation orders shall be ready for approval:

  • For weekly unit training meetings, no later than the Monday prior to the upcoming Thursday meeting;

  • For “weekend” activities, at least one (1) week of the upcoming activity;

  • For large-scale and/or complex operations, in accordance with the One-Thirds, Two-Thirds Rule, as directed by the Cadet Commander.


Development of Operation Orders

Operation orders shall be developed using the Five-Paragraph method.

Operation orders shall reflect approved training schedules (see Cadet Detachment Training Schedules) and the Commander’s Intent for operations to be conducted.

The S3 shall coordinate with appropriate Mission Support Staffs, involved subordinate commanders, course instructors, and other personnel significantly involved (or anticipated to be involved) in the operations to be conducted to ensure a cohesive, collaborative execution of mission-essential tasks.

Operation orders ready for approval shall be presented to the Cadet Commander for final sign-off. Revisions shall be made at the direction of the Cadet Commander until acceptable. Approved orders are considered “final” unless critical changes must be made later (e.g., last-minute changes to training plans, absent personnel, etc.).


Distribution of Operation Orders

The S3 shall distribute approved schedules (in .PDF file format) to:

  • The Cadet Detachment Cadre

  • The Cadet Command Staff

  • Flight Commanders

  • Cadet Support Staff (Mission Support Staff)

  • Instructors assigned who do not fit into the above categories

Orders-of-the-day shall be briefed prior to the commencement of operations to be conducted (i.e., before meeting start) with the personnel listed above.

Flight Commanders shall disseminate pertinent information within the Flight to ensure that all flight personnel are aware of upcoming meeting events, denoting significant changes from standard practices (e.g., uniform, location-specific details, special equipment needed, etc.).


Rehearsals and After-Action Reviews


Training activities and operations should be rehearsed in advance, as practicable at the direction of the Cadet Commander.

Rehearsals should be conducted using an appropriate timeline in which corrections and adjustments to training plans can be made to ensure the success of activities. Use the One-Third, Two-Thirds Rule for reference.

Rehearsals shall reflect the associated operation order(s) for the event. Deviations shall be considered a relevant item to be changed/amended.

The S3 shall oversee the coordination of rehearsals with appropriate personnel.


After-Action Reviews

Each training event or operation shall be reviewed to identify operational successes and deficiencies.

Areas for improvement, as identified during AARs, shall be incorporated into future training and operational plans.

AARs should be conducted using the After-Action Review guidance here.

As practicable, notes from AARs shall be recorded and archived Cadet Detachment’s Google Shared Drive (login required).

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