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Cadet Honours & Awards




The Canadian Cadet Movement maintains its own Honours and Awards system. Cadets may be awarded these based on criteria including bravery, citizenship, service, outstanding performance on a summer training course, and more. In addition, cadets may also wear, on their uniform, any orders, decorations, and medals of Canada they have been awarded.


Within the system, there are several honours and awards common to all three cadet elements and some that are unique to each. A cadet who transfers from one element to another may continue to wear any medals awarded from their previous service, but in general, air cadets may be eligible for the following eight honours and awards, and are in the order of precedence:


Cadet Medals

Cadet Medal for Bravery

Awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. It is also given in recognition of outstanding deed of valour, involving risk of his or her life, in attempting to save the life or property of another person.

Lord Strathcona Medal


Awarded for recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.

Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence

Recognizes individual endeavours of a citizenship nature which meet or enhance the aims and objectives of the cadet organizations.

Air Force Association of Canada Medal

Awarded for excellence demonstrated on the Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS) and the Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS). One medal shall be awarded to the top cadet, male or female, on both the GPS and the PPS at each of the five Regional Gliding Schools.

Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Cadet Medal of Merit

Awarded at each CSTC to the top cadet, male or female, for each of the national summer courses.

Air Cadet Service Medal

Recognizes all air cadets who have completed four years of honourable service with no serious infractions.

Colonel Robert Perron Award

Presented annually to the top male and female cadets who demonstrate the best physical fitness. This award is not part of the order of precedence.

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