Cadet Acronyms


Admin - Administration

AdminO - Administration Officer

Adj - Adjutant - a cadet parade position not a rank

AC - Air cadet

AKA -  Also Known As

AAC - Advanced Aviation Course

AATC-AM - Advanced Aviation Technology Course - Aircraft Maintenance

AATC-AO - Advanced Aviation Technology Course - Airport Operations

ARMIC - Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course


BAC - Basic Aviation Course

BATAC - Basic Aviation Technology & Aerospace Course

BDCC - Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course

BFSC - Basic Fitness & Sports Course

BSC - Basic Survival Course


Capt - Captain

CO - Commanding Officer

Cpl - Corporal - cadet rank

CI - Civilian Instructor

CV - Civilian Volunteer

CMDR - Commander

CATO - Cadet Administrative and Training Orders

Cdt -  Cadet


DND - Department of National Defense

Dress - the clothing type worn by cadets - such as full, civilian, summer, ceremonial and combat. Full dress is the complete uniform.

DCO - Deputy Commanding Officer

DCIC - Drill And Ceremonial Instructor Course


ETA - Estimated time of arrival

EO: - Enabling Objective


FCpl - Flight Corporal - Cadet rank

FSgt - Flight Sergeant - Senior Cadet NCM rank

Flt - Flight (refers to the parade groups of Griffon, Phoenix or Band)

Flt Comd - Flight Commander - Cadet parade position (Not associated with individual rank)

Flt Sgt - Flight Sergeant - Cadet parade position (Not associated with individual rank) AKA Flt 2IC

FTX - Field Training Exercise - can include Survival Exercise 

FHQ - Field Headquarters  (used on FTXs Only)

FSIC - Fitness and Sports Instructor


GMT - Greenwich Mean Time - the Greenwich meridian is the accepted time reference.

GPS - Glider Pilot Scholarship

GT -  General Training


HQ - headquarters

Hrs - hours - as in 1400hrs or 2pm


2IC - second in command

IMP - Individual Meal Packet - full meal in a bag, main portion is a boil-in-the bag entree.

IAW - In Accordance With

IACE -  (ICE) International Air Cadet Exchange




LT - Lieutenant

2LT - Second Lieutenant

LHQ - Local headquarters - or local cadet offices

LAC - Leading Air Cadet - a cadet rank


MRO - Monthly Routine Orders

MRE - Meal Ready to Eat(civilian equivalent to IMP)

MAJ - Major 

MB-BMC - Military Band - Basic Musician Course

MB-IMC - Military Band - Intermediate Musician Course

MB- AMC - Military Band - Advanced Musician Course


NLT - No later than

NCM - Non-Commisioned Member - cadets ie: Sgt, Flt Sgt, WO1, WO2

NCO - Non-Commissioned Officer - cadets ie: WO2; WO1


OCdt - Officer Cadet - lowest ranking officer

OIC - Officer in Charge - refers to officer responsible for an event

OPI - Officer of Primary Interest (this is the Officer that will take ultimate responsibility)


PHASE - Promoting Healthy And Safe Experiences

PRCI's - Prairie Region Cadet Instructions

PMV - Personal Motor Vehicle

PO: - Performance Objective

PO: EO: - Performance Objective / Enabling Objective

PPS -  Power Pilot Scholarship

PB-BMC - Pipe Band - Basic Musician Course

PB-IMC - Pipe Band - Intermediate Musician Course

PB-AMC - Pipe Band - Advanced Musician Course



RO - Reviewing Officer

RSO - Range Safety Officer

RCAirC - Royal Canadian Air Cadets

RCACS - Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron


Sgt - Sergeant - cadet NCM rank

Sqn Comd - Squadron Commander - the cadet in the squadron assigned to the top parade position

Sqn Dep Comd - Squadron Deputy Commander - the cadet in the squadron assigned to the second highest parade position

SupO - Supply Officer

SWO - Squadron Warrant Officer - a parade position not a rank

StdsO - Standards Officer

SIC - Survival Instructor Course


2IC - Second in Command

TrgO - Training Officer


UCCMA - Unit Cadet Conflict Management Advisor ( formerly UHRA)

UHRA - Unit Human Rights Advisor 



WO1 - Warrant Officer First Class - top cadet NCO rank

WO2 - Warrant Officer Second Class - NCO rank below WO1

WRT - With Regards To




Zulu Time - another name for Greenwich Mean Time - GMT