Officer Cadet

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Officer Cadet
CountryFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
Service branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom from 1801.png Royal Navy
Next higher rankMidshipman

Officer Cadet is a rank held by trainee officers of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force


The rank of officer cadet is held by trainee officers at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Army), at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth (Navy), and the Royal Air Force College at RAF Cranwell (Airforce).

Royal Navy

In Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, the rank is non-substantive and only used in the initial phases of training, after which officers use their substantive rank of Midshipman. Formerly, cadets at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, and Dartmouth, had the substantive rank of "Naval Cadet", or "Cadet, RN" or "Cadet" until passing out of Dartmouth as a midshipman.