On monday I was discussing with a 15 year old pupil at school (as his teacher) how one of his GCSEs went. He basically said not as well as he hoped, he didn't do as much work as he hoped. Part of the reason for this seemed to be that an AI SNCO had instructed the ACF cadets that they would be there at rememberance day parade or they would be kicked out. I'm not against attendance at Rememberance day, far from it. However this pupil felt that he had no option, but to attend and potentially decrease his achievement in that GCSE exam he sat the monday. Is attendance compulsory? Would a written request to the CO not to attend due to external circumstances have given him the chance to fulfill his potential at school the next day? I'm just looking for where he stands in all this, because my first very mild assessment of the situation is that the SNCO was making things "clear" the way that they do and being a "follower" this pupil did not question politely for what may have been his own good. School pupils first, acf cadets second?