CADET RANKS


Upon enrollment in the Air Cadet Program, a new cadet is known as a “cadet” (Cdt). Appointment (or promotion) to higher ranks occurs after the cadet meets 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 following 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 staff and CO.

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 staff and CO.

Cadet Flight Corporal

 Promotion to the rank of  Flight Corporal (FCpl):
  1. completed at least six months of service at the rank of Cpl,
  2. have successfully completed the second year of the Air Cadet Proficiency Level Training Program, and
  3. be recommended by the staff and CO.

Cadet Sergeant

  Promotion to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt):
  1. completed at least six months service at the rank of FCpl,
  2. have successfully completed the third year of the Air Cadet Proficiency Level Training Program, and
  3. be recommended by the staff and CO.

Cadet Flight Sergeant

Promotion to the rank of Flight Sergeant (FSgt):
  1. completed at least six months service at the rank of 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 staff & CO.

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 FSgt, and
  2. be identified as a successful candidate through the Merit Review Board process, and
  3. be recommended by the staff and CO.

Cadet Warrant Officer 1st Class