Squadron Training


Recruit Stage

As a new cadet in the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) you will begin your training in Recruit stage. Recruit Stage is designed to give cadets the foundational knowledge required to participate in most AAFC Squadron (SQN) parades and activities. The course is structured to take approximately two months and includes at least one weekend of training.
The subjects that are included in recruit stage include:

  • Drill & Ceremonial
  • Service Knowledge
  • Team building Training
  • Fieldcraft

Upon successful completion of the Recruit stage of training, a cadet will be issued with a certificate.


Basic Stage

Basic stage is designed to take a cadet with foundational knowledge and build on this to the point where the cadet is proficient at most basic activities. The successful completion of Basic stage should see the cadet with the knowledge and skills required where they are able to take on more significant activities within the AAFC such as promotional courses, firearms training, weapons training and other activities that require a good understanding of the way the AAFC conducts training.
Basic Stage consists of five (5) compulsory subjects and should be completed by the end of a cadet’s first year of service:

  • Drill and Ceremonial
  • Service Knowledge
  • Aviation
  • Aircraft Recognition
  • Fieldcraft

Upon successful completion of Basic stage a cadet will be eligible for reclassification to LCDT.


Proficiency Stage

Proficiency stage is designed to be completed in a calendar year. Its aim is to finesse the cadets’ knowledge and skills to the stage where they can contribute successfully to the SQN and are fully prepared to undertake more specific training such as
promotion courses and gain higher level access to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Proficiency Stage consists of three (3) compulsory subjects and three (3) electives:

  • Drill and Ceremonial
  • Aviation
  • Fieldcraft
  • Air Recognition
  • Survival
    • Upon successful completion of Proficiency stage a cadet will be issued with a certificate and the three bladed propeller badge.


      Advanced Stage

      Advanced Stage is designed to provide cadets with extended knowledge about the RAAF and the AAFC. It is deliberately designed (should the SQN desire) so that NCOs and other cadets in Advanced stage are able to contribute to the SQN in organising activities and the general running of the Squadron.
      Advanced Stage consists of three (3) compulsory subjects and three (3) electives:

      • Drill and Ceremonial
      • Aviation
      • Service Knowledge
      • Aircraft Recognition
      • Survival

      Upon successful completion of Advanced stage a cadet will be issued with a certificate and the four bladed propeller badge.


      Qualified Stage

      Qualified Stage cadets are to complete a mix of Projects and Elective subjects each year. Generally, a project is the equivalent of two subjects in length and complexity, but Commanding Officers may approve major projects of double length duration.


      Subjects

      Drill

      Drill & Ceremonial

      Drill is a subject that is taught in all of the stages.
      This subject teaches cadets everything they need to know about basic marching to double time. You will also be taught flight format and Squadron parade format. At the end of each stage, you will participate in a practical drill assessment, which you will be assessed on everything you have learnt in the course.



      Service Knowledge

      Service Knowledge is a subject that is taught in Recruit, Basic and Advanced stages. It provides cadets with knowledge of the Australian Air Force Cadets, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Defence Force in general. At the end of each course, you will be assessed on everything you learn.




      Aircraft Recognition

      Aircraft Recognition is a subject that is taught in Basic, Proficiency and Advanced stages. It teaches cadets to identify ADF aircraft, as well as other nations Defence Force aircraft. You are also taught to identify civilian aircraft. At the end of your course, you will sit an exam, to assess what you have learnt.


      Cockpit

      Aviation

      Aviation is a subject which is covered in Basic, Proficiency and Advanced stage. In this subject, you will be taught about the
      basic components and instruments of an aircraft, and basic flight procedures. You will be assessed on what you have learnt in the course.



      Electives

      Electives are held in Proficiency, Advanced and Qualified stages. Subjects range from Air Navigation (NVE) to Motor Car Awareness (MCA). Not only will AAFC subjects promote skills for future employment, they will provide you with essential life skills.