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How old do you have to be to become an Australian Air Force Cadet?

To join the Australian Air Force Cadets you must be between the ages of 13 and 18 years. Cadets may until Dec 2018 however, stay with the Australian Air Force Cadets until their 20th birthday.

Are there any pre-requisites for joining the Australian Air Force Cadets?

To join you must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen or have permanent residential status
  • Be medically fit
  • Be between the ages of 13 and 18 years.

What does it cost?

The Royal Australian Air Force provides assistance to the Australian Air Force Cadets including uniforms for cadets and travel to and from camps. Our squadron also raises funds through either fund raising activities or fees. Typically the fees range from $100 to $250 per year.

How often does a cadet attend Australian Air Force Cadets parades?

406 Squadron parades for around 3 hours on Wednesday nights each week during school terms. We also conduct training on weekends throughout the year including Bivouacs, Training Weekends, Flying Training, Rifle Training and Social Functions.

How do you get promoted?

All new members of the Australian Air Force Cadets start off as a Cadet or CDT for short. After successfully completing your first stage of training which typically takes 6 months, cadets are reclassified to Leading Cadet or LCDT for short. Promotions after Leading Cadet are on a competitive basis and Leading Cadets must complete a Promotion Course before being promoted further.

  • To be promoted to Cadet Corporal or CCPL for short, Leading Cadets must successfully complete a Junior Non Commissioned Officer Promotion Course which typically goes for one to two weeks at a RAAF Base.
  • To be promoted to Cadet Sergeant or CSGT for short, Cadet Corporals must successfully complete a Senior Non Commissioned Officer Promotion Course which typically goes for two to three weeks at a RAAF Base. They must have held the rank of Cadet Corporal for a minimum of twelve months before they can be promoted.
  • To be promoted to Cadet Flight Sergeant or CFSGT for short, Cadet Sergeants must have held the rank of Cadet Sergeant for a for a minimum of six months before they can be promoted. There is no Promotional Course for this rank.
  • To be promoted to Cadet Warrant Officer or CWOFF for short, Cadet Sergeants or Cadet Flight Sergeants must successfully complete a Cadet Warrant Officer Promotion Course which typically goes for two to three weeks at a RAAF Base. They must have held the rank of Cadet Sergeant or higher for a minimum of six months before they can be promoted.
  • To be promoted to Cadet Under Officer or CUO for short, Cadet Sergeants, Cadet Flight Sergeants or Cadet Warrant Officers must successfully complete a Cadet Under Officer Promotion Course which typically goes for two to three weeks at a RAAF Base. They must have held the rank of Cadet Sergeant or higher for a minimum of six months before they can be promoted.


What Flying Training is available?

The Australian Air Force Cadets offers Flying Training in either Powered Aircraft or Gliders. The cost of the training varies, however Powered Flying Training is typically around $65 per hour and Gliding Training is usually around $250 per hour, which includes around 10 hours of flight time.

More information can be found by Contacting Us, or at Cadetnet