LEVEL 1

Get off to a Good Start!

Level 1 provides an introduction to serving as a cadet.  Here, a new cadet will learn the basics about how to serve as a cadet at the local unit, and will be given a simple introduction to a variety of subjects covered by the cadet program.


The Level 1 Training Program focuses on engaging with the cadet program.  There are no written tests - cadets are evaluated based on attendance and participation.





Qualification Standard:

To complete Level 1 Training, cadets must achieve a minimum of 60% participation in all training activities and squadron activities, including:

Mandatory Training Events - 
  • Weekly training nights
  • Field Training Exercises
  • Gliding Familiarization Flights
  • Community Service Events
  • Ceremonial Parades
Mandatory Squadron Events - 
  • Tagging & Fundraising Events
  • Poppy Campaign
  • Parades and Public Appearances
Cadets must attend the Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) at the end of the training year in order to complete Level 1.

Subjects Covered:

  • Citizenship & Community Service
  • Participating as a Member of a Team
  • Recreational Sports & Personal Fitness
  • Marksmanship using the Cadet Air Rifle
  • How to Serve in an Air Cadet Squadron
  • Canadian Forces Familiarization
  • Basic Drill
  • Aviation, Aerospace and Aerodrome Operations
  • Using the Phonetic Alphabet
  • Field Training / Aircrew Survival Activities

Ranks Achievable:

Leading Air Cadet (LAC):
  • Participate in Level 1 Training for at least 5 months.
  • Be recommended for promotion by the Level 1 Course Staff.*


Corporal (Cpl.):
  • Hold the rank of LAC.
  • Complete Level 1 Training.
  • Participate in the Cadet Fitness Assessment as part of Level 1 Training.
  • Be recommended for promotion by course staff.*


*When preparing recommendations for promotion, course staff will take into consideration:
  • Dress & Deportment;
  • Conduct, discipline, and attitude;
  • Participation (in activities & events);
  • Response to Direction;
  • Ability to interact positively and comfortably with others;
  • Ability to make sound judgements regarding their own actions;
  • Willingness to accept responsibility;
  • Ability to solve problems effectively;
  • Ability to communicate effectively;
  • Ability to set a positive example for others; and
  • Personal initiative.

LEVEL OFFICER
CI E. Chan
 
MEETINGS
Tuesdays from 1900-2100hrs
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
3700 Trelawny Circle
Mississauga, ON


 

NOTICES FROM THE STAFF:

  • Review CATO 55-04 - Dress Instructions, found under the Supply tab. In particular, standards on hair styles and wearing of accessories.



LEVEL-SPECIFIC INFO:


Accelerated Training
If you are over the age of 14 when you first join cadets, the option may be extended to you to pursue accelerated training.  This is a practice where you complete both Level 1 and Level 2 training at the same time.

Typically, this involves attending regular training in the autumn first.  Then if selected, you are moved to the Level 2 training program in January.  The Training Officer will issue you with a workbook which you must complete in order to demonstrate that you understand all the concepts taught in Level 1, as you move through Level 2 training.  

After successfully completing accelerated training, you will begin your next training year (September) in Level 3.

Late-Joiners
Although not guaranteed, the squadron may choose to hold a recruitment drive in January.  Some make-up classes may be offered in order to catch up new members to the rest of their peers.

For Either Accelerated Training or Late-joiners, please make an appointment with CI Chan to ensure that you receive instruction and guides to learn the missed materials.  The final piece to complete a fast tracking level is a comprehensive uniform inspection and drill evaluation to ensure your dress and drill are at the squadron level.