400 (Birkenhead) Squadron

Air Training Corps

Staff Ranks

Note: Officers belong to the RAFVR(T) and Adult NCO’s belong to the ATC

Officer Ranks

 

Wing Commander

The Wing Commander is in charge of a Wing. In our case this is Merseyside Wing and includes 30 squadrons 

Wing Commander

Squadron Leader

Squadron Leaders provide help and advice to the Squadron Commanders. They also look after particular subjects such as Adventure Training or Duke of Edinburgh Award across the Wing

Squadron Leader

Flight Lieutenant

These are the Officers who are in charge of each Squadron.

Flight Lieutenant

Flying Officer

The Flying Officer can have any role on the Squadron, but they are also usually second in command of the Squadron Commander

Flying Officer

Pilot Officer

This is the first rank an Officer will gain after completing his or her Initial Officer Training course

Pilot Officer

ATC Ranks

 

Adult Warrant OfficerAdult Warrant Officer
Adult Flight SergeantAdult Flight Sergeant
Adult SergeantAdult Sergeant
Civilian InstructorCivilian Instructor

Cadet Ranks

 NCO Ranks

 

Promotion to Cadet Warrant Officer is decided by a panel at Wing level. Prospective candidates will be a Flight Sergeant, preferably holding the Staff Cadet classification and will be required to attend an interview at Wing HQ

Cadet Warrant Officer
Flight Sergeant is the highest a Squadron CO can send a cadet. If a squadron is split up into flights then a Flt/Sgt will be the non-commissioned officer in command (NCOIC) of a flightFlight Sergeant
Sergeant is a SNCO and a cadet is promoted to this position after he or she has reached the rank of Corporal. Appointment is made by Squadron CO and staff.Sergeant
Corporal is the first NCO rank that a cadet can obtain. A Corporal is referred to as a Junior NCO (JNCO) and acts as a liaison between cadets and Senior NCOs (SNCO). Selection is purely on merit and not on classification.Corporal

Classifications

 

Staff Cadet - minimum age 15 years 6 months. Must have completed at least 2 years enrolled service, plus must meet a number of other criteria.

Staff Cadet
To be eligible to sit the Master Cadet examinations, a cadet must have been appointed as a Leading Cadet and have completed the appropriate syllabus training including a further 25 hours of work in a functional flight Senior Cadet
To be eligible to sit the Senior Cadet examinations, a cadet must have been appointed as a Leading Cadet and have completed the appropriate syllabus training including a further 25 hours of work in a functional flightSenior Cadet
To be eligible to sit the Leading Cadet examinations, a cadet must have been appointed as a First Class Cadet and have completed the appropriate syllabus training including at least 25 hours of work in a functional flight.Leading Cadet
To be eligible to sit the First Class Cadet examination cadets must be enrolled and must have completed the 16 week First Class Training Course (FCTC).First Class Cadet