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            Happy Valley-Goose Bay

     Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron




Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador


NEW RECRUIT HANDBOOK / INFORMATION MANUAL
        TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.     SQUADRON STAFF (OFFICERS, CIVILIAN INSTRUCTORS & VOLUNTEERS)   2

II.     SPONSORING COMMITTEE                                          2

III.    SQUADRON INFORMATION                                          2

        1.    LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION                          2

        2.    WEEKLY PARADES                                          3

        3.    MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS                                 3

        4.    AIMS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADETS                   4

        5.    MOTTO                                                   4

        6.    PARENT/GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNIFORMS             4

        7.    HAIR REGULATIONS                                        4

        8.    JEWELLERY AND TATTOOS AND BODY PIERCING                 5

        9.    PARTNERSHIPS                                            6

        10.   SPONSORING COMMITTEE                                    6

        11.   SMOKING/ALCOHOL/DRUGS                                   7

        12.   ATTENDANCE                                              7

        13.   TRAINING                                                8

        14.   SUMMER TRAINING                                         9

        15.   PROMOTIONS                                              11

        16.   CADET HARASSMENT AND ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM (CHAP)    11




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I.     SQUADRON STAFF (OFFICERS, CIVILIAN INSTRUCTORS &
       VOLUNTEERS)
       Commanding Officer ............................................................. Captain Kristen Legge

       Administration Officer .............................................................. CI Elizabeth Griffiths

       Supply Officer .............................................................................. Capt Roy Peddle

       Training Officer ...............................................................................CI Kristen Blake

       Training/Special Projects ............................................................... Lt Shawn Farrell

       Air Studies Officer ........................................................................... CI Jerry Goudie

       Air Studies Officer ...................................................................... CI Leigh Kenington

       Band Officer ....................................................................................CI Kristen Blake

       Drill Team Officer ............................................................................CI Kristen Blake

       Range Safety Officer ..................................................................Capt Kristen Legge

       From the Ground Up Instructors............................ CI J. Goudie/CI Leigh Kenington

       Administration/Special Projects .................................................CI George Michelau

II.    SPONSORING COMMITTEE
       Sponsor .......................................................... Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 51

       President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 51 ....................... Mr. Max Peddle

       Sponsoring Committee Chairman ................................................. Mr. John Lorimer


III.     SQUADRON INFORMATION
1.     LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

101. 764 HVGB RCACS Squadron Headquarters is located in Beaumont Hamel Hall,
building 275, 5 Wing Goose Bay. This building contains the Squadron offices,
classrooms, storage rooms, parade square and the computerized flight simulator center.

102. The Squadron HQ is not staffed during the day. However, a telephone
answering machine is in place for those times when the building is unoccupied. Contact
information is as follows:

        Squadron phone number:                             709-896-6900 ext 5350




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2.   WEEKLY PARADES

201. 764 HVGB RCACS meets on Tuesday evenings, throughout the school year, from
1830 hrs (6:30 pm) to 2115 hrs (9:15 pm). There is a bus run on Tuesday nights to pick
up cadets and return them home at the end of the night. The bus run is Tuesday
nights only. Regular training parades are conducted according to the following
schedule

     1830 - 1855      Fall-in and Inspection

     1900 - 1930      First Period

     1930 - 2000      Second Period

     2000 - 2015      Break and Announcements

     2015 - 2100      Third Period

     2100 - 2115      Final Dismissal Parade and Announcements

Once per month, the regular training parade is replaced with a ceremonial Commanding
Officer’s (CO’s) Parade. The COs parade will be held during the first period.


3.   MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

301. To be eligible for membership in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets a candidate must:

     a.    have reached his/her 12th, but not 19th birthday;

     b.    not belong to another Cadet unit;

     c.    be a Canadian Citizen or landed immigrant, or be an international student
           under the guardianship of a citizen or landed immigrant

302. Cadets with physical or medical limitations are encouraged to join Air Cadets. The
safety and well being of the cadet is the major consideration, and as a result the cadet
may be excluded from certain activities.

303. Parents should be aware that if a cadet is not capable of attending weekend
training exercises and/or summer training, the cadet may not be eligible for promotion,
summer camps or scholarship courses. This does not mean that a cadet cannot have a
rewarding career, in spite of limitations.

