Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join Army Cadets?
Come see us any Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:15 p.m. at 720 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna, BC! Check out our Join Us Page for more information.
How old must I be to join the Army Cadets?
You are eligible to join if you are between 12 and 18 years of age.
What will it cost?
Most funding for the Army Cadet Program is provided by the Department of National Defense and the Army Cadet League of Canada, which is represented locally by the Cadet Corps' Sponsoring Committee. In addition, cadets and their parents are expected to assist in the Cadet Corps' fundraising initiatives.
But there is no annual fee to be involved!
Must I buy my own uniform?
No. Complete uniforms are loaned to cadets by the Canadian Forces. You are, of course, expected to keep the uniform looking clean and neat and adhere to our dress standards.
Do Army Cadets receive pay?
Only when attending certain full-time summer courses. All cadets, however, receive valuable educational benefits, trips to camps, and other rewards.
What are the requirements of membership?
All potential cadets must be interested in the program and prepared to attend regularly. You must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and in good health. Permission of your parent or guardian is also required.
How often do Army Cadets train?
You will parade every Tuesday night. Army Cadets also participate in occasional day trips and overnight weekend training.
Are there any extracurricular activities?
903 offers a number of optional training activities throughout the year including Air Rifle Marksmanship, Field Training Exercises, and Sports/Fitness activities.
If I join Army Cadets, will I be joining the Canadian Forces?
No. Army Cadets is a civilian youth organization with ties to the Canadian military, but it is not part of the Canadian military.
Who instructs Army Cadets?
Army Cadets are supervised by officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre, a component of the Canadian Forces reserve who are specially trained to work with youth. Specially trained civilians are also active in the Army Cadet program. Most of the actual instruction is by senior cadets who have been in the program for a number of years.
Can Army Cadets obtain summer employment?
Yes. For senior Army Cadets aged 16 or older who are properly qualified, the summer camps and special courses offer worthwhile summer employment opportunities.