Junior Leaders

The Junior Leaders Course syllabus moves beyond the Leadership Courses at CTC Frimley, Nesscliffe and RAFC Cranwell and is aimed at senior cadets with a desire and ability to develop advanced leadership skills and challenge themselves personally.  The Course requires candidates to learn new skills at an intensive pace and demonstrate their ability to be robust both physically and mentally in a challenging environment.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  •  Be at least 17 years of age at the start of September that the Course starts.
  •  Hold the rank of Cadet NCO.
  •  Be competent in Land Navigation and Map Reading.
  •  Be physically fit and sufficiently robust to complete this demanding course.
  •  Have completed the ACP 16 Syllabus of Training.
  •  Have successfully completed a Wing SNCO Course.
  •  Current L98A2 Qualified.

Course Content

The Course is timetabled from September to Easter and comprises nine training weekends (from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) and a Test Phase of ten days duration.  The main course comprises the following modules:

Phase 1 Training  

This includes the necessary core skills required to be applied during later elements of the course.  They include transactional and transformational leadership, public speaking and presentation skills, social skills, group dynamics and syndicate work, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 project work, physical training and endurance, weapon training, advanced navigation and preparation and delivery of orders.

Phase 2 Training   

On successful completion of Phase 1 Training, Phase 2 Training works on application and practical training.  This includes field leadership skills, section commander skills including planning, delivery and execution, practical leadership and management, mission command and physical endurance.

Test Phase 

On successful completion of Phase 1 and 2 Training, candidates will be invited to Test Phase which comprises a realistic force protection exercise, an air power examination delivered by way of presentation, and completion of the student’s ILM work.