Royal Canadian Army Cadets.
All new recruits are given the rank of Cadet.
The first promotion a cadet earns is to the rank of Gunner. Gunner is earned after 6 months of good attendance and active participation.
A cadet is promoted to Bombardier after successfully completing the Green Star training level. Bombardiers are expected to help all new cadets and gunners.
Once a cadet has successfully completed the Red Star training level and has held the rank of Bombardier for 6 months a cadet may promoted to Master Bombardier. Cadets of this rank are given greater leadership roles to prepare for future appointments.
The promotion to Sergeant is earned after completing the Silver Star training level, and holding the rank of Master Bombardier for a minimum of 6 months. Sergeants have been trained to lead and are often appointed as Section Commanders.
A promotion to Warrant Office can occur after the completion of the Gold Star training level with proficiency in some skills, and having held the rank of Sergeant for a minimum of 6 months. Warrant Officers can be appointed to many of the leadership positions such as Troop Commander.
Master Warrant Officer
After a minimum of 6 months a cadet may apply and be selected by a Promotion Review Board to be promoted to the rank of Master Warrant Officer. Criteria considered for this promotion include the cadet's seniority, qualifications, experience, attendance and performance. Master Warrant Officers hold the some of the highest leadership postions such as Drill Sergeant Major (DSM).
Chief Warrant Officer
Promotion to Chief Warrant Officer is dependant on the cadet having held the rank of Master Warrant Officer for a minimum of 6 months. The cadets must then apply to and be selected by a Promotion Review Board based on the cadets seniority, qualifications, experience, attendance and performance. A cadet that is reached this rank is appointed the most senior leadership position of Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM).