DAOD 2020-3, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service


1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2015-05-21

Date of Last Modification: 2018-04-24

Application: This DAOD is an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Supersession:

  • CFAO 49-6, Terms of Service – Officers of the Cadet Instructors List and Civilian Instructors for Cadets
  • CANFORGEN 070/07, Amendments to CFAO 49-6
  • CANFORGEN 081/05, Clarification on the Use of Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) Officers Outside the Canadian Cadet Movement
  • CATO 22-02, Cadet Organization Administration and Training Service Promotion Policy

Approval Authority: Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS)

Enquiries: Commander – National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group (Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp)

2. Abbreviations

Abbreviation Complete Word or Phrase
CATO Cadet Administrative and Training Orders
CDS Chief of the Defence Staff
CF Mil Pers Instr Canadian Forces Military Personnel Instruction
CIC Cadet Instructors Cadre
CO commanding officer
COATS Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service
CR Canadian Rangers
CRPG Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp Commander – National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group
D/Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp Deputy Commander – National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group
JCR Junior Canadian Rangers
JCRP Junior Canadian Rangers’ Programme
Natl CJCR Sp Gp National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group
NDA National Defence Act
P Res Primary Reserve
RCSU Regional Cadet Support Unit
Reg F Regular Force
Res F Reserve Force
Supp Res Supplementary Reserve

3. Overview

Purpose of the COATS

3.1 The purpose of the COATS is to supervise, administer and train cadets and JCR.

3.2 CAF members of the COATS (COATS members) are primarily assigned to duties relating to the supervision, administration and training of cadets who are members of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Royal Canadian Army Cadets and Royal Canadian Air Cadets. COATS members are also responsible for JCR when JCR attend a cadet summer training centre or participate in other authorized activities for cadets.

Composition of the COATS

3.3 QR&O subparagraph 2.034(c), Reserve Force – Sub-Components, provides that the COATS is a sub-component of the Res F which consists of CAF members who have undertaken as their primary duty the supervision, administration and training of cadets or JCR. The COATS is comprised of officers of the CIC military occupation and CAF members of other military occupations.

Liability to Serve

3.4 In addition to their primary duty relating to cadets, a COATS member may be ordered to train under paragraph 33(2)(a) of the NDA for such periods as are prescribed in regulations made by the Governor in Council and may be called out on service to perform any lawful duty other than training under paragraph 33(2)(b) of the NDA. Subsection 33(4) provides that “duty” means any duty that is military in nature and includes any duty involving public service authorized under section 273.6 of the NDA.

Note – To date, no regulations have been made prescribing periods of training for COATS members.

3.5 A COATS member may be placed on active service under section 31 of the NDA.

Purpose of the CATO

3.6 The CATO is issued on the authority of the CDS. The purpose of the CATO is to:

  1. supplement the Queen's Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Cadets Organizations [QR (Cadets)];
  2. supplement the QR&O; and
  3. amplify applicable DAOD and CFAO.

4. Organization

COATS Establishments

4.1 A COATS member may serve with and be posted to any of the following establishments:

  1. a sea or army cadet corps, or an air cadet squadron;
  2. a cadet training centre;
  3. the Natl CJCR Sp Gp;
  4. a regional cadet instructor school;
  5. a regional cadet support unit; or
  6. a cadet flying training centre.

Natl CJCR Sp Gp Headquarters

4.2 The role of the Natl CJCR Sp Gp Headquarters is to advise and assist the Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp and D/Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp in carrying out their roles and responsibilities as well as providing support to Natl CJCR Sp Gp subordinate Commanders.

4.3 The Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp provides strategic direction for the youth program and strengthens relationships and support across DND/CAF and outside support organizations.

4.4 The D/Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp provides day-to-day program management oversight and leadership as Deputy Commander to the RCSU COs for their coordination of the delivery and support of the Cadet Program.

Regional Cadet Support Units

4.5 The role of the RCSUs is to coordinate the delivery and support of the Cadet Program within their applicable region.

Responsibilities for the JCRP and JCR

4.6 The programs, policies and procedures applicable to the JCRP are approved by the Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp or D/Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp. Supervision of JCR and the conduct of authorized activities for JCR are primarily carried out by CAF members of the CR (CR members) under the command of the CO of the applicable CRPG. See paragraphs 3.1, 3.2 and 4.1 in DAOD 2020-2, Canadian Rangers, for more information about the command of the CR and tasks of CR members in relation to the JCRP and JCR.

5. Administration

Enrolment in or Transfer to the COATS

5.1 The process for a civilian to enrol in, or a CAF member to transfer to, the COATS is set out in QR&O article 6.01, Qualifications for Enrolment, and DAOD 5002-1, Enrolment.

5.2 The administration of component and sub-component transfers is set out in DAOD 5002-3, Component and Sub-Component Transfer.

Medical Standard for Applicants

5.3 An applicant to the COATS must meet the minimum medical standard as set out in DAOD 5002-1.

5.4 An applicant with a medical category below this standard, but not lower than V5 CV3 H4 G4 O4 A5, may only be accepted for service in the COATS if the applicant can be employed within the constraints of their assigned medical employment limitations.

