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58 Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Kingston, Ontario

What You Need to Know about Joining Air Cadets

 

Q - What are the Air Cadets?

A - We are an organization for both boys & girls 12 -19 years of age. The purpose of the cadet squadron is to develop youth leadership and promote physical fitness and active citizenship.

 

Q - Why should I join cadets?

A - Your will learn about flight (power & gliding), survival, teamwork and much more. You will make new friends and experience new, exciting and challenging adventures. Many successful Canadian such as Chris Hatfield, Myriam Bedard, Captain Marc Garneau, Rick Mercer, and actors Timothy Dalton & Jim Carey are all former cadets.

 

Q- Does this mean I will have to join the Canadian Forces?

A - Absolutely not. This is a civilian organization which fosters your leadership, physical fitness and active citizenship, with the assistance of Canadian Forces personnel.

 

Q - What does it cost to join?

A - There is no cost for the regular Tuesday night program. However, cadets are encouraged to participate in fundraising drives to raise money to cover the costs of the program.

 

Q - Who instructs the cadets?

A - Cadets learn from members of the Cadet Instructor Cadre, officers who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. In some cases civilian instructors are called upon to assist.

 

Q - Can I learn how to fly?

A - Yes, but not everyone gets to learn. The ones who pass medical and written exams qualify for aircraft and glider pilot scholarships. Other advanced training also exists for Senior Leadership, athletics, Survival, and Air Traffic Control.

 

Q - Do cadets also teach summer courses?

A - Qualified senior cadets get to teach and get paid to be staff cadets. Small allowances are also given when you attend the summer camps.

 

Q - Do you have to pay for Camps?

A - No. The meals, travel, lodging and instructions are at no cost.

 

Q - What do I need to join?

A - You need an interest in the program, a birth certificate, a health card, and written permission from a parent or guardian.

 

 

How to Find Us

We meet at Thompson Drill Hall, CFB Kingston.

Tuesdays, September to June

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

 

To join come out during a regular training night, or contact us for more information about the program. Please bring your child's original Birth Certificate and a photocopy of it,  as well as their Health Card.

Read More about joining the Air Cadets at the Air Cadet League site