844 Squadron parades (meets) on Wednesday nights, September through June, from 1830 hrs (6:30 p.m.) to 2115 hrs (9:15 p.m.).  Weekly parades are mandatory for all Cadets.  If a Cadet cannot attend a parade night or other Cadet activity, it is mandatory that they (the Cadet, not their parent) call the Cadet’s flight commander, or the squadron office (705-789-7858) and leave a message with their name, rank, and the reason why they are not attending, well before the evening training or special event begins.  Speak slowly and clearly when leaving your information, to help squadron staff maintain accurate records for excused absences.

During weekly training, Cadets participate in a variety of activities.  As a Cadet progresses through the program, new and different classes are introduced – such as leadership, meteorology, and instructional techniques.  The progression of training will help the Cadet develop the skills necessary to advance through the Air Cadet program.  All classes are designed to enhance a Cadet’s knowledge in accordance with the aims of the Air Cadet program.

Weekly Training Subjects
During the training year, the Cadets participate in classes such as:

  • Sensible Living: based around the Health Canada “Canada’s Food Guide”; why it is important to keep a healthy diet.
  • Citizenship: what it means to be a citizen of Canada and a little history on the formation of our country.
  • Leadership: duties of a follower, junior leadership and senior leadership skills.
  • Drill and Drill Instruction: how to perform proper drill movements and give commands of drill as well as how to have self-discipline.
  • Drill Theory: ceremonial layouts, parade positions, and other important parts of a parade that make it all work.
  • Aircraft Identification: the different types of Aircraft and what they look like.
  • Airframe Structures: different types of Airframes and how they deal with the stresses of flight.
  • Principles of Flight: how a plane flies, and how the different controls make the Aircraft move through the Air.
  • Meteorology: clouds, weather charts, weather reports, Air masses, and how they affect pilots and Aircraft during flight.
  • Airmanship: Transport Canada regulations and the rules of the Air.
  • Radio Communication: how to use a radio and how to speak while using one.
  • Air Crew Survival: basic survival skills, knowledge, and techniques,  generally backed up with weekend exercises in the bush.
  • Instructional Techniques: Level 3, 4, and 5 Cadets: develop teaching skills to become Cadet instructors.  By Level 4 and 5, Cadets will be teaching the younger Cadets.

Mandatory Support and Optional Training
In addition to weekly training, 844 Squadron offers a number of mandatory support and optional training activities to further a Cadet’s skill development and interests.  These activities take place on weeknights or weekends, depending on the type of activity. Most of these activities are optional, but some requirements need to be met for a Cadet to move to the next level of training. These training requirements will be made clear to you as you progress in your training.

Support and Optional training activities may include:

  • Bush survival training      
  • Precision Drill Team
  • Familiarization flying
  • Band (pipe & drum)
  • First aid training
  • Volunteer Events (such as Food Drive and Highway clean up)
  • Marksmanship
  • Citizenship tours and activities
  • Gliding
  • Effective Speaking
  • Ground School
  • Orienteering

Air Cadets are supervised during all training exercises by Officers and Civilian Instructors.  The Officers are members of a branch of the Canadian Forces Reserve known as the Cadet Instructor Cadre or CIC.  Civilian Instructors have special knowledge or skills that enhance the Cadet Training Program.  Many of the Officers and Civilian Instructors are former Cadets; others are parents of former Cadets; some are individuals who have become interested in the Air Cadet program for various reasons.

The Role of Senior Cadets at 844 Squadron
As Cadets progress, they learn valuable life skills such as leadership, communication, self-discipline, organization, and teamwork.  These skills enable them to become directly involved in the weekly operation of the squadron.  Senior Cadets instruct classes, supervise Cadets, conduct parades, and organize support training activities, along with many other important tasks.  Under the supervision of the Officers and Civilian Instructors, the senior Cadets play an integral role in the operation of the squadron.