304. 764 Squadron enrolls new cadets from September to January of each training
year. New cadets must provide the Squadron with a photocopy of their Birth Certificate
and Newfoundland and Labrador MCP card. (There is a photocopier available in the
office for this purpose.) Enrolment and medical forms must be completed and signed by
a parent or legal guardian.




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305. There are no fees as a requirement for enrolment. There are no charges for the
cadet uniform, training, flying, survival exercises, summer courses and most other cadet
activities.


4.   AIMS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADETS

401. The three aims of the Air Cadets are:

     a.    To develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership;

     b.    To promote physical fitness; and

     c.    To stimulate interest in the Air element of the Canadian Forces and civilian
           aviation.

402. Please note that while the Squadron officers are members of the Canadian Forces
Reserve, cadets are NOT members of the Canadian Forces, nor are they under any
obligation to join the Military at any time.


5.   MOTTO

     ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADET MOTTO:

     “TO LEARN, TO SERVE, TO ADVANCE”


6.   PARENT/GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNIFORMS

601. All articles of uniform are loaned to the cadet by the Canadian Forces at no cost to
his/her parent/guardian. It may take 4-6 weeks before a recruit is issued a uniform.
Uniforms are issued in order of seniority by enrolment date, once it is determined that
the recruit is committed to membership in the unit through regular attendance. The
approximate cost of a complete cadet uniform is $500.00. Cadets and their
parents/guardians are responsible for the safekeeping of all items on loan, throughout
the cadet’s career. Outgrown or lost clothing will be replaced through Supply. The
complete uniform is to be returned to the Squadron as soon as possible after the cadet
leaves the unit.


7.   HAIR REGULATIONS

701. In accordance with the Cadet Administration and Training Orders, Section 55-04,
cadets are required to comply with the following hair regulations:

     a.    Hairstyle - Male cadets. Hair on the head shall be:

           i.    neatly groomed;




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           ii.    taper-trimmed at the back, sides, and above the ears, to blend with the
                  hair style (a straight cut at the nape of the neck is permissible when
                  this tapered appearance is maintained);

           iii.   no more than 15 cm in length, and sufficiently short so that when the
                  hear is groomed and head-dress is removed, no hair shall touch the
                  ears, or fall below the top of the eyebrows;

           iv.    not greater than 4 cm in bulk at the top of the head, with the bulk
                  decreasing gradually from the top and blending with the taper-trimmed
                  sides and back. Bulk is defined as the distance that the mass of hair
                  protrudes from the scalp, when groomed (as opposed to the length of
                  hair);

           v.     styled so that it does not present a bizarre or exaggerated
                  appearance, or interfere with the proper wearing of any cadet head-
                  dress; and

           vi.    kept free from the neck to a distance of 2.5 cm above the shirt collar.

     b.     Hair style - Female cadets. Hair shall be kept neatly groomed and shall not
            extend below the lower edge of the jacket collar. Varying hairstyles, straight
            or curled, are permitted within these limits, but exaggerated or bizarre styles
            or colours, including those with excessive fullness or extreme heights are
            not authorized. In no case shall the bulk of the hair interfere with the proper
            wearing of the cadet headdress. Hair ornaments shall not be worn. Every
            effort shall be made to ensure that bobby pins, hairpins, and similar items
            used to secure the hair are as unobtrusive as possible and closely match
            the hair colour.

Note: New recruits will be instructed on other Dress Regulations and will be
expected to comply with these standards at all times while in uniform.

8.    JEWELLERY AND TATTOOS AND BODY PIERCING

801. The only jewellery that may be worn in uniform shall be a wristwatch, a medical
alert bracelet and a maximum of two rings, which are not of a costume jewellery nature.
In addition, female cadets in uniform may wear a single pair of plain gold, silver stud or
white pearl earrings in pierced ears. The single stud earring, worn in the centre of each
earlobe, shall be spherical in shape and not exceed 0.6 cm in diameter. Only a single
earring or healing device, worn in the centre of each ear lobe, may be worn at a time.
Male cadets are not authorized to wear an earring or earrings.

802. Cadets shall not acquire visible tattoos that could be deemed to be offensive
(e.g. pornographic, blasphemous, racist, etc.) or otherwise reflect discredit on the
Canadian Cadet Movement. Cadets in uniform shall not wear visible body piercing
adornments (tongue included), with the exception of female cadet’s earrings described
in paragraph 801. Covering the unauthorised piercing with an adhesive bandage (band
aid) is not acceptable.



