To be eligible to enrol in the Canadian Cadet Program:
- The prospective cadet must be no younger than 12 years old, but no older than 19 years old on the day of enrollment
- Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Have valid health insurance in Canada (public health insurance such as OHIP or private health insurance are accepted)
Training will be conducted every Thursday night from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Fieldcrest Elementary School from September to June. Each training night will begin with an opening parade, two 30-minute classes, a break, one 30-minute class and a closing parade. Cadets are all divided into five proficiency levels, where cadets will have an opportunity to learn and interact with cadets of a similar age. Cadets are expected to attend all training nights and to be on the parade square formed up on time.
Uniforms are provided free of charge, including exchanges as cadets grow. Cadets are expected to maintain their uniforms and return them upon leaving the program. The Supply page will contain information on ordering, exchanging and maintaining uniforms.
There are several opportunities for Summer Training, from the one-to-two weeks Cadet Activity Program and up to six-week flying scholarships and international exchanges. All Summer training is free of charge, and cadets will have an opportunity to earn a training bonus for select courses. Detailed course criteria will be posted on the site later in the year.
Per the Department of National Defence and the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers policy, cadets participating in Cadet Training Centre (CTC) courses or ship deployments must be vaccinated against COVID-19. In some circumstances, certain facilities may still require government-issued proof of vaccination to support cadet activities as part of local, provincial/territorial public health measures.
You do not need to be vaccinated to attend day activities. You do need to be vaccinated to attend any overnight activity or if the location we are visiting requires you to be vaccinated.
As we begin the gradual resumption of face-to-face activities, every measure will be taken to strengthen adherence to applicable regulations and ensure the Cadet Program continues to provide a safe and healthy environment for Canadian youth.
New Recruit Dress Regulation
Once registered with 37 Orville Hand, you will be allowed to parade with us. As your new uniform may take a few weeks, all new recruits are expected to wear a white buttoned dress shirt with a plain black tie, black pants (no jeans or leggings), and black shoes. Shirts are to be worn tucked in, and pant legs free flowing and not tucked into socks. Recruits with long hair should come with their hair tied back.
For more information about Air Cadets or the Canadian Cadet Program, please visit the National Cadet Website.
Interested in Joining 37 Orville Hand Squadron?
- Apply Online through the Government of Canada Website OR Complete the application form (CF-1158) manually
- Review and complete the following forms.
- Cover Letter
- Application Checklist
- Cadet Code of Conduct
- Uniform and Equipment Loan Agreement
- DND 2353 – Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information
- CF-1158 – Application for Membership (Must be filled out on a computer and printed on 8.5“ x 14“ legal-sized paper) Note: Only fill this out if you did not apply online through the Government of Canada website as noted above.
We will be in contact with you shortly with the next steps after submitting the completed application package.
Once all forms have been reviewed and completed, you may submit your completed application package by e-mail to 37Air@cadets.gc.ca.