The Air Cadet League of Canada is a national charitable, non-profit organization formed in April 1941 to create “a select corps of teen-aged youths who would devote some of their spare time to preparing for the day when they would take their places as Aircrew in the ranks of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)” (Air Cadet League of Canada website, August 27th, 2006). From 1941 to 1968, the League provided aviation training and citizenship activities for Canada’s youth in partnership with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and from 1968 to the present day with the Department of National Defense. In July 1975, Parliament approved participation by girls in the Cadet movement and female Cadets now account for about 30% of the total Air Cadet enrollment across Canada. For more information about the League, please see their website at www.aircadetleague.com.
Today’s Air Cadet Program
The aims of the Air Cadet program are:
- To develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership;
- To promote physical fitness; and
- To stimulate an interest in the Air element of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The motto for the Air Cadet program is: To Learn – To Serve – To Advance
844 Norseman Squadron received its Charter in 1977. Since then, many young people have become better individuals and enjoyed the many benefits of being part of a dynamic team. Air Cadets is a valuable program for many young Canadians. The knowledge and skills gained in the program can be used throughout their lives. The Air Cadet organization prides itself on its ability to train young people to accept responsibility as they develop leadership skills in the various tasks that they perform.
Few organizations offer training to their members as extensive as that offered to Air Cadets. The chance to become a pilot, learn about Airport operations, train as a leader, develop as a musician, learn valuable bush survival skills, or travel to foreign countries are only a sampling of the opportunities available to Air Cadets. It is up to the Cadet to choose which programs to pursue, and a Cadet’s career will develop around individual interests. In short, the Air Cadet movement has a lot to offer those who are ready to dedicate themselves to gaining the valuable experiences offered in the many programs.
844 Squadron is committed to the development of its Cadets, and our Cadets become proud of their involvement in the squadron as well as in the community and enjoy the feeling of success gained from hard work, dedication, and determination. Based on a national curriculum, we provide a balanced training program, allowing plenty of room to develop personal strengths within a team environment. 844 Norseman Squadron has something to offer everyone, so we welcome you to come fly with us!