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9.    PARTNERSHIPS

901. Two organizations have formed a partnership to support the Air Cadet Movement
in Canada. Each has its own well-defined responsibilities within the partnership:

      a.   The Department of National Defense is responsible for:

           i.     hiring and training Squadron CIC Officers;

           ii.    the Cadet Training Program, including summer camps;

           iii.   Supply; and

           iv.    assisting the Air Cadet League in organization and administration.

      b.   The Air Cadet League of Canada is responsible for:

           i.     provision of gliders and tow planes for gliding operations;

           ii.    public relations;

           iii.   fund-raising (local sponsor);

           iv.    securing a suitable meeting location (local sponsor); and

           v.     administration of the cadet Scholarship Summer Course Program.


10.   SPONSORING COMMITTEE

1001. The Air Cadet League of Canada and the Canadian Air Force have parallel
structures for the support of the Canadian Cadet movement. This starts at the national
level, represented by National Defense Headquarters on the military side, and the
National Executive of the Air Cadet League of Canada on the civilian side.

1002. The second level is represented on the military side by the specific military
region (Newfoundland and Labrador is part of Atlantic Region) and the Provincial Air
Cadet League Committee

1003. At the local level, the military is represented by the Squadron officers, under the
leadership of the Unit Commanding Officer. Officers come from a wide variety of
backgrounds, including the Military, the Cadet movement, and civilian life. All officers
are members of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC), which is the largest branch of the
Canadian Forces Reserve. All officers and staff are volunteers, contributing many hours
to the Cadet movement outside of their regular professions. At the local level the Air
Cadet League is represented by the Sponsoring Committee.

1004. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 51, is the local sponsor for 764 Squadron.
The RCL provides us with an annual operating budget. These funds are used for
survival camps (rental of accm and food), some band equipment, training equipment


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(overhead projectors, GPs, compasses), model airplanes and so much more. In
addition, they also provide a formal cadet banquet at the end of each training year.

1005. In addition, 764 Sqn receives a huge amount of support from 5 Wing Goose Bay
and Serco Facilities Management Incorporated. 5 Wing Goose Bay and Serco supplies
and maintains our building, and provides weekly bus transportation, computer support,
snow clearing to name

1006. It is because of the generosity of the Royal Canadian Legion, Brach 51, 5 Wing
Goose Bay and Serco Facilities Management Inc, that 764 does not have to conduct
much fundraising. Occasionally, we may need an expensive item, such as a glock, and
a fundraising event will be held to cover the costs of these items.


11.        SMOKING/ALCOHOL/DRUGS

1101. In accordance with DND regulations, smoking is prohibited for cadets during all
cadet activities, in and out of uniform, at any location and at any time.

1102. The use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol by cadets or staff, during cadet
activities, is prohibited.

1103. Disciplinary action will be taken against those who contravene the above
regulations, up to and including immediate release from Cadets (in the case of illegal
drugs).


12.   ATTENDANCE

1201. ATTENDANCE AT WEEKLY PARADES IS MANDATORY!

1202. If a cadet is unable to attend a parade night, he/she must phone the Squadron
(709-896-6900 ext 5350) prior to 1900 hrs (7:00 p.m.) to inform the Squadron of his/her
absence. It is acceptable to leave a message on the Squadron answering machine.
Acceptable reasons for absences include schoolwork, illness, out of town or parental
request.

1203. Attendance is recorded as follows:

      a.     PRESENT          - the Cadet is present for the entire parade

      b.     LATE             - the Cadet arrives after 1900 hrs

      c.     EXCUSED         - the Cadet advises the Squadron prior to 1900 hrs with an
                               acceptable excuse

      d.     ABSENT          - the Cadet is absent and has not advised the Squadron

      e.     NO UNIFORM       - the Cadet is present, but not in uniform

      f.     LOA              - leave of absence granted by the Commanding Officer


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1204. Attendance at weekly parades and certain functions (citizenship activities,
weekend exercises, Remembrance Day Parade, etc.) is a requirement to progress from
one training level to the next. It is also a criterion for promotion and selection for
summer training. Three consecutive unexcused absences may result in release from
the Squadron. Exceptional circumstances may be discussed with the Commanding
Officer. Special leave of absence may be granted only by the Commanding Officer after
a written request


13.   TRAINING

1301. The national Air Cadet Training Program provides a wide range of course
instruction and supporting activities to meet the interests of cadets. All cadets are
provided with handbooks and reference material.

