31-03 Annex C - Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre Program

Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATOs)


General

1. The Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC) Program consists of courses conducted at various locations during the months of July and August. Concurrently, Nationally Directed Activities such as International Exchanges, National Tall Ship Deployment, Sea Cadet National Regatta and Sea Cadet Ship Deployments are conducted as outlined in Annex D.

2. Similar to the Corps Program, the CSTC Program will begin rollout of updated Sea CSTC courses in July 2009 and will deliver updated or new courses each successive year over the next five years. The current CSTC program will be phased out as the updated CSTC Program is phased in.

3. The change over to the updated CSTC program will require that two CSTC programs be conducted concurrently. CSTC will be required to continue delivery of the current program until the current CSTC program is phased out. New and updated training, standards and publications will be phased in and the current training, standards and publications will be amended or cancelled over the period of transition.

4. The model for updated Sea CSTC courses is outlined at Appendix 2 to this Annex.

Aim of CSTC Training

5. The CSTC Program is integral to the overall Sea cadet program and focuses on giving a set portion of the Sea cadet population instruction and opportunities to develop advanced knowledge and skills in specialized activities and to develop instructors/leaders for these specialized activities.

6. The aim of the CSTC Program is to support and/or enhance both the Corps and the CSTC Program by providing Sea cadets capable of leading, instructing and carrying out the duties of various corps and CSTC positions as required.

7. In the updated CSTC program model, Sea cadets will normally progress through increasingly longer courses. For example, by participating in a 2-week course, then a 3-week course, and then on 6-week or longer courses.

Course Outlines and Allocations

8. D Cdts & JCR publishes annually the CSTC course assignment and the allocation of quotas in collaboration with D Cdts 4, SSO Sea Cdts and RCSU.

9. Course Locations, Details and Outlines. Course locations, details and outlines for the current summer training courses can be found on the Sea cadet pages of the national website at www.cadets.ca. This information is updated on an ongoing basis, as course locations and dates are established.

10. Vacancy Allocations. Vacancies will be promulgated annually by D Cdts & JCR in accordance with the timeline shown below:

  1. 15 September – Global regional vacancy allocations issued by D Cdts 4-3;
  2. 30 September – Regional reports on all of the previous summer’s training course success rates and requested vacancy and course allocations for the following summer due in to D Cdts 4-3;
  3. 15 October – Draft vacancy and course allocations issued by D Cdts 4-3;
  4. 22 October – Regional response to vacancy and course allocations due in D Cdts 4-3; and
  5. 01 November – final vacancy and course allocations promulgated by D Cdts 4-3.

11. Vacancy Reallocation. Unfilled vacancies will be reallocated in accordance with the timeline shown below:

  1. 15 April – Regional reports on the number of unfilled vacancies and those requested, by course and CSTC, due in D Cdts 4-3; and
  2. 01 May – reallocated vacancies promulgated by D Cdts 4-3.

12. Course Conduct. Courses will be delivered in accordance with the most current QSP.

13. Language of Instruction. CSTC are each designated as an English Language Unit (ELU) or French Language Unit (FLU). Unless otherwise identified, courses are to be conducted and services provided in the language corresponding to the CSTC designation only.

14. Statistics. Regions are responsible for ensuring that course start, no-shows, return to unit (RTU) and pass-fail results for each course are recorded and forwarded to D Cdts 4-3 in accordance to direction issued.

15. Deadlines. Deadlines as outlined above are established to ensure that all agencies involved with the CSTC Program have sufficient time available to make properly considered decisions at each stage of the implementation process. Likewise, regional deadlines must be adhered to as they provide important inputs to this process.

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Application and Selection for National Directed Activities

16. While a Cadet is being considered for selection on a NDA, he/she cannot be offered, for the same period, alternate employment or training within the Cadet organizations, unless otherwise approved by D Cdts 4-3 or until such time as the application is turned down, i.e. the cadet is not selected.

