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JLBC: Leadership


1. Promotion provides challenge and motivation to the members of JLBC. Promotions reflect visible evidence of progression and standing among fellow cadets. It should be noted that promotion is evidence of growing maturity, the ability and willingness to accept additional responsibility, and demonstrated leadership growth.

2. Promotions are based on uniform wear and grooming, academic grades, general cadet knowledge requirements, meeting a promotion board (for SSgt-SMSgt), and demonstrated leadership abilities. Each CadetCadet should understand how selections for command and staff positions are made to permit equal opportunity for advancement. The SASI may waive any of the requirements in this chapter based on the needs of the corps.

Note: Promotions are typically held at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 9-week grading periods.

3. The promotion system is patterned after the active JLBC and conforms to guidance provided by Headquarters JLBC. Cadets have “permanent rank” and “temporary rank.” Permanent rank is based on one enlisted stripe for each year of JLBC. The permanent rank is CadetCadet for the first year of JLBC; Cadet First Class for the second year; Cadet Senior for the third year; and Cadet Staff Sergeant for the fourth year. Temporary rank is any rank beyond Cadet Staff Sergeant. A cadet will wear only the rank they earned, which may/may not correlate with the average rank associated with the job position within the corps that the CadetCadet has been assigned. New cadets will be promoted to Cadet Airman at the end of the first 9-week grading period (unless promoted due to participation in the new cadet summer orientation). Returning cadets will be awarded their rank after completing the online “ranks quiz.”

4. The Unit Manning Document and Organizational Chart reflect a limited number of authorized leadership positions. We may employ a semester rotation system to give as many cadets as possible to experience an active leadership role. Rotation may be lateral, up, or down. Cadets must understand and cooperate with the rotation system to obtain maximum leadership training. Each CadetCadet is asked to give their successor the same degree of loyalty and respect they would expect for themselves. Cadets will experience both followership and leadership situations alternatingly, so stay flexible and responsive.

5. CadetStaffPositions/TeamCommanders:

In April of each year, the unit cadet Superintendent or First Sergeant will distribute Unit Position Survey Forms to determine individual interests, goals, and desires regarding staff positions for the upcoming year. The completed surveys.

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