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Cadet Organizations in Canada

The Canadian Cadet Movement is one of Canada’s oldest youth programs. The origins of the program can be traced back to 1862. By 1879, Army Cadets were formed, followed by Sea Cadets in 1895. Air Cadets were introduced in 1941. In 1975, girls were first allowed to join Cadets. Today, girls represent thirty-four percent of all Cadets in Canada.

Presently one out of every five private pilots in Canada is an ex-Air Cadet and 67 percent of the commercial/airline Pilots flying today got their start in Air Cadets.

The aim of the Canadian Cadet Movement is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Forces.

During the training year, from September to June, Cadets normally meet one evening per week and on some weekends. The training structure has progressive levels roughly equivalent to the number of years in the program. As Cadets acquire skills and knowledge, they learn how to pass that knowledge on to younger Cadets, thus creating a learning circle.

During the summer, selected Cadets have the opportunity to attend one of the Cadet camps across Canada, which can last between two and six weeks.  Summer training is offered at 24 Cadet summer camps, or Cadet summer training centres as they are officially called. Normally, a Cadet's first course is a basic course. Each year that a Cadet returns to "camp", he/she participate in more advanced training. Senior Cadets may be employed to teach junior courses, similar to the system at the local level. Senior Cadets may also be selected to travel overseas as participants in one of many international exchanges.

Many members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) are former Cadets who wish to continue their involvement in the Cadet Program. Some are former Regular Force or Primary Reserve members. Others are interested parents or members of the local community who enroll to support the program.

At the community level, responsibility for the Cadet Program is shared between the squadron staff (military) and the sponsoring committee (civilian).