Cadet Summer Training 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are overnight activities being cancelled?

The protection and safety of those who participate in our programs is always our top priority.

In consultation with Surgeon General, Vice Chief of Defence Staff and combined with the Canadian Armed Forces ongoing efforts supporting the vaccine rollout, we have made the decision not to proceed with activities that require overnight accommodations for the summer 2021 season.

This decision was not easy to make, but based on consultation was the best decision to ensure the health and wellbeing of all those who support our programs.

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What will be available for cadets this summer?

This summer we will continue the trial of four new courses, modifying to a delivery model that supports our decision not to proceed with activities that require overnight accommodations. These trial courses include the small engine repair, drone operators’ course, aircraft maintenance course, and the marine small engine repair course.

In addition to our trial courses, localized opportunities, similar to the spring break Cadet Activities Programs (CAPs) will be available. We will be offering these local “day camp” style activities in-person where public health conditions allow.

Finally, we have furthered refined our digital summer opportunity offerings. Cadet Training Centres (Virtual) will offer a variety of qualification and non-qualification training this summer. Courses include: 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.

Details on these opportunities will be available in the coming weeks.

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Will cadets receive qualifications?

Yes.

We have furthered refined our digital summer opportunity offerings. Cadet Training Centres (Virtual) will offer a variety of qualification and non-qualification training this summer. Courses include: 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.

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What if a cadet has already interviewed or participated in pre-selections? Will they have advance standing?

No.

As soon as the decision was made to cancel all overnight in-person activities, the selection processes were halted. No announcements of selections were made for any of the courses.

We understand that cadets may be disappointed with the decision made not to offer these courses, however, based on the earlier decision point, there is still time for cadets to apply for the different offerings for the summer of 2021.

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Will there be local flying, sailing or expedition activities offered?

We are in early planning stages for the localized day training. Localized day training will depend on the individual resources of the local area. No CTC qualifications will be granted for day training nor will full courses outside of the trials be offered in-person locally.

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If I applied as a staff cadet will I be working at a virtual CTC or will there be special projects?

We are currently working on staffing assignments for the summer and appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work out the final details. Those that were provided with offers or have been selected will be provided with employment, if you have not applied and are interested in supporting, we are still looking for motivated and creative individuals to support the summer of 2021.

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If I applied to be an adult staff member, am I guaranteed employment?

We remain committed to honouring the contracts that have been made 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.

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What if you have advance standing from last year because you did the ground school? Will we be compensated?

There will be no compensation made available to cadets who had advanced standing as a result of completing ground school.

Regrettably, conditions do not allow for us to run these courses.

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Why are we taking a program-wide national approach?

Based on guidance from the surgeon general, and in consultation with the Vice Chief of Defence Staff, it was decided that overnight activities would not be in the best interest for the safety and integrity of our program. These decisions are made with a national approach to the summer training programs to ensure consistency and equitable offerings across the country.

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Is this a final decision?

Yes, this the final decision for the summer of 2021 as we are restricted based on the fluid pandemic situation.

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Can you still pass your level or be promoted if you have never been to a CTC before?

Cadet Training Centre courses are separate from the localized programming and do not have an implication on level or rank progression.

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What if you do not have a computer or internet access how can you participate in the summer programs?

We aware access to Internet and to a device is a struggle for some cadets and in some geographical locations.  However, it is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that they have an Internet access and an appropriate device to participate in virtual training.

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As a staff cadets or adult staff having to deliver training or work, will I be provided with an Internet access and a computer?

In this virtual environment, staff cadets and adult staff will rely on their own device and their own Internet access to contribute to the summer opportunities.  A provision is made to support specific requirements, in collaboration with RCSUs during the planning and staffing of summer 2021.

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Can I take training from independent flying/ jump school etc will those qualifications be recognized?

No, regrettably, cadet qualifications must be obtained through the Cadet Program. There will be no prior learning assessments or transferred qualifications from civilian or outside institutions. This is to ensure that the standard and quality of our qualifications are adhered to.

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Why can’t cadets receive a bursary to pursue local vendors for training?

No, bursaries cannot be offered to cadets to pursue local vendors for training. We are excited to return to offering our in-person courses as soon as it is safe to do so, regrettably that is not in the realm of possibility for the summer of 2021.

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Will virtual be a component in future CTCs after COVID is under control?

Yes.

We see virtual training opportunities as a part of the way forward to modernize the Cadet Program. Our goal is not to replace in-person training but rather to provide even more opportunities for youth to train across Canada.

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Will I get the same badge as the in-house course?

Yes, if you achieve a qualification because of courses you participate in that also has a badge associated with it you will receive the same badge as you if you were in-house.

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Will I be safe attending Cadet Activity Plan (CAP) style training?

Any and all in-person training activities will be evaluated to ensure that they are safe and compliant with local and national public health measures.

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Can I work my civilian job at the same time?

Summer employment with the Cadet Program is full time employment amounting to no less than 36 hours weekly with a minimum expected working time of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. your local time or the local time for the Virtual CTC you applied for.

Accepting summer employment with the Cadet Program means you must be able to fully commit to these expectations.

Since we are doing 6-week virtual courses, will we still receive the training allocation (pay)?

Training allocations are provided to cadets to provide them with the funds required for toiletries and basic living expenses that they would need at a training centre. As none of the courses require cadets be away from home, this allocation will not be provided.

 

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