Promotion to Corporal
LAC C. Evans promoted to Cpl by Capt A. Cordy (CO)

Rank promotion is a progression model directly linked to the Leadership Team Model wherein cadets may be recognized for proficiency in the training program and awarded suitable advancement opportunities.  Promotion is not automatic and a cadet may only be awarded one rank at a time. The specific criteria for all ranks is established to:

  1. ensure that all cadets who receive a rank promotion possess the same basic qualifications / similar experience;
  2. ensure that merit and the successful completion of corps/sqn training serve as the common standard on which all cadets are evaluated; and
  3. ensure that every cadet is given the same opportunity to advance.

The following Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATOs) apply to the promotion process:

For cadets attending a Promotion Review Board, see the Merit Review Board Handbook.

 

Promotion criteria by rank

Leading Air Cadet (LAC)

Leading Air Cadet (LAC)
Leading Air Cadet (LAC)
  • Has participated in the first year of the Proficiency Level 1 training program for a minimum period of five months; and
  • Recommended by the appropriate Flt Comd.

 

Corporal (Cpl)

Corporal (Cpl)
Corporal (Cpl)
  • Holds the rank of LAC;
  • Has successfully completed Proficiency Level 1 training program;
  • Has participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living); and
  • Recommended by the appropriate Flt Comd.

 

Flight Corporal (FCpl)

Flight Corporal (FCpl)
Flight Corporal (FCpl)
  • Has completed at least six months of service at the rank of Cpl;
  • Has successfully completed the Proficiency Level 2 training program;
  • Has participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living); and
  • Recommended by the appropriate Flt Comd.

 

Sergeant (Sgt)

Sergeant (Sgt)
Sergeant (Sgt)
  • Has completed at least six months service at the rank of FCpl;
  • Has successfully completed the Proficiency Level 3 Training Program;
  • Has achieved a minimum of “Completed without difficulty” in PO 303 (Leadership);
  • Has participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living);
  • Recommended by the appropriate Flt Comd.

 

Flight Sergeant (FSgt)

Flight Sergeant (FSgt)
Flight Sergeant (FSgt)
  • Has completed at least six months service at the rank of Sgt;
  • Has successfully completed the Proficiency Level 4 Training Program;
  • Has achieved a minimum of “Completed without difficulty” in PO 403 (Leadership);
  • Has participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living); and
  • Recommended by the appropriate Flt Comd.

 

Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2)

Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2)
Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2)
  • Has completed at least six months service at the rank of FSgt;
  • Has achieved a minimum of “Completed without difficulty” in PO 503 (Leadership);
  • Has participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO 504 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living);
  • Recommended by the appropriate Flt Comd; and
  • Has been identified as a successful candidate through the Merit Review Board process.

 

Warrant Officer First Class (WO1)

Warrant Officer First Class (WO1)
Warrant Officer First Class (WO1)
  • Has completed at least six months service at the rank of WO2;
  • Recommended by the appropriate Flt Comd; and
  • Has been identified as a successful candidate through the Merit Review Board process.

 

Leadership traits

Additional leadership attributes that the Flt Comd needs to consider when recommending whether or not a cadet should be promoted include:

  • dress and deportment;
  • conduct, discipline, and attitude;
  • participation;
  • response to direction;
  • ability to interact positively and comfortably with others;
  • ability to make sound judgements regarding their own actions;
  • willingness to accept responsibility;
  • ability to solve problems effectively;
  • ability to communicate effectively;
  • ability to set a positive example for others; and
  • initiative.

Cadets who are not selected for promotion have the opportunity to discuss it with the CO. While not every cadet may achieve the rank they want, hard work and dedication pays off.

Supporting Documents

Squadron Appointment Handbook – full

Squadron Ceremonial Drill Summary 585