Staff Cadet; Staff Cadets are cadets that have reached the age of 18 and are legally adults but do not hold a rank as such have a duty of care over younger cadets. They are expected to intervene as an adult, regardless of rank. Any cadet who has reached the age of 18 will have staff cadet embedded under their rank
Cadet Corporal; The first rank a cadet may achieve is Cadet Corporal, Cadet Corporals are known as Junior Non Commissioned Officer (JNCOs).
Cadet Sergeant; Cadets who excel in the role of Cadet Corporal may be selected for further promotion to Cadet Sergeant, this is the first Senior Non Commissioned Officer ( (SNCO) rank.
Cadet Flight Sergeant; A Cadet Flight Sergeant should possess all of the same qualities as a Cadet Sergeant but to a greater depth. He or she should display a level of maturity above that of other cadets of the same age.
Cadet Warrant Officer; The highest rank a cadet can achieve is Cadet Warrant Officer. A CWO is a junior manager and should possess outstanding ability and personal qualities. They should have a wide experience of ATC activities, and have a thorough knowledge of the organisation of the Corps.
Warrant Officers and SNCO (Senior Non Commissioned Officer)
Acting Sergeant; Acting Sergeants (Sgt) are Sergeants who have not yet attended the week long Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Staff Initial Course (SSIC) at the Adult Training Facility, RAF Cranwell within 12 months and achieve satisfactory reports from their OC.
Sergeant; Candidates for SNCO (ATC) positions will usually serve a period of 3 months as a Civilian Instructor before attending a selection board at Wing Headquarters if successful they are appointed in the rank of Sgt (ATC).
Flight Sergeant; After a completing a period of four years in the role of Sgt (ATC), SNCO’s become eligible for promotion to Flight Sergeant(FS) (ATC). Candidates with previous military service as a NCO may enter at this rank.
Warrant Officer; After completing a further four years as a Flight Sergeant a SNCO becomes eligible for promotion to Warrant Officer (ATC).
If a candidate has previously served in HM Forces as a Warrant Officer (WO1) then they are permitted to enter at this rank, and are granted permission to wear the Royal Coat of Arms rank slide (shown on the left).
Cadet Officer; Candidates successfully passing the commission board process are initially appointed as an Officer Cadet RAFVR(T).
Pilot Officer; On completion of OIC an Officer will be formally gazetted as a Pilot Officer in the RAFVR(T). They will remain Pilot Officers for a minimum period of two years, if their performance has been satisfactory they are then promoted to Flying Officer.
Flying Officer; Flying Officers will typically act as Deputy Officer Commanding/Adjutant/Flight Commander on an ATC Squadron. On small Squadrons or Detached Flights they may act as Officer Commanding.
Flight Lieutenant; Flight Lieutenants typically act as Squadron Commanders in the ATC, they may also be found at Wing/Region Headquarters filling various Staff Officer roles. After completing nine years service in the RAFVR(T) all Flying Officers, regardless of role, may be promoted to Flight Lieutenant on a time served basis. Confirmation of promotion to Flight Lieutenant is usually dependant on the Officer attending the Squadron Commanders Course (SCC) at ATF.
Squadron Leader; Squadron Leader is the first senior officer rank and is usually held by Wing/Region Staff Officers, although large Squadrons with 100+ cadets on strength may have a Squadron Leader as Officer Commanding.
Wing Commander; Wing Commander is the highest rank normally attainable within the RAFVR(T), it is usually held by the Officer Commanding an ATC Wing.
Group Captain; Air Cadet Group Captains are retired RAF Group Captains who serve in the reserves. They command one of the 6 Regions.
Air Commodore; This rank is held by the Commandant Air Cadets and is the title given to a RAF Regular officer who is responsible for the running of the RAF Air Cadets and the ATC section of the Combined Cadet Force. The current commandant Air Cadets is Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty.