844 Norseman General Reference Guide
Take the time to familiarize yourself with all the content within this guide and refer to it often!
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!
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- Attendance is marked for every activity and is included as part of the Cadet Training file. Some but not all weekend activities are mandatory training. If you cannot attend a weekend activity, check with the Training Officer to find out if the activity is part of your mandatory training.
- Absence for more than 3 weeks will result in a counseling session with an officer and may affect your training year.
Chain of Command
All cadets may make an appointment with the Unit Cadet Conflict Management Advisor (UCCMA) directly without going through the chain of command.
844 Squadron Chain of command:
CO – Captain Adam Smith
DCO – 2LT Patricia Wilton
Sqn Comd – TBD
D/Comd – TBD
SWO – TBD
This will be the definitive order for all Cadets.
- Every week at parades you will be inspected. This inspection will usually be done by either your Flight Commander or the SWO.
- If you need to improve or fix part of your uniform, the inspecting person will point out to you what is wrong and what you need to do to fix the problem. There will be an inspection sheet filled out and you will have to fix the problem before the next inspection. If you do not correct the problem, it will be recorded on a ‘CHIT’. If the problem persists, you will be counselled by the Sqn Comd, DCO or even the CO.
- A good uniform will be recognized. The SWO will choose the best Cadet uniform and recommend the cadet be awarded the Best Uniform of the Month. This award is a white lanyard that you can wear on your uniform to show everyone you have surpassed the uniform standard. This will be worn from the CO’s Parade when it is awarded until the start of the next CO’s parade.
- If you have questions about how to polish your boots or tie a tie, ask your Cpl, FCpl or Flt Comd. They will answer your question, show you how or find out the answer.
- A boot polishing cloth and a can of boot polish will be issued with your uniform initial issue. After that you have to purchase replacements from the canteen or at a store. Make sure you ALWAYS use KIWI cloth and KIWI polish. Anything else will probably wreck your boots. The polish and cloth sold at the canteen is at a discounted price.
Entering the Parade Square of Officer Office
How to Talk to Others
- Other Cadets: First say their rank and last name
- Staff member or WO: First say their rank and last name; or start with Sir or Ma’am
- The first and last times you see an officer on a Parade night
- When approaching an officer to talk to them, then again when you are finished talking
- On the Parade square, anytime you pass within 10 feet of an officer
- Anytime you pass the Canadian flag, any National flag of other country or pass an Officer in or out of uniform outside
- Senior Cadets are not saluted BUT you show respect by ‘checking’ your arms whenever you would salute an Officer
The Mysteries of Boot Polishing – Solved!
|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! 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!
WOO! That was a lot to go through. But now you have everything you need to get the most out of being a cadet and to enjoy your time as a Norseman! Congratulations, Cadet!
If you have any suggestions for changes or additions to this manual, let the CO know (through your Chain of Command, of course :D).