The Air Training Corps (ATC) rank structure is very similar of its parent service the Royal Air Force.
Cadet Corporal is the first NCO (non-commissioned officer) rank a cadet can obtain. A Corporal is referred to as a Junior NCO (JNCO) and acts as a liaison between Cadets and SNCO's (senior non-commissioned officer). Corporals are appointed by the Squadrons Officer Commanding.
Cadet Sergeant is the second NCO rank a cadet can obtain and is usually reached following a successful period as a Corporal. Sergeants are appointed by the Squadrons Officer Commanding.
Cadet Flight Sergeant is the third NCO rank a cadet can obtain and is generally reached following a successful period as a Sergeant. Flight Sergeants are appointed by the Squadrons Officer Commanding.
Cadet Warrant Officer is the most senior rank a cadet can obtain. CWO's are appointed by the Wing Commander following a successful interview at Wing HQ, RAF Digby.
The staff who run the ATC at Squadron level can be split into three main categories; Civilian Instructors, SNCO's (senior non-commissioned officers) and Officers.
Civilian Instructors (CI's) form the largest portion of our staff. CI's fulfil a varied role that allows them to use their skills where they fit best. CI's can give as much or as little time as they're able as there is no hours requirement.
SNCO's engage in a wide range of activities with Cadets and are responsible for Squadron drill and discipline. SNCO's can progress through the ranks of Sergeant, Flight Sergeant and finally Warrant Officer. SNCO's are required to give a minimum commitment of twelve hours per month to ATC duty.
Officers are the ATC's managers. Following initial commission within the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training Branch (abbreviated RAFVR(T)) Officers can progress through the ranks of Pilot Officer, Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant, Squadron Leader and Wing Commander. Officers are required to give a minimum commitment of twelve hours per month to ATC duty.