Are you interested in joining Cadets or simply curious? Here's how to get more information and how to join Cadets!
Who Can join?
- 12 to 18 years old
- Interested in the Sea, Army or Air Cadet Organizations
- Parental/guardian permission
How do I join?
First, you need to determine which cadet organization you would like to join. To learn more and for a description of each program, please click on the following links. (Sea, Army or Air).
Second, find a cadet corps or squadron that is near your home. Use the cadet corps or squadron directory to locate the nearest one.
Lastly, go and see what the cadet corps or squadron is all about on their training night! By doing so, you will learn about the cadet organization, opportunities available to cadets, and about that corps or squadron.
These are the documents you need to join a corps or squadron:
- Proof of age:
- a valid Canadian passport;
- a birth certificate issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal government agency;
- any card, visa or permit (work, study, resident, etc.) (with photo) issued by the Canadian government which legally authorizes the person to reside in Canada for an extended period of time; or
- any identification card (with or without photo) issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal government agency. No certificates of live birth please.
- Proof of health insurance: Provincial or Territorial health insurance card or private insurance (ie. Blue Cross) card.
Please have these original documents with you when you attend the corps or squadron closest to you.
To help speed up the registration process, you may wish to bring a photocopy of these documents as well.
Do you have specific questions?
You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
How much does it cost?
The Cadet Program is funded by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the civilian Navy League, Army Cadet League and Air Cadet League of Canada. The civilian sponsor requires local community support to meet its obligations that include accommodations, training aids and equipment and program enhancements not otherwise provided. Parents and cadets are expected to participate in and contribute to fund raising as required by the League’s local sponsoring element.
Do I have to join the Canadian Forces?
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.