As you may have already identified, no velcro strips were distributed during ACR as originally intended. Due to an unfortunate miscommunication, we were unable to make this happen before cadets and families were released. As a result, we are clearly unable to execute the originally intended formal shoulder flash replacement scheduled for Wed 19 Jun.
Cadets of 918 Griffon Squadron are permitted to permanently replace the old 781 Calgary shoulder flashes with their newly issued 918 Griffon shoulder flashes as soon as they desire. Shoulder flashes must be replaced permanently before a cadet travels to a summer training course, or returns to cadets in Sept 2019 (which ever comes sooner). Cadets are not permitted to wear no shoulder flashes, a mix of two different badges, or any other interim solution. Old 781 Calgary shoulder flashes must be returned to 918 Supply for eventual return to 781 Sqn. Cadets do not have to remove their 781 Calgary shoulder flashes before the end of the training year, nor do they have to affix velcro as previously instructed.
Our apologies for the confusion and mix up. We regret the error and miscommunication, and the mishandling of this opportunity. The fault is entirely ours. Please, enjoy your new shoulder flashes and wear them with pride. Know that you represent not only the newest, but some of the best.
Cadets attending summer training are reminded that 918 Griffon shoulder flashes are incredibly rare and new. Each cadet was issued one pair, intended for their uniform only. The practice of trading shoulder flashes from your uniform (or otherwise “losing” them off your uniform) to friends made in the summer is not permitted. Cadets who trade or “lose” their new shoulder flashes off their uniform should not expect a replacement to be issued in September. This Squadron will not reward forgetfulness or wilful negligence.
For those cadets who wish to participate in this unique air cadet summer training tradition, be aware that there is a very limited supply of additional shoulder flashes available. Those interested in acquiring an additional, spare shoulder flash for the express purpose of trading at summer training, submit a formal request via email to the Trg O (with CC to C/Sqn Comd and CO). Such requests will be considered in conjunction with total requests, remaining stock, and the operational needs and requirements of 918 Sqn.