badge, proficiency, British, Air Training Corps, First Class Cadet
Proficiency badge to a First Class Cadet of the Air Training Corps, being a four-pointed star, embroidered in light blue onto a blue-grey fabric backing, cut to shape.
Introduced 1941. Worn below the squadron numeral or distinguishing badge. First Class Cadet has also been known as 'proficient cadet'.
The Air Training Corps was formed in February 1941, absorbing most of the Air Defence Cadet Corps (ADCC) in the process. The success of the ADCC had demonstrated the advantages to early training of cadets who entered quickly into active service once they had entered the RAF or Fleet Air Arm. The ATC was integrated into the RAF as part of Training Command. After the Second World War, the ATC became part of Reserve Command and bore the objective of promoting the Air Force and providing training.