JUNIOR / SECOND CLASS CADET
enrolled as a cadet you are classified as Second Class Cadet. Some units
require you pass some of the subjects from the First Class syllabus before
you are enrolled. As a Second Class Cadet you will be able to participate
in most activities and will be able to wear the uniform.
To attain First Class
classification you will need to pass a set syllabus of several subjects
including ATC, RAF, The Rifle, Airmanship 1, Map Reading, Initial
Expedition, Communications as well as Drill.
First Class cadets are eligible to attend camp and participate in all
activities subject to any specified restrictions e.g. age.
Leading Cadet classification is
attained by passing three subjects in a multiple choice exam papers. Such
subjects may include Air Navigation, Air frames and Radio Communications
It is a requirement for cadets to be Leading or above to participate in
some activities i.e. Cyprus Camp.
Senior Cadet classification is
attained by successfully passing two subjects in a multiple choice exam.
Although there are only two subjects they are more technical than the
subjects at Leading Cadet level. Cadets who wish to be promoted above
Corporal should ideally be a Senior Cadet
MASTER AIR CADET
The Staff Cadet classification
has been replaced by the Master Air Cadet classification. o attain Staff
Cadet classification and the yellow braid it is necessary to have been
enrolled for two years and then successfully pass three further subjects in
a multiple choice exam. As an added incentive cadets who pass Master Air
Cadet are also awarded the full BTEC Extended Certificate in Aviation
The wearing of the yellow braid
previously associated the highest classification is now worn by cadets on
becoming Staff cadets at the age of 18 years. The yellow braid and the
staff cadet slides identifies those cadets who are legally classed as
Project work is an essential part
of each classification after 1st Class. At least 25 hours should be
completed towards each classification. Projects usually have an aviation
theme such as building a flight simulator or radio controlled models though
this is not essential.
CVQO BTEC AWARDS
addition to the BTEC in Aviation Studies it is now possible to gain a
qualification which takes account of all your Cadet achievements and is
recognised outside the Cadet organisation.
As a Cadet, you may parade 2 to 4 hours per week plus some weekends and
camps for three years or more. This equals time spent studying for a
vocational qualification. During your training you will complete the
training syllabus above and possibly other qualifications such as gliding,
flying, canoeing etc. This has not been understood by the outside world in
terms of its value or achievement.
The BTEC First Diploma in Public Services equates to 4 GCSEs at Grade A* to
C and 4 Standard Grades at levels 1 to 3 in Scotland.
In order to gain the award you will have to complete 6 Units including:
> The Public Services
> Public Service Skills
> Public Service Fitness
> Outdoor Activities & the Public Services
> Land Navigation with Map & Compass
> Expedition Skills
Each successfully completed Unit and the overall Diploma will be graded as
'Pass', 'Merit' or 'Distinction'.
What do you as a Cadet have to do?
1. Stay in cadets beyond your 16th birthday and complete a registration
form available from your Unit Commander or by downloading the registration
form here. Once
completed hand in your form to your Unit staff to be registered through
2. Pass 1st Class and Leading Cadet exams, Map & Compass, Physical
Activity (DOE Physical Section) and Expedition Training.
3. Two adventurous training activities
4. Give a 5 minute presentation
5. Pass a Wing NCO Course - leadership, teamwork & communications.
6. Complete Unit 1 Project (to be completed in Feb/Mar)
7. Answer some questions on Teamwork and Nutrition.
Unit 1 Project consists of roles and responsibilities of Public Services
(RAF and one other e.g. Army), Jobs within the Public Services (RAF),
Application and Selection Process (RAF) and Entry Requirements and Career
While the work required to be completed for gaining the Diploma sounds a
lot most of it you may have already done or will do through your normal Air
Cadet activities so any additional work will be worth the reward of the
equivalent 4 GCSEs at Grade A* to C the First Diploma brings