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What is Air Cadets?


How Do I Join 676 Kittyhawk Squadron?

If you have turned at least 12 years old, the best time to register and join is on any Thursday starting in September. This is when the majority of other first-time cadets join, so you won't miss out on any of the training year and won't have to try to catch up to everyone else.

Cadets who join after March 31st are unable to complete the training year requirements and are therefore ineligible for summer training opportunities. We will nevertheless accept registrations up until the first week in June, when we stand down for the summer.

Membership Requirements: 

The Cadet Program is open to youths between 12 and 18 yrs of age and is an organization based on military values.

Air Cadets has three aims:

  • to promote in youth the attributes of good leadership and citizenship

  • to promote physical fitness

  • to stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land, and air activities of the Canadian Forces


To register you will need to bring the following to the registration day:

  • Canadian Government-issued photo ID (landed immigrant or citizenship card) or a Canadian Birth Certificate

  • An original Provincial Health Insurance Card (Care Card)

To successfully register, a parent or legal guardian must attend with each applicant. An application form must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian. Also depending on the answers provided in the medical portion of the application form, there may be additional forms that will need to be filled out.

A registration package consisting of the following documents is available at the link below. 

1)      Multiple Cadet Parent SSC Registration - this will register you and your cadet with the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC).  It provides us with information about you and your cadet(s) so that we can contact you.  It also provides the fees for the program which are currently waived.  Please list the individuals that will be allowed to pick up your Cadet from events.



2)      bcf302-volunteer-sandr-applicant-information-form - this is your registration with the Air Cadet League of Canada.  It will provide for background checks needed for you to volunteer with the organisation.  We are a completely volunteer run organization including the Cadet officers.  As such, we do need parents to help out with everything from cleaning the hall to preparing food to running the Committee itself.  At present, we encourage parents to complete this form and consider attendance of the SSC meetings and potentially joining the SSC at our next AGM in October 2021.


3)      9_bc-volunteer-skills-assesment-form-rvs2 - this will provide us with some information about the parents and where you feel you can contribute most to the squadron. 


4)      bcf312-society-ssc-member-application - this is an application for parent membership to the BC Provincial Society membership which we request all parents join.  

High School Credits for being in Cadets

Did  you know that you can earn Grade 10, 11 and 12 High School Credits for being a cadet?

For sometime, BC students who are members of the Sea, Army or Air Cadet programs are eligible for high school credits. This page was created to assist you in obtaining proof to provide your school, to earn the credits. Please review below or the reference for the specific criteria.

Excerpt of PRCI Policy

The BC Ministry of Education has approved certain Sea, Army and Air Cadet activities as External Youth Development Courses eligible for
graduation credits. The BC Ministry of Education awards these credits based on their current requirements. Up-to-date information can be obtained on their website at

The BC Ministry of Education has authorized four (4) credits maximum for each of Grades 10, 11 and 12 as follows:

Course Code / Course Title / Credits Earned: 

  • UXCA 10 / Cadet 10 / 4

  • UXCA 11 / Cadet 11 / 4

  • UXCA 12 / Cadet 12 / 4

The following details the required training for each external cadet course for air cadets:

 UXCA 10 (Cadet 10) – Successfully complete Level Three and an introductory specialty course. Participation in the Air Cadet International Exchange is considered to be an equivalent training experience;

UXCA 11 (Cadet 11) – Successfully complete Level Four and complete an advanced specialty course; and

UXCA 12 (Cadet 12) – Successfully complete Level Five and an advanced specialty course.

Qualifying introductory specialty courses for air cadets include:

  • Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course    

  • Basic Fitness and Sports Course 

  • Basic Survival Course

  • Military Band - Basic  

  • Pipe Band - Basic    

  • Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course                

  • Basic Aviation Course

Qualifying advanced specialty courses for air cadets include:

  • Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course 

  • Fitness and Sports Instructor Course

  • Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course

  • Survival Instructor Course

  • Military Band - Intermediate

  • Pipe Band - Intermediate

  • Advanced Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance

  • Advanced Aviation Technology - Airport Operations

  • Advanced Aerospace Course

  • Advanced Aviaion Course

  • Glider Pilot Scholarship

  • Military Band - Advanced

  • Pipe Band - Advanced

  • Power Pilot Scholarship

  • Advanced Training - Staff Cadet

The Air Cadet Program is one of the largest federally sponsored youth programs in Canada.

It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in

participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning

about the Sea, Army and Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities.

They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of

environmental, citizenship and community activities.

Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.

Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces, nor are they expected to join the military. While they are introduced to Sea, Army and/or Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces and certain traditions, they are also introduced to many other respectable career choices that are available to them.

Through the Cadet Program, the Government of Canada is investing in today’s youth and Canada’s future.

The Cadet Program is community-based and it succeeds through strong community support and involvement. Cadets, in turn, make valuable contributions to their communities.

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