Cadet Ranks

Upon enrollment a new cadet in the Air Cadet Program is known as a "cadet" (Cdt). Appointment (or promotion) to higher ranks occurs after the cadet has met certain nationally prescribed standards. The specific criteria for all ranks is established to ensure that all cadets who receive a rank promotion possess the same basic qualifications or similar experience, the successful completion of squadron training serves as the common standard on which all cadets are evaluated, and that every cadet is given the same opportunity to advance.

 

The chart displays the rank structure of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets (CATO 13-02).

 

 

Leading Air Cadet

 Promotion to Leading Air Cadet (LAC):

(1) participate in the first year of the phase / star / proficiency level training program for a minimum period of five months, and

(2) be recommended by the appropriate divisional officer/platoon commander/flight commander (corps/sqn).

Cadet Corporal

 Promotion Corporal (Cpl):

(1) hold the rank of AB/Pte/LAC,

(2) successfully complete year one of the Air Cadet Proficiency Level Training Program, and

(3) be recommended by the appropriate divisional officer/platoon commander/flight commander (corps/sqn).

Cadet Flight Corporal

Promotion to the rank of  Flight Corporal (FCpl):

(1) completed at least six months of service at the rank of LS/Cpl/Cpl,

(2) have successfully completed the second year of the Air Cadet Proficiency Level Training Program, and

(3) be recommended by the appropriate divisional officer/ platoon commander / flight commander (corps/sqn).

Cadet Sergeant

Promotion to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt):

(1) completed at least six months service at the rank of MS/MCpl/ FCpl,

(2) have successfully completed the third year of the Air Cadet Proficiency Level Training Program, and

(3) be recommended by the appropriate divisional officer/platoon commander/flight commander (corps/sqn). 

Cadet Flight Sergeant

Promotion to the rank of Flight Sergeant (FSgt):

(1) completed at least six months service at the rank of PO2/Sgt/Sgt,

(2) have successfully completed the fourth year of the Air Cadet Proficiency Level Training Program,

(3) have achieved enhanced proficiency in most subject areas  including leadership and instructional techniques, and

(4) be recommended by the appropriate divisional officer/ platoon commander / flight commander (corps/sqn). 

Cadet Warrant Officer 2nd Class

Promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2):

(1) completed at least six months service at the substantive rank of PO1/WO/FSgt, and

(2) be identified as a successful candidate through the merit review board process, and

(3) be recommended by the appropriate divisional officer/platoon commander/flight commander (corps/sqn).

Cadet Warrant Officer 1st Class

Promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer First Class (WO1):

(1) completed at least six months service at the substantive rank of CPO2/MWO/ WO2, and

(2) be identified as a successful candidate through the merit review board process.

(3) be recommended by the appropriate divisional officer/platoon commander/flight commander (corps/sqn).

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Cadet Rank Progression

The following chart illusrates cadet rank progression through all three cadet elemnts (sea, army, and air)

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