Canadian Military Cadets



The Cadet Program is one of the largest federally sponsored youth programs in Canada that includes:

  • The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets;
  • The Royal Canadian Army Cadets; and
  • The Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the Sea, Army and Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities.

Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.

Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces, nor are they expected to join the military. While they are introduced to Sea, Army and/or Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces and certain traditions, they are also introduced to many other respectable career choices that are available to them.

Through the Cadet Program, the Government of Canada is investing in today’s youth and Canada’s future.

The Cadet Program is community-based. The program succeeds through strong community support and involvement. Cadets, in turn, make valuable contributions to their communities.

What do Cadets do?

Cadets choose to join either the Sea, Army or Air Cadet Program. Sea Cadets learn seamanship skills and how to sail. Army Cadets focus on adventure training activities such as outdoor activities and international expeditions. Air Cadets learn the principles of aviation, while some learn to become glider pilots, pilots of engine-propelled aircraft or both.

Why do youth aged 12 to 18 years old join cadets?

  • To have fun;
  • To be with their friends or to make new ones;
  • To partake in interesting and unique challenges;
  • To participate in diverse training at no cost;
  • To learn valuable life skills (work and personal);
  • To improve their self-confidence and sense of responsibility;
  • To pursue an interest in the Canadian Armed Forces; and
  • To be part of a program that is both welcoming and nurturing, where they feel included and have a sense of belonging.

Five things to remember about the Cadet Program

  • Invites all Canadian youth aged 12 to 18;
  • Instils Canadian military values;
  • Develops in youth attributes of citizenship, leadership and fitness;
  • Balances safety and challenge; and
  • Leaves a positive life-long impact through a set of positive youth outcomes.

Five things to remember about Cadets

  • Cadets are proud Canadians and proud citizens;
  • Cadets are healthy in mind and body;
  • Cadets contribute to Canada’s future;
  • Cadets seek and appreciate healthy discipline; and
  • Cadets represent Canada in a positive light.

Reference: http://www.cadets.ca/en/index.page