Minimum Medical Standard for Retention

5.5 The minimum medical standard to remain a COATS member is V5 CV3 H4 G4 O4 A5.

5.6 If, as a result of a change in a medical category or a medical employment limitation, a COATS member is not able to perform assigned duties, their continued service in the COATS may be subject to an administrative review under DAOD 5019-2, Administrative Review.

Terms of Service

5.7 A COATS member serves on an indefinite period of service.

Promotion

5.8 The criteria for the promotion of COATS members are set out in National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group Order 5022-0, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service Promotion Policy.

Service with a Cadet Organization – Other CAF members

5.9 QR&O subparagraph 2.034(c) provides that the COATS may be supported by CAF members of the Reg F or other sub-components of the Res F. The following table sets out conditions for service with a cadet organization by a CAF member of the Reg F or a sub-component of the Res F other than the COATS:

A CAF member of the … may serve with a cadet organization if … in accordance with …
Reg F
  • approved by the chain of command of the CAF member and either:
    • the CO of the cadet corps or cadet squadron; or
    • the CO of the appropriate CRPG responsible for the JCRP patrol.
CF Mil Pers Instr 03/10, Regular Force Members Supporting Cadet Programmes.
P Res
  • approved by the chain of command of the CAF member and either:
    • the CO of the cadet corps or cadet squadron; or
    • the CO of the appropriate CRPG responsible for the JCRP patrol.
CF Mil Pers Instr 20/04, Administrative Policy of Class “A”, Class “B” and Class “C” Reserve Service.
Supp Res

(not applicable)

Note – A CAF member of the Supp Res is required to apply for a sub-component transfer to the COATS in order to serve with a cadet organization (see DAOD 2020-4) and CF Mil Pers Instr 02/15, Supplementary Reserve.

CR
  • approved and tasked to instruct, mentor or supervise JCR by the CO of the appropriate CRPG.
DAOD 2020-2.

Performance of Unrelated Other Duties

5.10 The primary duty of a COATS member is the supervision, administration and training of cadets. A COATS member may not perform other duties unrelated to their primary duty without the approval of D/Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp.

5.11 If unrelated other duties for a COATS member are approved by the D/Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp, the COATS member may:

  1. remain on the strength of their home unit and be attached posted to another unit; or
  2. be posted or attached posted to another unit if the other unit is part of the cadet organizations.

5.12 A COATS member who wishes to permanently serve outside the COATS must request a transfer to another sub-component of the Res F or to the Reg F (see DAOD 5002-3).

5.13 If a COATS member is attached posted, seconded or transferred with consent to the Reg F or P Res, the COATS member must meet the minimum operational standards related to the principle of universality of service as set out in DAOD 5023-1, Minimum Operational Standards Related to Universality of Service.

5.14 A COATS member who is in a military occupation other than the CIC may transfer to the Reg F or P Res, provided the COATS member meets the minimum standards necessary for service in their military occupation in the component or sub-component to which they are transferring.

Release

5.15 A COATS member is released under QR&O Chapter 15, Release, and in accordance with the table set out in the CDS Delegated Release Authorities – Reserve Force.

Retirement Age

5.16 The compulsory retirement age for a COATS member is age 65, as set out in CF Mil Pers Instr 09/06, Compulsory Retirement Ages for the Supplementary Reserve (Supp Res), Cadet Instructors Cadre (CiC), and the Canadian Rangers (Cdn Rangers).

6. Consequences

Consequences of Non-Compliance

6.1 Non-compliance with this DAOD may have consequences for the CAF as an institution and CAF members as individuals. Suspected non-compliance will be investigated. The nature and severity of the consequences resulting from actual non-compliance will be commensurate with the circumstances of the non-compliance.

7. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

  • DAOD 2020-1, Primary Reserve
  • DAOD 2020-2, Canadian Rangers
  • DAOD 2020-4, Supplementary Reserve
  • DAOD 5002-1, Enrolment
  • DAOD 5002-3, Component and Sub-Component Transfer
  • DAOD 5019-2, Administrative Review
  • DAOD 5023-1, Minimum Operational Standards Related to Universality of Service
  • CANFORGEN 111/06, Amendments to the Compulsory Retirement Age for the CIC, the Supp Res, and the Cdn Rangers
  • A-MD-154-000/FP 000, Canadian Armed Forces Medical Standards (CFP 154)
  • CATO 23-04, Canadian Cadet Organizations Adult Screening Policy (available in paper copy only)
  • CDS Designated Release Authorities – Reserve Force
  • CF Mil Pers Instr 02/15, Supplementary Reserve
  • CF Mil Pers Instr 09/06, Compulsory Retirement Ages for the Supplementary Reserve (Supp Res), Cadet Instructors Cadre (CiC), and the Canadian Rangers (Cdn Rangers)
  • CF Mil Pers Instr 03/10, Regular Force Members Supporting Cadet Programmes
  • National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group Order 5022-0, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service Promotion Policy (available in paper copy only)
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