The final classification you can achieve is Instructor Air Cadet. This does not involve formal examinations, but does require attendance upon a Method of Instruction Course, followed by a consolidation period and assessment. This will qualify you to teach other cadets various aspects of the Air Cadet syllabus. Unlike the earlier classifications, you obtain a lanyard as opposed to a badge. This makes instructor cadets very distinct and shows they have completed the full level of academic training available to them.
However it does not end there. Other lanyards are available for cadets who have completed further courses, training them in additional leadership and field craft skills (Junior Leaders Course), or aviation related disciplines (Aerospace Instructor Course). Also available are various sports and adventure training courses, shooting courses, health and safety, media communications, radio, cyber defence, music and many more, all allowing you do develop yourself more.
The Air Cadet Junior Leaders (JL) Course is a training course for 17-20 year old, Master Air Cadets. The course aims to develop leadership and other important skills within the cadets, both for use in military and civilian life. The Junior Leaders is a national organisation supported by the RAF, the RAF Regiment and carries the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) and Heart Start First Aid qualifications for its graduates.
The course takes place over nine training weekends between September and the following Easter during which time the cadets will complete a programme of formal training covering subjects as diverse as weapon handling, leadership theory, Mess etiquette, practical leadership skills along with physical fitness training and assessment. Cadets are expected to attend every weekend as well as working in between training periods by preparing lectures, doing research on Airpower and other subjects and improving their fitness. As well as continual assessment during the training weekends cadets will need to pass exams at the end of each Phase and will be “relentlessly tested” during the week-long third phase, most of which is spent in the field.
On completion of the course, graduates are awarded the JL Lanyard to wear on their uniform and the prestigious JL DZ flash to be worn on the Soldier 95 uniform.
The Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) is a training course for 16-20 year old, Master Air Cadets. Its graduates are uniquely qualified to operate the new equipment and programmes purchased for the Regional Activity Centres (RACs), the Air Cadet Engagement (ACE) platforms and the Air Operations Acquaintance Centre. It also provides cadets with an overview of many elements of Aerospace applications, both within the military and civilian areas.
The course takes place over seven training weekends between September and the following Easter during which time the cadets will complete a programme of formal training covering subjects as diverse as Air Traffic Control, Basic Flight Training, Air Power, Radio, Aerodynamics, Leadership, Presentation Skills and Group Work. Cadets are expected to attend every weekend as well as working in between training periods by preparing lectures and doing research on various subjects. As well as continual assessment during the training weekends cadets will need to the final assessment at the end of the course.
On completion of the course, graduates are awarded the QAI Lanyard to wear on their uniform and are authorised to deploy and run the ACE platform and assist at the various RAC’s around the country.