-Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)Submit Your Question
- Who can join the cadets?
- What if I turn 12 later in the year?
- I'm past my 12th birthday, what happens?
- When is registration taking place?
- I don't live in Lloydminster, can I still join your unit?
- How much does it cost?
- Is a cadet required to join the military?
- I know that I'm going to be late or am not able to attend an event, what do I do?
- If a cadet is in level 2 but didn't complete General Training Course (GTC) as a Level 1 do I HAVE to do that camp?
- I'm a parent/guardian and would like to help out with the squadron. How can I do this?
- Who runs the training for the squadron?
Who can join the cadets?
1. Have reached their 12th birthday; however, have not reached their 19th Birthday
2. Be a Canadian Citizen or have Permanent Residency
3. Be able to supply a birth certificate or immigration card as proof of identity
4. Be able to supply an Alberta or Saskatchewan 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. 186 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 186 Squadron staff for an individual plan.
When is registration taking place?
Registrations can be accepted any Tuesday parade night.
I don't live in Lloydminster, can I still join your unit?
Absolutely! The majority of our cadets (and even staff) come from surrounding communities.
How much does it cost?
Air cadets do 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 costs, additional training provided by the our unit such as familiarization flights, band equipment and training, 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:
- Let their senior cadet aware of the situation
This ensures accurate attendance can be taken. Attendance is taken into consideration for promotions, summer camp applications and scholarship nominations.
- Post on Our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/21342458848/
- Call the Cadet Hall and leave a message 306-825-7471
If a cadet is in level 2 but didn't complete 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 186 RCACS Support Club, which consists of parents and other interested civilians. For more information about the Sponsoring
Committee, please visit the 186 SSC section of our website.
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.
For more information on the staff or to become one Please Stop by the cadet hall on a Tuesday night.