Badges

There are many badges that can be earned which represent the different qualifications and awards that are achievable within the RAF Air Cadets, covering classification training, leadership, music, radio and cyber, shooting, first aid, the DofE Award, flying and gliding, road marching, and parachuting.

Below are descriptions of the badges, including placement guidelines on uniform.

Identity Badges

Every cadet within the Air Training Corps. must wear their ‘ATC Squadron Identification Badge’ and an ‘ATC Distinguishing Badge’.

ATC Squadron Identification Badge

This badge is to be worn centrally at the top of the brassard, 6 mm from the top edge.

ATC Distinguishing Badge

The distinguishing badge is to be worn in a central position immediately below and touching the squadron identification badge.

Classification Badges

Classification badges show a cadet’s progress through the academic syllabus. Only one classification badge is to be worn and is to be for the highest classification for which a cadet is qualified.

The badges are to be worn in a central position immediately below and touching the ‘ATC Distinguishing Badge’ and with one point of the star or one blade of the propeller uppermost, as appropriate.

First Class Cadet

Leading Cadet

Senior Cadet

Master Cadet

Flying and Gliding Badges

The flying and gliding badges are the only ones to be worn on the left shoulder patch of the jumper, and not on the brassard.

Cadets wear up to 2 of the flying / gliding badges on the jumper: one to represent achievement in gliding; and one in conventional flying. In both cases, the badge indicating the highest level of attainment is to be worn in ascending order of blue, bronze, silver, gold.

When a single badge is worn it is to be positioned centrally 1cm above the bottom edge of the patch of the left shoulder of the jumper.

When badges from both categories are worn, the conventional flying badge is to be positioned centrally 1cm above the badge awarded for gliding. When the Glider Pilot Badge or the Glider Instructor Badge has been awarded, however, this is to be positioned centrally 1cm above the conventional flying badge.

Blue ATP - Flying

Bronze ATP - Flying

Silver Air Cadets Pilot Navigator

Gold Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship

Blue ATP - Gliding

Bronze ATP - Gliding

Silver Gliding Scholarship

Gold Gliding Training

Air Cadet Leadership Badges

Leadership badges are worn by cadets who have completed the appropriate level courses successfully, and are available in the Progressive Training Syllabus colours of blue, bronze, silver, and gold. Only one leadership badge is to be worn and is to be for the highest level award for which the cadet has qualified.

Leadership badges are to be worn in a central position immediately below and touching the classification badge. If a cadet does not have a classification badge, a gap of 40mm should be left so that one can be added later.

Blue Leadership

Bronze Leadership

Silver Leadership

Gold Leadership

Musician’s Badges

Musician’s badges are awarded to cadets who have achieved specified standards for playing an instrument (whether within or outside of the RAF Air Cadets), or for playing with a band at different levels.

There are four types of musician’s badges: drummers, trumpeters, pipers, and instrumentalists. Blue levels are awarded at squadron level, bronze for playing with a wing band, silver for playing with a regional band, and gold for playing with a national band or choir.

They are to be positioned centrally on the brassard immediately below and touching the leadership badge. If a leadership badge is not worn, the top edge of the musician’s badge should be 71mm from the bottom edge of the distinguishing badge.

Blue Piper

Bronze Trumpeter

Silver Drummer

Gold Instrumentalist

Radio and Cyber Communications Badges

The Radio and Cyber Specialist qualifications consist of a generic initial entry level before branching into the radio and cyber training strands. The Radio Operator and Cyber Awareness badge is an oblong cloth badge, depicting 4 light blue lightning flashes with a darker blue letter ‘C’ in the centre, embroidered onto a dark blue background.

The Radio Specialist badges have 4 light blue lightning flashes with either a bronze, silver or gold letter ‘C’ in the centre depending on the level, embroidered onto a dark blue background.

The Cyber Specialist badges have 4 lightning flashes with a letter ‘C’ in the centre embroidered in either bronze, silver or gold, level dependant, onto a dark blue background.

Blue badge and Radio Specialist badges are positioned 7mm to the right of the musician’s badge (or where it would be
located if worn) with the bottom edges of each badge in line. The Cyber Specialist badge is positioned 7mm to the right of the musician’s badge with the top edge of each badge in line. Only the highest award in each specialism is to be worn.

Blue Radio and Cyber Awareness

Bronze Radio

Silver Radio

Gold Radio

Bronze Cyber

Silver Cyber

Gold Cyber

Shooting Badges

There are four types of shooting badge: trained shot, marksman, advanced marksman, and competition marksman. Different coloured badges reflect the type of weapon used to earn the award. Blue – Air Rifle, Bronze – Small Bore (L144-A1), Silver – Service Rifle (L98-A2), Gold – Target Rifle (L81-A2).

