Welcome to 2381 BCR (Irish Fusiliers)
Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps!
The Royal Canadian Army Cadets were founded in 1879 – that makes us Canada’s longest running
youth development programme. Delivered free to any citizen, permanent resident, or landed
immigrant between 12 and 19. The programme instills youth the values of citizenship, physical
fitness and promotes an awareness of the Canadian Forces.
This Cadet Corps conducts activities once a week following the school year. Our training night is
Tuesday where we meet from 1845 hrs (6:45pm) to 2130 hrs (9:30pm). Our parade location is the
Colonel Sherman Armouries, 5500 No. 4 Road, Richmond, BC. We ask that you take note of stalls
marked “Reserved” and not park in these locations. A map of our parade location is attached to this
document as ANNEX A.
The Corps also regularly conducts weekend activities. Generally these will be field training exercises
where Cadets will stay in tent accommodations and spend the weekend conducting interesting
training. Other weekend activities such as citizenship trips or competitions may also see Cadets away
from home for the weekend. Some of these activities have already been planned, and you can find the
dates attached with ANNEX B. Specifics of activities including times, kit list, and training schedules
are generally released four weeks prior to the training. Included with this will be a permission form
which must be returned either before, or at the activity.
We expect Cadets to attend all Tuesday evening training. We also conduct two other mandatory
events, Remembrance Day (Novermber 11) and our year end Annual Ceremonial Review. Ensure
you are available for these events. For successful completion of training Cadets will also be expected
to attend other activities in addition to these.
We are glad you have chosen to join the 2381 RCACC family and look forward to having you with us.
We offer lots of cool training so come out and see what it’s all about.
This guide aims to familiarize you with the programme we are delivering at 2381 RCACC, the
opportunities that are available to Cadets, and what we expect from you. If you stay with the Cadet
programme until your 19th birthday you are sure to leave with lasting skills, memories, and friends.
There is truly nothing like it.
As the maple, so the sapling.
The motto of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets
So let’s get started with the Cadet Experience now
The Cadet Experience – A new environment!
Walking in on the first night it may seem strange seeing Cadets doing military drill on the parade
square, but soon this will feel like home. Army Cadets do drill to develop teamwork and discipline,
but rest assured it’s not all we do! As soon as you join you will be placed in a Section. A section is a
group of seven to ten Cadets who are lead by a Section Commander. This person will help you get
your uniform on properly, inform you of standards and phone you weekly regarding upcoming
training. A group of three Sections then works together to compose a Troop, which is lead by an even
more senior Cadet known as the Troop Warrant Officer. If your Section Commander cannot answer a
question they’ll likely get the answer for you from the Troop Warrant Officer. There are two more
formal layers in the Cadet hierarchy, and these are Squadrons (two Troops) and the Cadet Corps
(two Squadrons). Don’t worry too much about these now, you’ll learn about them very quickly!
Cadets also receive ranks as they progress through the five level programme. At first it may seem like
those promotions are far away but if you’re joining in September or October you’ll likely be a
Corporal by year’s end! Here are the Cadet ranks, in order of seniority.
How do I get promoted?
Hard work and regular attendance will lead to promotion. In Green Star,
your first training level you will likely be promoted twice, once to Troop and
once to Corporal upon completion of the training level. After finishing Red
Star you are qualified to be a Master Corporal, and Silver Star a Sergeant. The
Warrant Officer ranks are appointed to senior Cadets after completion of
more advanced training and on the job training.
What do I call other Cadets?
Much like the military at Cadets we expect Cadets to be addressed by
their rank, and last name. When you join the programme you have
no rank, you are simply “Cadet.” If your friend Robert Chan is in the
Corps, but is a Master Corporal you would call him “Master
Corporal Chan,” if he were a Sergeant, “Sergeant Chan.” All Officers
(the adult staff members) and Cadets who wear the Master Warrant
Officer or Chief Warrant Officer rank are to be addressed as “sir, or
ma’am” in regular conversation, however again their rank and name
can be used to get their attention.
At first this will feel funny, but don’t worry again it becomes normal
after just a few short weeks. Communicating like this helps us build
discipline and professionalism.
