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Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps


Frequently Asked Questions

To join, find a cadet corps near you that you would like to be involved with.  Look up their website or social media page and find out when they meet for their weekly training night, and attend it.  Talk to their recruit staff to get all the information and forms needed to join.

Q:  What is the purpose of Cadets?

A:  Cadets form a national organisation whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship and physical fitness, all with in an environment that stimulates an interest in the Canadian Forces.

Q:  Why should I join cadets?

A:  Cadets offer you challenges, friendship and adventure!  It's an opportunity to expand your own horizons, contribute to your community and make friends for life.  Many former Cadets credit their participation in the program with giving them a head-start toward their successful careers.  Did you know that Jim Carrey (actor) was involved with cadets when he was a teenager??

Q:  What do Cadets do?

A:  Cadets are teenagers who take part in activities at a Cadet Corps within their local community.  These activities are designed to help you to become more self-confident, to develop your leadership skills, to improve your physical fitness and communication skill, and to teach you self-discipline through challenging training.

Q:  When do Cadets meet?

A:  Cadets usually meet once a week and some weekends throughout the school year.  If you're involved with any teams you may meet more often with your team for practice and competition.

Q:  Will Cadet training affect my schoolwork?

A:  Education is very important to cadets.  Cadet training is a hands-on, activity-based program that should compliment your school studies.  In fact, some provincial and territorial education boards accept Cadet subjects for school credits.  As well, there are several scholarships available through Cadets.

Q:  How old do I have to be to join?

A:  You can join as soon as you've reached your 12th birthday, and can remain until you turn 19!

Q:  What do I need to join?

A:  All you need to join is and interest in the program and your parent's/guardian's permission.  You also have to be willing to attend regular meetings and take part in activities and training.

Q:  What does it cost to join?

A:  There is no enrolment fee to join the cadet program.  However, cadets are asked to take part in fundraising activities that support optional programming in which his/her corps participates.

Q:  Do I have to buy my own uniform?

A:  No.  The Canadian Forces loan complete uniforms to Cadets and Cadets are expected to take good care of their uniform.  If a cadet outgrows their uniform or there are any issues with it, you are asked to bring it back and exchange it.  

Q:  If I don't pay to join Cadets, then who pays for the program?

A:  The two major partners in the Army Cadet program are the Department of National Defence and the Army Cadet League of Canada (a civilian non profit corporation).  These two organizations work together to provide the facilities and material required to operate each Army Cadet Corps.  The Support Committee also contributes through fundraising to cover other costs for Cadets as well.

Q:  What will I do at weekly training?

A:  Some of the activities you can expect at your Cadet Corps include; Ceremonial drill, first aid, sports, map reading and history.  Many Corps have teams where you can learn other activities as well such as marksmanship, drill, orienteering, camping and so much more!  There is also plenty of time to have fun and make new friends!! 

Q:  What about summer training?

A:  For those interested, Cadets have summer training programs that are located all across Canada!  Our most local training centre is located at Base Borden, Borden ON, called Blackdown.  This is where most of our first year cadets will attend.  The training sessions range from two to eight weeks on a variety of courses.  Each one offers a unique mixture of outdoor activities and valuable instruction.  Attendance at Summer Training is free.  The Canadian Forces provide all transportation, meals, lodging and special equipment.  Every Cadet attending summer training receives a training allowance; Cadets in staff positions at the training centres receive a salary.

Q:  What do I do at summer Cadet Training Centre?

A:  Courses offered at Army Cadet Summer Training Centres include leadership, instructional techniques, music, marksmanship, summer biathlon, map & compass, fieldcraft/survival and adventure activities, ceremonial drill, physical education, computer skills, and citizenship. Advanced courses include training in leadership, rock climbing, kayaking, canoe trips, trekking, marksmanship, music and the Military Basic Parachutist Course!  

Q:  Are there any travel opportunities?

A:  Yes!  For summer training, Cadets travel to one of 28 Summer camps located in different parts of Canada. In addition, selected Cadets go on exchange trips to countries such as England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Wales and Italy for international exchange program.  Exchange Cadets are selected on their high standards in performance, fitness and involvement in Cadet activities. (These activities vary from year-to-year).

Q:  Who instructs Cadets?

A:  Cadets learn from members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre, (officers who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth), members of the Regular and Primary Reserve forces, and more senior Cadets themselves.  In some cases, civilian volunteers who possess special skills are called in to assist Cadet Instructors.  Both the Cadet Instructors and civilian volunteers have chosen to dedicate their valuable time to helping cadets reach their potential.

Q:  Will I be expected to join the Canadian Forces?

A:  NO.  Cadets make absolutely no commitments regarding future military service, and are free to leave at any time.  However, those cadets that decide to join the Forces later on start out with the advantage of having learned valuable skills through Cadets.

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