Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is Army Cadets?
A:  Army Cadets is a federally-sponsored youth organization for those who are interested in outdoor, adventurous activities and meeting new people.  We provide opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.

Q:  What do Army Cadets do?
A:  Army Cadets participate in a wide variety of activities.  Cadets focus on leadership, citizenship, physical fitness, marksmanship, and adventurous activities.  There is also a focus on military skills including drill, bushcraft, and engineering skills.  We provide a basic understanding of the Canadian military structure and working environment.  There are also opportunities for the cadets to attend summer training and travel abroad.  You can read more about all of our activities here.

Q:  How old do I need to be to join?
A:  You can join as soon as you are 12 years old and can stay until you reach your 19th birthday.

Q:  How much does the program cost?
A:  Cadets is a free program, and there is no cost to join.  We provide cadets with their uniforms and with any other equipment they may need.  Cadets will however be asked to participate in fundraising activities to support their cadet corps, and help fund some of the extra activities we participate in, such as rock climbing, paintball or swimming.

Q:  What do I need in order to join?
A:  If you decide to join cadets we’re going to require some information including a completed cadet application form. When you come down to join please bring the following documents:

  • Proof of health insurance (MCP card or Private insurance provider)
  • Proof of age (valid Canadian Passport, birth certificate, or Government Issued ID card)
  • Proof of permanent residence or visas that allow you to reside in Canada for an extended period of time (non-citizens only) 

Q:  How often do cadets meet?
A:  Cadets meet once a week on Tuesday evenings from September until the end of May.  We also typically meet on one weekend per month for additional training – some of these weekend activities are only for one day, while others are overnight camping activities.  Aside from this, there are other optional programs for cadets to avail of if they wish, such as marksmanship, band, biathlon or orienteering that meet to practice at regularly scheduled times.  Check out our monthly calendars here!

Q:  When is the best time to join?
A:  Any time!  The ideal time to join is early on in the school year, to get the entire experience.  However, if you find out about us later – not to worry.  Once a month, we run an orientation session for our new members to help bring them up to speed on what it is to be a cadet.

Q:  What other opportunities are available?
A:  The cadet program provides many opportunities for youth including summer training, competitions, expeditions, international exchanges and employment at summer training centres.  For those who choose to pursue the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, majority of the requirements can be completed simply by being a cadet!

Q: What is summer training?
A: Cadets have the opportunity to attend summer training at various camps around the country where they will gain different skills.  Summer training is between 2 and 6 weeks long during the summer break.  Cadets can specialize in different areas of training such as music, marksmanship, leadership, fitness and sports, or expedition.  As you progress through the ranks as a cadet, you may have the opportunity to attend advanced training and travel overseas.

Q:  Who trains the cadets?
A:  Cadets are primarily supervised and instructed by officers of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC).  CIC officers are member of the Canadian Forces reserve who specialize in delivering the cadet program.  We also rely on civilian volunteers to help support our program, who are screened to work with youth by the Army Cadet League of Canada.

Q:  So, why should I join?
A:  Cadets provides opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.  It is a challenging program designed to find your limits, and then push past them.  It gives leadership and communication skills that are unmatched.  It creates friends for a lifetime in St. John’s, across Canada and around the world.  And, you won’t find this much fun anywhere else.  Being a member of the cadet program is a strong resume builder down the road – some of the most prominent Newfoundlanders were cadets when they were younger, including former Premiers Danny Williams and Brian Tobin, comedian Rick Mercer and former Chief of Defense Staff General Rick Hillier.

Q:  Do I have to join the Canadian Forces after I’m done with cadets?
A:  No, there is no obligation for you to join the Canadian Forces after you’re done with cadets.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us any time.

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