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

All 585 Rideau Squadron cadet promotions are merit- and standards-based in accordance with Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATO) 13-02 (see below). Certain criteria must be met in order for a cadet to be considered for a new rank or position. Once met, the Commanding Officer (CO) consults with the Squadron staff to determine if a cadet is ready for their next rank. The final decision rests with the CO.

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
  • Has been recommended by the CO

 

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)
  • Has been recommended by the CO

 

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)
  • Has been recommended by the CO

 

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)
  • Has been recommended by the CO

 

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)
  • Has been recommended by the CO

 

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)
  • Has recommended by the CO
  • 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
  • Has recommended by the CO
  • Has been identified as a successful candidate through the Merit Review Board process

 

Leadership traits

Before proceeding with a promotion, the CO considers the cadet’s leadership traits, including

  • Dress and deportment
  • Ability to respond to direction
  • Personal conduct, discipline, and attitude
  • Ability to interact positively with others
  • Participation and initiative
  • Willingness to accept responsibility
  • Effective problem solving
  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly
  • Ability to set a positive example for others

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.