Adult Instructor Commissioned Officer Ranks:To be Saluted
O/Cdt - Officer Cadet (Note: This rank only is not to be saluted.)
A/Plt Off - Acting Pilot Officer
Plt Off - Pilot Officer
Fg Off - Flying Officer
Flt Lt - Flight Lieutenant
Sqn Ldr - Squadron Leader
Wg Cdr - Wing Commander
Gp Capt - Group Captain
Air Officer’s (Rank only held by a current serving or retired RAF officer.)
Air Cdre - Air Commodore
Adult Instructor Non-Commissioned Officer Ranks:Not to be Saluted
A/Sgt - Acting Sergeant
Sgt - Sergeant
FS - Flight Sergeant
WO - Warrant Officer (ATC only)
(Adult NCO instructors served in the RAF as Aircrew only, Distinguished by a Gold RAF Eagle between the chevrons or Gold crown, or the Royal Warrant with an RAF Gold Eagle surrounded by Silver laurel leaves.)
(1 * SEE THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE GLOSSARY. )
SAcr - Sergeant Aircrew
FSAcr - Flight Sergeant Aircrew
MAcr - Master Aircrew
Members that are serving in the RAF either as a Regular or Reserve. They will wear the uniform to their unit and ranks junior to NCO. They are to be addressed as “Staff”.
Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Ranks:Not to be Saluted
J Cdt - Junior Cadet
Cdt - Cadet
Cdt LCpl - Cadet Lance Corporal (CCF ONLY)
Cdt Cpl - Cadet Corporal
Cdt Sgt - Cadet Sergeant
Cdt FS - Cadet Flight Sergeant
CWO - Cadet Warrant Officer
Non-Uniformed StaffNot to be Saluted
CI - Civillian Instructor
Master Aircrew, Flight Sergeant Aircrew, and Sergeant are referred to as normal ranks like Warrant Officer, Flight Sergeant, and Sergeant. But abbreviated to MAcr (as an example) to distinguish them from Aircrew and Groundcrew. In 2020, these ranks were granted use to be used in the RAFAC.
Acting sergeants don’t exist. They are appointed as a full sergeant, the white tabs only signify they have not attended RAFAC Command & Leadership School — their probation is (at least) one year from appointment regardless.
If anything, all ranks after Fg Off up to and including Wg Cdr are actually acting ranks iaw AP1919A.
Obviously, it is still refed as Sgt, but I stand to my ground, Not many cadets know what an Aircrew rank is or looks like.
Why? Because I painfully witnessed an FS salute at a WO “Aircrew” not knowing or seeing it Bless 'em.
It’s ok to stand by your original intent, what you put up is laudable.
It’s just when it’s not right you have to tweak it.
APO / APltOff is one that’s bounced around & seems a cadetism (due to Petty Officer being PO) the former is the generally accepted term as the correct term which I disagree with but until I get evidence to illustrate otherwise I have to accept that APO is the term used.
It’s not a big drama, but just one of those cadet world quirks
Service Instructors can be of any rank in any of the three services (and in at least one example I know of, of a NATO armed force). If they are SAC equivalent or below then they will be addressed as ‘Staff’, however NCOs will be addressed by their rank. WOs and Commissioned Officers will be addressed as ‘Ma’am’ or ‘Sir’.