Summer Training

GENERAL INFORMATION
All cadets applying for air cadet summer training must be medically fit and submit an application for summer training. These applications are submitted using the FORTRESS – The National Administration System of the Canadian Cadet Organization, and are completed for cadets by the Sqn Administration Officer.

Applicants must have parent/guardian consent, and must be recommended by their Commanding Officer (CO). The cadet must have successfully completed the required training level, and also meet any other prerequisite(s) specific to the course(s) for which the application is made. In all cases, the cadet must have demonstrated an interest in, and aptitude for, further air cadet training.

Below you will find a list of the different summer training courses, as well as their length.

Summer Training Categories

  1. Summer Training can be divided into five categories:
  2. Familiarization Courses familiarize cadets with the various aspects of life at a Cadet Summer Training Centre and to the different training opportunities available in Air Cadets.
  3. Introductory Specialty Courses introduce cadets to an area of specialty. They are then expected to share their knowledge with other cadets at the Squadron.
  4. Advanced Specialty Courses train cadets in a specialty, after which they are expected to return to the Squadron as instructors and activity organizers in their field.
  5. International Exchanges reward cadets for their years of service and their contribution to their Squadron and to the Cadet Movement in general. They last about 2 weeks.

Staff Cadet Employment. Every Cadet Summer Training Centre employs Staff Cadets as instructors or support personnel. These Staff Cadets are basically the equivalent of senior cadets at the Squadron, except that they get paid! Employment ranges from 3 to 8 weeks.

Level 1 Course:

General Training Course (GTC)
This course introduces the cadet to life at camp with a focus on the opportunities available through air cadet summer training.

Level 2 Courses:

Basic Leadership Course (BLC)
This course provides cadets with the fundamentals of followership, teamwork and leadership training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two of the Squadron program.

Basic Fitness & Sports Course (BFSC)
This course prepares youth to serve as a sports assistant while developing personal habits to maintain a good fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Basic Survival Course (BSC)
This course provides basic survival techniques to encourage young people to pursue specialist training in this area of interest.

Pipe Band – Basic Musician Course (PB-BMC)
This course aims to further develop the skills of young people in music and prepare them to join the pipe band.

Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace Course (BATAC)
This course further develops the fundamentals of aerospace, airport operations, aircraft manufacturing and maintenance, and inspire them to pursue specialist training in some or all of the subject areas.

Basic Aviation Course (BAC)
This course provides cadets with the fundamentals of aviation training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency level two at the Sqn.

Advanced Specialty Courses

Leadership & Ceremonial Instructor Course (LCIC)
This course develops a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor for drill and ceremonial activities.

Fitness and Sports Instructor Course (FSIC)
This course develops a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to perform the role of a fitness and sports instructor.

Survival Instructor Course (SIC)
This course develops a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aircrew survival activities   within the Air cadet program.

Advanced Aviation
This course provides an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for   aviation activities. Activities include instructional technique, radio communication, meteorology, and air navigation.

Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course (ARMIC)
This course develops individual air rifle marksmanship while reinforcing and further developing leadership and instructional techniques skills.

Pipe Band – Intermediate Musician Course (PB-IMC)
The pipes and drums course is designed to increase the cadet’s musical skills to music proficiency level 3.

Pipe Band – Advanced Musician Course (PB-AMC)
The pipes and drums course is designed to increase the cadet’s musical skills to music proficiency level 4 or 5.

Staff Cadet Positions – PREREQUISITES

Age: Staff cadets selected for advanced training must be 16 years of age as of the first day of January of the year of advanced training and must not be 19 years of age before the end of the employment.

Level: Staff cadets selected for advanced training must have reached and passed Level 4.

Summer camps required: For service positions, the staff cadets selected must have taken a three-week course; for a training position (all other positions), staff cadets must have taken a six-week course in a CSTC.  For a sports course position, staff cadets must have attained the CFA Bronze level.

Senior staff cadets: All of the prerequisites described above are mandatory. In addition, each candidate must provide a letter of interest, have an attendance record of over 60% at his/her unit and be available five days before the standard staff-cadet positions begin.

Required documents: Each staff cadet must provide, before 1 February 2017,

  1. A copy of his/her social insurance card;
  2. The CDT-130 form (direct deposit request); and
  3. Annex A of CATO 13-28 (agreement on advanced training).

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Technology and Aerospace Courses                            

1. Advanced Aviation Technology Courses
These six-week national courses are designed to further develop instructional ability in technical skills as well as introduce background knowledge required in the aircraft maintenance and airport operations fields. There are two distinct courses:

a. Airport Operations (AATC-AO)
The aim of the AATC-AO is to introduce cadets to programming specific to airport operations. The aim will be accomplished through practical, hands-on learning modules that will reinforce theoretical notions. By establishing a dynamic learning environment and exposing the cadets to a variety of airport operations, they will be inspired to further pursue learning in this program area.

b. Aircraft Maintenance (AATC-AM)
The aim of the AATC-AM is to introduce cadets to aircraft construction and maintenance. The aim will be accomplished through practical, hands-on learning modules that will reinforce theoretical notions. By establishing a dynamic learning environment and exposing the cadets to a variety of aircraft construction and maintenance functions, they will be inspired to further pursue learning in this program area.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, and have completed Level Three training by 30 Jun 17.

2. Advanced Aerospace Course (AASC)
The aim of this six-week course is to develop a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aerospace activities within the Air cadet program.  This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills relevant to various aspects of aerospace science and technology, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application within the format of a simulated space mission project. Candidates should show interest and ability for mathematics and physics.

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, and have completed Level Three training by 30 Jun 17.

Pilot Training Courses (includes Scholarships)

3. Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS)
This six-week course is an intensive programme of ground school and in-flight glider pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada (TC) written exam will qualify for a Glider Pilot Licence and be awarded Air Cadet Glider Pilot Wings.

Prerequisites: Must not hold any TC pilot licence. Must turn 16 by 1 Sep 17, be physically fit, be certified medically fit (Category 3) by a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Examiner, have completed Level Three training by 30 Jun 17 and grade 9 by the application deadline, and must obtain a minimum passing score of 50% on the qualifying exam. Certain height and weight restrictions are made necessary by the gliders used: Height minimum 5’1”/152.4 cm, maximum 6’3”/190.5 cm; Weight minimum 90 lbs/40.82 kg maximum 200 lbs/90.72 kg

4. Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS)
This seven-week course is an intensive programme of ground school and in-flight pilot training. Cadets who successfully complete their flight test and Transport Canada (TC) written exam will qualify for a Private Pilot Licence and be awarded Air Cadet Pilot Wings.

Prerequisites: Must be 17 by 1 Sep 17, be physically fit, be certified medically fit (Cat 3) by a Canadian Civil Aviation Medical Examiner, have completed Level Four training by 30 Jun 17 and grade 10 by the application deadline, and must obtain a minimum passing score of 50% on the qualifying exam.

International Exchanges and Trips

Prerequisites: Must be medically and physically fit, have completed Level Three training by ## Mth ##, and be admissible as a visitor to the USA.

5. International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE)
The purpose of the IACE is three-fold; to promote friendship and goodwill among Air cadets of the participating countries, to encourage participants to develop an interest in international affairs and to reward those Air cadets who have rendered outstanding services to their Sqns over a period of years. The IACE is intended only for outstanding senior cadets who will represent Canada with distinction. Exchange cadets visit air bases, centres of industry, world landmarks, universities, cultural centres and museums, plus they experience private hospitality with families in their own homes. Host countries include: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Turkey, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States of America.