Learning Something New – Cadet Training Levels
Cadet training is broken into four levels, known as the star levels. The majority of classes are taught
on our Tuesday evening training by other Cadets who have become qualified instructors over their
previous four years of training. Lessons are informative and entertaining, you are certain to learn a
lot of interesting and useful things you will carry with you for the rest of your life.
What do Cadets learn about?
Lessons are broken into Performance Objectives, “PO’s” which are like Chapters in a textbook.
These are the performance objectives for your first year.
101 – Citizenship Gain a basic understanding of the meaning of citizenship and being Canadian.
102 – Community Service Learn the benefits of serving your community as a volunteer.
103 – Leadership Become an effective team member, embracing the role of a follower.
104 – Personal Fitness and Healthy Living Lead a life of health and activity while feeling great!
105 – Participate in Recreational Sports Let’s have some fun together!
106 – Marksmanship Learn the skills required to safely fire an air rifle accurately.
107 – Serve in an Army Cadet Corps Learn the basics of being a successful Army Cadet!
108 – Drill Military drill is used to learn confidence, teamwork, and discipline.
120 – Canadian Forces Familiarization Learn about the activities of the Canadian Forces.
Cadets will also participate in field training activities, trekking, public speaking, and navigation. This
first level of training is known as Green Star. Like school grades each star level takes one year to
complete and they become more complex as the levels advance. The next level is Red Star, followed
by Silver Star and Gold Star. Upon completion of a star level a Cadet is eligible to wear the badge
on their uniform, and to advance in rank.
What else do Cadets do?
Complimentary activities are conducted by the Corps throughout the year. These include competitive
teams in drill, first aid, and orienteering. These teams will generally meet once per week, on a
weekend, to practice and learn skills. Competitions are held throughout April and May.
In 2008/2009 we are also hoping to stimulate interest and talent for a Band
programme. In its introductory year we do not yet have details but hope that
you may be interested in participating in this challenge!
There’s Nothing Else Like It – Cadet Summer Training
Who could imagine that you could get $60 a week for having the best time of your life? Every
summer 15000 Cadets from across the country visit one of 22 training centres operated for Cadets.
Summer courses last from two to seven weeks depending on the level of training you are attending,
and are held in one of several locations open to Cadets from British Columbia. Cadets must apply to
attend these courses, and may attend selection boards as spaces are limited.
Your first year of training will see you attend the General Training
Course held at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre in
Vernon, BC. 420 kilometers away from home you’ll find yourself in an
environment with 1000 other Cadets from around Canada learning the
basics of training centre life while being afforded the opportunity to
confront new challenges. Cadets that attend this course will also get a
chance to see other opportunities open to them in the coming
summers. All the Cadets that come back say, “I had the time of my life!”
of course until they come back next summer and say the same thing!
A day in the life of summer training sees Cadets rising at 0630 hrs (6:30am) to participate in morning
wake-up physical training. Until dinner time their day will be packed full of lessons on various
subjects, as well as special trips to the air rifle range, museum, confidence course, pool, and an array
of other fun events. Cadet training is free of charge. The Cadet programme will provide all required
transportation, all meals in mess hall style facilities, medical requirements that arise throughout
training, accommodations, laundry, and entertainment. While Cadets must take with them certain
items and may wish to bring spending money it’s virtually free! Continuing on Cadets will have the
opportunity to attend more three, six, or seven week courses. The Introduction to Leadership Course
will follow the Basic Army Cadet General Training course and is expected to be three weeks in
duration. Following this course Cadets will begin to specialize in topics such as marksmanship, drill
& ceremonial or physical training. The final year of Cadet training will focus on expedition and will
see Cadets attend senior courses in the Rocky Mountains, New Brunswick, or overseas in Europe.
How do I sign up?
Applications for summer training are distributed in November or
December with the expectation they are returned before the holidays. The
application form known as a CF51 Request for Training must be
completed carefully and completely. Cadets will be required to give
information on medical condition, medical care providers, prescriptions
and any custody agreements in place.
Cadet Identification Requirements
Generally Cadets will be flown to Training Centres and expect all Cadets
have suitable photo identification. This includes only a valid passport,
driver’s license or provincial identification. If you don’t currently have
this, the provincial identification is the cheapest at $35 and can be
attained from and driver’s bureau.
