The new Progressive Training Syllabus has been launched represents the biggest change in the delivery of training and opportunities since the formation of the RAF Air Cadets over 75 years ago.
As the cadet joining age has lowered, the new syllabus has been created to allow cadets of all ages of cadets and allow them to engage with a wide variety of training activities from the day they join.
The Progressive Training Syllabus features blue, bronze, silver and gold levels and allows regular opportunities to enhance skills to achieve nationally recognised qualifications and awards, whilst at the same time, building confidence and developing teamwork and leadership qualities. The highest awards at gold level recognise significant levels of achievement and some are linked to instructor qualifications or nationally recognised awards.
All new cadets will undertake training within the First Class Cadet syllabus and this allows blue level awards and badges to be achieved in a variety of subjects including; Basic Radio Operator and Cyber Awareness, Heartstart First Aid, Foundation Level Leadership and a pre-Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Additional badges are available for air rifle shooting and a musicians badge can be awarded if a cadet has a recognised music board examination at Grade 3 level.
Flying and Gliding Aviation Training Packages are available from the age of 13 years and 3 months and blue wings will be presented once the elements of ground school, Part Task Trainer and airborne sorties are completed.
Existing cadets who have already achieved a badge from the old training syllabus will be eligible to receive the new equivalent badge awarded from the Progressive Training Syllabus. Cadets who have achieved a gliding badge from the old syllabus will be allowed to continue to wear this until they progress further within the Aviation Training Package. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award badges will be smaller and will move from the jumper to the Brassard.
More information about the progressive training syllabus can be found on Bader.