How Do I Join Cadets?
The Cadet training year follows that of the school calendar year, beginning in September and ending in June.
Most Cadet Corps and Squadrons will host recruiting nights in September. If you are shy and want to join with the greatest number of youth, September is the best month to join as there will be other youth equally as shy and new.
Saying that, you may join at anytime during the cadet training year (September to June), however, if you are interested in attending summer camp or want to progress to the next proficiency level/star/phase the following year – you will need to have joined NO LATER THAN March 1.
To Register please visit our administration office to submit and complete all the required documentation listed below.
Now that you are ready to join Army Cadets, you will need to go and visit us. Upon joining you will need to bring a few things with you which include:
1) a photocopy of the birth certificate or equivalent; and
2) a photocopy of the health insurance card (where available).
The Cadet Corps will also provide you with a few forms that will need to be completed and signed. These completed forms, along with the photocopies of your health insurance card and birth certificate start your Cadet Personnel Record. Your Cadet Personnel Record is stored safely and securely at the Cadet Corps. There is no need to send forms or documentation anywhere!
Access to Cadet Personnel Records are restricted to those individuals authorized in writing by the Commanding Officer (CO) of the cadet Corps pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act.
Cadets/parents/legal guardians shall have access to the cadet’s file by asking the CO or the Administration Officer of the Cadet Corps.
Cadet Personnel Records are kept until the date at which the cadet reaches the age of twenty-five. The files may only be destroyed at that time in accordance with the Defence Administrative Orders and Directives (DAOD) on the Management of Recorded Information and the Treasury Board Policy on the Management of Government Information.
When you leave or age-out of Cadets, make sure to ask for a copy of your Cadet Personnel Record. You never know if you will need it in the future.
Application For Membership
Now that you have completed all the necessary forms, have the proper documentation and have been accepted for membership – welcome to the Cadet Program! Experiences that you cannot get anywhere else are about to begin! Experience the journey!
Interested in transferring to #9? We parade on Monday nights at 1830h (6:30 pm) September-June.
Transferring From Another Unit
Before you begin your transfer to #9, you must out-clear with your current unit. This includes, but not limited to:
Return your issued uniform;
Return any other equipment you may have been issued;
Complete any paperwork as requested by your Commanding Officer or Administration Officer;
Be struck-off-strength (SOS) from your current unit’s Fortress account (this is done by one of the officers at your current unit); and
Request that your current personnel file be mailed to us.
To transfer to #9 please bring the following:
1) a completed CF 1158 – Application for Membership;
2) a completed Support Committee Questionnaire;
3) one of the following pieces of identification of the applicant (the original is required): a valid Canadian passport; or a birth certificate; or a valid resident card;
4) a valid identification card issued by a Canadian federal or provincial government agency
5) a copy of any court, tribunal decree, judgment, or legal limitations; and
6) a copy of the relevant pages from the court decree or judgment or separation agreement if someone has “Limited Access Rights” to your son/daughter please provide.
Section 34 of the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004, of Ontario, prevents us from accepting a provincial health card as proof of age. However, do not forget to include your health card number and expiry date on your Application for Membership! For proof of age, please bring your original birth certificate or passport.
If at any time you need assistance with completing these forms you can contact us by email or telephone, or come see us a Tuesday night and we’ll help you in person.
What Army Cadets Do
What if you were told that there was a dynamic, structured youth program that offered Canadian youth a variety of interesting and challenging activities?
What if you were told that this same program developed in youth an increased level of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness?
Cadets are motivated to improve their physical fitness, to work harder at their academic studies and to give back to their communities through volunteerism and citizenship activities.
The Cadet Program also has a direct impact on Canadian society as a whole. Cadets have the opportunity to take part in various leadership roles throughout the program. There is definite value in having well-rounded, community-minded, experienced young people who are ready to assume their places as tomorrow’s leaders and decision makers.
Truly unique to the Cadet Program is that it offers experiences you cannot get anywhere else! The Cadet Program stimulates an interest in Army activities of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). To this end, we offer dynamic training in a supportive and efficient environment where change is a positive and essential element.
The mission of the Cadet Program is to contribute to the development and preparation of youth for the transition to adulthood, enabling them to meet the challenges of modern society, through a dynamic, community-based program.
The vision of the Cadet Program is a relevant, credible and proactive youth development organization, offering the program of choice for Canada’s youth, preparing them to become the leaders of tomorrow through a set of fun, challenging, well-organized and safe activities.
We further commit to attain this vision by living shared Canadian and military values, paying particular attention to:
Loyalty, the expression of our collective dedication to the ideals of the Cadet Movement to all its members;
Professionalism, the accomplishment of all tasks with pride and diligence;
Mutual Respect, the treatment of others with dignity and equality; and
Integrity, the courage and commitment to exemplify trust, sincerity and honesty.
