Leadership is a huge training aim for the Air Cadets. As you become more experienced as a cadet you'll take on extra responsibilities and have further opportunities to develop your self-confidence and leadership skills. Formal leadership training is provided and it'll test your mettle but this is where you can really get noticed!


The Air Cadets is a military youth organisation based on the Royal Air Force and therefore there are opportunities for promotion. These are not academically linked and you just need to show us you can be depended on, are reliable and show leadership abilities. As a cadet you can gain promotion to the following ranks.

Cadet Corporal is a junior supervisory role, tasked with supervising units of cadets and undertaking basic training under the direction of the senior NCO's (Non Commisioned Officer) and staff.

Cadet Sergeant is the first senior NCO role and is more of a management position than Corporal. You will be tasked with extra responsabilites and expected to manage a number of cadets and Junior NCO's.

Cadet Flight Sergeant is a senior role, taksed with managing larger groups, devising and running activities and liasing with the staff on training.

Cadet Warrent Officer is the highest rank a cadet can achieve. They are the senior cadet manager and are expected to run the entire NCO team and undertake a significant role in the running of the Squadron. CWO is a Wing Appointment after the cadet has been refered by the Squadron commander and atteneded an interview.

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