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We are not accepting applications at this time. We will resume accepting new members in August. Please keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for our registration date.

Join Us!

The Air Cadet program in British Columbia is as active, exciting and challenging as ever! Currently, over 3600 youth in the province of British Columbia are involved with Air Cadets in 52 Squadrons.

Membership Requirements

To be eligible for membership in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, a candidate must:

  1. Have reached his/her 12th, but not 19th birthday

  2. Not belong to another Cadet unit

  3. Be either a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Landed Immigrant

  4. Be able to attend weekly training (746 Squadron parades Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:15pm between September and end of school term in June)

The program is divided into two training periods:

  • Local training - Cadets participate in training on a weekly basis during the regular school year (Sept - June) on an average of one night a week, plus optional weekend training depending on their interests.

  • Summer training - There are a total of 24 Cadet Training Centers (CTC) located across Canada. Approximately 21000 course cadets receive training and 2500 staff cadets are employed each summer in the 24 CTCs and abroad on cultural and training exchanges.

Cadets are not part of the Canadian Forces, nor is there any expectation for them to join the military.

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A Few Notes

  • Cadets with physical or medical limitations may join Air Cadets, but may be excluded from certain activities and functions including summer training. The safety and well being of the Cadet is the major consideration.

  • Parents should consider that if a cadet is not capable of attending weekend training exercises and/or summer training, the cadet might not be eligible for promotion or flying scholarships. This does not mean that the cadet cannot have a rewarding career despite these limitations. Please consult the promotion policy for more detailed information.

  • New cadets must provide the Squadron with their B.C. Medical Number (the Personal Health Number on your Care Card) and a photocopy of their birth certificate. (There is a photocopier available in the office, the original must be shown at the time of registration.) An application form and a medical form must be completed and signed by parents/legal guardians. There is a registration fee per year of $250, required per cadet at the beginning of each training year. This fee helps to covers rent and local insurance as well as fees to the Air Cadet League of British Columbia which covers liability insurance and costs for the maintenance and upkeep of the Air Cadet Tow Plane and Glider Fleet. There is also a $250 volunteer deposit which is refunded if volunteer time is completed for family, our main activity to volunteer for is our Tag Days fundraisers.

  • If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact 746 Lighting Hawk Squadron.