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Be An Air Cadet

“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.”
Socrates.

 

Welcome to one of the premier youth programs in Canada. With nearly 75 years of rich history, tradition and tens of thousands of Air Cadet graduates, you are truly in for the ‘flight of your life.’
Air Cadets is a program geared to youth between the ages of 12 and 18.  While the ‘Air’ in our program will give you the excitement of flying a glider or airplane, we have plenty of other fun, rewarding and challenging opportunities just waiting for your participation.
Successful Air Cadets have graduated and moved on to take leadership roles in many fields of business and across society.  Did you know that Chris Hadfield, heading up the space station, started as an Air Cadet? So did Marc Garneau, first Canadian in outer space, and Maryse Carmichael, current Commanding Officer of the Snowbirds and the first woman in this role.  The list of successful Canadians who began as Air Cadets is long and continues to fill up each year, from Canadian country singer George Canyon to former Prime Minister Joe Clark.  Nearly all of them attribute much of their personal values and skills to their involvement as a young person in the Air Cadet program.

Today, in Ontario, there are more than 8,000 girls and boys involved in all levels of Air Cadets.  Some are in year 1 and learning basics of flight, joining their first band or participating in a biathlon competition.  Others are in their final year and leading other Cadets as a Warrant Officer, can fly their own plane, and are being interviewed to participate in an International Exchange program in Australia.

Our Air Cadets appreciate many of the experiences and skills they have been able to gain during their career. Especially true is the broad exposure to new challenges that each Cadet gets to face and experience, both as a member of a Squadron and as an individual Cadet.  Learning new skills, becoming a leader of others, helping their community and gaining invaluable skills and discipline are some of the hallmark results that excite our Cadets and attract new youth every year.

Most importantly…how do YOU become an Air Cadet?!

This website and section are meant to provide you with a full overview and details about the Air Cadet program, our organization, and the many opportunities that we offer young people.

Check out this Be An Air Cadet section and our full website to learn about all of the different programs that we offer.  If you are interested in joining, check out the Find a Squadron section and directly contact an Air Cadet unit near you for enrollment procedures.    If you need further assistance or have questions, just send us an email through the Contact Us section.

Air Cadets are not part of the Canadian Forces.  While a close and unique relationship exists with our veterans and the men and women who currently serve our country, Air Cadets is a civilian youth program that provides young people with many skills and experiences.  There is no expectation to join the military…that’s a personal, voluntary decision that each Canadian citizen makes, and some Air Cadets also make.

Finally, no better words were spoken about the Cadet movement than those from General Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defense for the Canadian Forces, who’s children also participated in the program.

“In Canada, the Army, Navy and Air Cadet Leagues of Canada are probably our best Canadian programs for producing responsible Canadian citizens The cadet program emphasizes leadership.  It teaches and puts into practice the same principles that major corporate, military and international leaders learn at Harvard University, in graduate programs across our own country, in military schools or even from the school of hard knocks. If you are young, get involved.  Volunteer and get out front to organize, contribute and get things done.  If possible, join the Cadets.”

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