The Ultimate Challenge
The Royal Canadian Army Cadets appeal to teenagers craving exciting outdoor activities where their personal limits as individuals and team-members will be tested. The hardcore outdoor-oriented will love the challenge!
Army cadets develop abilities in the use of map and compass, GPS technology, orienteering, first-aid, camping and survival skills, canoeing, abseiling, trekking, mountain biking, etc. As they get more experienced, some will be selected for parachuting, white-water rafting and glacier climbing. They will also learn to become outdoor leaders.
Army Cadets get involved in ceremonial military events and citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian heritage. They develop a great sense of pride and discipline through their involvement in a hierarchical system that allows them to hone their leadership skills as they grow older and they learn to care for younger cadets.
In addition to their specialty training, Army Cadets may become involved in other exciting activities like competitive Olympic-style marksmanship and biathlon, sports competitions, music training and competitions, cultural outings, volunteer community support, etc.
Canada represents the best playground for teenagers interested in the outdoors. We are the organization of choice for teens and adults interested in getting out of the classroom to explore the planet the way it should be.
9 London Royal Canadian Army Cadets is a corps steeped in rich history. We are also affiliated with the 1st Hussars. We invite you to read through our past history and affiliation to understand where we have come from and where we are going.
9 London Royal Canadian Army Cadets, in addition to the regular weekly training night, have several teams outside of the regular training.
Meet the Staff
There is a lot of work that goes into making a cadet corps great, and ours is no exception. We have exceptional staff, senior cadets, and sponsoring committee.
Meet the Officer and Civilian staff of 9 London Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
Meet the senior cadet staff of 9 London Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
Meet the sponsoring committee of 9 London Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
We meet at Beaver Hall, located on the Wolseley Barracks (701 Oxford St East, entrance on Elliott St.) (map) on Monday evenings. Opening parade begins at 1830 hrs (6:30pm) so cadets are requested to arrive at least 15 minutes prior.
1815 hours Front door opens, Attendance begins (Do not drop off your cadet before this timing)
1830 hours Opening Parade, Uniform Inspection, Announcements
1850 hours First Instructional Period
1920 hours Second Instructional Period
1950 hours Break
2010 hours Third Instructional Period
2045 hours Closing Parade, Announcements, Duties
2100 hours Dismissal
2120 hours Beaver Hall is locked
It is very important that you arrive on time to pick-up your cadet. As per our policy, an adult staff member must wait at Beaver Hall until every cadet has left the Barracks.
Commanding Officer Parades
On the last Monday of every month (please see Training Calendar for dates), the cadets will participate in a Commanding Officer’s Parade (or CO’s Parade, for short). The purpose of these parades are to showcase the hard work that cadets have put into learning and practice of drill. Special presentations, award, and promotions will take place on CO’s Parades. We encourage parents to attend to support the cadets and celebrate their accomplishments. CO’s Parades begin at approximately 1845 hours and we ask that parents be in Beaver Hall prior to that time.
Each training level is composed of 90 periods of instruction on various military, leadership, fitness, and citizenship related topics. These periods are scheduled to be covered on Monday parade nights.
There are also seven (7) weekend activities throughout the training year that are mandatory in order to pass a star level and/or qualify for the year end trip.
Fall Field Training Exercise (FTX)
Winter Field Training Exercise (FTX)
Spring Field Training Exercise (FTX)
Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) Parade
Cadets must make an effort to attend all Monday evenings and other mandatory training. Training that is missed must be made up on an alternate date/time in order to allow a cadet to pass their star level or be eligible for promotion. The unit holds three FTXs throughout the training year, and cadets must attend a minimum of 2/3 to pass their star level.
To reward cadets at the end of the year, the unit hosts an end of the year trip. In previous years, the trips have included: Toronto, Algonquin Park Expeditions (Canoeing/Portaging, Trekking), and more to come. There is little to no cost for cadets to attend the year-end trip, thanks to the hard fundraising work of cadets, staff, and parents. To qualify for the year-end trip, each cadet must:
Participate in all mandatory star level training (minimum of 60%);
Participate in all corps fundraising activities;
Participate in the Legion Poppy Campaign; and
Attend the Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) in May.
Note: some year end trips (like expeditions) may only include specific star levels due to the physical demands of the activity and for personal leadership and skill development.
The Army Cadet training program in your community is structured into five different levels. Green Stars being the new recruits and the Master Cadets are the most senior cadets in the corps. If an individual attends the necessary training, and meets the standard to qualify for their star level, they will move on to the next level the following training year.
Army Cadet Rank System