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.

CI 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.