Canadian Cadet General Order (CANCDTGEN)

Release of Amended Publications for Years 1–5

  1. Recent amendments to the Cadet Program have resulted in the release of a complete new set of Qualification Standard and Plans (QSPs) and Instructional Guides (IGs) for Years 1–5 and an amended Year 5 logbook. These amendments are in response to feedback received from corps / squadron surveys, staff assistant visits, renewal initiatives and the goal to continually improve the Cadet Program.

  2. All amendments are effective 1 September 2017 and are being released now to provide corps / squadrons ample opportunity to plan for the 2017–2018 training year.

  3. Electronic copies of the amended publications are now available on the Extranet under the tab Cadet Training. The existing publications will be rescinded and removed from the File Repository on 30 June 2017.

  4. By 31 May 2017, each corps / squadron will receive one printed copy of each updated QSP and IG for each Phase / Star / Level. They will also receive Year 5 Logbooks, based on the number of Year 4 cadets on strength during the previous training year. Corps / squadrons will receive instructions under separate cover on how to order additional copies of each publication and how to indicate if they do not to want to receive printed copies of QSPs and IGs in the future.

  5. All QSPs were updated and simplified to make them easier to understand, reduce redundancy and simplify instructions. The number of mandatory training periods has increased as a result of the updates, therefore reducing the number of complementary periods that corps / squadrons must conduct. The impact of this change is alleviated by the flexibility that was incorporated in the updated mandatory Performance Objectives (PO). The following specifies the changes made to each chapter:

    1. Chapter 1: explanations were added (eg, the addition of “X” to the PO title and what it means).

    2. Chapter 2:

      i. the sample training schedule has been replaced with scheduling guidelines;

      ii. resource requirements now reflect a group of 30 cadets and lists actual equipment required not PP&S; and

      iii. references were arranged by PO for ease of use.
    3. Chapter 3:

      i. Assessment instructions were simplified;

      ii. Instructions for Annex D (Cadet Interview Guidelines), Annex E (Training Counselling Session Guidelines) and their appendices were added directly to the interview forms; and

      iii. Assessment of Learning Plan for Years 3 & 4 amended to clarify what is required for the cadet to pass each PO.
    4. Chapter 4 Overall changes:

      i. theme nights were created to allow for the entire corps / squadron to undergo the same training (eg, museum tour, guest speaker, learning stations);

      ii. theme nights include different activities for each developmental period (DP) level to provide increased leadership opportunities for senior cadets. Year 4 cadets (even Year 3 cadets) may be placed in charge of learning stations;

      iii. flexibility in the choice of Enabling Objectives (EOs) in some POs, encouraging more hands-on / practical activities; and

      iv. for the amended POs, the documentation is in Year 1 publications only and not repeated through all Phases / Stars / Levels. This reduces the size of the publications and makes it easier to update.
  6. The following POs have been amended:

    1. PO X01 – Citizenship – The aim of this PO is to participate in citizenship activities designed to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship. Cadets can now meet the PO requirements by participating in citizenship tours, presentations, Canadian Citizenship Challenge, Heritage Minutes, citizenship learning stations and hosting a citizenship ceremony.

    2. PO X02 – Community Service – The aim of this PO is to participate in meaningful community service. It will now be conducted using the five stages of service learning, enabling cadets to take initiative, make decisions, interact with community representatives, learn about the role of government in social issues, develop critical-thinking skills, put their ideas into action and assess and evaluate their impact.

    3. PO X05 – Physical Activities – This PO has been expanded to include individual activities. Its aim is to have fun participating in physical activities such as cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular flexibility, recreational team sports and other physical activities. This PO encourages corps / squadrons to survey the cadets to determine the activities in which they are interested and to conduct various physical activities that appeal to their cadets.

    4. PO X20 – Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Familiarization – The aim of this PO is for cadets to participate in CAF familiarization activities. Cadets will be able to meet the PO requirements by participating in CAF activities, tours, mess dinners, presentations, commemorative ceremonies, watching videos, conducting learning stations or firing the C7 rifle. Activities are not element-specific. Recognizes activities that corps / squadrons are already doing and activities that were previously encouraged but not recognized for PO completion (eg, mess dinners, ship tours, guest speakers for Remembrance Day, Battle of the Atlantic).

  7. Under the Cadet Program Update, CAF Familiarization included the maritime community for Sea Cadets. The maritime community information has now been removed from CAF Familiarization to a separate PO (PO X26 Maritime Community Familiarization) and is being released electronically as an interim amendment. It is located in the File Repository under “Publications, Interim Amendments.”

  8. Interim amendments are also available for M107.02 (Identify Army Cadet Ranks and Officer Ranks) for the Army Cadet Program in addition to M423 (Locate a Position on a Chart), EOs C523.02A (Plot a Fix) and C523.02B (Complete a Fixing Paper) for the Sea Cadet Program.

  9. Changes to IGs – Resources for activities that were previously shown throughout the lesson have been moved to Pre-Lesson Instructions. The addition of learning stations resulted in a new format for some IGs to provide clear and concise instructions for the conduct of the activity.

  10. Suggestions or comments for any training documentation can be forwarded directly to

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