Badges & Awards


Badges & Awards

Over the next few years, you could successfully complete a number of training courses or achieve a result which will entitle you to wear a badge of qualification or award on your Service Dress (SD) uniform. Only those badges and awards approved by the RAAF and the AAFC may be worn on your uniform in the prescribed way.


AAFC Cap Badge


The AAFC cap badge represents the Air Force wedge tail eagle with outstretched wings over a circular banner with the words “Air Force Cadets”. “Australian” is written horizontally along the bottom of the badge. This badge is worn centrally on the puggaree of the Hat Fur Felt.


Name Badges


Any member may wear a name badge in an approved format which can be surname only, full name, or initials and surname. The name badge may, as an option, have the AAFC crest affixed to the right side (observer’s left) of the badge. It is worn centrally on the right breast immediately above the pocket of shirts. Name badges are not worn on jumpers or cardigans.


Training Stage Awards


The following awards may be worn by AAFC cadets after completing the Proficiency and Advanced stages of training.

Three Bladed Prop


This award is presented to cadets who have completed the Proficiency stage of Squadron Training. The badge is made of metal, is in the shape of a blue three bladed propeller on a circular gold background. It is worn centrally between the pocket button and top of the pocket flap of the right breast pocket, with one blade pointing directly downwards of SD shirts.

Four Bladed Prop


This award is presented to cadets who have completed the Advanced stage of Squadron Training. The badge is made of metal, is in the shape of a blue four bladed propeller on a circular gold background. This award supersedes the three bladed prop. It is worn centrally between the pocket button and top of the pocket flap of the right breast pocket, with one blade pointing directly downwards of SD shirts.


Other Training Awards



Single Rifle Badge


This award is presented to cadets and instructors upon successful completion of Firearms Training Elective (FTE) and fired no less than 45 .22” rounds in a single day’s fire range practice. This award is made of metal, in the shape of a 303 rifle and is gilt in colour. It is worn centrally between the pocket button and top of the pocket flap of the right breast pocket of SD shirts.

Crossed Rifle Badge


This award is presented to cadets and instructors who demonstrate excellent marksmanship on an official Wing or National
shoot with a .22 rifle, scoring 85% or better. The marksmanship award is made of metal, with two crossed 303 rifles and is gold in colour. This award supersedes the Steyr Badge – Silver. It is worn centrally between the pocket button and top of the pocket flap of the right breast pocket of SD shirts.

Steyr Badge - Silver


This award is presented to cadets and instructors who have completed and passed the RAAF or ADF Test of Elementary Training (TOET) on the F88 Austeyr. The firearms safety award is made of metal, in the shape of an F88 and is silver in colour. This award supersedes the Single Rifle Badge. It is worn centrally between the pocket button and top of the pocket flap of the right breast pocket of SD shirts.

Steyr Badge - Gilt


This award is presented to cadets and instructors who demonstrate excellent marksmanship on an official Wing or National shoot with an F88 Austeyr rifle, scoring 85% or better. The marksmanship award is made of metal, in the shape of an F88 and is gold in colour. This award supersedes the Crossed Rifle Badge. It is worn centrally between the pocket button and top of the pocket flap of the right breast pocket of SD shirts.

Adventure Training Award (AWA)

This is an Australian Army Cadet’s (AAC) qualification which may be worn by qualified AAFC cadets. It is a gold Boomerang with the word “ADVENTURE” surmounted by the torch of learning. To qualify for the ATA, AAFC cadets must complete a pre-selection course to attend the AAC course. The badge is awarded following the successful completion of the seven day camp at an Army Base. The award is worn centrally and immediately above the right breast pocket of SD shirts. It is worn 5mm above the name badge, if it is worn.


Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Award


The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme offers young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years an opportunity to achieve a challenge by participating in a wide range of practical, adventurous, community and physical activities. The Scheme is not a youth organisation like the AAFC but rather a youth program available through schools, colleges, industry and the AAFC.

Many of the AAFC’s activities contribute towards the DEAS’s achievement levels of bronze, silver and gold. The award is worn centrally and immediately above the right breast pocket of SD shirts. It is worn 5mm above the Name Badge, if it is worn.


Commanders-AAFC Commendation


This award is presented to cadets and instructors by the Commander-AAFC. This award is made of metal, with the AAFC Crest in a laurel wreath silver in colour and with the words “AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE CADETS” and “COMMENDATION” on a blue background. It is worn centrally above the right breast pocket of SD shirts or lapel of a civilian jacket. It is worn 5mm above the name badge or other qualification badges, if they are worn.


AAFC Unit Patch


Members may wear approved unit patches on the right sleeve of the DPCU shirt, 10 cm below the shoulder seam (rectangular patch), preferably on a black or green Velcro patch so the badge can be removed for laundering and while in the field.


Positioning of Badges


Wearer’s Right Brest Pocket (Observer’s Left)
1. Duke of Edinburgh Award
2. Adventure Training Award
3. Name Badge
4. Rifle / Steyr Badge
5. Training Stage Award