Parents – What to Expect

  • Air Cadet in the family usually means a busy week, busy training year and a fulfilling few years as you watch your son or daughter grow into a disciplined, skilled and mature citizen as they confidently move into their adult life. Many parents volunteer their time and assist the squadron. If interested in volunteering your time, talk to the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (parent’s committee). Another option is to join as a Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) officer. (http://skacl.ca/join/cic/)
  • To be able to fund some squadron activities, your child will be asked to help fundraise a few times a year from their squadron. Parents are encouraged to help out: more volunteers = more funding = more activities for your squadron!

Mandatory Aspects

  • The regular training year runs from September to June. Your Cadet will have one mandatory meeting each week called a “Parade night”. Mandatory aspects of the program are must do’s for all cadets and form the basis for the program across Canada. These include activities such as local Remembrance Day parades and fundraising.
  • Complementary programs are also required elements, which take place on weekends and other nights throughout the week. These support mandatory training. Some examples of these programs include squadron gliding days at the local air cadet flying/gliding site and Field Training Exercise (FTX) weekends. For cadets to progress and be successful, they must participate fully in these complementary activities.

Optional Aspects

  • Optional activities include Effective Speaking, Marksmanship, Biathlon, Band & Music, Curling, Drill team/Flag party, sports teams, and many more!

Summer opportunities

  • Following the regular training year, Cadets have an opportunity to attend Summer Training Courses. Various types of courses are held at numerous Cadet Summer Training Centres across the country. With the assistance of the squadron Training Officer, cadets can apply for a variety of courses based on their age, training level, and interests.
  • As they progress through the program, the opportunities for summer training expands.
  • A first-year Cadet may attend a two-week General Training (GT) course and learn the basics of flying, drill, aviation careers, and teamwork.
  • A second-year Cadet may choose to apply for three-week courses such as Basic Leadership, Basic Musician, Basic Aviation, etc.
  • By the time a cadet is in their fourth or fifth year, they are eligible to apply for National Level Courses such as Glider Pilot or Power Pilot, which are advanced training for those who may be interested in achieving their aviation license or pursuing a career as a Pilot. National summer courses are highly competitive to enter and only the top cadets in the country are chosen. Also, by age 17, Cadets can apply for the International Air Cadet Exchange which takes them to various countries around the world to learn more about Air Cadets and aviation while also being a cadet ambassador for Canada.
  • More information can be found in the Summer Courses page (http://skacl.ca/summer-courses/).