Classification Training

Classification Training

In order to provide members with knowledge and skills that can be utilised as part of a variety of activities within the Air Training Corps, a classification structure is utilised.

Each classification is comprised of a number of subjects, and depending upon the classification these subjects will either be mandatory or the cadet will have the choice of which subjects to undertake.  Cadets progress from one classification to the next by completing either activities, understanding checks or online exams.

The classification structure is made up of the following classifications:

Junior Cadet

This classification is aimed at providing the basic knowledge for a new cadet to be fully involved with the Squadron.  The training will be focused on three areas:

      1. The Air Training Corps
      2. Uniform maintenance
      3. Basic drill and compliments

Upon completion of each area, an assessor will check the cadet's understanding and pass them accordingly.  There is no formal exam based assessment.  Upon completing all three areas, uniform will be issued and the cadet enrolled.

Second Class Cadet

The training as part of this classification provides an initial foundation for a variety of activities and further training to build upon.  Whilst at this classification, the following subjects are covered:

      1. The Royal Air Force
      2. History of flight
      3. Basic principles of airmanship
      4. Map reading
      5. Initial expedition training
      6. Basic radio communications

Like the training undertaken as a Junior Cadet, an assessor checks the cadet's understanding of these subjects.

First Class Cadet

First Class Cadet badgeFirst Class Cadet badgeAs a First Class Cadet, the cadet is able to participate in all Corps activities, subject to age or activity specific restrictions.  The training as part of this classification is comprised of the following subjects:

      1. Principles of flight
      2. Airmanship knowledge
      3. Basic navigation with map and compass

To pass this classification, each subject has a formal exam that needs to be passed.

Leading Cadet

Leading Cadet badgeLeading Cadet badgeAs a Leading Cadet, there is the opportunity to undertake training in the following subjects:

      1. Aircraft handling and flying techniques
      2. Air power
      3. Piston engine propulsion
      4. Jet engine propulsion
      5. Rocketry
      6. Airframes
      7. Avionics and aircraft electrical systems
      8. Military aircraft systems
      9. Basic air navigation
      10. Basic principles of pilot navigation
      11. Advanced radio and radar
      12. Data communications

In order to pass this classification, formal exams in three of the above subjects must be passed.

Senior Cadet

Senior Cadet badgeSenior Cadet badgeThe subjects available as part of the Senior Cadet classification are the same as the previous classification.  The only restriction is that the cadet cannot take any subject already passed as part of that classification.

In order to pass this classification, formal exams in three of the available subjects must be passed and the cadet must be at least 16 years of age.

Master Cadet

Master Cadet badgeMaster Cadet badgeThe achievement of the Master Cadet classification signifies that all requirements of the Aviation Training syllabus have been met.  In order to progress further, the cadet will have the opportunity to undertake a Cadet Methods of Instruction Course.  To pass the course, the cadet must deliver a lesson within a training environment and pass an assessment by a Squadron independent assessor.

Instructor Cadet

Instructor Cadet lanyardInstructor Cadet lanyardAs a pre-18 year old cadet, this signifies the end of all formal classification training.  As an Instructor Cadet, the cadet is utilised as an instructor on the Squadron helping to teach the other cadets the required knowledge for them to attain their classifications.


Staff Cadet

Upon reaching the age of 18, a cadet becomes a Staff Cadet.  As part of this classification, the cadet will work more closely with the Squadron staff to assist with the organisation and running of the unit.  This classification is signified by the wearing of a rank slide with the wording "Staff Cadet" on it.

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