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 Course focuses on engaging with the cadet program.  There are no written tests required to pass - cadets are evaluated based on attendance and participation.

Subjects Covered (Performance Objectives):

  • Positive Social Relations for Youth (PSRY)
  • 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*
*POs with an asterisk may include events outside of weekly training nights.

Qualification Standard:

  • Achieve a minimum of 60% overall attendance in all training activities.
  • Attend the in-class Positive Social Relations for Youth training (PSRY).
  • Attend at least one Field Training Exercise (FTX) to fulfill the 'Field Training' and 'Marksmanship' POs.
  • Attend one Gliding Familiarization Day (to the best of our ability, barring unforeseen weather cancellations)
  • Attend five Sports Events to fulfill the 'Recreational Sports' PO.**
  • Participate in the Cadet Fitness Assessment to fulfill the requirement for promotion to Corporal.
  • Attend Community Service events to fulfill the 'Citizenship & Community Service' PO. These may include:
    • Tagging (Squadron Fundraiser)
    • Poppy Campaign (Legion Fundraiser)
    • Fish Fry
    • Other Events announced as Community Service Events.
  • Attend the Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) at the end of the training year to fulfill the 'Basic Dril' PO.
**If a cadet is already participating in organized recreational sports, this may be used to supplement this requirement. Please provide a letter from the team, preferably on team/organization letterhead, confirming the cadet's membership and participation to the Training Officer (see Staff / Contact tab). The cadet will still need to attend the Fitness Assessment in order to be promoted.

Ranks Achievable:

Leading Air Cadet (LAC):
  • Participate in Level 1 Training with good conduct and attendance 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 one's 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.

OCdt E. Chan
CV F. Karai
Tuesdays from 1900-2100hrs
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
3700 Trelawny Circle
Mississauga, ON



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


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.

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.

"When Will I Get My Uniform?" 
Logistik Unicorp manufactures the uniforms for all of Canada's 65,000+ cadets nationwide, in addition to the Canadian Forces and other organizations. This can mean delays on large orders of cadet uniforms. Please be patient. The Supply Department will provide instructions to individuals as uniforms become available. We strive to ensure that every cadet receives a uniform within their first training year.