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Promotions

Promotion in the Air Cadet Program is based on merit. Each squadron is allocated a certain number of cadet ranks (LAC, Corporal, Flight Corporal, Sergeant, Flight Sergeant, Warrant Officer 2nd Class, Warrant Officer 1st Class) based on the size of the squadron. In order to be considered for promotion, a cadet must first meet certain national standards (attendance, training levels completed and summer camps attended). These establish the minimum standards for promotion. Each squadron usually sets additional standards for promotion. These can include participation in weekend training, participation on squadron teams, dress, drill and deportment.

The decision to promote a cadet is made by the Commanding Officer in consultation with other members of the squadron staff and sponsoring committee. For more information about promotions, please contact the Commanding Officer.


 Rank Title AbbreviationUniform Badge  Minimum Requirements for Promotion (CATO 13-02)
Air Cadet AC This rank is the first rank received and is effective upon enrollment.
Leading Air Cadet LAC
 
(1) participate in the first year of the proficiency level training program for a minimum period of five months, and
(2) be recommended by the appropriate flight commander (sqn).
Corporal Cpl
(1) hold the rank of LAC,
(2) successfully complete year one of the proficiency level training program,
(3) participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living), and
(4) be recommended by the appropriate flight commander (sqn).
Flight Corporal FCpl
(1) completed at least six months of service at the rank of Cpl,
(2) have successfully completed the second year of the proficiency level training program,
(3) participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living), and
(4) be recommended by the appropriate flight commander (sqn).
Sergeant Sgt
(1) completed at least six months service at the rank of FCpl,
(2) have successfully completed the third year of the proficiency level training program,
(3) achieved a minimum of “completed without difficulty” in PO 303 (Leadership),
(4) participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living), and
(5) be recommended by the appropriate flight commander (sqn).
Flight Sergeant FSgt
(1) completed at least six months service at the rank of Sgt,
(2) have successfully completed the fourth year of the applicable proficiency level training program,
(3) achieved a minimum of “completed without difficulty” in PO 403 (Leadership),
(4) participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living), and
(5) be recommended by the appropriate flight commander (sqn).
Warrant Officer 2nd Class WO2
(1) completed at least six months service at the substantive rank of FSgt,
(2) achieved a minimum of “completed without difficulty” in PO 503 (Leadership),
(3) participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO 504 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living),
(4) be recommended by the appropriate flight commander (sqn), and
(5) be identified as a successful candidate through the merit review board process.
Warrant Officer 1st Class WO1
(1) completed at least six months service at the substantive rank of WO2,
(2) be recommended by the appropriate flight commander (sqn), and
(3) be identified as a successful candidate through the merit review board process.

Rank badges worn on upper sleeves for LAC through FSgt.
Rank badges worn on the lower sleeves for WO1 and WO2.