Cadet Acronyms


Admin - Administration

AdminO - Administration Officer

Adj - Adjutant - a cadet parade position not a rank

AC - Air cadet

AKA - Also Know As

AAC - Advanced Aviation Course

AATC-AM - Advanced Aviation Technology Course - Aircraft Maintenance (Summer Training course that is no longer offered)

AATC-AO - Advanced Aviation Technology Course - Airport Operations (Summer Training course that is no longer offered)

ARMIC - Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course


BAC - Basic Aviation Course

BATAC - Basic Aviation Technology & Aerospace Course

BDCC - Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course (Summer Training course that is no longer offered)

BFSC - Basic Fitness & Sports Course (Summer Training course that is no longer offered)

BSC - Basic Survival Course (Summer Training course that is no longer offered)


C365 - Cadet 365

CANCDTGEN - Canadian Cadet General Order

Capt - Captain

CATO - Cadet Administrative and Training Orders

Cdt - Cadet

CI - Civilian Instructor (Paid adult position)

CIV - Civilian Volunteer (True Volunteer)

CHAP - Cadet Harassment and Abuse Prevention program (no longer used)

CMDR - Commander

CO - Commanding Officer

Cpl - Corporal

CTC - Cadet Training Centre


DND - Department of National Defense

DEU - Dress Environmental Uniform

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 (or simply DCI) - 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, Hawk 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

FTU - Field Training Uniform

FTX - Field Training Exercise - can include Survival Exercise

FHQ - Field Headquarters (used on FTXs Only)

FSIC (or simply FSI) - Fitness and Sports Instructor


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

GPS - Glider Pilot Scholarship (term no longer used)

GPTC - Glider Pilot Training Course

Gp Inst - Group Instruction

Gp Orders - Group Orders

GT - General Training (Summer Training course that is no longer offered)


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

MovO - Movements Officer


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)

OT - Oshkosh Trip (exchange) (Summer Training course that is no longer offered)


PHASE - Promoting Healthy and Safe Experiences (replaced PSRY beginning 2022-23 training year)

Pra - Prairie - as in Prairie Region (term no longer used)

PRCI's - Prairie Region Cadet Instructions

PMV - Personal Motor Vehicle

PO - Performance Objective

PO: EO: - Performance Objective / Enabling Objective

PSRY - Positive Social Relations for Youth (replaced the CHAP program) (Has been replaced with PHASE)

PPS - Power Pilot Scholarship (term no longer used)

PPTC - Power Pilot Training Course

PB-BMC - Pipe Band - Basic Musician Course

PB-IMC - Pipe Band - Intermediate Musician Course

PB-AMC - Pipe Band - Advanced Musician Course


QR Cadets - Queen's Regulations and Orders for Canadian Cadet Organizations (will be renamed upon passing of Queen Elizabeth II)


RO - Reviewing Officer

RSO - Range Safety Officer

RCAirC - Royal Canadian Air Cadets

RCACS - Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron


Sgt - Sergeant

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

Sqn - Squadron

SupO - Supply Officer

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

StdsO - Standards Officer

SIC (or simply SI) - 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

WngComd - Wing Commander




Zulu Time - another name for Greenwich Mean Time - GMT