301 Squadron Bury St Edmunds Air Training Corps

We are proud of our squadron and here you can see our squadron photo from 2017. We operate as a team and everyone in the Air Cadets (and the RAF) can be identified by the badges of rank that they wear. Here is a list of basic adult and cadet ranks to help you identify who is who if you visit. This list starts with adults (instructors and senior staff) followed by cadet ranks, with the most senior in each group at the top.


    Officer ranks
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Flying Officer
  • Pilot Officer

  • Non-commissioned Officer ranks
  • Warrant Officer
  • Flight Sergeant
  • Sergeant
    Cadet Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) ranks
  • Cadet Warrant Officer
  • Cadet Flight Sergeant
  • Cadet Sergeant
  • Cadet Corporal
  • Cadet Junior Corporal : CCF (RAF) only

  • Cadet classifications
  • Master Air Cadet
  • Senior Cadet
  • Leading Cadet
  • First Class Cadet
  • Second Class Cadet
  • Junior Cadet

The Bigger Picture...

The Air Training Corps has three distinct and separate parts – officers and staff (a.k.a. uniformed and civilian instructors), Civilian Committee and the Chaplaincy. The United Kingdom is split into six regions as follows

  • Central & East Region (our region)
  • London & South East Region
  • North Region
  • Scotland & Northern Ireland Region
  • South West Region
  • Wales & West Region

Each region is then sub-divided into a number of wings. Wings themselves are further sub-divided into sectors. Within the sectors are the local squadrons, such as 301.

The ATC is the largest part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC), along with the RAF sections of the Combined Cadet Force. The RAFAC forms one of the seven functional areas of No 22 Group RAF, which is responsible for the recruitment and selection of all RAF personnel and for the policy and delivery of RAF non-operational training (including flying training).

The National Headquarters Air Cadets (HQAC) is based at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. There are subordinate headquarters at region and wing levels, staffed by adult officers and civil servants.