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Welcome to the 2137 Calgary Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps! We meet on Thursday nights from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at Mewata Armouries, 801 11th Street SW. This is the castle-like building next to the old Science Center. On this page, you will find information about army cadets in general. To find out more about our corps, please feel free to take a look at our website. We provide extensive information on what we do on our Thursday training nights, as well as provide information about our extracurricular activities and our weekend training sessions. If you are interested in joining, please come down on a Thursday night and we will be more than happy to take you on a tour of our facilities and answer any questions you may have. If you choose to join, please ensure you bring the following documentation when you come down: birth certificate/citizenship card, your Social Insurance Number, and your Alberta Health Care. Without these pieces of information, you cannot participate in any of the activities that we offer as you are not covered by insurance.

 


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About the Army Cadet Program

The Army Cadet Program is the oldest of the three cadet programs. It's main focus is on Adventure training. Through challenging outdoor activities such as abseiling, trekking, canoeing, and survival training, it helps Army cadets gain valuable life skills that they will carry for the rest of their lives. It's the experience of a lifetime! The Royal Canadian Army Cadet training program is divided into five portions: Green Star, Red Star, Silver Star, Gold Star, and NSE (National Star Exam).

Green Star Training is designed to teach a new recruit the basics of cadet life. The Green Star course has a greater emphasis on drill than any other star level. All of the most common drill movements are taught in this course.

Red Star Training will complement the knowledge gained during Green Star Training.  The Red Star course still has a great emphasis on drill, but it also adds on to the other aspects of the Star Training Program and introduces the cadets to the principles of leadership.

Silver Star Training will complement the knowledge gained during Green and Red Star Training but the emphasis will move from drill to leadership and teaching. Because those taking the Silver star course will be senior cadets, it is important that they know how to lead and teach.

Gold Star Training complements the knowledge gained during Green, Red and Silver Star Training. Gold Star Training is the most advanced training that a cadet can receive at the home corps level.





Frequently Asked Questions about the Cadet program

Q. WHO CAN JOIN CADETS?
A. Cadets is open to all teenagers ages 12 to 19 inclusive.

Q. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A. There is not cost to join cadets and the uniform is supplied on loan. All weekend activities are at no cost and cadets can even get paid for attending summer camp.

Q. HOW OFTEN DO ARMY CADETS TRAIN?
A. Army Cadets train one night per week. Our corps trains on Thursday evenings and generally has one weekend activity each month which include day trips and overnight weekend training exercises.

Q. WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO ARMY CADETS GO THROUGH?
A. As an Army Cadet, you will be trained in a variety of subjects such as drill, firearm handling, citizenship, and leadership. Some corps offer optional training: our corps offers a pipes and drums band, a biathlon team, and a drill team. The Army Cadets program also offers advanced training courses such as exchanges to Germany, the UK, and Scotland, just to name a few, as well as the Regular Force Basic Parachuting course.

Q. WILL I BE EXPECTED TO JOIN THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES AFTER I HAVE COMPLETED THE CADET PROGRAM?
A. No. However, if you do wish to join, your application will be looked at more favourably as you will have already learned some valuable skills through cadet training.

Q. HOW DO I JOIN?
A. Come down and see us on our training night - that is any Thursday evening from September to end of March. We host an Open House for new recruits the 2nd Thursday in September. There is no obligation for you to join. You can just come in and have a look around and see whether or not the program is a fit. The Open House will give you an opportunity to meet other new parents, get information about the program in general and specific to our corps, and see what a typical parade night would look like.

Websites that provide more information:
National Cadet Website
Army Cadets Website


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