Information for Parents


Dear parent or guardian,


Every day, young people are confronted with decisions about their future. The Air Cadet movement can help with this decision making process by encouraging young people to develop self-discipline, confidence, pride, responsibility and a sense of self-worth.

The aims of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets are to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, to promote physical fitness, and to stimulate the interest of youth in the air activities of the Canadian Forces. All this achieved in a challenging, yet disciplined environment.

Air Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces. The movement is, however, sponsored by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada.

The Air Cadet League is made up of civilian members of the community who are dedicated to the development of youth. They provide guidance and support to the sponsoring committees who work directly at the community level with the Air cadet Squadron. Supported by parents business professionals and other individuals, these sponsors volunteer their time and energy to ensure the success of the local squadron.

Air Cadets are instructed by members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC). These specialist officers of the Canadian Forces Reserve are trained to instruct and supervise youth. They are members of the community who have civilian careers but have chosen to dedicate their valuable time working with young people.

Air Cadets offer young Canadians many unique adventure oriented experiences. For examples, your son or daughter can learn about gliding or power flying. He or she may even become a glider or small aircraft pilot ! They could also gain the cultural experience of travelling across Canada for a summer training course or to a foreign country as part of our International Air Cadet Exchange Programme.

It does not cost you anything for your child to join Air Cadets. In fact, selected cadets who successfully complete certain summer courses are offered a training bonus ! The Air Cadet League, assisted by the Air Cadets, hold periodic fundraising campaigns to help pay for expenses incurred in optional training activities. Your son or daughter would be expected to take part in these campaigns.

Please support your son or daughter as he or she explores the challenging opportunities of the Air Cadet option.



Visit Be an Air Cadet section to learn more, or find the nearest Squadron by visiting Find a Squadron !


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Frequently Asked Questions

Do cadets need to join the army when they’re 18?

Not at all, it’s not part of Air Cadet Program’s main goal. The Air Cadet Program is a civilian activity destinated for the youth and there’s no necessity to join the Canadian Forces.

Is it safe for my child?

Don’t worry about your child safety, we take care of him/her! Even if they go to a survival exercice, a markmenship night or even a group trip, there is always adults in charge of the cadets’ security. There’s rules and standards that need to be respected.

Will cadet activities be a problem for school?

Cadet instruction night (or day) won’t interfer with school. In fact, it’s a good way to develop time management and become more responsible. If cadets have difficulties at school, it’s possible to make an agreement with the Squadron to make sure the cadet is supported and encouraged. In some Squadron, older cadets give some times to help other cadets with their homework. It’s a good example of team work. Air Cadet Program even offers activites that will be benifit for school like, effective speaking, leadership, sport, etc.

Hoe much does it cost to join the Air Cadet Program?

Absolutely nothing! Even the uniform is borrowed, but the cadet needs to take care of it. In fact, the Squadron Parent Committee has to organize fundraising activities with cadets. This way, Air Cadet Program is offered to everyone.