Promotions

In this section, you will find the various criteria for promotion to all Cadet ranks.These criteria are divided into two categories:
National Criteria are set by the Director of Cadets to ensure a uniform standard of knowledge and experience for promotions throughout the country.You can find the National criteria in CATO 13-02.

Local Criteria are set by the Commanding Officer to select cadets who fulfill the National criteria for promotion to the various ranks.

NOTE: The fact that a cadet fulfills all National criteria does not assure that cadet of a promotion.

National Criteria

Leading Air Cadet (LAC)
To be promoted to the rank of LAC, a Cdt must:

  • Actively participate in Squadron mandatory training activities (Monday nights) for a period of 5 months

Corporal (Cpl)
To be promoted to the rank of Cpl, an LAC must:

  • Have successfully completed Proficiency Level 1 training

Flight Corporal (FCpl)
To be promoted to the rank of FCpl, a Cpl must:

  • Have served 6 months as a Cpl
  • Have successfully completed Proficiency Level 2 training 
  • Preferably have successfully completed a Familiarization Summer Course

Sergeant (Sgt)
To be promoted to the rank of Sgt, a FCpl must:

  • Have served 6 months as a FCpl
  • Have successfully completed Proficiency Level 3 training
  • Preferably have successfully completed an Introductory Specialty Summer Course

Flight Sergeant (FSgt)
To be promoted to the rank of FSgt, a Sgt must:

  • Have served 6 months as a Sgt
  • Have successfully completed Proficiency Level 4 training
  • Preferably have successfully completed an Advanced Specialty Summer Course

Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2)
To be promoted to the rank of WO2, a FSgt must:

  • Have served 6 months as a FSgt
  • Preferably have successfully completed an Advanced Specialty Summer Course

Warrant Officer First Class (WO1)
To be promoted to the rank of WO1, a WO2 must:

  • Have served 6 months as a WO2
  • Have successfully completed Proficiency Level 5 training
  • Preferably have successfully completed an Advanced Specialty Summer Course

Local Criteria

Cadets who fulfill all National criteria are then evaluated to determine their ranking. This determination is based on, for example:

  • Attendance at regular training and other activities
  • Completion of summer training
  • Performance reports, including inspection marks
  • Personal qualities such as motivation, initiative, potential, cooperation, etc

Unfortunately, quotas on the number of cadets holding ranks of Sgt and above mean that qualified and deserving cadets are sometimes not promoted. For this reason, a rigorous and fair assessment system is used to determine a cadet’s ranking.