Level & Rank Progression

Rank promotions are governed by national standards (CATO 13-02) and local standards (Squadron Policy on Promotions). The Commanding Officer promotes deserving cadets at the recommendation of the Training Officer.
RANK PROMOTION CRITERIA
Ref: CATO 13‐02
Rank promotion is a progression 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.
Promotion to the rank of Leading Air Cadet (LAC):
  • participated in the first year of the level training program for a minimum period of five months .
Promotion to the rank of Corporal (Cpl):
  • hold the rank of LAC;
  • successfully completed year one of the proficiency level training;
  • and participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living).
Promotion to the rank of Flight Corporal (FCpl):
  • completed at least six months of service at the rank Cpl;
  • successfully completed the second year of the proficiency level training program;
  • and participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living).
Promotion to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt):
  • completed at least six months service at the rank of FCpl;
  • successfully completed the third year of proficiency level training program;
  • achieved a minimum of “completed without difficulty” in PO 303 (Leadership),
  • participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living),
Promotion to the rank of Flight Sergeant (FSgt):
  • completed at least six months service at the rank of Sgt,
  • successfully completed the fourth year of the phase / star / proficiency level training program,
  • achieved a minimum of “completed without difficulty” in PO 403 (Leadership),
  • participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO X04 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living)
Promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2):
  • completed at least six months service at the rank of FSgt,
  • achieved a minimum of “completed without difficulty” in PO 503 (Leadership),
  • participated in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of PO 504 (Personal Fitness & Healthy Living),
  • identified as a successful candidate through the merit review board process;
Promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer First Class (WO1):
  • completed at least six months service at the rank of WO2
  • identified as a successful candidate through the merit review board process
*Note: All promotions require recommendation by level officer / Trg O / squadron staff.
For all promotions, the following factors are also considered in the process. These factors play an increasing role of importance as the cadet progresses in rank:
  • 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