Only one shooting badge is to be worn and is to be for the highest level award for which the cadet is qualified, the ascending levels of precedence being trained shot, marksman, advanced marksman, and competition marksman. Annual re-qualification is not necessary.

If a cadet is qualified with a Blue (Air Rifle) Competition Marksman, and a Gold (Target Rifle) Trained Shot, the cadet should wear the Blue Competition Marksman, as it shows a greater level of skill and competence.

The shooting badge is to be centrally positioned with the bottom edge of the badge centre 35mm from the bottom edge of the brassard.

Note: The Cadet 50 or 100 Badge (and accompanying Year Badge) is to be positioned on the bottom left edge of the brassard in place of any other marksmanship badges which are to be removed.

Blue (Air Rifle) Trained Shot

Bronze (Small Bore) Marksman

Silver (Service Rifle) Advanced Marksman

Gold (Target Rifle) Competition Marksman

Road Marching Badges

These badges are awarded for participating in road marching events such as RAF WARMA or Nijmegen marches. The words “ROAD MARCHING” is at the bottom of the badge at bronze and silver, the word ‘NIJMEGEN’ for the gold level. Only one road marching badge is to be worn and is to be for the highest level award for which the cadet is qualified.

The badge is positioned 7mm to the left of the musician’s badge (or where it would be located if worn) with the bottom
edges of each badge in line.

Bronze Road Marching

Silver Road Marching

Gold Nijemegen

First Aid Badges

First aid badges are worn by cadets who have completed the appropriate level courses successfully, and are available in the Progressive Training Syllabus colours of blue (HeartStart), bronze (Youth First Aid), silver (Activity First Aid), and gold (Instructor). Only one first aid badge is to be worn and is to be for the highest level award for which the cadet has qualified.

First Aid badges are to be worn on the left-hand side of the brassard with the base of the badge 15mm from the brassard bottom edge, and 40mm from the left-hand edge of the brassard.

Blue - HeartStart

Bronze - Youth First Aid

Silver - Activity First Aid

Gold - Instructor

Duke of Edinburgh Award Badges

Duke of Edinburgh Award badges are worn by cadets who have completed the appropriate level successfully, and includes the RAF Air Cadets Blue Pre-DofE Award. Only one DofE badge is to be worn and is to be for the highest level award for which the cadet has qualified.

DofE Award badges are to be worn on the right hand side of the brassard with the base of the badge 15mm from the bottom edge, and 40mm from the right hand edge of the brassard.

Blue Pre-DofE

Bronze DofE

Silver DofE

Gold DofE

Other Badges and Lanyards

Parachuting

The parachute badge consists of an opened parachute embroidered in white on a circular dark blue background with blue surround. Badge is to be worn on the left hand side of the brassard with the base of the badge 2mm from the top edge of and central to the road marching badge.

Instructor Cadet Lanyard

This is to be worn as a cord over the left shoulder, affixed under the shoulder strap and fastened to a small raised RAF crested black button sewn centrally on the bottom edge of the shoulder patch. When worn with the Wedgwood blue shirt the lanyard should be placed under the epaulette on the left shoulder with the braided part hung in front. The cord is passed under the shoulder and secured by placing the end of the lanyard through the ‘eye’ of the cord. This signifies that the cadet has qualified as an instructor in the RAFAC recognised Method of Instruction course.

Junior Leaders Lanyard

This is to be worn as a cord over the left shoulder, affixed under the shoulder strap and fastened to a small raised RAF crested black button sewn centrally on the bottom edge of the shoulder patch. When worn with the Wedgwood blue shirt the lanyard should be placed under the epaulette on the left shoulder with the braided part hung in front. The cord is passed under the shoulder and secured by placing the end of the lanyard through the ‘eye’ of the cord. This signifies that the cadet has successfully completed the Junior Leaders course run by HQ RAFAC.

Qualified Aerospace Instructor Lanyard

This is to be worn as a cord over the left shoulder, affixed under the shoulder strap and fastened to a small raised RAF crested black button sewn centrally on the bottom edge of the shoulder patch. When worn with the Wedgwood blue shirt the lanyard should be placed under the epaulette on the left shoulder with the braided part hung in front. The cord is passed under the shoulder and secured by placing the end of the lanyard through the ‘eye’ of the cord. This signifies that the cadet has successfully completed the Qualified Aerospace Instructors’ Course run by HQ RAFAC.

Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet / Mayor’s Cadet Badges

Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet: Appointed by the Lord Lieutenant of the county in which the cadet resides or attends a squadron in.

Mayor’s Cadet: Issued by the Mayor of the town / city / municipality in which the cadet resides or attends a squadron in.

Should either of these badges be awarded, they should be worn centrally on its own brassard. This brassard is to contain no other badges and is worn on the left arm. They are to be worn at all times throughout the tenure of office.