Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers
Positive youth development programs for Canadians aged 12 to 18. Leadership opportunities that support the program.
Services and information
A national, community-based program for youth aged 12 to 18 who can choose to be a Army, Sea, or Air Cadets.
Junior Canadian Rangers
About the program, how to join, where we’re located and what we do. Find a patrol near you.
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Opportunities for adults interested in working with youth in the Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger programs.
Leadership of the programs
Leaders of the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers programs.
Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers Policies
Policies for the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers.
Medical Care for Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers - Text version
Medical Care for Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers
Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers
Throughout this document the term cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) also refers to Staff Cadets and Staff Junior Canadian Rangers.
When a cadet/JCR joins the organization, parents/guardians are asked to sign a form where they provide consent for a number of things, one of them being “receiving emergency medical and dental care.”
Initial Point of Contact
The initial point of contact for any questions or concerns is the Commanding Officer of the Corps/Squadron or JCR Patrol Leader.
Contact Information – General Inquiries
Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic) 1-877-494-8164
Regional Cadet Support Unit (Eastern) 1-800-681-8180
Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central) 1-877-381-6857
Regional Cadet Support Unit (Northwest) 1-800-842-1851
Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific) 1-800-661-4255
Navy League of Canada:
1-800-375-6289 or https://navyleague.ca/ (You are now leaving the Governement of Canada website)
Army Cadet League of Canada:
1-877-276-9223 or http://www.armycadetleague.ca/ (You are now leaving the Governement of Canada website)
Air Cadet League of Canada:
1-877-422-6359 or http://aircadetleague.com/ (You are now leaving the Governement of Canada website)
Eyeglasses, Lenses, Contact Lenses, and Frames
The CAF will replace or repair lost or broken glasses or contact lenses, if the damage or loss is directly attributable to training or duty and was unavoidable. These items are the personal property of the cadet/JCR therefore, it is strongly recommended that the cadet/JCR or the parent have insurance coverage for repair/replacement of eyeglasses. In addition, cadets/JCRs requiring eyeglasses will have in their possession two pairs of glasses and a copy of their prescription. Cadets/JCRs are responsible for the safety of their eyeglasses and must exercise due diligence in preventing loss or damage (i.e. wearing retaining straps, etc).
When a cadet/JCR suffers any injury to the teeth and adjacent orofacial structures attributable to performance of duty, a cadet/JCR is entitled to the treatment that is necessary to restore a state of oral health comparable to that which existed prior to the injury. Reconstructive oral surgery to correct a pre-existing condition will not be provided.
Cadets/JCRs are not eligible for compensation and benefits set out in Compensation and Benefits Instructions (CBI) for the Canadian Armed Forces; only CAF members are eligible to receive such benefits.
The cadet/JCR will receive health care to treat the attributable condition until the responsibility for providing health care has been, in the opinion of the senior medical authority, successfully transferred to the provincial/territorial authorities.
The CAF/DND and/or League Insurance will pay for necessary health care that is not covered by provincial/territorial health authorities, which is required to treat the attributable condition and is authorized by the senior medical authority.
Medical Care at the Corps/Squadron/Patrol
During authorized cadet/JCR activities throughout the training year, health services are provided by the provincial/territorial health authorities. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)/Department of National Defence (DND) or League Insurance pays for necessary treatment that is not covered by provincial/territorial health authorities, if the injury was not caused by a pre-existing condition, and the injury took place during an ap-proved cadet/JCR activity. This is the same level of medical treatment that would be provided to a Reserve Force member on official duty. It is the norm that individuals on-site with first-aid training will provide first aid in the event of an injury.
Cadet - How to Report an Injury and Submit a Claim Form
Step 1- Report an Injury
- Cadets and their parents/guardians can see an adult staff member of the corps/squadron or Cadet Training Centre (CTC) who will complete a DND 2299, Report on Injuries or Exposure to Toxic Material.
- An adult staff member of the corps/squadron or CTC will submit the completed DND 2299 report to the Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) within 30-days of the injury.
- The RCSU will forward the DND 2299 report to the national office of the Navy League, Army Cadet League or Air Cadet League of Canada.
Step 2 - Submit a Claim
- Cadets and their parents/guardians can submit a potential claim for insurance through the applicable national office of the Navy League, Army Cadet League or Air Cadet League of Canada.
- The claim form is available from the website of the applicable national office of the Navy League, Army Cadet League or Air Cadet League of Canada as listed:
- Sea Cadet: Claim Form—Navy League of Canada https://navyleagueofcanada.org/insurance (You are now leaving the Governement of Canada website)
- Army Cadets: Claim Form—Army Cadet League of Canada www.armycadetleague.ca/resources/insurance (You are now leaving the Governement of Canada website)
- Air Cadets: Claim Form—Air Cadet League of Canada https://aircadetleague.com/library/insurance (You are now leaving the Governement of Canada website)
- The claim form must be:
- Submitted within 52 weeks of the date of injury;
- Filled out accurately and include all required signatures of the claimant, doctor, etc.; and
- Must be accompanied by “original” invoices. Copies of invoices will not be accepted by the insurer.
Clinics at Cadet Training Centres and Enhanced Training Sessions
CTCs and JCR Enhanced Training Sessions (ETSs) will be equipped with a clinic whose mission is to provide emergency healthcare. The mission of the clinic is to stabilize the patient and evaluate the need for more advanced healthcare. In accordance with current regulations, cadets/JCRs are provided treatment at the CTC/ETS similar to what one would expect at an average walk-in clinic dealing with minor ailments. These clinics will oversee the distribution of prescription medications that the cadets/JCRs have previously been prescribed. Major ailments or injuries to cadets/JCRs beyond the capacity of the clinic are referred to provincial/territorial health authorities for treatment.
There is a screening process completed prior to attending a CTC/ETS to ensure the cadet/JCR is medically able to complete the training offered. Clinics are not able to provide care for pre-existing dental or medical prob-lems that prevent the cadet/JCR from participating in the directed training. A cadet/JCR with an ailment that cannot be supported by the CTC/ETS will be returned home.
Provincial/Territorial Health Cards
All cadets/JCRs must have a copy of their personal or family health card issued by their respective province/territory and original photo identification card in their possession while attending a cadet/JCR activity.
Prescription Medication at CTC/ETS
Cadets/JCRs requiring prescription medication must bring sufficient medication to last for their entire stay at the CTC/ETS. Medications will be logged in and retained by CTC/ETS Medical Staff, together with dispensing instructions. Although proper dosages and frequency are supervised by CTC/ETS staff, cadets/JCR are expected to be aware of, and understand, their own medication requirements. If prescription replenishment is likely to be required during the activity, cadets/JCR must have in their possession the medication renewal prescription, the dosage, and sufficient funds to cover the cost of acquiring the medication. Canadian Forces Health Services will not pay for refilling prescriptions. All prescription medication must be accompanied with the completed Over the Counter/Prescribed Medication Administration form found in CATO 16-04 which is available at the corps/squadron/patrol.
Over-the-Counter and Patient Medicines
Cadets/JCR are not permitted to retain any non-prescription medications. Should circumstances warrant, CTC/ETS medical staff will administer any appropriate medication. All over-the-counter medication must be accompanied with a completed Over the Counter/Prescribed Medication Administration form found in CATO 16-04 which is available at the corps/squadron/patrol.
Cadets/JCRs in possession of a Medic-Alert bracelet must wear the bracelet while attending all cadet/JCR activities.
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