Merit-Based Promotion Criteria
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CATO 13-02

CATO 13-02 – ANNEX A

CATO 13-02 – ANNEX B

How do I get promoted?

The cadet program leadership recently released a new promotion policy (CATO 13-02) that has taken effect as of 19 Nov 13. For each rank there are different requirements in order to be promoted. You will find here a comprehensive table that clearly outlines each of these requirements for your specific rank.

While this list outlines the requirements for promotion to each rank, it's important to understand that promotion to any given rank is not automatic.  This list simply provides a minimum standard to meet, while a large portion of the decision is based on the recommendation of the Level Officers and final approval from the Commanding Officer.

How am I evaluated for promotion?

With this new promotion policy comes new checklists for each rank.  As part of the promotion process the staff will review each cadet against the forms linked bellow in order to determine their eligibility.

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What is a Merit Review Board (MRB)?

For some of the senior ranks a merit review board processes is conducted in order to establish an equitable and transparent process, able to withstand scrutiny, by which CO can establish the most suitable cadet(s) for promotion to the ranks of WO2 and WO1. As a local initiative we use the same process for promotion to FSgt as an opportunity for these senior cadets to learn the process and practice their interview skills. The MRB process includes three parts (CATO 13-02 Annex B):

File Review

  • Reviews attendance;
  • historical academic review of squadron training;
  • a review of all Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC) course reports and/or Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs);
  • pertinent positive and/or disciplinary notes kept on file;
  • a list of all sqn awards granted; and
  • a listing of all other awards received by the individual including national honours and awards



  • In order to be eligible for the MRB process each interested individual must submit a narrative to the responsible officer.  An example can be found here (this should be used as an example and shall not be copied)


  • The interview will be conducted with a minimum of three of the following members present:
    •  Board Chairperson;
    •  League or local sponsor representative;
  • a minimum of one and maximum of three additional members from the following:
    •  Representative(s) of the RCSU/DET
    •  CIC Officer(s) (from within own or members of neighboring corps / sqns),
    •  member(s) of the community
  • The interview will follow the same format for each candidate and will include questions that allow for the candidate to:
  • Recount their achievements through cadet training (e.g., sqn program, CSTC program);
  • explain what previous positions of leadership they have held (at cadets, school, etc.) and how they performed in related situations;
  • outline personal goals and/or their goals for the sqn;
  • respond to scenario-based questions that relate to typical sqn situations where the candidate shares how they might approach/deal with the situation; and
  • candidate achievements outside of the sqn setting (eg, school, community, sports teams).


What is expected of me once I am promoted?

An important part of the promotion process is understanding what is expected of you leading up to, and after receiving a promotion. You can see here; the new leadership progression model that was developed as part of the new policy roll out.

It's important for each cadet to review this document regularly to see if they are on track with where they would like to be.  It's also important to use this document to look ahead to determine a career path.  Some cadets may not want to take on the top leadership role of the Warrant Officer First Class and this document will help them decide what they want to get out of the program.