Quick guide to cadet badges and ranks

1 October 2014

If you're interested in the Army Cadet Force ranks and how cadets can work their way up read on.

Rank: Cadet

Requirements: None – cadets need to be aged 12 and in year 8 at school

Responsibilities: Learn as much as possible about being a cadet and
have fun!

 

Rank: Cadet Lance Corporal

Requirements: Must have passed the Army Proficiency Certificate
(APC) 1 star

Responsibilities: Help cadets with their kit, mentor junior cadets, lead
a small team.

 

Rank: Cadet Corporal

Requirements: Must have passed APC 2 star

Responsibilities: Learn to instruct cadets, lead a bigger team, take
a parade.

 

Rank: Cadet Sergeant

Requirements: Must have passed APC 3 star

Responsibilities: One of the senior cadets in the detachment. Organise
a number of teams. Develop leadership and management skills.

 

Rank: Cadet Staff Sergeant

Requirements: Must have passed APC 4 star

Responsibilities: A competent instructor, help with the planning of
some training, one of the senior cadets in a group of detachments
or “Company”

 

Rank: Cadet Company Sergeant Major

Requirements: Must have passed APC 4 star

Responsibilities: The senior cadet in a Company. Responsible for mentoring senior cadets and taking a Company parade.

 

Rank: Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major

Requirements: Must have passed Master Cadet.

Responsibilities: Only one of the Cadet CSMs in a County will be selected to be the Cadet RSM. They are the most senior cadets in the ACF and often take on ceremonial duties in the local area.

 

Rank: Cadet Under Officer

Requirements: Must have passed Master Cadet.

Responsibilities: This position may be awarded, by the ACF County Commandant, to a cadet who is felt to have potential to be an officer.
It is a very rare honour and not many cadets achieve it!

 

Interested in becoming a cadet, or know someone who might?

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