Recruit Cadet & Cadet
When a Recruit first joins 329 CFHSTC RCACC they will receive the rank of Recruit. After approximately 4-6 weeks, the Recruit will attain the rank of Cadet. There is no rank insignia for this level.
Most Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps use the term Lance Corporal (LCpl) for this rank. Lance Corporals will have completed Green Star and are members of a section. The LCpl badge is one chevron.
Corporals (Cpl) will have completed Red Star and are members of a section. This is the starting rank for Non-Commissioned Members (NCM). The Cpl badge is two chevrons placed together. A Corporal will be assigned very basic responsibilities within their assigned platoon.
A Master Corporal (MCpl) is the last Junior Non-Commissioned Member (NCM) and normally becomes second-in-command of a section of approximately 10 Cadets. This means that a Master Corporal begins to have responsibility for welfare and well-being of more junior Cadets. Cadets will receive their MCpl badge- two chevrons and a Maple Leaf- when they attain their Silver Star training qualification.
Once a Cadet is promoted to Sergeant (Sgt), and for each rank hereafter, their responsibility increases considerably. Sergeants are normally employed as Section Commanders, typically responsible for around 10 Cadets, but may also be given other positions such as in the Flag Party or in a technical position (i.e., Supply, Admin, etc.). To be promoted to Sergeant, Gold Star is must be completed. Sergeants will also typically find themselves tasked with their first instructional assignments.
A Warrant Officer (WO) is normally employed as a Platoon Warrant Officer/Platoon Second-In-Command (2IC) with responsibility for up to 30 Cadets, including other NCMs. A Warrant Officer may also be employed in the Flag Party or in technical positions, much like a Sergeant. Warrant Officers will have completed the Gold Star training level and will be working toward their National Star Certification. WOs will normally be tasked with regular instructional assignments, usually on a weekly basis, often with more than one period of instruction per training session.
Master Warrant Officer
A Master Warrant Officer (MWO) is normally employed as a Company Sergeant Major (CSM) and will supervise two platoons of 30 cadets each (company strength). They may also be employed as a Drill Sergeant Major. A MWO has normally completed their National Star Certification and will often be used as an instructor for the junior cadets in the star program. A MWO may also be employed in a supervisory role within a technical department of the unit, such as a Quartermaster Assistant, or a Administration clerk.
Chief Warrant Officer
The Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) is the most senior cadet rank in an army cadet corps and is normally employed as the Regimental Sergeant Major. This is a very important position at all army cadet corps. The RSM has the main parade position and will normally possess the National Star Certification. The RSM will not normally instruct classes on a regular basis, but will assist the Commanding Officer directly in all aspects of the command structure of the Cadet Corps.
Leadership training is delivered throughout the star programme however each rank provides cadets an opportunity to put their leadership training to use.
The official policy is contained in CATO 40-03, Army Cadet Corps Rank Structure and Cadet Ranks. Click on link to see proper Rank Placement Where do I Wear It.