480 Squadron Classification Structure

Here you can learn about the classification structure that all cadets follow throughout their time in the Corps. Also, all of the ACPs that we use for each classification exam are listed.

All of the ACPs are available in PDF form on the air cadet website here.

Junior Cadet

Once a young person joins the squadron, they will be classed as a Junior Cadet. During this period they will get to know the basics of the squadron and how the squadron works and operates. This is typically a three month period, which once ended, the new cadets can be issued with their uniform which they will be required to wear every parade night from that point.

Second Class Cadet

After a cadet has been issued their uniform, they are classed as a Second Class Cadet. At this point they will have no classification badge on their brassard. At this point they will start learning the syllabus for the First Class Cadet Training. The following ACP's are covered for this training:

  • ACP 31 Section 1 - The Air Training Corps
  • ACP 31 Section 2 - The Royal Air Force
  • ACP 31 Section 4 - Initial Expedition Training
  • ACP 31 Section 5 - The CCF (RAF)
  • ACP 32 Volume 1 - Map Reading
  • ACP 33 Volume 1 - History Of Flight
  • ACP 34 Volume 1 - Airmanship I

These ACPs are the basics that the new cadets will need for the rest of their time in the Corps.

First Class Cadet

Once the cadets have passed the First Class exams that cover the above ACPs, they are then classed as First Class Cadets. At this point they will receive a badge to be placed onto their brassard. The badge is pictured below:

First Class Cadet Badge

At this point they will start learning the syllabus for the Leading Cadet Training. The following ACP's are covered for this training:

  • ACP 32 Volume 2 - Basic Navigation
  • ACP 33 Volume 2 - Principles Of Flight
  • ACP 34 Volume 2 - Airmanship II

Leading Cadet

Once the cadets have passed the Leading exams for the above ACPs, they are then classed as Leading Cadets. At this point they will receive a new badge to replace the previous one on their brassard. The badge is pictured below:

Leading Cadet Badge

At this point they will start learning the syllabus for the Senior Cadet Training. The following ACP's are covered for this training:

  • ACP 32 Volume 3 - Air Navigation
  • ACP 33 Volume 3 - Propulsion
  • ACP 34 Volume 3 - Aircraft Handling
  • ACP 35 Volume 3 - Advanced Radio & Radar

Senior Cadet

Once the cadets have passed the Senior exams that cover the above ACPs, they are then classed as Senior Cadets. At this point they will receive a badge to be placed onto their brassard. This is the last of the classification badges. The badge is pictured below:

Senior Cadet Badge

At this point they will start learning the syllabus for the Staff I Cadet Training. The following ACP's are covered for this training:

  • ACP 32 Volume 4 - Pilot Navigation
  • ACP 33 Volume 4 - Airframes
  • ACP 34 Volume 4 - Operational Flying
  • ACP 35 Volume 4 - Satellite Communications

Staff I Cadet

Once the cadets have passed the Staff I exams that cover the above ACPs, they are then classed as Staff I Cadets. At this point they will keep their previous classification badge on their brassard as there are no more classification badges.

Staff II Cadet

Once Cadets have passed the Staff I exams they can then go on a Staff II Course at Wing HQ. Wing HQ will send out a letter and form detailing what the cadets attending the course will need to do. Once passed, the cadets will be required to remove their previous classification badge from their brassard as they will be awarded with a golden lanyard that is to be worn on the left shoulder of the uniform. The lanyard is pictured below:

Staff II Cadet Lanyard

 

 

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