966 (Wallingford) Squadron

Cadet Ranks

By showing leadership skills, excellent uniform standards and a willingness to develop others you could soon be on your way to becoming a Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO).

Every new member who walks through our door starts off at the rank of Cadet, during your first year or so with the Squadron you will learn how the Air Cadet Organisation functions including the ranks structure and the principles of discipline. At some point in the future you may have the required skills to enable you to be promoted to one of the following ranks:

{tab=Cadet Corporal}The first promotion you receive will be to the rank of Corporal (Cpl). As a Cpl you will be expected to take a squad of cadets for drill and be responsible for them. As a Corporal you will be given training so you can communicate effectively, manage groups of cadets and lead effectively.

The main responsibilities and activities expected of a Junior NCO :

Control a section of cadets under his/her direct supervision.
Maintain good conduct, behaviour and discipline.
Exercise appropriate responsibility for the welfare of cadets.
Plan, organise and/or carry out tasks as allocated.
Carry out responsibilities in accordance with squadron Fire Orders.
Advise cadets on the basic organisation of the ATC.

{tab=Cadet Sergeant}At the rank of Cadet Sergeant (Sgt) you will be known as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO). As a Sgt you will be expected to be more involved in the training of other cadets, from the management of a flight of cadets to developing the Corporal’s below you.

The main responsibilities and activities expected of a Cdt Sgt:

Perform the responsibilities and activities of a JNCO.
Manage and control a flight of cadets under his/her direct supervision.
Assist the squadron staff in the management of the squadron and development of junior cadets and JNCO’s.
Participate in the planning and organisation of squadron activities.
Be able to recognise potential welfare problems.
Possess a general knowledge of the ATC.

{tab=Cadet Flight Sergeant}Then next rank on the promotion ladder is that of Cadet Flight Sergeant (FS). At this level you will most likely be 17 years old and heavily involved in the management of the cadets and NCO’s below you. As a SNCO you will be expected to plan events on Squadron

The main responsibilities and activities expected of a Cdt FS:

Perform the responsibilities and activities of a SNCO.
Give lessons from the ATC syllabus.

{tab=Cadet Warrant Officer}To be promoted to the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) you must be aged 18+. Cadets over the age of 18 are known as Staff Cadets and considered probationary adult staff. As a CWO you are able to stay a cadet until your 20th birthday, at which point you may decide to join the Squadron staff.

The main responsibilities and activities expected of a CWO:

Perform the responsibilities and activities of a SNCO.
Give lessons from the ATC syllabus.
Aid the general running of the squadron as a member of staff.
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