FAQ’s

How does someone join Cadets?

The 2 VandenBos Squadron runs two regular recruit courses, September and January, of every training year. Please give the squadron a call at (905-243-8001) or send an e-mail to recruiting@2vandenbos.org to find out the details or check out our Join page for more information.  This years fall recruit night will be Thursday 29 September at Donald A Wilson High School 7pm.

What will it cost?

There are no fees to join, there are no annual dues and the uniform will be provided, on loan, free-of-charge.

How old must I be to join the Air Cadets?

You are eligible to join a squadron if you have reached your 12th birthday but not your 19th.

What are the requirements of membership?

All potential cadets must be of good character, interested in the program and prepared to attend parades regularly. You must be Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant and in good health. Permission of your parent or guardian is also required.

How often do Air Cadets train?

You will parade with your Air Cadet squadron every week.  Air Cadets also participate in occasional day trips and overnight weekend training.

Are there any extra curricular activities?

2 VandenBos Squadron has many activites five days a week. A Drill team, Rifle Team, Debating Team, Band, Flying Scholarship Program, Gliding, Model Building, etc….. We also participate in occasional weekend activities, trips and competitions.

How often do Air Cadets get to fly?

Generally our squadron goes gliding twice a year – autumn and spring. The squadron is also organizing a power familiarization flight program.

If I join cadets, will I be joining the Canadian Forces?

Not at all. Cadets is a civilian youth organization with ties to the Canadian military, but it is not part of the Canadian military.

Will I have to pay dues?

No, but to support the actual costs of the program, paid by the local sponsoring committee, cadets must participate in squadron fund-raising activities such as Tag Days, spring and fall, League lottery ticket sales, special parades, etc.  Some special activities will cost the cadet a subsidised nominal fee (flying, year end trip, etc).  Those that do not participate in fund raising will be required to pay the unsubsidised full cost of the activities if they are selected to participate.

Must I buy my own uniform?

No. Complete uniforms are loaned to cadets by the Canadian Forces. You are, of course, expected to keep the uniform looking clean and neat.

Do Air Cadets receive pay?

Only when attending certain full-time summer courses. All cadets, however, receive valuable educational benefits, trips to camp, free flying courses and other rewards.

Who instructs Air Cadets?

Air Cadets are instructed by officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre(CIC) or Senior Cadets who have completed the Cadet Level Program – a component of the Canadian Forces who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. Also, Civilian volunteers such as ex-Servicemen, school teachers, former Air Cadets and other persons willing to devote time to this activity are also active in the Air Cadet program.

What about pilot training?

Air Cadets who can pass the required medical and written examinations can qualify for aircraft and glider pilot scholarship courses conducted at flying clubs, schools and special camps across Canada.

Can Air Cadets obtain summer employment?

Yes. For senior Air Cadets who are properly qualified, the summer camps and special courses offer worthwhile summer employment opportunities – a chance to “earn while you learn”.