Awards & Qualifications

Through the Air Cadets it is possible to achieve not only internal awards, but also externally recognisable achievements. We are highly involved with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) which will allow you to achieve either Bronze, Silver or Gold award. The badge from this may be worn on your blues jumper. More details can be found here.


Many people do not realize that you can gain official qualifications through the things you do within Air Cadets. Through an organization called the CVQOor Cadet Vocational Qualification Organization, you can achieve a BTEC equivalent to 4 GCSE grades A*-C. For more information on this please see their website. By attending a Junior Leaders Course with Air Cadets you are automatically entitled to an ILM Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading. Best of all, these qualifications are completely free to all cadets. For more information about the CVQO please speak to your Commanding Officer.


Classification is something which is always overlooked as a qualification. However, you have had to pass exams to get your classification. If you explain what your classification means, it may impress the person you are talking to. There are also commendations available of varying importance. The most basic is the "Squadron Commanders Commendation" which can be awarded to you by your Commanding Officer, usually for excellent work around the squadron. Then you get a "Wing Commanders Commendation" which will involve you going to a special ceremony at Wing HQ, Newberg House, to collect your certificate. The awards are usually given out by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mary Fagan. This will be awarded for doing something important enough to be important on a wing level. You then get a Group Captains commendation which is similar to the Wing Commanders commendation but the next level up as it is a Regional award. Finally there is the Commandant Air Cadets Commendation which is the most prestigious award in this category.