Promotions are a tool for recognizing a cadet’s experience in the mandatory training program by progressing them to higher levels of responsibility. All Promotion Standards are based on CATO 13-02.
When a cadet is eligible for promotion, their Level Officer and Level Lead Instructor will review the cadet’s file. They will take into account the cadets’ attendance and disciplinary record. They will also judge the cadet’s suitability for the higher rank based on observations of the cadet’s performance from their Level Instructors, Flight Commander, Flight 2IC and Section Leader as required.
The Level Officer and Level Lead Instructor will make a recommendation to the CO, who has final authority to decide whether or not to promote a cadet.
If the Level Officer and Level Lead Instructor recommend against promoting a cadet, they must present a valid reason. A valid reason could be that the cadet does not meet the stated requirements, they have a poor disciplinary record, or they have demonstrated that they lack the maturity or professionalism to handle the responsibilities of the higher rank as detailed below. If a promotion is denied, the CO or Level Officer shall discuss areas for improvement with the cadet.
All promotions to WO2 and WO1 will be preceded by a Merit Review Board. Candidates will be briefed on this process in person by the CO.
Other than Merit Review Boards for Warrant Officer Promotions, there will be no separate interviews, tests or application forms required for promotion. This is to ensure that cadets are being judged based on their overall performance throughout the training year rather than only isolated occasions; and that they are being evaluated by the staff who have had the most opportunities to observe their performance throughout the training year.
A promotion to an acting rank will not be granted except in extraordinary circumstances.