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Cadet Ranks

Much like the Royal Air Force, Air Cadets have a rank structure in place. This structure applies to the Staff as well as the Cadets. It is important to distinguish between Rank and Classification. Classifications show the level of training a cadet has attained, rank shows what ability the cadet possesses.

The first rank is Cadet, this is the starting point and all cadets begin here. After this cadets advance up the rank system based upon merit, leadership ability, communication skills and many other skills they show or possess.

Cadet NCO Ranks

For the Cader Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) ranks there are no formal examinations taken as promotion is determined by the squadron Commanding Officer, up to the rank of Cadet Sergeant. For promotion to Cadet Flight Sergeant, a Wing Staff Officer will normally interview the candidate, to determine their knowledge of the ATC, their Wing, Squadron and assess their ability to become a Flight Sergeant.

Cadet Corporal

Cadet Corporal
 

Cadet Sergeant

Cadet Sergeant
 

Cadet Flight Sergeant

Cadet Flight Sergeant

Staff Cadet NCO Ranks

For those cadets who are 18 or over, the rank badge also includes the words "Staff Cadet" to show that they are older cadets. Also cadets over 18 years old are eligible for promotion to Staff Cadet Warrant Officer, the highest rank a cadet can obtain. This is a Wing appointment and is only granted after an interview with the cadets Wing Commander, following a formal recommendation by their Commanding Officer.

Staff Cadet Corporal

Staff Cadet Corporal
 

Staff Cadet Sergeant

Staff Cadet Sergeant
 

Staff Cadet Flight Sergeant

Staff Cadet Flight Sergeant

Staff Cadet Warrant Officer

Staff Cadet Warrant Officer

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