To develop their leadership skills, cadets need feedback that is positive, constructive, and specific. This form is a tool toward that end.
Evaluate cadets at least once per phase using the CAPF 50 that corresponds with their phase. Many squadrons find it useful to evaluate cadets as they become eligible for promotion. The categories and performance goals listed on this form are derived from the “Leadership Expectations” outlined in CAPR 52-16. If desired, file the completed form in the cadet’s personnel record after providing him/her with a copy.
The evaluator should be a senior member, or a cadet officer working under a senior member’s supervision.
HOW TO COMPLETE THIS FORM
This form focuses on the leadership expectations for a particular phase in the Cadet Program. Before meeting with the cadet, rate the cadet’s performance in each category by putting an “X” in the appropriate box. Under the “Leader’s Perspective” section, include comments to help support the ratings. Comments can be in the form of sentences, phrases, or a simple outline.
GUIDELINES FOR RATING CADETS’ PERFORMANCE
Excellent: Routinely meets all goals; performance sets a great example for fellow cadets
Very Good: Meets most goals most of the time
Satisfactory: Meets most goals; performance may be inconsistent or slightly off, but is acceptable
Needs Improvement: Does not meet most goals; this category requires the cadet’s and leader’s attention
HOW TO PROVIDE CADETS WITH FEEDBACK – SUGGESTED PROCEDURE
1.Meet in a location that offers some privacy, but avoid situations that place a senior and cadet alone together.
2.Have the cadet formally report to the officer(s) who will be providing the feedback.
3.Put the cadet at ease so he/she may focus on the officers’ constructive comments. If using this form in conjunction with a promotion board, state whether the cadet will be promoted or not. Encourage the cadet to share his/her own comments and ask questions.
4.Ask the cadet to describe some recent successes he/she has had in the Cadet Program. Why does he/she exemplify good leadership? Challenge the cadet to think about his/her leadership performance.
5.Ask the cadet to describe some leadership skills he/she is trying to improve. What steps is he/she taking to improve in these areas? Again, challenge the cadet to think critically and be specific.
6.Review the ratings in the top portion of the form. For each item, provide constructive and positive feedback.
7.Identify some of the cadet’s recent successes. Let the cadet know what he/she is doing well.
8.Identify 2 or 3 leadership skills that the cadet should focus on. Give specific suggestions on what he/she should do to improve in those areas, but do not overwhelm him/her with feedback.
9.Congratulate the cadet for his/her efforts and encourage him/her to remain active in CAP. If retaining the cadet in grade, set a date for a subsequent review. Be sure to re-enforce the positive.
10.Dismiss the cadet and return his/her salute.
Remember, this form is a tool for helping cadets improve their leadership skills. Have a positive and optimistic attitude when offering cadets feedback.