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Rank Structure

Ranks form the backbone of military service. They enable a disciplined structure whereupon orders can be given from a senior to a lower rank to maintain effectiveness and absolution of command authority. The Air Training Corps maintains this structure by applying a ranking structure throughout the Air Training Corps, from a cadet through to Air Commodore.
Cadet Ranks

There are five ranks of cadet; Cadet, Corporal, Sergeant, Flight Sergeant and Cadet Warrant Officer. All cadet ranks are classified as NCO ranks; you do not salute an NCO rank. As an unpromoted cadet, you do not wear a rank slide, ranks from Corporal through to Cadet Warrant Officer (the four remaining ranks), are outlined below: –

Corporal

Corporal

All cadet ranks are classified as being NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer). The first progression from a cadet will be that to Corporal, this being a junior NCO rank. Corporals are responsible for the discipline of cadets and will give orders to accomplish tasks and duties ordered by senior ranks. Promotion to the rank of Corporal will usually take between 2 and 3 years. Usually the cadet will possessLeading classification and will have shown maturity and leadership skills. Appointment to the post is at the discretion and judgment of the Squadron’s Commanding Officer. You may also attend a JNCO (Junior NCO) training course, usually held at Squadron level.

Sergeant

Sergeant

After a year and if in the eyes of your Squadron Commander you have demonstrated the abilities of a Corporal, you may be eligible to become a senior NCO – a Sergeant. Again the selection procedure will apply. You should be at least a Senior classification cadet. As a SNCO you will be expected to conduct more duties and undertake more responsibility than that of a Corporal. You should also attend a senior NCO’s course.

Flight Sergeant

Flight Sergeant

Promotion to Flight Sergeant is made when you have demonstrated the abilities and attributes over and above that of a Sergeant. As the name implies, being a Flight Sergeant, you will be expected to control a flight of cadets. You will also attend a SNCO (Senior NCO) training course at your Squadron.

Cadet Warrant Officer

Cadet Warrant Officer

CWO is the highest rank a cadet can achieve. This appointment is usually made after an interview at Wing HQ by Wing Staff. You must be 18 years or over for promotion to CWO and you will usually be a Staff Cadet.