During their time with the Air Cadet Organisation Cadets pass through our training programme.

Junior Cadet

You will be classified as a Junior Cadet until you have completed your First Class Cadet or Initial Training.

First Class Cadet

Once you have completed your First Class Cadet or Initial Training you will be classified as a First Class Cadet. From there you will progress though the classifications below.

Leading Cadet

To be eligible a cadet will:

  • Be a First Class Cadet
  • Have passed the three Leading Cadet examinations

Senior Cadet

To be eligible a cadet will:

  • Be a Leading Cadet
  • Have passed three from a choice of twelve examinations

Master Air Cadet

To be eligible a cadet will:

  • Be a Senior Cadet
  • Have passed three from a choice of twelve examinations (different from those chosen for Senior Cadet)
  • Be a minimum of 16 years old

Instructor Cadet

To be eligible a cadet will:

  • Be a Master Cadet (or the old Staff Cadet Part I)
  • Have completed Cadet Methods of Instruction Course
  • Have been assessed delivering a lesson in a training environment
  • Be a minimum of 16 years old 

Staff Cadet

To be eligible a cadet will:

  • Have been an Instructor Cadet
  • Be 18 years or over

"Staff Cadet" will be displayed on the appropriate rank slide worn.

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