2175 (Rolls-Royce) Squadron

Air Training Corps


Rank Structure

The structure of the ATC is based on the rank structure of the RAF.

Officer Ranks

The Officer ranks of the ATC.

Group Captain

Wing Commander

Squadron Leader

Flight Lieutenant Flying Officer Pilot Officer

Before completing their Initial Officers Course at RAF Cranwell, Pilot Officers will be referred to as Officer Cadets and will wear white tabs. All Officers who work for the ATC are commissioned into the Volunteer Reserve Training Branch (VRT) and wear gold VRT pins.

NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) Ranks (Adult)

Adult Warrant Officer

The AWO is usually responsible for drill, dress and discipline at a squadron. Adult Flight Sergeants and Adult Sergeants assist the AWO in this role.

Adult Flight Sergeant

After 4 years as an Adult Sergeant you may apply for Adult Flight Sergeant.

Adult Sergeant

Adult Sergeant is the the most junior Adult non-commissioned officer rank in the ATC.

Before completing their SNCO training course at RAF Cranwell Adult Sergeants will also wear white tabs. All Adult SNCOs in the ATC wear gold ATC pins.

Civilian Instructor (CI)

There are also Civilian Instructors who assist in the running of squadrons, teaching cadets and helping in administrative tasks.

Staff Cadet NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) Ranks (Cadet)

Cadet SNCOs above the age of 18 years and, after competing the Wing STC (Staff Training Course), become Staff Cadets with increased responsibility on their squadrons.

NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) Ranks (Cadet)

Cadet Warrant Officer

CWO is the highest rank a cadet can achieve. This appointment is usually made after an interview at Wing HQ. You must be 18 years or over for promotion to CWO and will usually be a Staff Cadet.

Flight Sergeant

Promotion to Flight Sergeant is made when you have demonstrated the abilities of a SNCO to a high level and  are now thought capable of controlling your own flight of cadets.


After approximately one year, if you have demonstrated the abilities of a JNCO you may be thought capable of becoming a senior NCO. Again the selection procedure will apply. You should be at least a Senior classification cadet. As a SNCO you will be expected to take a larger part in the running of your squadron. You will also attend a SNCO (Senior NCO) training course at your squadron.


Promotion to the rank of Corporal is usually after 2 to 3 years service in the ATC. You should be at least a leading classification cadet with the maturity and leadership skills to carry out the post. Appointments will usually be made after a selection procedure consisting of a letter of application, interview and assessed leadership activities. After your promotion you will attend a JNCO (Junior NCO) training course held usually at squadron level.

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