How does someone join Air Cadets?
To join 132 Spitfire Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, come see us in in the fall before the end of October on Wednesday nights at 6:45 PM at David Suzuki Secondary School. Check out out Join page for more information.
What will it cost and do I have to pay for a Uniform?
Many fundraising activities (i.e.: Tag Days, Lottery Ticket sales, special events, etc.) cover the fees associated with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet (RC(Air)C program, but a annual $175.00 fee is required, and at times and we charge a nominal fee for special events (day trips, long duration trips, banquet, etc.). However, uniform will be provided at no cost, but you are expected to keep the uniform clean and neat.
What are the requirements of membership?
You must be 12 – 18 years of age and must be of good character, interested in the program and attend parades regularly. You must be Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant. Permission from your parent or guardian is required.
How often do Air Cadets meet?
You will parade with us every Wednesday evening from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Additional activities take place during other week nights (i.e.: Drill Team, Band, Ground School, etc.). You will also be required to participate in occasional day trips and overnight weekend training and compeititions.
How often do Air Cadets fly?
Our squadron goes gliding twice a year – autumn and spring.
If I join Air Cadets, will I be joining the Canadian Forces?
Not at all! Cadets is a civilian youth organization with ties to the Canadian military, but it is not part of the Canadian military.
What training will I receive?
You will learn many new general skills like leadership, drill, first aid, navigation, aircraft identification, and some advance skills like music, survival, marksmenship and flying and gliding at summer camps Air Cadets who can pass the required medical and written examinations can qualify for power and glider pilot scholarship courses conducted at flying clubs, schools and special camps across Canada. Completion of the Power Pilot Scholarship program will award the cadet with a full Private Pilot’s License. All this achieved in a challenging, yet disciplined environment.
Who teach and train Air Cadets?
You will be instructed by officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre – a component of the Canadian Forces who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. Also, Senior Staff Air Cadets train and instruct along with Civilian Volunteers such as ex-servicemen, school teachers, former Air Cadets and other persons willing to devote time to this activity are also active in the Air Cadet program.