The series is divided into two separate sub-series, namely the Cadet Papers (1789-1860) L/MIL/9/107-254 and the Cadet Registers (1775-1860) L/MIL/9/255-269.
The Cadet Papers consist of application forms and petitions, birth or baptism certificates produced to satisfy age regulations, testimonials, and related corespondence and memoranda, forwarded to East India House when a cadet's appointment was under consideration - baptism certificates are lacking in some of the early papers but appear regularly from c1795 onwards. The Cadet Registers comprise mainly annual lists of cadets giving brief details - information usually to be found includes Presidency, date of appointment, name of nominating Director, and ship on which embarked.
The lists below cover all the Cadet Papers but only those entries in the Cadet Registers where an officer either has no Cadet Papers or where the information in the Registers supplements what is found in the Papers. Assistant Surgeons, whose names are also to be found in Cadet Registers, are not included in the list. The list gives the full name of each cadet followed by the relevant volume and folio numbers.