Calling all OCs and CCF officers. I have recently got command of a run-down Army Section which has had no functioning Army officers for some time. My cadets (from age 13) have not done qualifications for years, I have only 2 seniors who have done leadership courses and we have woefully little uniform, kit etc. Moreover we have only one female officer in the contingent, so it is difficult to jack up exercises for female cover. However, as a Group A officer, and hopefully being a provider of solutions and not problems I have put some stick about. However, one of the moves I have made is unpopular. I have simply selected the best (general characteristics/reliability) cadets and promoted them irrespective of age and school years. This is annoying some long-serving (but useless) cadets, and the other OCs. I have put a ban on 'instant promotion' from September, but I felt I needed a rank structure in the unit that would enable us to get training, and provide me with NCOs I could rely on. Does anyone have any similar experiences or general advice, as this is quite a new environment to me? Thanks.