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Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions and misconceptions about the Cadet Program

1. “You have to join the military after cadets.”

This is untrue. Cadets, while enjoying support from the Canadian Forces (CF), are not military members, and there is no obligation to join the CF upon graduating the program.

2. “The Cadet Program is meant for “juvenile delinquents”.

This is also untrue. Cadets is for any teen between 12-19 who would like to learn leadership, citizenship, survival, drill…and to do so in a safe, team environment.

3. “The officers are not real Canadian Forces (CF) Officers.”

The officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) are real CF Officers. They undergo the same screening process as the regular force and reserve force. Once the rank of 2nd Lieutenant is achieved they receive a Queens Commission, the same as the rest of the Officers in the CF.
“The Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) is a sub-component of the Reserve Force. It consists of about 6000 officers who have undertaken, by the terms of their enrolment, to perform such military duty and training as may be required of them, but whose primary duty is to fulfill a youth
training function in the supervision, administration, and training of cadets. They mostly perform
these duties on a volunteer basis. They are paid only when they are employed in the conduct of Cadet Summer camps and for a portion of their time during the rest of the year.” (Air Force website)

4. “The Officers are full-time and are paid as such.”

As the above quote says, CIC officers are mostly volunteers, and as such have regular jobs. Their Cadet time is on a ‘part-time basis’ therefore the Unit office hours reflect that.

5. “The program is fully funded/supported by the Department of National Defense.”

The Cadet Program is supported by a partnership between the Department of National Defence as well as their appropriate ‘League’ (Air Cadet League for Air Cadets, Army Cadet League for Army Cadets, Navy League for Sea Cadets). It is with this partnership that we are able to offer a diverse program. I would like to leave you with a quote from Galileo Galilei: “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”