FAQ

WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN?

You just need an interest in the program, a sense of dedication and respect, and a willingness to learn!

Once you have registered online, we will invite you down to the Squadron to finalize your enrolment. ID requirements are listed here - make sure to bring them with you.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN CADETS?

Cadets offers 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 astronaut Chris Hadfield, Olympic biathlon gold medalist Myriam Bédard and actor Jim Carrey were all Cadets in their teens?

WHAT DO CADETS DO?

Cadets are teenagers like you who take part in activities at Cadet Units 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 skills, and to teach you self-discipline through challenging training.

WHEN DOES THE SQUADRON MEET?

861 Silverfox conducts its training parades on Wednesday evenings. Teams such as the band, drill team, range team, and first aid team will meet during other evenings of the week. Activities such as survival training exercises and flying will be conducted on weekends.

WILL CADET TRAINING AFFECT MY SCHOOLWORK?

Education is very important to Cadets. Cadet training is a hands-on, activity-based program that should complement your school studies. In fact, the BC Provincial school board accepts Cadet subjects and years of service for school credits. As well, there are several scholarships and training bursaries available through Cadets.

DO I HAVE TO BUY MY OWN UNIFORM?

No. The Canadian Forces loan complete uniforms to Cadets. In return, Cadets are expected to take good care of their uniform by maintaining them weekly.

WHAT WILL I DO AT WEEKLY MEETINGS?

Some of the activities you can expect at your unit include ceremonial drill, first aid, sports, and citizenship events that support your community. Occasional weekend activities include survival training and marksmanship. There will also be plenty of time to have fun and make new friends!

WHAT ABOUT SUMMER CAMPS?

For those interested, cadets have the opportunity to apply for training at various summer training centres located across Canada. Courses range from two to eight weeks in duration. Each camp offers a unique mixture of outdoor activities and valuable instruction. Attendance at Cadet Summer Camps is free. The Canadian Forces provide all transportation, meals, lodging and special equipment. Every Cadet attending summer camp receives a training allowance; Cadets in staff positions at camp receive a salary.

WHO INSTRUCTS CADETS?

Cadets learn from members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre; officers who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. 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.

WILL I BE EXPECTED TO JOIN THE CANADIAN FORCES?

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