Staying in Touch – Get the most out of Cadets
Because of the dynamic nature of our programme there is always news
to share and information to know. We will do our best to keep you
informed of what’s going on, but we also ask you to do your best to
stay in touch with us. Here’s how we’ll get a hold of you.
Website Updated weekly the website is the best source for news on
upcoming training as well as general information. Did you know you
can get Secondary School Credits for completing Silver Star and Gold
Star? Learn more on the website! www.richmondcadets.ca
The Corps Newsletter is published monthly and will contain
information that is important to Cadets over the coming month, as
well as acknowledging our successes over the previous month. Look
for this Newsletter on the first night of the month.
Permission Forms/Warning Orders will be distributed to Cadets before any activity is conducted
and will provide Cadets with all information on the activity. Permission forms are always available
on the website in case they have been misplaced by the Cadet.
Still looking for information?
We understand that sometimes you just need to speak with someone! Here’s how to do it.
Cadets – We ask that you talk to your Section Commander if you have a concern. From here they will
do their best to address your question. If they have been unable to help you, continue up your chain
of command talking with the Troop Warrant Officer. If your concern is about your safety, medical
information, harassment/bullying, or anything of an administrative nature (such as, “I moved!,” or
“My phone number changed!”) come to the Cadet Office and speak with an Officer.
Parents/Guardians – If a matter is not serious we would encourage you to allow your Cadet to seek
the answer, this allows them a greater feeling of independence and will develop their ability to
effectively communicate in an organizational structure. That said, should you have a question or
concern please feel free to speak to any staff member. By phone, any Tuesday evening: 604.276.2564
The Officers of the Corps all have areas of responsibility, for the fastest and most accurate response it
is best to find the right person. This list gives some contact information and areas of responsibility.
Commanding Officer Administration Officer
Major Jim Blomme Lieutenant Dane Nicholson
Training Officer Supply Officer
Lieutenant Deanna Lee Second Lieutenant Dorothy Wong
Looking the Part – The Army Cadet Uniform
After three weeks of continuous attendance we will measure you for a Cadet uniform. The uniform
is provided free of charge with the expectation that Cadets will maintain it and when leaving the
Cadet programme return it. We have very specific standards for how the
uniform is worn, but an outline is provided here to give some guidance to best
prepare Cadets for their new experience.
Hair – We expect male hair be trimmed neatly and not be so long as to touch
the collar or the ears; a taper cut is suggested to maintain an optimal length.
Female hair must be tied into a neat bun or be neatly braided into a tail as to not
flock above the ears or collar of the uniform. The beret, our issued Cadet hat is
to be worn at all times, with some exceptions such as when eating or drinking
or when in a place or worship.
Ironing/Polishing – We expect that the Cadet shirt and pants are pressed at all
times. The pants have a crease down the front and back of their length, and the
shirt is ironed down the side of the sleeve. Cadets will see demonstrations to
clarify this. Boots issued to Cadets should also be highly shone at all times. To
accomplish these items Cadets will require access to an iron, ironing board,
shoe polish and polishing clothe.
The Tie – When wearing the tie Cadets are expected to do it up with a Windsor
knot, which is the most common tie knot worn. Follow the simply instructions
to the right, or ask your Section Commander for help if you are having
difficulty with this. Also, make sure you do up the top button of your shirt so
you can wear the tie tightly.
Badges – Several badges are worn on the Cadet uniform and must be sewn on
neatly and properly. Guidance will be provided to Cadets when they are
issued a uniform on where to wear the badges. Again if you have questions ask
your Section Commander!
Some important notes!
1. Cadets are to never wear their uniform for anything but Cadet activities. If they wish to wear the
uniform at a non-Cadet function permission must be granted by the Commanding Officer.
2. Cadets are never to mix civilian clothing and uniforms together; this includes jackets and shoes.
Conservatively patterned backpacks and umbrellas may be worn/used with the uniform.
3. Makeup may be worn, however conservatively and should not be noticeable.
4. Cadets can change at the Armouries, or arrive in uniform. Please allow sufficient time to change.
5. Need an exchange? Something not fitting quite right? The Supply Officer will provide replacement
items as required; for faster service fill out a supply request online so the item will be ready for you.
There are several variants of the Cadet uniform which Cadets will quickly learn about. Make sure you take
note of what uniform is being worn for next week’s training!
