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1112 The Windsor Regiment RCACC                                              

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The Cadet Program develops in youth attributes of leadership, good citizenship, and physical fitness, while stimulating interest in the Sea, Army and Air Element of the Canadian Forces.

General Information

Cadets is a federally-sponsored program for young Canadians ages 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities, and learning more about the Canadian Forces.

Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They learn valuable life and work skills like teamwork, leadership, and citizenship. Cadets also reap the personal benefits of increased self-confidence and physical fitness, learning how to take initiative, and how to make decisions. Cadets make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities.

What does it cost to join? There are no registration fees, dues or cost for the uniforms or for the basic Cadet Program. Cadets and parents are encouraged to participate in fundraising.

Cadets are not part of the Canadian Forces, nor is there any expectation for them to join the military.

Cadets choose to belong to one of the three elemental programs:

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (commonly known as Sea Cadets)
Royal Canadian Army Cadets (commonly known as Army Cadets)
Royal Canadian Air Cadets (commonly known as Air Cadets)

The Army Cadet program is the oldest of Sea, Army and Air Cadets.

Adventure training is one of the many ways that Army Cadets remains a challenging program. Through active outdoor pursuits like trekking, canoeing, rock climbing and survival training, Army Cadets gain valuable life skills, knowledge of themselves and an awareness of their environment. Army Cadets also learn about army traditions and participate in a variety of national and international expeditions that focus on adventure training, like white water rafting, horseback riding and canoeing. Each year, Army Cadet Adventure Expeditions involving hundreds of cadets are conducted across Canada. Past expeditions have been held in places like Iceland, Morocco, Australia and Mexico.

Local Training

Army Cadet training is divided into four star levels. Upon completion of the four levels, Army Cadets take part in the National Star Certification Exam (NSCE) which tests their practical and theoretical knowledge, as well as their ability to be good instructors.

Green Star - 1st year training. The basics are taught and the youth learns what it's like to be a cadet: bushcraft, citizenship, drill, fundamental training, leadership, marksmanship, public speaking and map & compass

Red Star
- The cadet adds to his basic knowledge by continuing the courses of Green Star. The cadet also learns first-aid.

Silver Star
- The cadet has mastered the basics and takes on more responsibility. He starts to concentrate on his leadership skills and learns how to teach cadets everything he has learned.

Gold Star
- This is the last star level. The cadet perfects his instructional abilities and moves into a leadership role at the cadet corps.

Summer Training - There are a total of 24 cadet summer training centres (CSTC) located across Canada. Approximately 21,000 course cadets receive training and 2,500 staff cadets are employed each summer in the 24 CSTCs and abroad on cultural and training exchanges. More information on Cadets is available at www.cadet.ca.

1112 RCACC Tecumseh

Our training nights are Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 261 in Tecumseh. A copy of our training schedule will be distributed to each cadet and may be updated to keep you informed of our activities.

In order to provide an effective and interesting training program we ask the following:

Attendance - A minimum attendance of 75 % of training classes is required to successfully complete each Star Level, one per year. If a Cadet must be absent for any reason, they should call in to report their absence. Cadets do not parade on the Tuesday following a weekend camp;

Uniforms - A military-style uniform is issued to each Cadet at no charge and is required to be worn on each training night. Cadets are responsible for maintaining this uniform and reporting any losses that may occur. A field uniform, combats, will also be issued and will be worn on weekend training exercises. Cadets who quit are responsible for returning all issued uniforms and equipment. Cadets may be held financially responsible for replacing losses;

Fundraisers - Throughout the year Cadets are required to assist the Corps in raising funds to support extra activities and projects. This includes our year end trip and the purchase of combats which are not supplied by the Department of National Defence;

Volunteers - From time to time we will require you as Parents to volunteer to provide services that are not available. This may include driving Cadets to special activities or helping organise and or run events for the Corps. If you are interested in participating in our Parents Committee please contact the Corps;

Training - Regular Tuesday nights along with schedule weekends. We are beginning Special Training Nights that will see us out of the Legion and doing fun activities from bowling to swimming and any other activities that are inexpensive, easy to get to and can be done on a Tuesday evening. Cadets may be asked to pay for the cost of these activities. These events will be scheduled;

Staff - Our staff currently consists of Officers and Civilian Instructors. Should you as Parents ever have a question, issue or concern and you wish to discuss with myself or a member of the Staff, you can call 519-735-3575 or drop by on a Training Nights.

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