Structures; Ranks and Badges
Ranks and Classifications:
Everyone in the Air Cadets can be identified by the badges of rank that they wear. Cadets are given a rank as well as a classification.
From lowest to highest, the classifications go as follows;
Second Class Cadet
First Class Cadet
Master Air Cadet
From lowest to highest, the ranks go as follows;
Cadet Flight Sergeant
Cadet Warrant Officer
An Air Cadet 'brassard' including the Nijmegen badge, a communications badge and a Wings Marksman badge
The brassard's main purpose is to distinguish which service and squadron or unit the cadet belongs to, as well as his or her classification. It is also one of two
parts of uniform that shows any awards the cadet has achieved in the Air Training Corps.
The positioning of a variety of badges on the brassard e.g. Music, Marksman, First Aid etc.
Badges on the brassard;
The brassard is to be fitted over the right sleeve of the jersey or shirt and positioned above the elbow. The top of the brassard is to be fixed by a fabric strap to
the riht shoulder strap of the jersey or shirt. The location of the badges on the brassard are as follows;
The identification badge here is for 308 (Colchester) Squadron in Essex Wing
The identification badge (Squadron number) is to be worn centrally on the brassard, 6mm below the top edge of the brassard. In this position it covers the button
The distinguishing (Air Training Corps) is to be worn centrally on the brassard, immediately below the identification badge.
'Leading Cadet' badge
The First Class, Leading and Senior Cadet badges are to be worn centrally on th brassard, immediately below the distinguishing badge. Only one classification badge is
to be worn at a time and it should be the highest classification the cadet holds.
An 'Instrumentalist' Badge
The Bandsman badge is to be worn on the brassard, in a central position 75mm above the lower edge. Bandsman's badges are only worn in this space where higher priority
badges have not been gained. There are four bandsmen badges; Drummer, Trumpeter, Instrumentalist and Piper.
The Communications Badge is to be worn on the brassard with the base of the badge 9cm from the bottom edge and the top right hand
corner 6mm from the right hand edge of the brassard.
A 'Corps Marksman' Badge
Badges for Shooting
Only one Marksmanship badge is to be worn and is to be for the highest level for which the Cadet is qualified. The appropriate badge is to be positioned 6mm from the
left hand edge of the brassard.
This badge is to be worn on the left hand side of the brassard with the base of the badge 9cm from the bottom edge and 6mm from the left hand side of the brassard. It
is earnt by participating in the Nijmegen Marches as part of an Air Cadet team.
First Aid Badge
The St. John Ambulance First Aid Badge is to be worn on the right hand side of the brassard so that it is highly visible.
The Green Activity First Aid Badge should be worn instead of the Red Youth First Aid badge if it has been awarded.
Leadership Course Badge
The Leadership Badge is only to be worn by cadets who have successfully completed the Air Cadet Leadership Course. The badge is to be worn in a central position on the
brassard immediately below the classification badge. The badge is not to be worn if the Junior Leadership Lanyard has been awarded.
Extras; NOT worn on the Brassard:
Instructor Cadet Lanyard
The yellow lanyard is worn with the cord fastened over the left shoulder, under the shoulder strap and fasten to a small raised, RAF crested black button sewn centrally
on the bottom edge of the left shoulder patch of the jersey - in shirt sleeve order it is fastened to the button of the left breast pocket of the shirt.
Junior Leaders Lanyard
Cadets who graduate from the Junior Leaders Course will be awarded a maroon lanyard. This will be worn as the same manner as the Instructor Cadet lanyard. If a Cadet is
qualified for both lanyards, only the Junior Leader lanyard should be worn.
'Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course' lanyard. Cadets who graduated from QAIC will be awarded this blue lanyard.
It is to be worn in the same way as the other two lanyards, however is the most senior of the three.
If a cadet is qualified for both lanyards, the QAIC lanyard should be worn.
Cpl, Sgt, FS and CWO badges are to be worn on the shoulder straps of either the jersey or the shirt, depending on the mode of dress.
Duke of Edinburgh Badge
'D of E' badges are to be worn centrally on the right shoulder patch of the jersey, 1cm above the lower edge of the patch. Only one D of E badge is worn at a time i.e.
when the Silver is gained, it replaces the Bronze.
Cadet Flying Badges
Gliding, Flying Scholarship and Cadet Navigator badges are to be worn on the left shoulder patch of the jersey as follows;
- When only one of these badges is worn, it is to be worn centrally, 1cm above the lower edge of the patch
- When more than one badge is authorised, the Flying Scholarship or Cadet Navigator badge is worn centrally 1cm above the Gliding badge, and the bottom edge of the
Gliding badge is to be worn 1cm above the lower edge of the patch
- Cadets are restricted to wearing only 2 of the flying badges, one to represent their highest level of attainment in gliding and conventional flying