17. Once a cadet has been selected for a NDA, he/she cannot be offered, for the same period, alternate employment or training within the Cadet organizations, unless otherwise approved by D Cdts 4-3.

Course Applications

18. Cadets wishing to attend CSTC training courses are to make application using form CF51. Course prerequisites are outlined below.

19. Music Courses. Cadets applying for a music course must complete an “Application for Music Course” form DND 757, or regional equivalent, in addition to the CF51.

Selection Process

20. Each Region is responsible for establishing its own course application and loading timeline and procedures. Course loading is to be completed no later than 31 March annually so that:

  1. regions may submit to D Cdts 4-3 their lists of unfilled vacancies and those requested, as indicated above, no later that 15 April annually;
  2. accommodation arrangements at CSTCs, based on gender representation, may be initiated as early as possible; and
  3. air transportation arrangements may be initiated as early as possible.

21. Regions are responsible for ensuring that CF51s of cadets selected to attend a course out-of-region arrive at the receiving Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) HQs no later than 1 June annually. RCSUs are responsible for ensuring that CF51s arrive in a timely manner to the CO of their respective CSTCs.

22. RCSUs are responsible to ensure that their selected cadets meet course prerequisites or are granted a waiver in lieu. CSTCs, through their RCSU, may RTU cadets if they do not meet course prerequisites or hold a waiver. Travel and associated costs are to be borne by the cadet’s home region.

Generic Prerequisites

23. In order to be eligible to attend a CSTC course, a cadet must, unless he/she is granted a waiver under the conditions listed below:

  1. meet the prerequisites listed in QR (Cadets) 5.03;
  2. be free of any known ailment, condition (physical, mental or otherwise) or injury preventing him/her from completing the requested course, at the requested CSTC;
  3. have as a minimum, a functional ability (described below) in the designated official language for the requested CSTC and/or course; and
  4. meet all the prerequisites specific to the requested course outlined below, or as stated in the applicable course QSP.

24. Language Ability. A cadet’s language ability level is deemed to be functional when he/she:

  1. can understand the person talking to him/her most of the time;
  2. can ask questions and express him/her with little hesitation;
  3. can be understood (verbally and in writing), even if the grammar and spelling used is not always perfect;
  4. knows enough of the language so that his/her understanding of orders is correct most of the time; and
  5. for courses of a technical nature, the cadet must be conversant with the applicable terminology used within those courses (i.e. Sailing or Marine Engineering).

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CSTC Program Available Courses

25. To achieve the aim, CSTC training shall consist of the following length courses:

  1. two week course (updated 2009 onward):
    (1) General Training;
  2. three week course (2009):
    (1) Sail Trade Group 1,
    (2) Gunnery Trade Group 1,
    (3) Boatswain Trade Group 1, and
    (4) Music Trade Group 1;
  3. three week course (updated 2010 onward):
    (1) Basic Sail,
    (2) Basic Seamanship,
    (3) Basic Leadership,
    (4) Basic Fitness and Sports, and
    (5) Military Band – Basic Musician;
  4. six week or longer courses (to be phased out commencing in 2011):
    (1) Sail Trade Group 2,
    (2) Gunnery Trade Group 2,
    (3) Boatswain Trade Group 2,
    (4) Music Trade Group 2, and
    (5) Athletic Instructor;
  5. six week or longer courses (updated 2011 onward):
    (1) Intermediate Sail,
    (2) Ship’s Boat Operator,
    (3) Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor,
    (4) Drill & Ceremonial Instructor,
    (5) Fitness and Sports Instructor, and
    (6) Military Band - Intermediate Musician;
  6. six week or longer courses (to be phased out commencing in 2012):
    (1) Sail Trade Group 3,
    (2) Gunnery Trade Group 3,
    (3) Boatswain Trade Group 3, and
    (4) Music Trade Group 3;
  7. six week or longer courses (updated 2012 onward):
    (1) Sail Coach,
    (2) Chief Boatswain’s Mate, and
    (3) Military Band – Advanced Musician; and
  8. six week or longer courses (to be retained and updated):
    (1) Silver Sail,
    (2) Marine Engineer, and
    (3) Shipwright.

