180 Mosquito Squadron is one of over a thousand cadet units in Canada. It falls under the following military command structure in the Canadian Armed Forces (along with links to the respective websites):
As well, 180 Sqn falls under the following civilian command structure with the Air Cadet League:
180 Sqn is split up into a progressive flight system, which is somewhat unique. This includes a headquarters and 6 flights. The Sqn is commanded by the Commanding Officer, as well as a Squadron Warrant Officer who is directly in charge of all the flights and cadets. Each flight is commanded by a Flight Sergeant and has a body of non-commissioned officer staff (Flight Corporals and Sergeants).
All officers and warrant officers are part of the Headquarters, whereas all other cadets are in the flight system. Cadets begin as recruits in 6 Flight and work their way up to 1 Flight through good Drill, Dress and Deportment. This process usually takes anywhere from 2 to 4 years.
The level system is a nationally standardized set of classes designed to teach cadets the core subjects of the Air Cadet program, such as general cadet knowledge, leadership, drill, aviation, instructional technique, outdoor survival, citizenship and more. All cadets are in a level, and must learn about the necessary subjects, usually by attending the classes. Cadets normally advance through the levels on a level per year progression, though considerations are sometimes made based on prior cadet experience or age.
Teams and Groups
Most cadets are encouraged to join at least one team during the year, which can include the Band, drill teams, sports teams, the Range Team and others. Teams maintain their own chain of commands which usually consists of a team officer, team commander, and the team members.