So after some delay my volunteer card for the Navy League of Canada arrived in the post this past Friday. I now have official proof that I can be called CI Campbell by the cadets. (although to be honest we knew that I was approved a month or more ago, it just took some time for the card to arrive). For those unaware (although considering the number of views of this site my audience includes me, myself and maybe even I) CI is really the acronym C.I. which stands for Civilian Instructor.
Overall, while the delay was annoying I’m thrilled at how seriously the Navy League takes volunteer screening. Moving forward I’m expected to wear this ID every time I’m working with the unit which is again a very smart thing to do as it makes clear to the cadets who is approved to work with them directly. This way they know CI Campbell is authorized to work with their unit–even if they’re unfamiliar with who CI Campbell actually is.
Funny thing is my application for a CIC Officer role at the unit went out on Monday–four days before I received my volunteer card, so essentially my shot at being an officer happened before I had everything required to be an volunteer (but again, we all knew I had the volunteer approval before I was offered the CIC opportunity, the card was just late in arriving).
Friday night, at the band practice at the Corps one of the senior cadets called me CI Campbell for the first time–it took me a moment to realize he was speaking to me! (I still turn my head when Rhane and I are at the Corps on a training night and someone calls out “Campbell” to her–I always think they’re calling out to me)
Now, the next step will be to get through the application process for the CIC Officer role and be accepted and sworn in as NCdt. Campbell. Hopefully my photo for the military ID will be better than the photo on the volunteer card.