Cadet NCO's

Much like the Royal Air Force, Air Cadets have a rank structure in place. This structure applies to the Staff as well as the Cadets. It is important to distinguish between Rank and Classification. Classifications show the level of training a cadet has attained, rank shows what ability the cadet possesses.

Cadet Corporal

Cadet Sergeant

Cadet Flight Sergeant

Staff Cadets

For those cadets who are 18 or over, the rank badge also includes the words “Staff Cadet” to show that they are older cadets. Also cadets over 18 years old are eligible for promotion to Staff Cadet Warrant Officer, the highest rank a cadet can obtain. This is a Wing appointment and is only granted after an interview with the cadets Wing Commander, following a formal recommendation by their Commanding Officer.

Staff Cadet

Cadet Corporal

Cadet Sergeant

Cadet Flight Sergeant

Cadet Warrant Officer


There are 2 distinct branches of staff Rank, Uniformed and non-Uniformed.Each play an important part in the running of the Air Training Corps. The uniformed ranks are then further divided down into Officer and Non Commissioned Officers.

The non-Uniformed members of staff comprise Civilian Instructors, Civilian Committee Members and the Squadron Padre. While these members do not wear uniform the Civilian Instructors and Padre’s are issued with gilt badges they can wear, to distinguish who they are. 

Civilian Instructors

Civilian Instructor Pin

Civilian Instructor Arm Band

Civilian Instructor T-Shirt and Jumper

SNCO Ranks

Acting Sergeant


Flight Sergeant

Warrant Officer

Warrant Officer

SNCO Aircrew Ranks

Sergeant Aircrew

Flight Sergeant Aircrew

Warrant Officer Aircrew

RAFAC Officer Ranks

Acting Pilot Officer

Pilot Officer

Flying Officer

Flight Lieutenant

Squadron Leader

Wing Commander

Group Captain

Air Commodore