About the Cadet Program

From: National Defence

With more than 54,000 Cadets, the Canadian Cadet Organizations help develop skills that will help youth transition into adulthood.

From good citizenship, leadership, and a focus on physical fitness, Cadets have experiences that you don’t find anywhere else, all while learning about the Sea, Land, and Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Sea Cadets learn seamanship skills, including navigation and how to sail. Army Cadets participate in expeditions, trekking, orienteering and abseiling. Air Cadets focus on aviation related activities including flying, gliding and studies in aerospace.

What the Cadet Program is not

Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), nor is the Cadet Program a recruiting platform for the CAF. While some cadets chose a career in the CAF, our focus is in helping young people develop life skills, like teamwork, leadership and decision making, which will benefit them no matter what career they choose.

Cadets learn to become active members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to their communities on a daily basis through citizenship and community service activities.

Cadets develop valuable life and work skills such as self-confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and respect for others while having fun and building lasting friendships.

What is the Canadian Cadet Organizations

The Canadian Cadet Organizations (CCO) is a partnership between the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Navy, Army and Air Cadet Leagues of Canada, and local communities.

Cadets are supervised by members of the CAF in the Cadet Organizations and Administration Training Service (COATS) most of whom are among the 7,500 members of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), a branch within the Reserve Force of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The primary duty of COATS members is the safety, supervision, administration and training of cadets. Its members are specially trained part-time members of the Canadian Armed Forces who dedicate their spare time to the development of Canada’s youth.

The CIC is a personnel branch of the Canadian Armed Forces, belonging to a sub-component of the Reserve Force called the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service (COATS).

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