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Army Cadet Force - King George VI Memorial Course - Promotion to Sergeant Major Instructor or Acting Captain - Further information(2) - Ref: FOI09051/79406/10/05 and Ref: FOI11110/79652

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please treat this request for information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In response to a Freedom of Information Request under your Reference: FOI09051/79406/10/05 relating to the introduction of the King George VI Memorial Course it was stated that...

" The consulting body for training development in the Army Cadet Force is the Training
Development Team (TDT) and the Training Working Group (TWG). Following reviews by
the Army Inspector (2010) and the Defence Auditor (2011), the Army Cadet Executive Group (ACEG) tasked the TDT to review key appointment training for Company and County level staff. Analysis was then conducted on the training requirements for Acting Captains and Sergeant Major Instructors. This included consultation with the TWG and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs).
Concurrently, the need for a leadership and management course at the Lieutenant to Acting Captain point was identified, as part of a long term review of CFAV training, which started in 2011. This need has been addressed through the introduction of the Initial Officer Training Course, and the training of Acting Captains & Sergeant Major Instructors will be covered by the introduction of the KGVI Leadership Course. "

Please now provide me with the following:

1) The full report of the Army Inspector (2010) in which it was noted that it was necessary to review key appointment training for Company and County level staff.
2) The full report of the Defence Auditor (2011) in which it was noted that it was necessary to review key appointment training for Company and County level staff.
3) Minutes of meetings of the Army Cadet Executive Group (ACEG) during which the ACEG tasked the Training and Development Team (TDT) to review key appointment training for Company and County level staff
4) Correspondence between the ACEG and the TDT panel members in which the ACEG tasked the TDT to review key appointment training for Company and County level staff
5) Full details of the processes undertaken to analyse the training requirements for Acting Captains and Sergeant Major Instructors.
6) The findings and reports of the analysis of the training requirements for Acting Captains and Sergeant Major Instructors.
7) Minutes of the meetings during which the Training Working Group were consulted about the training requirements for Acting Captains and Sergeant Major Instructors.
8) Minutes of the meetings during which Cadet Force Adult Volunteers were consulted about the training requirements for Acting Captains and Sergeant Major Instructors.
9) Questionnaires and feedback forms completed by CFAVs pertaining to the training requirements for Acting Captains and Sergeant Major Instructors.
10) Confirmation as to how the need for a leadership and management course at the Lieutenant to Acting Captain and Staff Sergeant to Sergeant Major point was identified. Please include minutes of meetings, reports of findings, questionnaires and correspondence relating to the same.
11) An explanation as to how the analysis lead to the identification that Acting Captains and Sergeant Majors have such identical training needs that they ought to attend the same course. In addressing this point please give particular consideration to the fact that Acting Captains typically hold Training Officer and Staff Officer roles whereas Sergeant Majors typically hold Unit Sergeant Major and Subject Matter Expert roles.
12) Confirmation as to how many CFAVs themselves were consulted about the need for training requirements for Acting Captains and Sergeant Major Instructors. Please tabulate this data by the CFAV's rank, age, length of service and appointment held at the relevant time.

Furthermore in your Reference: FOI09051/79406/10/05 it was stated that...

The new KGVI Course is designed for those seeking promotion to Acting Captain and Sergeant Major Instructors. The Area Commanders’ Course is designed for those seeking promotion to Acting Major. The new course will build on the skills and experience gained in the existing Initial Officer Training (IOT), and as such the content of each course is specifically tailored.

Please now provide me with the following:

13) What specific differences there are between the Area Commanders Course and the KCVI Course. Please note that I require the precises differences in course content rather than simple confirmation that the courses are aimed at CFAVs aspiring to hold different ranks.
14) Confirmation as to how the new course will build upon the skills and experience gained during the existing IOT considering candidates embarking upon the proposed new KGVI will have commissioned at least 4 years prior to the implementation of the IOT.

I look forward to receiving a timely and concise response in accordance with the spirit of The Act.

Yours faithfully,

TR Matthews

Army Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Sir, Madam,

 

Please find a response to your recent FOI attached.

 

Kind regards

Army Secretariat

 

Dear sirs,

I note that the MoD is seeking to rely on the exemptions under s22, future publication and s38, health and safety.

To successfully rely on an exception under s22 The information that the public authority intends to be published must be the specific information the applicant has requested.

While I appreciate that full details of the course and will be released in due course please note that I have requested information as to how the need for the course was identified. I do not accept that the reports, minutes and questionnaires will be punished in due course. Please disclose this now.

To successfully rely on an exception under s38 there must be a risk to the health of or injury to an individual or pose a risk to the safety of the general population. I do not accept that disclosing information as to how the military came to the conclusion that Army Cadet Instructors needed to attend an additional course would pose a risk to any person.

I consider that the reliance upon both sections is a flagrant attempt to delay or avoid publication altogether.

Please respond immediately and disclose the information requested.

I must request a formal internal review on the grounds that the MoD is seeking to misuse the FoIA.

Yours sincerely,

TR Matthews

Army Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Sir, Madam,

 

Thank you for your further email.

 

As I stated in my letter of 10 January, I need to undertake a Public
Interest Test to assess whether it is in the public interest to either
disclose or withhold the information. You will receive a response to this
effect, as stated in my previous response, no later than 7 February.

 

Please note that an internal review can only be conducted when a response
has been provided, should you wish for such action to be taken at that
time.

 

Kind regards

Army Secretariat

 

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