1) What is the purpose of cadets?
Cadets form a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship and physical fitness, all within a safe environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces.
Our Squadron in particular does a variety of different things. Here are some examples: -gliding -precision drill -team sports -leadership training -field training/survival exercises -music and music training -summer training You will participate in these activities during the weekly training nights, weekends and in the summer. You will also be asked to support your community by taking part in citizenship events organized by our Squadron. It all happens in a fun, friendly, safe environment that will motivate you to give your best.
3) When and how often do you meet?
Our actual training nights are on Wednesday evenings between the hours of 6:30pm and 10pm (except for Holidays). The Mandatory portion of the Cadet Training Program requires a cadet to attend every training night as well as a few activities to be held on a few weekends throughout the year. Aside from Mandatory training, cadets may wish to participate in other activities (ie., band, drill team, sports, citizenship & community service) that will occur on other evenings/weekends throughout the year. As long as the cadet is responsible and attends his/her Mandatory training, he/she can participate in as many other activities as he/she would like.
4) How old do I have to be to join?
Any child who is 12 years old as of the date they first join and not older than 19 years old may join the Squadron. All cadets must “retire” from the Program on/by their 19th birthday.
5) What do I need to join?
Bring the following pieces of identification on the applicant (new recruit): a birth certificate; AND a valid Canadian passport; OR a valid resident card; OR a valid identification card issued by a Canadian provincial or federal government agency. You also need to bring Health Card of potential cadet Name, number and address of two parents/ guardians Name, number and address of doctor Name, number and address of emergency contact (can’t be living with you)
Cadets learn from members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), Officers who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. In some cases, civilian instructors and civilian volunteers who possess special skills are called in to assist Cadet Instructors. Both the Cadet Instructors and civilian instructors and volunteers have chosen to dedicate their valuable time to helping Cadets reach their potential.
8) Will I be expected to join the Canadian Armed Forces?
Absolutely not! Although many cadets have joined the Forces after their time in the Cadet Program, there is no requirement for you to continue on to the Regular Forces. During your time with cadets, during your time as a cadet you will be exposed to aspects of the Canadian Armed Forces which may spark your interest but more importantly, you will make new friends, develop new skills and grow to be a contributing member of society.
9) Who can I contact if I have more questions?
Please feel free to contact us using our online form.
6) What does it cost to join cadets?
There is a small registration fee paid to the squadron each year. All other training, the uniform and required activities are covered by the Squadron. Your child will be asked to participate in fundraising activities (tagging, lottery ticket sales, etc) to help cover the Squadron’s training costs. Any activities that are not financially covered by the Squadron, either whole or in part, will be optional and the cost will be advised well in advance (ie. March Break trip).