11-01- Cadet Administrative and Training Orders – Defined

Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATOs)

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1. Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATOs) are issued by NDHQ/D Cdts to supplement Queen's Regulations and Orders for Cadets (QR(Cdts)), amplify Canadian Forces Administrative Orders (CFAOs), replace Canadian Forces Cadet Policies and Procedures (CFCPP), and to minimize the requirement for specialized Region Orders and Instructions.


2. In these orders, unless the context otherwise requires:

Cadet corps means a Sea Cadet Corps, an Army Cadet Corps or an Air Cadet Squadron;

Director of Cadets (D Cdts) means the NDHQ Directorate, designated by the Chief of the Defence Staff in Canadian Forces Organization Orders (CFOO) 1.0.1, responsible for:

  1. developing policy, plans, regulations, orders and instructions to support, to the fullest extent possible, the approved aim of the Canadian Cadet Organizations (CCO); and
  2. authorizing the CCO's structure including designation, location, affiliation, support, formation and disbandment of cadet corps, cadet camps, training centres, Regional Cadet Instructor School (RCIS), Regional Cadet Sailing School (RCSS), Central Region - Cadet School of Pipes and Drums (CRCSPD), Regional Cadet Land Training School (RCLTS), or Region Gliding School (RGS), NDHQ Cadet Staff Establishment (NCSE) and Region Cadet Staff Establishment (RCSE);

Civilian instructor means a person who is employed as an instructor to cadet corps, but who is not a member of the Canadian Forces;

Division means a group of persons in a province elected by the Navy League of Canada who, within the limitations specified by the league, promote and assist the development of the Sea Cadets;

Provincial Committee means a group of persons in a province appointed by the Army Cadet League of Canada or the Air Cadet League of Canada who, within the limitations specified by the applicable league, promote and assist the development of the Army Cadets or Air Cadets respectively;

Region Commander means an officer in the Regular Force who has regional responsibilities of command and control over Sea, Army and Air cadet corps, cadet camps, RCSE, RCIS or RGS, in a region as detailed in CFOO 1.0.1;

Region Cadet Officer (RCO) means, as per CFOO 1.0.1, a person responsible to the Region Commander for all cadet matters within his area of responsibility; and

Sponsor means the organization or person accepted by or on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff to undertake jointly with the CF and the applicable league, responsibility for the organization and administration of cadet corps.

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Issue and Effective Date

3. New CATOs and CATO amendments are issued as required. Amendments are published under cover of a change instruction sheet and are numbered sequentially by volume. The amendment number (eg Ch 3) is printed at the bottom of each page included in the amendment.

4. Unless otherwise indicated by an effective date shown in the text or at the end of the CATO, the CATO is effective on the date of issue. Any order or instruction issued by Region Cadet authorities on a subject addressed in a CATO must be in agreement with the CATO.


5. CATOs contain material of a continuing nature, pertaining to the administration and training of the Canadian Cadet Organizations. CATOs are organized into five volumes:

  1. A-CR-005-001/PT-001: Volume I - Administrative. Order affecting all three cadet organizations and the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) are included;
  2. A-CR-005-001/PT-002: Volume II - Cadet Instructors Cadre. Orders pertaining only to the CIC, CIs and volunteers are included;
  3. A-CR-005-OOl/PT-003: Volume III - Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. Orders pertaining only to Sea cadets are included;
  4. A-CR-005-001/PT-004: Volume IV - Royal Canadian Army Cadets. Orders pertaining only to Army cadets are included; and
  5. A-CR-005-001/PT-005: Volume V - Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Orders pertaining only to Air cadets are included.

6. Within each volume, CATOs are assigned a number corresponding to subject matter:

  1. Number _1.01 -_ 1.99 - Organization;
  2. Number _2.01 -_ 2.99 - Administration;
  3. Number _3.01 -_ 3.99 - Personnel;
  4. Number -4.01 - -4.99 - Training;
  5. Number _5.01 - _5.99 - Discipline, Dress, and Deportment;
  6. Number _6.01 -_ 6.99 - Medical and Dental;
  7. Number _7.01 -_ 7.99 - Finance;
  8. Number _8.01 - _8.99 - Supply, Transportation and Logistics; and,
  9. Number _9.01 -_ 9.99 - Not allocated.

7. Individual CATOs will be identified by a number derived by combining the number of the volume containing the CATO with a number corresponding to its subject matter drawn from paragraph 6 above. For example, the first CATO dealing with sea cadet finances would be CATO 37.01 (Volume III - (3); Finance (7.01).

8. Each volume contains:

  1. cover page with NDID number; and
  2. Forward;
  3. Table of Contents;
  4. Record of Amendments;
  5. CATO articles;
  6. Alphabetical Index.

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Demand and Distribution

9. CATOs are controlled publications. Each cadet unit, Region and Detachment headquarters, Regional Cadet Instructor School, Cadet training establishment and support base has a specific entitlement which will not be exceeded.

10. Newly formed cadet units are to demand from the support base those volumes for which an entitlement exists.

11. CATOs and amendments are issued automatically by the Canadian Forces Publication Depot (CFPD) in accordance with instructions issued by NDHQ/DCdts. In general, units can expect to hold:

  1. Sea Cadet Corps - Volumes I, II and III;
  2. Army Cadet Corps - Volumes I, II and IV
  3. Air Cadet Squadrons -Volumes I, II and V;
  4. Region and Detachment HQ and Region Cadet Instructor Schools - Volumes I through V;
  5. Summer Training Establishments - Volumes I and II plus III, IV or V as appropriate;
  6. CF units supporting cadets - Volumes 1 through V;
  7. Functional Command headquarters - Volumes 1 through V; and
  8. National Defence Headquarters - Volumes 1 through V.

Sponsorship and Maintenance of CATOs

l2. Each CATO is the responsibility of an OPI located within NDHQ/D Cdts. The OPI is identified in each CATO after the last paragraph. Suggested amendments to a particular CATO are to be forwarded via the chain of command to the NDHQ/D Cdts OPI for staffing. A proposal to create a new CATO is to be forwarded to the appropriate NDHQ/D Cdts OPI:

  1. Administrative - D Cdts A~m;
  2. CIC - D Cdts Plans;
  3. Sea Cadets - D Cdts Sea;
  4. Army Cadets - D Cdts Army; and
  5. Air Cadets - D Cdts Air.

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D Cdts 5

Date: April 1996

Amendment: Ch 1

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