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Rank Structure

The structure of the ATC is based on the rank structure of the RAF.

Officer ranks in the ACO.
Air Commodore

An Air Commodore is in charge of the Air Cadet Organisation.

Group Captain

A Group Captain takes the role of Regional Commandant for each Region.

Wing Commander

A Wing Commander is in charge of each Wing.

Squadron Leader

Squadron Leaders are in charge of very large sqaudrons and help the Wing Commander as Wing Staff Officers.

Flight Lieutenant

Flight Lieutenants are usually in charge of squadrons.

Flying Officer

Flying Officer takes on officer roles withing the squadron

Pilot Officer

A Pilot Officer is a junior rank for officers learning the roles in a squadron.

NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) Ranks (Adult)

Adult Warrant Officer

The AWO is usually responsible for drill, dress and discipline at a squadron. Adult Flight Sergeants and Adult Sergeants assist the AWO in this role.

Adult Flight Sergeant

After 4 years as an Adult Sergeant you may apply for Adult Flight Sergeant.

Adult Sergeant

Adult Sergeant is the the most junior Adult non-commissioned officer rank in the ATC.

Civilian Instructor (CI)

There are also Civilian Instructors who assist in the running of squadrons, teaching cadets and helping in administrative tasks.


NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) Ranks (Cadet)

CWO is the highest rank a cadet can achieve. This appointment is usually made after an interview at Wing HQ. You must be 18 years or over for promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer CWO and will usually be a Staff Cadet.

Flight Sergeant

Promotion to Flight Sergeant is made when you have demonstrated the abilities of a SNCO to a high level and are now thought capable of controlling your own flight of cadets.


After approximately one year, if you have demonstrated the abilities of a JNCO you may be thought capable of becoming a senior NCO. Again the selection procedure will apply. You should normally be at least a Senior classification cadet. As a SNCO you will be expected to take a larger part in the running of your squadron. You will also attend a SNCO (Senior NCO) training course at your squadron.


Promotion to the rank of Corporal is usually after 2 to 3 years service in the ATC. You should normally be at least a leading classification cadet with the maturity and leadership skills to carry out the post. Appointments will usually be made after a selection procedure consisting of a letter of application, interview and assessed leadership activities. After your promotion you will attend a JNCO (Junior NCO) training course held usually at squadron level.