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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can join the cadets?

Any youth who...
⦁    Has reached their 12th birthday but has not yet reached their 19th Birthday
⦁    Is a Canadian Citizen or have Permanent Residency
⦁    Is able to supply a birth certificate or immigration card as proof of identity
⦁    Is able to supply an Alberta Health Care card

What if I turn 12 later in the year?

As a requirement to join, the cadet must be past their 12th birthday, many cadets will join throughout the year. 11 Squadron is set up for you to join at any time. When you join, please talk to the officer staff for an individual plan.

I'm past my 12th birthday, what happens?

Cadets are able to join until they reach their 19th birthday. Cadets who join later in life will be placed with cadets who are more their own age. Many cadets join at all ages. The staff will work with older cadets to catch them up. Please see the 11 Squadron staff for an individual plan.

When is registration taking place?

Registrations can be accepted any Tuesday parade night during the school year.

I don't live in Lethbridge, can I still join your unit?

Absolutely! A great portion of our cadets (and some staff) come from surrounding communities. This includes cadets from Lethbridge, Coaldale, Raymond, Picture Butte, Nobleford and other surrounding areas!

How much does it cost?

The Cadet program does not have any registration fees. The Air Cadet Program is funded by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the civilian Air Cadet League of Canada. This includes uniforms, basic training, summer camps, scholarships, and regionally directed activities. Facility rental and additional training and equipment, such as familiarization flights citizenship tours, training aids, is funded by our Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC).

Is a cadet required to join the military?

Absolutely not! The Cadet Program is a great way to have fun, be challenged and make friends. You also find out more about Canada and develop new skills that will be with you for life, no matter what career you choose.

I know that I'm going to be late or am not able to attend an event, what do I do?

When a cadet is going to be late or is unable to attend an event the cadet should do the following prior to the event:
Inform their senior cadet of the situation

Call the squadron office at (403) 327-7083 with the following information:
⦁    Name and Rank
⦁    Date of absence
⦁    Reason
This ensures accurate attendance can be taken. Attendance is taken into consideration for promotions, summer camp applications and scholarship nominations.

If a cadet is in level 2 but didn't complete the General Training Course (GTC) as a Level 1 do I HAVE to do that camp?

No. If a cadet did not complete the GTC summer camp as a level one they do not have to complete it to apply for more advanced courses. Once the cadet is eligible for a camp they do not need to complete any other camps before.

I'm a parent/guardian and would like to help out with the squadron. How can I do this?

We have a very active Sponsoring Committee, which consists of parents and other interested civilians. For more information check out the Sponsors page.

Who runs the training for the squadron?

The squadron is run by a team of officers who are members of the CIC (Cadet Instructors Cadre), a special branch of the Canadian Forces Reserve. CIC officers are members of the CF Reserve who are trained specially for working with youth. Often times, these officers are themselves former members of the regular army, or past cadets. In addition, our squadron has several volunteers and civilian instructors who aid in the training and administration of the squadron. Find out more about our staff.

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