Royal Canadian Legion Alberta Branch 39



                                   Who Are the Royal Canadian Air Cadets?




The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a youth program designed for young people aged 12 - 18. It


is administered by the Canadian Forces and funded by the Department of National Defense,


with additional support through the Civilian Air Cadet League and local sponsors such as the


Royal Canadian Legion.



It was first established in 1941 to train young men and women. The current aims of the


program are to develop in youth, attributes of good citizenship and leadership, to promote


physical fitness and stimulate an interest in the air element of the Canadian Forces.



The program costs nothing for participants, although cadets are expected to participate in


local support projects for their squadron.



There are approximately 26,000 cadets in 450 squadrons across Canada and it is the largest


federally funded youth program in the country.



Each squadron participates in a weekly "parade night", with activities prescribed by the


National Director of Cadets. Weekly topics and activities include citizenship, leadership,


survival training, effective speaking, dress and deportment, drill techniques, sensible living,


range instructional techniques and numerous aviation topics.



Over the summer cadets may take part in summer training delivered at training centers


across Canada. During the spring and fall air cadets take part in gliding at regional gliding


centers. During the summer air cadets may earn a Canadian Gliding Pilot Licence through the


Air Cadet Gliding Scholarship, and may go on to earn a pilot's licence as well.



Thanks to the gliding and flying scholarships offered to air cadets, 1 in 5 pilots in Canada is


an ex Air Cadet, and 67% of all commercial and airline pilots began as Air Cadets. To date


more than 15,000 cadets have received their private pilot's licence through this scholarship




Some notable former cadets include;


Chris Hatfield,  Astronaut


Marc Garneau -  Astronaut


Joe Clark - Former Prime Minister


Rick Mercer - Actor and Comedian








Submitted by Brenda Rennie-Koch



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