26. Appendix 2 of this Annex summarizes the new CSTC Program course model.

Specific Prerequisistes

27. The following prerequisites are applicable to updated CSTC courses. Prerequisites for other updated CSTC courses will be promulgated as they are implemented.

28. General Training course. In order to be eligible to attend this course, a cadet must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. have successfully completed Phase One of the Corps Program; and
  2. hold the rank of able seaman.

29. Basic (three-week) courses. In order to be eligible to attend these courses, a cadet must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. have attained not less than 13 years of age as of the 31st day of December of the calendar year preceding the course;
  2. have successfully completed Phase Two of the Corps Program; and
  3. preferably, have successfully completed the General Training course.

30. Trade Group 2 courses and Pipes and Drums – Level I-V courses. In order to be eligible to attend these courses, a cadet must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. have attained not less than 14 years of age as of the 31st day of December of the calendar year preceding the course;
  2. have successfully completed Phase Three of the Corps Program;
  3. for Trade Group 2 courses, have successfully completed the Trade Group 1 course from the same Trade; and
  4. for the Pipes and Drums course, have successfully completed the Basic Pipes and Drums course.

31. Trade Group 3 courses, Advanced Music, Silver Sail, Athletic Instructor, Shipwright and Marine Engineer. In order to be eligible to attend these courses, a cadet must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. have attained not less than the age of 15 years as of the 31stday of December of the calendar year preceding that of the course;
  2. have successfully completed Phase Four from the Corps Program;
  3. for Trade Group 3 courses, have successfully completed the Trade Group 2 course from the same trade;
  4. for the Advanced Music course:
    (1) have successfully completed the Music Trade Group 2 course, and
    (2) have achieved music level III;
  5. for the Silver Sail course:
    (1) have successfully completed the Sail Trade Group 2 course, and
    (2) have achieved the Canadian Yachting Association Bronze Sail, Level V qualification;
  6. for the Athletic Instructor course, have successfully completed a TG 2 course, preferably Gunnery;
  7. for the Shipwright course:
    (1) have completed Trade Group 2 Sail or Boatswain Trade, or
    (2) meet the following:
       (a) SCOP Module 1 or civilian equivalent,
       (b) SCOP Module 4 or civilian equivalent,
       (c) Standard First Aid certificate,
       (d) CYA White Sail level II, and
       (e) have successfully completed a 6 week course, preferably Boatswain; and
  8. for Marine Engineering course, have successfully completed a Trade Group 2 course, preferably Boatswain.

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Waivers

32. General. Under certain conditions, a cadet may be granted a waiver to attend a course for which he/she does not meet all the prerequisites. Only his/her RCSU (or subordinate entity to which authority has been delegated) may grant a waiver to the cadet.

33. The following conditions are applicable to the current CSTC courses and waiver conditions for updated courses will be promulgated as they are implemented.

34. Out-of-Region Training. Before it authorizes a cadet to attend a course out-of-region, for which he/she has been granted a waiver, his/her RCSU (or a subordinate entity to which a waiver has been delegated) is to seek authorization from the applicable host RCSU.

35. Generic Waiver Conditions. A cadet wishing to attend a course for which he/she doesn’t meet all the prerequisites may be granted a waiver under the conditions specific to the requested course, listed below at paragraphs, and the following general conditions:

  1. there is no other stand-by cadet in his/her Region who meets all the prerequisites;
  2. he/she is expected to pass the course; and
  3. he/she meets the prerequisites listed above at Generic Prerequisites.

