The Commandant Air Cadets is a Full Time Reserve Royal Air Force officer, Air Commodore Barbara Cooper
Each region is lead by a RAF Reserve Group Captain
Each Air Training Corps Wing is commanded by a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Training Branch (RAFVR(T)) officer with the rank of Wing Commander.
The rank of Squadron Leader is held by Wing Staff Officers such as OC Training and Development Unit and the various Sector Commanders within the Wing. The Deputy Commanding Officer/ Chief of Staff of the Wing holds the rank of Squadron Leader.
The volunteer staff in ATC squadrons come in 3 types: commissioned officers, senior NCOs and civilian instructors (CIs).
RAFVR(T) Commissioned Officers
Officers within the Royal Air Force Air Cadets are appointed within the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch), hold the Queen's Commission, and are subject to the Armed Forces Act 2006.
Officers within the RAF VR(T) follow the same rank structure as regular RAF officers. Officers within the RAF VR(T) can be readily identified by a badge with the initials "VRT" attached to their rank slides.
The squadrons Commanding Officer or OC is a Flight Lieutenant.
ATC Senior Non Commissioned Officers
ATC SNCOs undertake the role of maintaining a high level of discipline within the squadron, and managing the squadron's cadet NCO team (the front-line of squadron discipline).
ATC SNCO is an Air Training Corps appointment and can be readily identified by a distinguishing badge with the initials "ATC" attached to their rank slides.
Civilian Instructors (CI) are adult volunteers who are civilian non-uniformed members of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets adult staff structure who volunteer their services for a variety of training roles within the squadron environment.
They bring to the squadron a vast range of knowledge and experience that they pass onto cadets as part of their training.