Army Cadets is a youth program for boys and girls aged 12 – 18. The training cadets receive is designed to instill a sense of community, stimulate interest in the Canadian Armed Forces, and develop the skills required of tomorrow’s leaders.
The Cadet Program and the uniforms cadets wear are offered free of charge to legal residents of Canada. Those of any background are encouraged to apply. All that is required is a parent / guardian signature on the application form, a birth certificate / passport / student visa / permanent resident card, and a health card / status card. Prospective cadets can apply at any time from September to June, as long as they are between 12 and 18.
While there is a common training component to army, Air, and Sea Cadets, Army Cadet training is centered on fieldcraft, bushcraft, outdoor leadership, navigation, trekking, and expedition. As cadets progress through their training levels, they are afforded opportunities to participate in advanced training designed to challenge their physical and mental endurance.
Cadets are not required to be of any particular level of physical fitness, as the program is designed to promote and improve the physical fitness of youth. The program offers incentive levels for fitness based on results of physical fitness tests. Incentive levels are also offered for marksmanship and band. Other activities done through the Cadet Program such as the Duke of Edinburgh program are recognized. Army Cadets follow the rank structure of their affiliated unit, in accordance with Canadian Armed Forces standards.
Our Corps is fortunate to be affiliated with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. Their band has provided several instructors to teach traditions and musical skills to our Cadet Band. The Royal Winnipeg Rifles have been in existence for nearly 135 years, and have participated in conflicts from before the Boer War to Afghanistan. Our Corps is one of many in a long line to be affiliated with them. We ourselves were formed in 1947, and have been by far their longest standing affiliated Cadet Corps.
Beyond our military band, what differentiates us from other Army Cadet Corps is our traditional regimental accoutrements – black and chrome, as opposed to white and gold, or scarlet. We also run a robust optional training program, comprised of marksmanship, physical fitness, biathlon, drill team and flag party. We provide opportunities for cadets to participate in Canadian Armed Forces Familiarization, first aid, small / large bore rifle training, and adventure training including canoeing and expeditions.
We are based out of Minto Armouries in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Regular community service events we partake in benefit the immediate surrounding neighbourhood of Minto, as well as Linden Ridge and Fort Garry, as our Sponsor is the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #90. Their assistance along with the Army Cadet League and our Local Support Committee among others allowed us to send 12 cadets to Vimy Ridge, France for the 100th Commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.
If your son or daughter is interested in becoming a cadet, please bring them down to us on a Thursday night between 6:15pm and 9:00pm, with all the appropriate documentation. We will provide you with the application form to complete, and size them for a uniform within the first few weeks. Uniforms must be returned when they age out, or quit the program. What we expect from cadets is to be on time, to come prepared to learn, to actively participate in training, to follow our rules and standard operating procedures, and to attend all mandatory training. Our optional training program runs most Sundays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. We occasionally have weekend field training exercises beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon. We also have some training days on Saturdays or Sundays from approximately 9:00am to 3:00pm, and fundraising activities occurring at various times. Our program runs from September to June, and in the summer we break for Summer Training, which is run by the Regional Cadet Support Units across the country.