36. Cadets aged 12. A waiver cannot be granted to a 12-year old cadet.

37. General Training Course. A cadet must meet all the prerequisites to attend this course. A waiver cannot be granted.

38. Basic (Three Week ) courses. A cadet’s RCSU (or a subordinate entity to which authority has been delegated) may grant him/her a waiver to attend one of these courses if he/she meets all the following conditions:

  1. have attained not less than the age of 13 years as of the 31st day of December of the calendar year preceding the date of the course;
  2. have successfully completed Phase Two from the Corps Program, or will have completed it by the end of the calendar year; and
  3. there are indications, by way of his/her corps CO recommendations, that the cadet:
    (1) is expected to adapt to life at a CSTC, and
    (2) is mature enough to be away from home for the duration of the course.

39. Trade Group 2 and Pipes and Drums – Level I-V courses. A cadet’s RCSU (or a subordinate entity to which authority has been delegated) may grant him/her a waiver to attend one of these courses if he/she meets all the following conditions:

  1. have attained not less than the age of 14 years as of the 31st day of December of the calendar year preceding the date of the course;
  2. have successfully completed Phase Three from the Corps Program, or will have completed it by the end of the calendar year;
  3. for Trade Group 2 courses:
    (1) have successfully completed one of the following:

    (a) a Trade Group 1 course from a different trade, or
    (b) the General Training course, and

    (2) have successfully completed training (cadet or civilian) comparable to that of the required Trade Group 1 course; and
  4. for the Pipes and Drums course:
    (1) have successfully completed one of the following:

    (a) any Trade Group 1 Course, or
    (b) the General Training course, and

    (2) have successfully completed training (cadet or civilian) comparable to that of the Basic Pipes and Drums course.

40. Trade Group 3 courses, Advanced Music, Silver Sail, Athletic Instructor, Shipwright and Marine Engineer. A cadet’s RCSU (or a subordinate entity to which authority has been delegated) may grant him/her a waiver to attend one of these courses if he/she meets all the following conditions:

  1. have attained not less than the age of 15 years as of the 31st day of December of the calendar year preceding the date of the course;
  2. have successfully completed Phase Four from the Corps Program, or will have completed it by the end of the calendar year;
  3. for Trade Group 3 courses:
    (1) have successfully completed one of the following:

    (a) a Trade Group 2 course from a different trade, or
    (b) any Trade Group 1 course;

    (2) have successfully completed training (cadet or civilian) comparable to that of the required Trade Group 2 course, and
    (3) he/she is expected to become, upon successful completion of this course, the only Trade Group 3 instructor in his/her trade at his/her cadet corps;
  4. for the Advanced Music course:
    (1) have successfully completed one of the following:

    (a) a Trade Group 2 course from a different trade, or
    (b) any Trade Group 1 course,

    (2) have achieved music level III;
  5. for the Silver Sail course:
    (1) have successfully completed one of the following:

    (a) a Trade Group 2 course from a different trade, or
    (b) any Trade Group 1 course, and

    (2) have achieved Canadian Yachting Association Bronze Sail, level V qualification; and
  6. for the Athletic Instructor course, Shipwright and Marine Engineering courses have successfully completed any Trade Group 1 course.

Course Transfers

41. A cadet may be allowed to transfer from one course to another course provided he/she meets all the prerequisites for the requested course or is eligible for a waiver and one is granted.

Qualification

42. Course results will be represented and reported as outlined in the applicable QSP for each course.

43. Successful completion of a CSTC qualification entitles the cadet to wear the appropriate badge in accordance with current Sea Cadet Dress Instructions.

Training Allocation

44. In accordance with current regulations, cadets taking part in CSTC program courses are entitled to receive a training allocation. Details can be found in CATO 17-32 Training Allocation – Cadets.

Staff Cadet Appointment

45. Staff Cadet appointment policy and prerequisites, waiver conditions, and application procedures can be found in CATO 13-28 Advanced Training – Staff Cadets.

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