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Royal Canadian Air Cadets
Cadet Reference Guide
2-21 Veteran’s Way , Huntsville, ON
Table of Contents
Introduction - 1
Contact Info - 1
Absence - 2
Chain of Command - 2
Harassment Policy - 3
Dress Regulations - 3
More Tips Saluting - 5
How To Tie a Tie - 6
Where to Sew Badges - 7
Female Hair - 8
Male Hair - 9
Boots - 10
Introduction to this Manual
This reference guide will help introduce you to the cadet program. It will make sure you know who, how and what on a ‘parade’
Welcome to 844 Norseman Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and to part of the largest youth group in Canada! This guide will explain how things work at our unit and what is expected of each Cadet.
The cadet program is based on your efforts. It will provide opportunities for you if you are willing to put in the work. Remember the aims of the program, to promote physical fitness, develop in youth leadership and citizenship and to promote an interest in aviation in the Canadian Forces. We provide you the tools and resources; it’s your job to make the commitment, dedication, and to have fun doing it and making it fun for everyone!
The Squadron phone number is (705) 789-7858
Web Site: www.844huntsvilleaircadets.com
facebook group: 844 Air Cadets
This is a ‘closed group’ only for current cadets, parents, staff and sponsoring committee members.
If you cannot attend a parade night or activity, you MUST contact us. Best practice is to leave a message with your name and reason on our answering machine. Staff will contact the parent/guardian of any absent Cadets.
All section heads, the Deputy Commanding Officer (DCO) and the Squadron Cadet Commander (Sqn Comd) answer directly to the CO. The Squadron Deputy Cadet Commander (D/Comd), the Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO) and the Flight Commanders (FComds) answer directly to the Sqn Comd.
All cadets may make an appointment with the Unit Cadet Conflict Management Advisor (UCCMA) directly without going through the chain of command.
The Canadian Cadet Movement does not tolerate harassment in any form. We will uphold the zero tolerance policies laid out by Department of National Defence. No member of the CCM shall harass physically, sexually, verbally or mentally any Cadet, Officer or Civilian. This includes but is not limited to bullying or taunting by word, gesture or electronic means. Zero tolerance means that anyone found to go against this policy will be disciplined in accordance with Cadet Administrative and Training Orders. The most severe of which,(other than criminal harassment), will result in expulsion from the Squadron.
As an Air Cadet you have been issued a uniform. This uniform remains the property of DND. YOU have the responsibility to maintain the uniform as directed by the AIR CADET DRESS REGULATIONS as found in CATO 55-04. This can be found online at http://www.cadets.ca/COATS-SAIOC/content-contenu.aspx?id=96335
This will be the definitive order for all Cadets.
How Inspections Work
It isn’t just about the uniform; it is also how you act when you are at a cadet activity. Never chew gum, put hands in your pockets or slouch in uniform. Always show respect to your peers and superiors. You can look to Senior Cadets and Officers for how to act (deportment) during parade nights, or on other cadet activities.
Parade Square : There is a proper way to enter the gym on a parade night or the office of an Officer. To properly enter the gym or Parade square, step into the room, halt on the first black line, salute, turn right and march into position. To enter the office of an Officer, stand at attention at the door, when prompted to enter, salute, enter and either stand or sit as directed.
HOW TO TALK TO OTHERS
Other Cadets – say their rank and last name
Staff or WO – say their rank and last name or Sir/Ma’am
Saluting here is a guide to when to salute
Boot Polishing…. the mystery is solved!!!!
I got this from a cadet that has AWESOME boots……read, follow and learn the secret to incredibly shiny boots…..
|How To Spit-and-Polish|
|Feeling depressed about the sorry state of your shoes or boots? Think you should look 100% all the time? Think you’re good enough to be an Officer? Think you can do better than your peers? If the answer is “Yes!” to these questions, then read this!Keeping your appearance above 100% will never hinder your Cadet career, and having shiny shoes will make you stand out from the crowd as someone who cares about the way they look in uniform.Spit and Polishing (aka. “Bulling”,”Polishing” etc.) has been around for many a moon, and there are about fifty different methods handed down from airman to airman over the years. The ones you are most likely to hear about are:
The method I am going to be describing will use the following implements:
OK, here we go. This is not a quick fix; it will take you hours (literally) to do this properly, so the first thing to do is to find a comfortable location. I would heartily suggest an old chair (with appropriate protective coverings to ensure that polish doesn’t get on the furniture – you have been warned! Parents don’t appreciate black sofas!) in front of the TV. Take a seat. Comfortable? Right then we will begin:
Points to note:
Layers and Applying the Polish
OK, here we go.
The first thing you will notice is that whilst polishing, it feels “rough” and is almost putting pressure back onto the duster, making the process harder. This is because you need to lubricate the polish being applied. This is where your small amount of water comes in (if you are a wussy). Personally, I do not use water, I use spit, hence “spit and polish”. If you use water, you run the risk of having too much, which is bad, as it dulls the polish. The perfect amount of liquid required for this process can be found on your tongue. Now before we go on:
I hereby absolve myself from blame of anyone who is daft enough to swallow polish, the duster or the boot itself and consequently damage themselves in any way. Just so I don’t get sued.
If you wish to use the water, then fine, but for this demonstration, I will use my tongue. Dab the pad of your finger (with the duster with the polish on it) onto your tongue. Start applying the polish again in a circular motion. Whenever you feel the pressure or roughness coming back, apply more liquid to the cloth not to the boot itself. Spitting on the boot puts too much liquid on.
Swirls and moving on with the process
“Phew” I hear you say! Swirls are good, they show that you are doing it right. As you keep polishing, the swirls will start to go away. This too, is very normal, it indicates that it is time for the next layer.
I stated that you will need big layers at first, depending on the state of the toe cap. More scrapes and scratches = more layers required. Your next layer should be as thick as the first one.
Start your next layer, when it feels “rough”, apply more liquid, when the swirls start to go away, apply your next layer!
You are now “Bulling”!! Congratulations….you have half a brain! Now it gets interesting…..
Recognizing the Signs
Many people ask me how long it takes to get to this stage. My standard answer is that it depends on the state of the boot, how long you have been “bulling” for overall and how much time and effort you have put into the process. I said it takes hours and I wasn’t kidding.
For an inexperienced Cadet (first timer, newbie etc), to get to the “smooth” state:
One boot will take around (ish) 1.5 hours therefore Two boots will take around three hours,
For an experienced “Buller”, to get to the “smooth” state:
One boot will take around 3/4 to an hour therefore Two boots will take around 1.5 hours.
It is totally dependent on the state of the boot and skill level.
Keep going with the layers until you are only having to use a spot of polish:
You should be able to see your own reflection in the toe cap now, if you can then WELL DONE! If you can’t, here’s some more top tips:
Top Tip: You will know if you are using too much liquid because the surface becomes “duller” quickly, to fix this, use more polish to soak up the liquid.
To finish the process, simply polish away the last of the swirls from the last layer. And there you are, some highly polished shoes or boots any Warrant Officer would be proud of! Good effort!
There. Now you should have most of the info you need to enjoy your time as a Norseman
If you have any suggestions for changes or additions to this manual, let the CO know (through your Chain of Command of course)