Section 5 | Cadet Activities
Unit Training Plan & Goals
5.1 Intended Activities
Each year, the squadron intends to conduct at least one of each of the following activities:
Dining In (social event)
Field Training Exercise (FTX) (leadership event)
Field Trip (education event; aerospace/STEM-focused)
5.2 Dining In
Dining In is traditionally conducted between January and March as the year's kick-off social dinner.
The event is designed to develop a greater esprit de corps amongst cadets and senior members and to provide experience to the Cadet Staff in the planning of morale-focused activities.
The unit's annual FTX is traditionally conducted between July and September to provide a practical application of leadership and small unit tactical subject matter learned throughout the course of the year and months following the previous year's FTX. Focus content includes:
Planning and evaluation by senior Cadet Staff members
Command-level leadership for mission operations
Operational support functions
First aid and self-care
Small units tactics and maneuvering (squad-level leadership)
5.4 Field Trips
The unit generally conducts an annual, single-day field trip, traditionally scheduled for the Spring and Summer months. This field trip is usually conducted in conjunction with the AEX Award criteria to conduct a 2-hour activity with an aviation/aerospace emphasis (e.g., trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, visiting the Cleveland National Air Show, etc.).
Field trips are encouraged to be conducted in a pattern that makes them different from the previous year's experience to avoid redundancies and a lack of interest in seeing the same site again.