Cadet Medals


The Cadet Award for Bravery may be awarded by the Canadian Forces to Cadets who perform outstanding deeds of valor involving risk of their own lives in saving the lives or property of others.

The recommendation shall be initiated by the Air Cadet Squadron Commanding Officer and forwarded by the Sponsoring Committee through their Provincial Committee to League Headquarters. Comments by the Provincial Committee will be sent with the recommendation to League Headquarters. The decision of the Executive Committee of the League will be forwarded to National Defence Headquarters where the recommendations will be considered by the Canadian Cadet Movement (CCM), National Honours and Awards Committee before presentation for final approval by the Chief of the Defence Staff. The Executive Director of the Air Cadet League is a member of that Committee which is chaired by the Director of Cadets.


The Royal Canadian Humane Association (RCHA) Silver and Bronze Medals are awarded for gallantry in saving or trying to save life. The Silver Medal is awarded for acts more gallant than those for which the Bronze Medal is awarded.

A recommendation that a Cadet Instructor, Civilian Instructor or Cadet be awarded a Royal Canadian Humane Association Medal must be made within two months of the gallant act. The Association requires that a recommendation for an award be made on a special declaration Form. That form and other supporting documents required may be obtained from the Association or through the CF.

See also the RCHA web site:



The Lord Strathcona Medal (LSM) is the highest Award which can be bestowed upon a Cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.

The Medal and the accompanying Certificate of Merit are awarded by the Lord Strathcona Trust. The issue and wearing of the LSM is authorized by the Chief of the Defence Staff. Each Air Cadet Squadron may award one Medal in each training year, but the award of the Medal is to be based solely on the availability of a worthy candidate. Awarding the LSM annually is not mandatory and should not be a matter of custom for a particular appointment or by seniority alone. The Squadron Commanding Officer determines whether a LSM should be awarded each year, but he is encouraged to seek the recommendations of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee. The LSM is provided through the Area Cadet Officer and is presented by the Reviewing Officer at the squadron’s annual ceremonial review.

Medal Objectives

  • encourage the improvement of the physical and intellectual capabilities of cadets
  • foster patriotism in cadets through the acquisition of a good knowledge of military matters.

Selection Criteria:

  • Have a high level of physical fitness
  • Have attended at least one summer training course of three weeks in duration.
  • Have qualified to training level not below level 3.
  • Have met all the requirements of their squadron’s mandatory training program and attended at least 75% of the scheduled training parades in the year of nomination.
  • Have met all requirements of their squadrons optional/support training program and participated inn at least 50% of scheduled activities in the year of nomination.
  • Have completed three years as a cadet.
  • Be regarded by peers and supervisors as exemplifying the model cadet.


The Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence (RCLCME) recognizes individual endeavors of a citizenship nature, which meet or enhance the purposes and objectives of the Cadet organizations. It is wholly sponsored and awarded by the Royal Canadian Legion.

Each Air Cadet Squadron may award one RCLCME each training year, provided a worthy candidate is available. The main theme in awarding the RCLCME is to emphasize the citizenship aspects of the Cadet program. The Squadron Commanding Officer is the approving authority for the award of the medal, but he is encouraged to seek the active participation of the local Legion authorities and the recommendations of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee. The RCLCME will normally be presented by a suitable Legion representative at the Squadron’s annual ceremonial review.

Selection Criteria:

  • Met all the requirements of the squadrons annual mandatory and optional training programs.
  • Participated in a minimum of three community service events in addition to those supported by the cadet unit through its local corps/squadron program.
  • Regarded by peers and superiors as exemplifying the model cadet.
  • Enhanced the cadet squadron through
    • Cooperation with peers and subordinates
    • Comradeship
    • Promoting goodwill and morale within the squadron
    • Aiding in the development of group identity and cohesiveness
    • Supporting and assisting fellow squadron members
    • His/her involvement in the local community


The Air Force Association of Canada (AFAC) Medal recognizes exceptional and noteworthy qualities and will be awarded annually to the top graduating Air Cadet from the Power and Glider courses.

Army, Navy And Air Force Veterans In Canada (ANAVETS) Cadet Medal Of Merit


The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS), as a legacy to its desire to promote excellence and awareness of the Canadian Cadet Organization, has established the ANAVETS Cadet Medal of Merit.


One medal shall be awarded at each CTC to the top cadet, male and female, for each of the following courses:

  • Advance Aviation Technology Course – Airport Operations
  • Advanced Aviation Technology Course – Aircraft Maintenance
  • Advanced Aerospace Course
  • Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course
  • Fitness and Sports Instructor Course
  • Survival Instructor Course
  • Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course
  • Military Band – Advanced Musician Course
  • Pipe Band – Advanced Musician Course

The selection of the recipients shall be based on the following criteria:

  • Overall achievement
  • Leadership qualities
  • Instructional abilities
  • Dress, deportment, and motivation
  • Cooperation with others


The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) has created an Award to recognize continuous meritorious Cadet Service of at least four years by deserving Air Cadets.

To qualify for this Award, a serving Cadet must have successfully completed four years of honorable service with no serious infractions. All currently serving Air Cadets are eligible for this Award.

Air Cadets are eligible to receive a bar and rosette for the Air Cadet Service Medal. A bar and rosette are issued for each year of training completed beyond the four-year Air Cadet Service Medal qualifying period. The Bar is worn on the Medal ribbon, and a corresponding Gold Rosette is worn on the undress ribbon.