Cadet Summer Training 2021
Information regarding Cadet training for summer 2021
Due to the changing COVID-19 environment and with the anticipation of a third wave of infections, CJCR will cancel all in-person (overnight) training at Cadet Training Centres (CTC), Cadet Flying Training Centres (CFTC) and contracted flying schools. The focus will shift to delivering virtual training offerings, as well as in-person training/daytime activities where possible.
The Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (CJCR) remain committed to ensuring that Canadian youth have access to challenging and unique experiences. The current COVID environment will not permit the traditional overnight components that our Cadet Training Centres usually offer, however we remain committed to ensuring cadets still have unique training experiences through virtual training and the Cadet Activity Program (CAP).
You may recall that earlier this year we communicated our intended plans for the upcoming summer 2021 activities. At that time, we were actively planning on offering a combination of some in-person activities - centred primarily on the generation of personnel and qualifications to fully re-activate the program (when the time is right) and to ensure its long-term sustainability, plus local daytime activities and virtual training courses. Although these plans are sound, their execution is based on a permissive COVID environment. While the national pandemic situation remains fluid and asymmetric across the provinces, territories, and our regions, we continue to hope that there will be an increased improvement over the coming months such that we will be able to revert to a complete in-person paradigm before too long.
The safety and security of the youths who participate in our programs is always my top priority. This, combined with our commitment to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, makes it clear to me that Canada’s Cadet Program could not, in good faith, carry on with our planned overnight summer activities this year. This is why I made the decision to cancel all overnight in-person cadet training activities for the summer of 2021.
This was not an easy decision, nor was it made in isolation. The Canadian Armed Forces have always done everything they can to support our programs, from providing medical support, instructors, and facilities which allow us to deliver our top-quality summer training programs. The reality is that the Canadian Armed Forces remain focused on the mission to continue to protect Canadians during this pandemic – including the delivery of the vaccine to their personnel and to Canadians, while executing its mandated operations at home and abroad.
In reaching the decision point, I want you to know that I have engaged in comprehensive consultation to ensure that I am taking a measured response to the challenges we face. But to deliver on this intent, I will require Cadets, COATS personnel, our volunteers, and key stakeholders - including League representatives, to continue to work together to help generate a 2021 Summer Cadet Program that is as engaged and as vibrant as the conditions permit, to include localized in-person daytime activities - where health measures permit, and virtual courses.
I understand that many of you will be disappointed with today’s news. I certainly wish that we had been in a position to offer more. However, the safety and security not only of those involved in our programs, but of all Canadians, must be our top concern. I am confident in the strength and resilience of the people who not only support and lead this program, but participate in it.
Throughout the year, I have seen first-hand through my visits, the passion and commitment to the program, and the creativity and unique approaches to make the best of the unprecedented situation we are in. I am extremely proud of all Cadets and adult staff with how you have continued to lead the way.
Today, you will see two additional videos being released: Colonel Carlson, our Deputy Commander, will explain what is in the work for the summer; and our Formation Chief Warrant Officer, CPO1 Bliss, will speak to how we can expect to see the Program evolve in the future.
Our role now is to continue to demonstrate leadership and citizenship in the face of adversity. I continue to be inspired every day by your passion which is key to our success, and I know that you are all up to the challenge.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
As you may have heard in the first video today, the Commander Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers has cancelled all overnight in-person training activities for cadets this summer. This means that regrettably, we will not be able to offer any in-person qualification courses that we planned to offer for force generation purposes. For example – we will not be offering the Glider or Pilot Trainings Courses, nor Leadership and Challenge or Advanced Sail. I know this disappointing to some that have worked towards this courses, but I want to reassure you that there are still some amazing things happening this summer.
This summer you will see the roll out of four trial courses such as the small engine repair course, the drone operators’ course, the aircraft maintenance course and the marine small engine repair course.
In addition to these regional activities, there will be localized training offered to cadets, similar to the Cadet Activity Programs or CAPs that you experienced this spring. We will be offering in-person local day activities where local and national public health conditions allow.
For those of you looking to receive a qualification this summer, we will be offering both qualification and not qualification courses as a part of our Cadet Training Centres (Virtual) which consists of a lot of courses you may know such as virtual Basic Aviation, Aerospace, Airport Operations, Restricted Operator's Certificate (M), Pleasure Craft Operator Competency, Virtual Military Band, Virtual Pipes and Drums, Virtual Instructional Techniques, and Virtual Coaching. There is something for everyone!
As for staff and staff cadets, we remain committed to honouring the contracts that have been signed for the summer of 2021, and are looking for more members to join the team - we just ask that you remain flexible as we iron out the details of what your role may look like.
We are looking forward to another great summer, which will challenge us, allow us to build on lessons learned last year and will make our Program stronger.
Stay tuned for the third video from Formation Chief Warrant Officer, Chief Petty Officer First Class Bliss who will explain the way forward for the Cadet Program.
Formation Chief Warrant Officer
Good day, thanks for joining me today. The Formation Command Team felt it was important that after you watched the Commodore’s video about the summer 2021 announcement as well as the Deputy Commander’s video on what the summer of 2021 will look like, you got an appreciation of where we see the program going forward.
As we all know, the Cadet Program exists to provide Canadian youth with fun, challenging, safe, and unique experiences that assist their development to adulthood and provide them with skills and assets to set them up for success in life. Part of our mission is to ensure that the Program remains contemporary, relevant, and credible to our youth and the public. With this in mind, over the past year we have been working to refresh and modernize our programming, to be more flexible in our offerings and the methods of delivering them. We are establishing deliberate relationships and partnerships with organizations such as educational institutions, and technical training establishments to enhance the types of courses and opportunities being offered to cadets.
A great example of this is four courses we’re trialing this summer: small engine repair, drone operators, aircraft maintenance and marine small engine repair being offered.
We are incorporating our lessons learned from decades of renowned operations, while progressively evolving our structure and curriculum, so this may change some of the program you are familiar with, but know that our core principles remain unchanged. The local program will remain of high quality, promoting Canadian values, embracing Canada’s multiculturalism and diversity, and providing young Canadians with the opportunities to interact with a wide range of youth within their communities, across Canada and around the world through international visits and exchanges.
Throughout the process of refreshing the Cadet Program we will be actively looking for more unique opportunities for cadets to experience the ethos and elemental aspects of the Canadian Armed Forces through direct participation in military training and familiarization activities that are age-appropriate and aligned to the program mandate.
We are not looking to make these decisions without the advice of those directly impacted, so the Commander is establishing a Cadet Advisory Council that will have direct access to the Formation leadership and will influence the way forward. We are looking for cadets to tell us how their program should evolve and be run.
We encourage you to stay tuned on social media and for information from your chain of command on how you can get involved in the way forward for the Cadet Program and how to have your ideas heard.
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