The Army Cadet program is the oldest of Sea, Army and Air Cadets.
Adventure training is one of the many ways that Army Cadets remains a challenging program. Through active outdoor pursuits like trekking, canoeing, rock climbing and survival training, Army Cadets gain valuable life skills, knowledge of themselves and an awareness of their environment. Army Cadets also learn about army traditions and participate in a variety of national and international expeditions that focus on adventure training, like whitewater rafting, horseback riding and canoeing.
Each year, Army Cadet Adventure Expeditions involving hundreds of cadets are conducted across Canada. Past expeditions have been held in places like Iceland, Morocco, Australia and Mexico!
Army Cadet training is divided into four star levels. Upon completion of the four levels, Army Cadets take part in the National Star Certification Exam (NSCE) which tests their practical and theoretical knowledge, as well as their ability to be good instructors.
Green Star – 1st year training. The basics are taught and the youth learns what it’s like to be a cadet: bushcraft, citizenship, drill, fundamental training, leadership, marksmanship, public speaking and map & compass.
Red Star – The cadet adds to their basic knowledge by advancing on the courses taught during the first year . The cadet also learn first-aid.
Silver Star – The cadet has mastered the basics and takes on more responsibility. They start to concentrate on leadership skills and learns how to teach cadets everything they have learned.
Gold Star – This is the last star level. The cadet perfects their instructional abilities and moves into a leadership role at the cadet corps.
Army Cadets may attend summer courses ranging from two to six weeks. Their exact dates vary from year to year. In addition to expeditions, senior Army Cadets can participate in international exchanges.