National Courses Handbook 2018 – Cadets and Parents_V1 Nov-28

A note on Narratives:

All National Course applications must include a Narrative composed by the Cadet. If a Cadet is applying for more than one National Course, a separate Narrative for each Course is required.

The Narrative counts for:

  • 10% of the Merit List Score for IACE (International Air Cadet Exchanges),
  • 5% for PPS (Power Pilot Scholarship) and GPS (Glider Pilot Scholarship), and
  • 10% for AASC, AATC-AO (Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Airport Operations) and AATC-AM (AATC-Aircraft Maintenance).

The Narrative is a mandatory component of the IACE, PPS and GPS applications. Applications that arrive without a Narrative may be withdrawn if the applications remains incomplete.


Points are awarded for each application as a means of ranking application quality. It is in your best interest to read the National Course Handbook fully and maximize the points your Cadet’s application will receive. Example, in the case of the Narrative, points can be lost for lack of a signature and not following specifications as outlined in the handbook. Below are the general requirements:


  • Must be generated by the Cadet without assistance
  • Must be 500-600 words
  • Must be presented in a line spacing of 1.5 or 2 (double-spaced), 11 or 12-pt standard business font (e.g., Times New Roman)
  • Must be presented on plain white or cream paper
  • Must contain the Cadet’s rank, given name, surname, and Squadron at the top of the page
  • Must contain the Cadet’s signature at the end of the Narrative


  • 25% for accomplishments as a Cadet
  • 50% for understanding of the course content, projecting the value/usefulness of the course to themselves and their Squadron, and articulating their desire to take the course
  • 20% for extra-curricular activities of the applicant, particularly those that relate to the training and qualifications provided by the course
  • 5% for presentation and special merit factors


Here is the National Course Handbook from 2017: 2017 National Courses HB for Cadets & Parents -V4 Nov 11 2016_reduced