There Is A Lot To Take In – Some more details
Safety is the primary consideration in all of our activities. At all activities, including regular Tuesday
nights, we have first aid qualified Officer. First aid kits are also readily available. In the event of a fire
or other emergency Cadets are to muster in the main foyer area in the front of the Armouries. A
headcount will be taken immediately.
Conduct You have just embarked on a truly unique experience and when you leave the Cadet
programme you will have benefited from endless possibilities and made friends across the country.
Because of the nature of the training Cadets are expected to act professionally at all times. Language
and conversation topics are to be appropriate, proper titles of address are to be used and all Cadets
shall be treated with dignity and respect. There is training in place known as the Cadet Harassment
and Abuse Prevention (CHAP) programme that outlines acceptable conduct. Cadets will participate
in a CHAP course within 6 weeks of joining.
Canteen Every week we have snacks available for sale at very low prices during our break period,
this is known as Canteen and lasts for 15 minutes.
Tuesday night schedule.
1845-1900: Parade; 1905-1935: Class 1; 1940-2010: Class 2; 2025-2055: Class 3;
2100-2130: Clean Up/Announcements/Fall Out Parade
Cadets are expected to be picked up promptly after the end of Cadet training.
Changes of Information If a Cadet moves, gets a new phone number, has a change in citizenship
status, or any other similar events occur we expect to be notified. Frequently Cadets will gain
Canadian citizenship and simultaneously change their legal name, we must be informed of this for
booking transportation for events and training.
Phone Calls can be expected once a week to keep your Cadet informed of upcoming activities. If a
Cadet is not called for some reason we do consider it their responsibility to be informed for the next
week’s training. This information can be found on the Cadet Corps website.
Army Cadets are funded and supported by a partnership between the Department of National
Defence and a not-for-profit civilian organization, the Army Cadet League of Canada. The
Department of National Defence provides funding for mandatory training, facilities, as well as
developing the programme itself and providing summer training. Through the Army Cadet League
of Canada we receive insurance, and funding for incidental expenses and complimentary training.
The Army Cadet League of Canada is present at every Army Cadet Corps through a Sponsoring
Committee. Parents/Guardians may be contacted throughout the year to assist with different Corps
activities. Your assistance in these events would be greatly appreciated.
The Honour Code
“ I resolve, as a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, that I shall aspire to become a citizen of the
highest integrity in my community; I shall strive for success in my studies, to be considerate of all persons and
their property, and to achieve the highest physical, mental, spiritual and moral standards as a Citizen of
ANNEX A – Parade Location
The Colonel Sherman Armouries
5500 No. 4 Road
Richmond, BC V6X 3L5
ANNEX B – Training Schedule
This is a dynamic document and subject to change, however this should provide an excellent guide
for our activities in the training year. Note that it is absolutely critical Cadets attend Remembrance
Day ceremonies on November 11th, and the Annual Ceremonial Review on June 7th. Cadets must also
attend at least one field training exercise in the year in order to successfully complete their star level
September 20/21 – Marksmanship Weekend – Cadets will be provided familiarization on safe
weapons handling and marksmanship with the appropriate rifles.
September 26-28 – Canadian Forces Familiarization (tentative) – Cadets will have an opportunity to
see the British Columbia Regiment up close, learning about their activities.
September 27 – 29th Battalion Parade – Cadets will participate in the memorial parade for the Irish
Fusiliers of Canada on the PNE grounds in Vancouver.
October 17-19 – Golden Ears Park Field Training Exercise
November 11 – Remembrance Day Cadets participate in the City of Richmond memorial service at
the City Hall off No. 3 Road.
December 16 – Holiday Dinner – Celebrate the holiday season with a potluck style dinner at the
Armouries. This is a Tuesday evening.
January 23-25 – Field Training Exercise
February 24 – Swimming – Will be held at Watermania in South Richmond. This is a Tuesday
March 11-19 – Spring Break Activities – Details will be announced in January.
April 3-5 – Cadet Battalion Field Training Exercise – Cadets from all British Columbia Regiment
Cadet Corps will come together for the large training activity.
April 7 – Interviews – Green Star Cadets interviewed for continuation to the next training level.
May 1-3 – Canoeing at Alice Lake
This information is subject to change;
5 – 18 July or 19 July – 1 August or 2 August – 15 August