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WHAT IS THE CADET PROGRAM AND IT'S PURPOSE?

The Canadian Cadet Organizations (CCO) manages the Cadet Program which includes the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Royal Canadian Army Cadets and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.  The Cadet Program is a national program for all young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities.  These activities will encourage and help develop:

  • physical fitness

  • leadership skills

  • engaged and active citizenship

  • personal health and well-being

Many cadets are high achieving students that go on to become Canada's future leaders. The Government of Canada is committed to investing in our youth and expanding the reach of the program.  Through the Cadet Program, young Canadians can experience positive development opportunities and strengthen communities across Canada.

DO CADETS HAVE TO BUY UNIFORMS?

No. Cadet uniforms are provided by the Corps. Cadets are required to maintain their uniforms and return them when they leave the program.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

There is no cost for Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps membership, uniforms or training materials. Cadets and their parents are required to participate in fundraising activities to support any facilities and services not provided by the Government of Canada, such as extra recreational and social activities, dances or trips.

WHAT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?

Senior Cadets are encouraged to apply for paid jobs as Summer Training staff. Working at a Summer Training Centre offers cadets the opportunity to mentor other cadets, build leadership skills and pass along what they have learned. It’s also loads of fun, creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Senior cadets can also apply for International Exchanges and Ship Deployments aboard Canadian Navy and Coast Guard ships.

ARE CADETS EXPECTED TO JOIN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES?

As a cadet, you are not a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, and you not expected to join the military.  While you are introduced to Sea, Army and Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and certain traditions, you are also introduced to many other career options outside of the CAF.

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