Sea Cadet Rank Structure

You first join the Sea Cadet Crops as a New Entry. Your basic training lasts about six to eight weeks at the end of which you will be assessed for enrollment into the Sea Cadet corps and promotion to Ordinary Cadet.

New Entry (NE)

You first join the Sea Cadet Crops as a New Entry. Your basic training lasts about six to eight weeks at the end of which you will be assessed for enrollment into the Sea Cadet corps and promotion to Ordinary Cadet.

Ordinary Cadet (OCDT)

On promotion to Ordinary Cadet you will your training that will last about 10 weeks . At the end of which you will be assessed for enrollment into the Sea Cadet Crops and Promotion to Ordinary Cadet.

Able Cadet (ACDT)

This rank, as it imples, means that you are able to carry out all duties expected from a qualified Sea Cadet. At this time you will be eligible to attend a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer (JNCO) course. Here you will be taught instructional techniques and your leadership skills will be honed. On Successful completion of this course you will be qualified for promotion to Leading Cadet. All promotion at this stage is at the discretion of your Unit Commander.

Leading Cadet (LCDT)

You will now have entered the Leadership phase of your Sea Cadet Career. At this point you will be placed in charge of other Sea Cadets for short periods and will have some responsible tasks to perform such as instructing Junior Cadets in nautical studies, drill boat rigging etc.
After a period of at least eight months as a JNCO you will be eligible to attend a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) course where your leadership and instructional skills will be further developed.

Petty Officer Cadet (POCDT)

On Successfull completion of the SNCO course you will be qualified for promotion to Petty Officer Cadet, at the discretion of your Unit Commander.
As a Petty Officer Cadet you will be expected to exercise control of Cadets for longer periods and for more complicated tasks. You may possible be appointed as a divisional Petty Officer responsible for the care and welfare of the more junior Cadets.

Chief Petty Officer Cadet (CPOCDT)

As a Chief Petty Officer Cadet you will be more responsible for some of the general running of the unit and may be engaged in a staff position in the unit assisting a Unit Officer.

Warrant Officer Cadet (WOCDT)

After completion of a Warrant Officer course you will, at the Unit Commander’s discretion be promoted to Warrant Officer Cadet. You will be expected to take on major roles in the unit as a regulating Coxswain or in staff position. You will be responsible for the general discipline of the Cadets.

Under Officer (UO)

After the age of eighteen a Sea Cadet who wishes to stay with the Sea Cadet Crops and eventually accept a Cadet Force commission will be promoted to Under Officer. An Under Officer is a Cadet who will take on a Unit Staff role under supervision while training to be a fully Commissioned Sea Cadet Officer.

While the rank structure is an important part of the Sea Cadet Corps we carry out many other tasks. Please visit our activities page to see more details on the activities we provide at our Sea Cadet Unit.

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