A Primer on Level Training:

The cadet program consists of a series of courses.  During the school year, the home squadron provides year-long "Level" courses (typically, "Level 1" is for first-year cadets, "Level 2" for second-year, and so on).  These 'Level' courses, commonly referred to as 'Levels', are derived from a standardized curriculum which is used nation-wide by the Canadian Cadet Movement.  The curriculum is published in the form of a "Qualification Standard & Plan" (QSP) and an "Instructional Guide" (IG) for each course.  These are posted in the Training tab, and on the sidebar of this page.

Each Level is made up of several classes, grouped into subject areas, called "Performance Objectives" (POs). These POs are numbered, as you can see in the QSP/IG.  For example, "PO 206" is the group of Level 2 Marksmanship classes - "PO 306" is the set of marksmanship classes for Level 3.  There is more information below on the POs and the requirements to pass each Level of training.

Level Training and Promotions 
Cadet Administrative Training Order (CATO) 13-02 (click to read) outlines the standards which the successful candidate must meet in order to be awarded a given rank.  In nearly every case, two key requirements for promotion are to complete a certain Level of trainingand earn a promotion recommendation.  To pass their Level, a cadet must maintain a minimum 60% attendance rate, attend all mandatory training, and in some cases may be required to pass certain tests and exams as required by their Level's QSP.  To be recommended for promotion, the cadet must demonstrate engagement with the program by, at a minimum, participating in squadron events including public appearances and parades, and fundraising activities such as "tagging".

Two Types of "Mandatory"
You will often hear the term "Mandatory" used to describe an upcoming event.  "Mandatory" means that you must attend the event, and that not attending may involve some repercussion.  There are two types of "Mandatory" events: 'Mandatory for Training', and 'Mandatory for Promotion'.  Since you must complete your training in order to be promoted, both types of mandatory events are required to be promoted.

Mandatory for Training - these are events in which classes from the Level Training Program are covered.  In some cases, such as an Aircrew Survival (ACS) weekend, the event is the only time when a certain set of classes will be covered (these have been marked with an asterisk* below).  You must attend these events in order to be credited with participation in those classes.  Some examples of "Mandatory for Training" events include, but are not limited to:
  • Aircrew Survival (ACS) Weekend* - also referred to as a "Field Training Exercise" or FTX; the only time that classes from PO X90 - Field Training are covered. Attend at least 1 per year.
  • Marksmanship Exercise* - this is normally covered during the ACS Weekend, and accounts for PO X06 - Marksmanship.
  • Gliding Familiarization* - every cadet must attend at least one of these per training year.
  • Weekly Training Nights - most of your classes and evaluations will take place on Tuesday nights: to pass any Level, you must have at least 60% attendance first.
  • Sports Nights* - accounts for PO X05 - Physical Fitness for all levels.  Regardless of your level, you must attend 3 of these to pass. Additionally, fitness testing occurs during certain Sports Nights (which is required for most promotions), so be sure to attend at least one fitness test for each successive rank you achieve.
  • Squadron Annual Ceremonial Review - a formal graduation parade.  It happens once at the end of the training year, and you must attend to graduate from your Level.
  • Ceremonial Parades - public parades such as those observing Remembrance Day or the D-Day Anniversary. These account for certain POs in certain Levels.
  • Community Service Activities - various activities such as 'Litternot', assistance at Royal Canadian Legion events, and other activities organized by the squadron which benefit the community.  These account for PO X01 - Citizenship in most Levels; see your Level Course Officer for more information.

Mandatory for Promotion - these events do not contain classes from the QSP/IG program, but are very important to the wellbeing of the squadron.  Because of how crucial these events are for the squadron's public relations and fundraising, it has been deemed mandatory that all cadets in the unit participate.  Failure to do so will not impact training progress, but could impact promotion.
  • Tagging Days - the squadron's primary source of private funds (see SSC page for more details).  Tagging is an event wherein cadets solicit small donations from the public in exchange for small paper 'tags', typically through standing vigil outside of local shops. There is at least one major Tagging weekend each year (large enough to accommodate all cadets in the unit); all cadets are expected to participate in at least 3 half-day shifts over the course of the weekend.  
  • Poppy Campaign - similar to Tagging Days, this annual fundraiser benefits the Royal Canadian Legion each November.  Donations are solicited through posting vigil outside of local shops, and cadets issue out plastic poppies to people who donate.  This can also be deemed a 'Community Service Activity' which covers part of PO X01 - Citizenship.
  • Public Parades (Non-Ceremonial) - public parades such as the Streetsville Santa Claus Parade, or the Bread & Honey Festival Parade, which enhance the unit's public image.
  • Other Public Appearances - from time to time, the squadron will be invited to attend and assist with public events.  In some cases, this may also count as Community Service Activities, and may be put towards your 40 hours of community service for secondary school.

Teams & Extracurricular Activities - Although not part of Mandatory Training, participating in one or more teams and extracurricular programs can help you to meet and work with some of the most committed cadets in the unit, and in closer proximity to officers than you would during regular training.  They are an excellent way to do something "out of the norm", to go above and beyond the routine training, make friends, have fun, and make a name for yourself.  See the TEAMS page for a listing of some of the extra-curriculars offered by the squadron.