What Cadets do

From: National Defence

The Cadet program motivates its participants to improve their physical fitness, work harder at their academic studies and give back to their communities through volunteerism and citizenship activities. Cadets are also given the opportunity to take part in various leadership roles throughout the program.

Applicants can choose to join the Sea, Army or Air Cadets program, depending on their specific interests.

All 3 programs instill shared Canadian and military values including:

  • Loyalty through the expression of our collective dedication to the ideals of the Cadet Movement to all its members
  • Professionalism through the accomplishment of all tasks with pride and diligence
  • Mutual respect through the treatment of others with dignity and equality, and
  • Integrity through the courage and commitment to exemplify trust, sincerity and honesty.

However, each Cadet program offers the opportunity to learn a variety of different skillsets, depending on which one you choose:

Select the options below to see what you may learn from each program. 

Sea Cadets

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Royal Canadian Sea Cadets learn about the naval and maritime environment by participating in a variety of activities on and off the water.

Sea Cadets specialize in sailing, seamanship, shipboard life, naval communications, power boat handling, boat repair, and marine engineering. Selected senior cadets have the opportunity to attend international exchanges, to sail aboard a Tall Ship or participate in ship deployments aboard Canadian Navy and Coast Guard ships. Additionally, Sea Cadets can compete for a chance to participate in annual sailing regattas!

Sea Cadets also participate in ceremonial events and citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian naval heritage.

With Sea Cadet Corps found all across the country and given Canada’s abundance of water and shoreline, the opportunities are many, whether inland or on either coast.

International exchanges and cultural visits

Sea Cadets have the opportunity to participate in international exchanges and cultural visits in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Bermuda
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
Army Cadets

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The Royal Canadian Army Cadets appeal to teenagers craving exciting outdoor activities where their personal limits as individuals and team-members will be tested.

Army Cadets develop abilities in the use of map and compass, GPS technology, orienteering, first-aid, camping and survival skills, canoeing, abseiling, trekking, mountain biking, etc. As they get more experienced, some will be selected for parachuting, white-water rafting and glacier climbing. They will also learn to become outdoor leaders.

Army Cadets get involved in ceremonial military events and citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian heritage. They develop a great sense of pride and discipline through their involvement in a hierarchical system that allows them to hone their leadership skills as they grow older and they learn to care for younger cadets.

In addition to their specialty training, Army Cadets may become involved in other exciting activities like competitive Olympic-style marksmanship and biathlon, sports competitions, music training and competitions, cultural outings, volunteer community support, etc.

Canada represents the best playground for teenagers interested in the outdoors. We are the organization of choice for teens and adults interested in getting out of the classroom to explore the planet the way it should be.

National and international expeditions

Every year, some of our top cadets get a chance to participate in high-level expeditions around the globe. Our destinations in the past few years included Morocco, Australia, Costa Rica, South Korea, Italy, Mont-Blanc, the France/Spain Pyrenees, New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies, the Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Whatever the destination, cadets will find the ultimate challenge awaiting them!

International exchanges

  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Germany
  • United States of America
  • Australia
  • Everest

and many more…

Air Cadets

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Royal Canadian Air Cadets participate in a variety of fun and challenging activities. There is something for everyone – no matter what your personal interests may be.

Air Cadets learn about the evolution of technology, the advancements of the aerospace era, building model aircraft and basic survival skills for flight crew. They are given the opportunity to compete in our Marksmanship Program. Air Cadets may also choose to participate in our music program.

Selected senior cadets may even earn the chance to represent Canada on the world stage by participating in an international exchange.

Most importantly, Air Cadets aid in developing knowledge of Canadian history and democracy. The cadet program focuses on social development, decision-making and leadership. As cadets acquire skills and knowledge, they pass it along to younger cadets.

Every cadet will have the chance to participate in flight activities, and some senior cadets may even earn a scholarship to obtain their private pilot’s licence.

International exchanges and cultural visits

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Netherlands
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Turkey
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America


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