Welcome to the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program. Your children have joined on of Canada’s premier youth organizations. In Ontario there are almost 8000 young people between the ages of 12 and 19 enrolled in 119 squadrons of which some 7000 cadets are in the 103 squadrons under the Ontario Provincial Committee. The remainder are in Northwestern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. On behalf of the Air Cadet League, the Department of National Defence, the sponsors and staff of the local squadron, we would like to welcome you and your children to the Air Cadet program.
The Air Cadet program started in 1941 when a group of civilian volunteers set up a country-wide voluntary organization to help stimulate an interest in flying and aviation. Many cadets eventually entered wartime service with the RCAF.
Following the end of the war, the Air Cadet program remained in place. Its role changed to meet the changing needs of society and its young people.
The aims of the Air Cadet program are as follows:
- To develop the attributes of good citizenship and leadership
- To promote physical fitness
- To stimulate the interest of youth in aviation and aeronautics
Many cadets chose to pursue their interest in aviation through a career in the Armed Forces or through post-secondary study leading to a position in Canada’s aviation industry.
Everything we do in Air Cadets can be summed up in the motto of the program:
To Learn, To Serve, To Advance
We are pleased that your children have chosen to join Canada’s premier youth program.