The 211 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron delivers youth programming to help them build aviation, citizenship, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How old do I need to be to join?
    • You are eligible to join an air cadets squadron if you have reached your 12th birthday. You can remain a member until your 19th birthday.
  • When is regular training?
    • Regular training is from September until usually the 1st or 2nd weekend in June.
  • What costs are involved?
    • There is no fee to join our squadron
  • If I join the cadets, will I be joining the Canadian Armed Forces?
    • Cadets are not part of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) but are taught by CAF members.  The Air Cadet Program is a community-based program where the Government of Canada invests in today's youth and Canada's future.
  • What are the membership requirements?
    • All potential cadets must be of good character, interested in the program, and prepared to attend training nights on a regular basis. You must be a Canadian citizen, or landed immigrant. Permission from your parent or guardian is also required.
  • Who instructs us?
    • Air cadets are primarily taught and led by other senior cadets. Additionally, the program is facilitated and instructed by officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre, a component of the Canadian Armed Forces who are specially trained to instruct and supervise youth. Civilian Volunteers (CVs) such as ex-Servicemen, school teachers, former Air Cadets, and other persons willing to devote time to this activity are also active in the Air Cadet Program
  • How often do we train?
    • You will train with your squadron every Wednesday evening. Air Cadets also participate in occasional day trips and overnight weekend training.
  • How often do we fly?
    • Generally, our squadron goes gliding twice per year (weather permitting), and we're working on a power flying schedule
  • Are there any extracurricular activities?
    • Our squadron offers additional optional training in Drill, Marksmanship, Biathlon, Effective Speaking, Band, Debating, and Orienteering. There is also Ground School for Cadets who are interested in applying for flying scholarships. The teams meet weekly in addition to training nights. They also participate in occasional weekend practices and competitions.
  • Do I have to buy my own uniform?
    • No. Complete uniforms are loaned to cadets by the Canadian Armed Forces. You are, of course, expected to keep the uniform(s) looking clean and neat and return them when you leave the squadron.
  • Do I get paid to be an air cadet?
    • Cadets do not get paid. They do receive a training bonus when they go on summer training.
  • What about pilot training?
    • Air cadets who pass the required medical and written examinations can qualify for aircraft and glider pilot scholarship courses conducted at flying clubs, schools, and special camps across Canada.