What is the Air Cadet Program?

The Air Cadet Program is the largest federally-sponsored youth program in Canada.  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 air activities of the Canadian 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 Forces, nor are they expected to join the military. Cadets is a great way for youth to learn more about Canada, make new friends and develop life skills that will enable them to succeed no matter what career they choose.

Air Cadet Motto
To Learn, To Serve, To Advance

Squadron Motto
Perseverance, Initiative, Courage

Mission

The mission of the Air Cadet Program is to contribute to the development and preparation of youth for the transition to adulthood, enabling them to meet the challenges of modern society, through a dynamic community-based program.

Vision

A relevant, credible and proactive youth development organization, offering the program of choice for Canada’s youth, preparing them to become the leaders of tomorrow through a set of fun, challenging, well-organized and safe activities.

Aim

“The aim of the Air Cadet Program is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and to stimulate interest in the aviation and aeropsace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.”

Citizenship: The development of responsible and caring citizens is one of the most important aspects of the Cadet Program. Throughout the year, cadets participate in citizenship activities in cities and towns across Canada.

Leadership: The Cadet Program encourages youth to be fair and ethical leaders. Cadets learn to take responsibility for their actions and motivate their peers to follow their example.

Physical Fitness: Cadets develop an understanding of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Participation in fitness activities results in a positive attitude that enables cadets to take on new challenges.

Stimulate Interest in the Activities of the Canadian Forces: Exposure to the air activities of the Canadian Forces is a unique part of the Air Cadet Program identity, distinguishing it from other youth development programs.