Cadet Advisory Council
The Cadet Advisory Council (CAC) will be hosted by the Commander Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers through a collaboration with Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central). The working group will provide the opportunity for the Commander and senior staff at the headquarters to engage directly with a group of senior cadets from across the country on a variety of cadet program related topics.
You may recall that in my remarks when I assumed command of Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers in September 2020, I expressed my excitement to join the CJCR team and said that I wanted to hear from the cadets themselves about how we improve the program and make it more contemporary, agile and flexible for the future. Today, I come to you to tell you that I am fulfilling this promise and announced that I have directed the standing up of the Cadet Advisory Council! The first sitting of the Council will be in the Summer 2021.
I know there are many committees and mechanisms already in place to allow cadets to voice feedback and provide suggestions, so you may be asking what is different about this Advisory Council? Well, the difference is that contrary to other committees, this is a national group that will be comprised of three cadets per region - one per element - plus one group leader. Although summer is when this Advisory Council will take place, the actual work and process will be much broader and my intent is that cadets will in fact work throughout the year, acting as a sounding board for senior formation staff to help address cadet-related topics. This is an opportunity for senior staff and me to engage directly with cadet leaders from across the country on a variety of topics that relate to their program and for cadets to help shape their decisions.
I am looking for cadets who are up for the challenge. Does this sound interesting to you?
If so, selections will be done by Region, so reach out to your chain of command to ask for more information on how to be recommended for the Formation Cadet Advisory Council.
I can’t wait to work with you on ensuring the Cadet Program remains the best youth program in Canada.
How long is the Cadet Advisory Council?
The CAC will take place during the summer 2021 training period and will run as a two or three week concentration.
Where will this take place?
The CAC will take place virtually using the Cadet365 platform, once accepted as a member of the council you will receive onboarding instructions.
How many cadets will be selected?
16 Cadets (three per region [one per element] plus one to be selected as a group leader). Cadets participants shall be designated Staff Cadets for the purpose of pay and professional development.
How can I apply to be part of the Cadet Advisory Council?
Three cadets per RCSU will be selected to participate in the CAC , and applications and selections shall take place as follows:
- RCSUs will advertise the opportunity and advise corps / squadrons to submit applications through Fortress NLT 15 Apr 21;
- Applicant submissions are to include the following elements:
- letter of introduction from the Corps/Sqn CO,
- letter of introduction from the cadet, and
- contact details for the cadet to facilitate coordination of a video interview;
- RCSUs will screen and rank their candidates, nominating the top candidate in their region to the CJCR HQ for the senior cadet of the CAC position NLT 6 May 21;
- CJCR Formation Chief Warrant Officer (FCWO) will vet the five nominated cadets and select one of them to act as the senior cadet of the CAC, and return the applicant submissions to the home RCSUs NLT 19 May 21; and
- RCSU’s will select one cadet of each element from within their RCSU to be on the CAC ensuring inclusive and diverse representation. Applications are to be selected and offers “published to Corps / squadrons” in Fortress NLT 30 May 21
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