Although September is the best time to join our corps to receive the full benefits of the training year, we welcome new recruits at any time!! We welcome anyone who has an interest in the Army Cadet Program to come and see us and see what we do. We welcome the opportunity to show potential recruits, friends and parents who we are and supply more information regarding our training, staff and policies.
The greatest part about the Royal Canadian Army Cadets (RCACC) is that the program is 100% FREE!!
In order to join the RCACC, the recruit must:
- Be between the ages of 12 and 18
- Be relatively fit
- Be able to commit to training on a weekly basis
- Be willing to give 100% effort (YOU WILL GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN!)
Participation in Army Cadets is voluntary, however those who join our Corps are expected to maintain consistent weekly attendance in order to promote through the program at a steady pace.
Join Us on Parade Night:
DAY: Every Tuesday evening (from September to June)
START TIME: 1815 hrs (6:15pm) SHARP
END TIME: 2115 hrs (9:15pm)
WHERE: ASU Building 4225 Crowchild Trail SW, Calgary, AB (Map on Contact Us page)
Parents/Guardians must attend to complete application form and provide necessary signatures. It is recommended that you bring your recruit’s social insurance number for registration purposes.
ActivitiesThe Royal Canadian Army Cadet (RCACC) Training Program – We conduct this national program during our weekly sessions and on weekend training activities. Topics emphasized are:
- Physical Fitness
- Wilderness survival skills
- Orienteering (map & compass)
- First Aid
- Firearms handling/marksmanship
- Instructional Technique
- Canadian Army and civilian outdoor familiarization
Biathalon, Drill & Marksmanship Teams – Our corps boasts some of the top Biathlon, shooting and drill teams in western Canada. If you choose to join one of these teams, you will develop your skills through many hours of training and compete to make the team that attends competitions with other cadet teams across the province. If successful, they then are advanced to the national level.
Citizenship – There are many citizenship activities that our corps is involved with. Some of them include poppy distribution with the RCL Millennium Br No. 289, CP Rail Remembrance Day Ceremonies and a variety of other projects.
Canadian Forces Familiarization Training – One of the aims of the Army Cadet program is to familiarize cadets with the Canadian Forces, particularly the land element. Over the summer months and throughout the year we conduct many familiarization activities, such as training activities with the 1st and 3rd Battalions of our affiliated unit in Edmonton, the PPCLI. Along with our regular weekly training, cadets are taught basic military skills including drill (marching and precision movement).
The Army Cadet program as a whole, and our corps, does not instruct on warfare/battle tactic type activities nor do we recruit for the Canadian Forces. Those who seek to learn heavy-duty warfare skills should pursue a career in the Combat arms of the Canadian Forces. We do, however, offer a variety of extra-curricular activities which tailor to cadets who seek to learn more about the Canadian Forces Land (Army) Element.