23 Feb 2024 FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER MAJOR BRENT CROSS, CD

2023/2024 Training Year:

New cadet registrations:  closed for this training year.  Will resume in Sept 2024.

Note that the yearly assessment fee(s) is non-refundable once a cadet is processed in the system.  This year's fee will be $200 per cadet cash only (same as last year).

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SUMMER TRAINING: see attached link for PROBABLE summer training opportunities. If you are interested, be sure to review the material and contact the Training Officer Lt Damak ([email protected]) and provide details.
Do NOT start the process if you are not available for the training.
There are 2 week and 4 week courses which will run starting 01 Jul to the middle of Aug. We have no other information at this time besides what has been posted on the Cadets.ca website. While the intent is for all the courses to run, the reality is that some may end up getting cancelled. You may choose 3 courses but must indicate your preferences 1-2-3.
The daily CAP training for Levels 1 and 2 have been cancelled.
There is no summer training available for Level 1s - only Level 2s and above at this time.
Staff Cadets: if you are going to be 16 years old (as of 30 Jun 2024) and wish to apply for a staff position at one of the CTCs send an email to the TrgO (see above) no later than 01 Mar 24 to note your intent.

 

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A NOTE REGARDING FEES:  click on the "About 820" menu option, then "Squadron Support Committee" (in the drop down menu) for more information.   $200 cash is the current yearly fee.

SQUADRON SUPPORT COMMITTEE QUESTIONS: for inquires regarding fees, fundraising, etc. please contact Mr Donald Alva DIRECT AT: [email protected]
NOTE: 820 Staff (Officers and Civilian Instructors) have no involvement with Squadron financials whatsoever. This is solely the responsibility of the SSC and Mr. Donald Alva (the Chairperson). Please do not contact staff regarding financials as they are not able to assist you in any way.   Thank you for understanding.

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Communication Method:  effective June 28 2021,  Weekly Routine Orders (and all important Squadron information) will be sent out via a private Facebook Group.   CURRENT 820 Cadets/Parents/Guardians can request to join the group now by searching 820RCACS (no spaces) on Facebook and answering 3 security questions.  For those parents/guardians who do not want their cadets on social media, the responsibility will then fall to parents/guardians to retrieve the information and forward to their son or daughter.  This change in information distribution will ensure 100% communication for all relevant members of the 820 team.  If you want to be informed - join the FB group.  This will be the only form of official communication to cadets/parents/guardians moving forward.

Comms Format POST JUNE 2024:  all communications will be sent out via email to each cadet's "Cadet365" email account SO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THIS ACCOUNT AND HAVE LOGGED IN.  See Capt Durham on a regular parade night for details and assistance.  THIS WILL BE MANDATORY.  The Facebook group will be shut down as of June 2024 in accordance with DND policy.

As a safeguard the Weekly Routine Orders will continue to be posted on this website but all official info will be via the Cadet365 email accounts starting June 2024.

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E-Mail:  if you need to contact one of the 820 staff members then you must first contact our Administration Officer Capt (Ret) Peter Cranley at [email protected].  He will then forward your inquiry to the appropriate staff member.  We do not have a phone number in use at this time.

EXCEPTION:  you may e-mail the Supply Officer (Capt Cameron) direct at: [email protected]

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TO PARENTS OF RETURNING CADETS:   If your child is a RETURNING CADET (FROM THE PREVIOUS TRAINING YEAR),   ANNUAL Validations will be completed "in person" (along with the payment of fees) in Sept of every year.  Questions/concerns can be sent to the  820 Administration Officer at [email protected].  If your cadet is not returning, please advise the AdminO via e-mail, who will then liaise with the Supply Officer for uniform return, and then proper release from the CCO.    If you are a TRANSFERRING CADET (from or to another Air, Sea, or Army unit) please e-mail the AdminO who will then forward your request/information to the appropriate authority for processing.  If you are transferring "out" all 820 issued kit must be returned before you can be released to the new unit.

TO PARENTS OF NEW RECRUITS: If your child is at least 12 years of age, but not yet 19, and is interested in becoming a cadet for the first time, click on the "Join Air Cadets" link for specific requirements and documents.

DO NOT USE THE "JOIN CADETS" FUNCTION ON THE CANADA.CA WEBSITE (nor the [email protected] e-mail address) as it is unreliable and is missing information.  Use only the information and forms provided via this website for new registrations (which MUST be completed/actioned/verified in person).

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UNIFORMS:   820 will have regular nights available for uniform upgrades/exchanges for both the new FTU uniform and the DEU dress uniform (all cadets will be issued both).  See also the 820RCACS Facebook group or the "Supply" link on the menu bar.   Capt Mike Cameron (the Supply Officer) can be reached at [email protected] for supply related issues only.  Please be patient...this is a VERY busy time of year and we have 75+ new cadets to outfit.

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COMMUNITY HOURS (High School requirement):  Community hours will only be granted for activities such as Remembrance parades/activities,  Legion Poppy Sales, community clean up days, etc.  Hours will not be granted for Squadron tagging days/other unit fundraising activities, instructing on parade nights, assisting in Supply (or Admin) etc.   In order to qualify, the activity must be in support of the community...not in support of the Squadron.  The Commanding Officer is the only person who will authorize activities suitable for community hours.  Questions (or requests) are to be emailed to the Administration Officer.
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VACCINATION INFORMATION (Covid):  it is strongly recommended that all cadets have received their first initial 2 doses and any relevant booster shots.  While no longer mandatory on the DND/CAF/Cadet side...some outside facilities might still require such (at which point cadets that are not vaccinated will be prevented from participating in an event at that facility).

 

 

 

 

 NEXT PARADE NIGHT

Regular Training Night:

Date:               27 Feb 2024 - Parade (Training) Night

Time:               1830(sharp) to 2045 hrs

Location:         St Francis Xavier Secondary School, 1145 Bronte Street, Milton

Dress:              CADETS - see Weekly Routine Orders posted on the 820RCACS  Facebook group.

For further details, please review our Weekly Routine Orders (WROs). If you have any questions not answered by our FAQs, WROs, or the Google calendar, please email us at [email protected].  Thank you.