The Rank Structure


Cadet Non Commissioned Officers - Cadet NCOs

Promotion to the ranks of Corporal to Flight Sergeant are based on merit and leadership potential. There are no exams to be taken as promotion to these ranks is determined by the Commanding Officer of the squadron. 

Promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) is decided by a panel at Wing level. Prospective candidates will be a Flight Sergeant, preferably holding the Instructor Cadet classification and will be required to attend an interview at Wing HQ if recommended by their Squadron OC.

     Cadet Corporal - Cdt Cpl

     Cadet Sergeant - Cdt Sgt

     Cadet Flight Sergeant - Cdt FS

     Cadet Warrant Officer - CWO

Useful Links 

What is expected of a cadet NCO? 

Cadet NCO Roles & Responsibilities 

Squadron Structure 

What is expected of a cadet?


Adult Ranks 

The RAF Air cadets has uniformed and non uniformed staff. Uniformed staff are either Non Commissioned Officers (NCO's) or Commissioned Officers. The ranks for these are below in order of seniority from bottom to top.

Non Commissioned Officers

    Acting Sergeant - A/Sgt

   Sergeant - Sgt

   Flight Sergeant - FS

   Warrant Officer - WO

Commissioned Officers

  Acting Pilot Officer - APO

  Pilot Officer - Plt Off

  Flying Officer - Fg Off

  Flight Lieutenant - Flt Lt

  Squadron Leader - Sqn Ldr

  Wing Commander - Wg Cdr