Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 Who can join the cadets?
Any youth who…

  • Has reached their 12th birthday but has not yet reached their 19th Birthday
  • Is a Canadian Citizen or have Permanent Residency
  • Is able to supply a birth certificate or immigration card as proof of identity
  • Is able to supply an BC Health Care card


 What if I turn 12 later in the year?

As a requirement to join, the cadet must be past their 12th birthday, many cadets will join throughout the year. 259 Squadron is set up for you to join at any time. When you join, please talk to the officer staff for an individual plan.

Youth join cadets at all ages.  If you are older than 12 yrs of age, you maybe placed with cadets who are more your age. The staff will work with older cadets to help catch them up.

 When is registration taking place?

Registrations is accepted any Tuesday parade night (630pm – 900pm) during the school year.

 I don’t live in Penticton, can I still join your unit?
Absolutely! A great portion of our cadets (and some staff) come from surrounding communities. This includes cadets from Penticton, Kaleden, Ok Falls, Willow Brook, Twin Lakes, Keremeos, and as far away as Princeton!

 How much does it cost?
259 Panther Sponsoring Committee charges a $150.00 yearly fee to cover the cost of $100.00 BC Air Cadet assessment fee, which pays for the maintenance of the Gliders and Tow planes, and $50.00 is an administration fee paid to the local Sponsoring Committee.
The Air Cadet Program is funded by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada. This includes uniforms, basic training, summer camps, scholarships, and regionally directed activities. Facility rental and additional training and equipment, such as familiarization flights citizenship tours, training aids, is funded by our Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC).

A fee plan can be set-up with the SSC.

 Is a cadet required to join the military?
Absolutely not! The Cadet Program is a great way to have fun, be challenged and make friends. You also find out more about Canada and develop new skills that will be with you for life, no matter what career you choose.

No. If a cadet did not complete the GTC summer camp as a level one they do not have to complete it to apply for more advanced courses. Once the cadet is eligible for a camp they do not need to complete any other camps before.

 I’m a parent/guardian and would like to help out with the squadron. How can I do this? 

We have a very active Sponsoring Committee, which consists of parents and other interested civilians. For more information check out the Squadron Sponsoring Committees page.

 Who runs the training for the squadron?

The squadron is run by a team of officers who are members of the CIC (Cadet Instructors Cadre), a special branch of the Canadian Forces Reserve. CIC officers are members of the CF Reserve who are trained specially for working with youth. Often times, these officers are themselves former members of the regular army, or past cadets. In addition, our squadron has several volunteers and civilian instructors who aid in the training and administration of the squadron. Find out more about 259s’ Officers & Staff.

 Do I have to attend every training night or event?

If you join the cadet program, you don’t have to attend all mandatory training parades or optional activities. However, part of the cadet program is teaching youth responsibility, and dedication, in order for Cadets to advance to their next Training Level, Cadets are required to participate in a min of 60% mandatory trg parades (tue), Mandatory Parades (ie Remembrance day, and Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR – yr end parade) and some mandatory weekends.  Questions about training are to be directed to the Trg O staff.

Just remember, What you put into it, is what you get out of it.