What Cadets do

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The Cadet Program


This video highlights the opportunities available to Army, Sea, and Air Cadets across Canada.

  • Who are we? Over 57 000 youth, aged 12-18, supervised and led by over 9000 military and civilian members; supported by their communities, sponsors, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Navy, Army Cadet and Air Cadet Leagues of Canada.
  • Where can you find us? In over 1200 Cadet Corps and Squadrons in over 800 communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Cadets also gain experience at 22 Cadet Training Centres, 32 sailing sites, 34 expedition sites and 59 flying sites and across the country.
  • When can you find us? Cadets generally run activities one night per week, and one weekend per month, with additional opportunities for unique experiences during the summer and throughout the year.
  • How do we do it? By offering the experience of a peer-led program that is open to all youth, in a safe, yet challenging environment focusing on unique activities that will leave a positive lifelong impact.
  • Why are we doing it? We strengthen Canadian communities by investing in youth and developing community leaders.

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Common Training

Cadets have the opportunities to participate in Common Training activities that are open to all three elements, these are just some of the experiences you can't get anywhere else!

The Biathlon Experience


This video highlights the cadet biathlon program which combines endurance, marksmanship, and team work.


Biathlon combines cross country skiing (winter biathlon) or running (summer biathlon) and precision marksmanship. The races are organized by laps of skiing separated by a round of shooting. Typically, each missed target during a participant’s shooting round results in a penalty loop of a specific number of meters. The resulting combination of high intensity aerobic activity with the discipline and concentration of Olympic-styled marksmanship challenges the participants to effectively balance athletics with focus.

The Marksmanship Experience


This video highlights the cadet marksmanship program and highlights the spirit of competition, teamwork, and the competition series run annually.


The Cadet Marksmanship Program is a challenging and competitive sports program accessible to all cadets. It develops skills through superior training and Olympic-style competition. This fun and rewarding program is enjoyed by thousands of cadets every year. Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in provincial/territorial competitions and an annual National Cadet Marksmanship Championship.

The Music Experience


This video highlights the many aspects of the cadet music program, from parades, private lessons, to concert performances.


The Canadian Cadet Organizations offers a progressive music training program that is complementary to the core cadet training program. Cadet Corps and Squadrons that offer music training root it in the historical tradition of marching military or pipe and drum bands. Regardless of local programming, cadets with an interest in music can apply for summer training opportunities ranging from three to six weeks in length. Music training challenges cadets, and enhances their concept of community service, teamwork, leadership, and helps to provide a better understanding of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

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