Frequently Asked Questions
How does someone join Cadets?
To join 820 Chris Hadfield Squadron, come see us any Monday night at our location starting on 31 August 2015. Check out our “Join Air Cadets” page for more information.
What will it cost?
There is a $100 registration fee that each cadets is required to pay every year. Please visit the join air cadets page for a letter that explains the reasoning for this cost. All other mandatory training, the uniform and required activities are covered by the Squadron. Your child will be asked to participate in fundraising activities (tagging, lottery ticket sales) to help cover the Squadron’s training costs.
Any activities that are not financially covered by the Squadron, either whole or in part, will be optional and the cost will be advised well in advance (ie. March Break trip).
How old must I be to join the Air Cadets?
You are eligible to join a cadet squadron if you have reached your 12th birthday but not your 19th.
What are the requirements of membership?All potential cadets must be of good character, interested in the program and prepared to attend parades regularly. You must be Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant and in good health. Permission of your parent or guardian is also required.
How often do Air Cadets train?
You will parade with your Air Cadet squadron every Monday night. Air Cadets also participate in occasional day trips and overnight weekend training.
Are there any extra curricular activities?
820 Squadron has a Brass & Reed Band, a Drill Team, Range Team & Ground School. They train on various nights. They also participate in occasional weekend practices and competitions. Please see their individual pages under the “Optional Training” tab.
How often do Air Cadets fly?
Generally our squadron goes gliding twice a year – fall and spring.
If I join 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.
Will I have to pay dues?
No-but you will be asked to join in fundraising activities such as Tag Days, Lottery Ticket sales, special parades, etc.
Must I buy my own uniform?
No. Complete uniforms are loaned to cadets by the Canadian Forces. You are, of course, expected to keep the uniform looking clean and neat.
Do Air Cadets receive pay?
Only when attending certain full-time summer courses. All cadets, however, receive valuable educational benefits, trips to camp, free flying courses and other rewards.
Who instructs Air Cadets?
Air Cadets are instructed by officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre – a component of the Canadian Forces who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. Also, 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.
What about pilot training?
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.