Feb 19, 2019

Royal Canadian Air Cadets

  • Crimson Education
  • Canada
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The Royal Canadian Air Cadets (French: Cadets de l'aviation royale du Canada) is a Canadian national youth program for young individuals aged 12 to 19. Under the authority of the National Defence Act, the program is administered by the Canadian Forces (CF) and funded through the Department of National Defence (DND). Additional support is provided by the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL).

Together with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and Royal Canadian Army Cadets, it forms the "largest federally-funded youth program in the country". Cadets are not members of the military and are not obliged to join the Canadian Forces.

The first squadrons were established in 1941 to train young men for duties during World War II. The purpose has since changed to focus on citizenship, leadership, physical fitness, general aviation and stimulating an interest in the activities of the Canadian Forces.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

Ages 12-19


2/5 for joining but then 4/5 for climbing ranks

They initially take most people but then it is very difficult to stick with the program and continue to earn higher titles.

Participation Cost


Funded by the Government but parents are asked to support fundraising

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Eventually, you will be flying planes and doing more and more difficult skills that go along with that. They teach you but you need a lot of technical skills to fly, do target practice and so forth.

Time Commitment


Once a week and sometimes on weekends.

A cadet must participate regularly in the activities to remain in good standing at the squadron.

Application Deadline


Application Process Includes

Applicant Letter and Application Form
Applicant Interview
Applicant Reference Check
Application for a Police Records Check

The documents required are:
Proof of provincial health insurance
Proof of age
Proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status


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