1302. New recruits begin their mandatory Tuesday night training with Drill and General
Cadet Knowledge, giving them an introduction to the origin and development of the
cadet movement, an understanding of military/cadet rank structure, and an appreciation
for the wear and care of the uniform. Cadets then move on to subjects such as
Citizenship, Physical Fitness, Sensible Living, Effective Speaking, Aircraft Identification,
Aeronautical Facilities, Airframes, Aircrew Survival, and Range/Shooting.

1303. Mandatory support training such as flying, field exercises, sports, and community
service takes place on weekends throughout the training year.

1304. In addition to mandatory training activities, cadets are encouraged to participate
in optional programs of interest to them. These activities take place on Mondays,
Thursdays, Saturdays and some weekends. Cadets will be given a monthly calendar at
the beginning of each month detailing the times of these optional programs. These
programs include:

      a.    Band (Saturdays);

      b.    First Aid;

      c.    Colour Party;

      d.    Model Building (Monday);

      e.    Drill Team (Saturdays);

      f.    Survival Training;

      g.    Rifle (Thursdays);

      h.    Effective Speaking (public speaking);

      i.    Computerized Flight Simulator Flying (Mondays); and

      j.    Flying Scholarship (ground school for the cadets 15 years and older)
            (Mondays).



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1305. Our Squadron recently introduced a computerized flight simulator centre which
allows cadets to simulate flying solo and in formation using computers and the Microsoft
Flight Simulator Program.

1306. In addition to weekly training parades, mandatory support training and optional
training, the following activities occur on an annual basis:

      a.    Battle of Britain Parade;

      b.    Recruiting;

      c.    Fall Camp;

      d.    NCO Course;

      e.    Promotions;

      f.    Remembrance Day Parade (November 11th);

      g.    Speakoff;

      h.    Christmas Dinner;

      i.    Flying Scholarship Exam;

      j.    Applications for Scholarship summer camps;

      k.    First Aid Competition;

      l.    Zone Drill Competition;

      m.    Applications for regular summer camps (course and staff cadets);

      n.    Scholarship course interview boards;

      o.    Provincial Drill Competition;

      p.    Spring Camp;

      i.    Annual Ceremonial Review; and

      ii.   Annual Final Banquet.


14.   SUMMER TRAINING

1401. Cadets joining prior to 31 January of a training year are eligible for summer
training. Each course has its own prerequisites for selection. The course requirements
will be posted early in January of each year. Parents and cadets are encouraged to
check the Squadron notice boards for information on various summer courses that
might be of interest. Physical and medical limitations may preclude some cadets from
attending certain courses. There is no charge to parents for cadets attending summer
training. Transportation, rations, quarters, and training are all provided by the Canadian

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Forces. Senior cadets who are 16 years and older may apply for paid staff positions at
the summer training centres.

1402. Summer training is progressive and cadets may apply to attend the following
Basic and Introductory Specialty Courses after completion of the requisite training
levels:

     a.    Basic (two weeks);

     b.    Basic Music (three weeks);

     c.    Introduction to Leadership (three weeks);

     d.    Introduction to Aircrew Survival (two weeks);

     e.    Level I-IV Music (six weeks);

     f.    Introduction to Aviation (three weeks);

     g.    Introduction to Physical and Recreational Training (three weeks);

     h.    Introduction to Instruction (three weeks); and

     i.    Introduction to Rifle Coaching (three weeks).

1403. Once a cadet has completed courses at the Basic and Introductory Specialty
levels he/she may be interested in applying for a Senior/Scholarship Course. These
include:

     a.    Introduction to Aerospace

     b.    Survival Instructor

     c.    Athletic Leadership

     d.    Air Traffic Control

     e.    Technical Training (Airframes, Aero engines, Electronics, or Photography)

     f.    Glider Scholarship

     g.    Flying Scholarship

     h.    International Exchange

1404. These provincial and national courses are typically 6-7 weeks duration and
candidates are selected after a competitive provincial application process. Cadets
wishing to attend a Scholarship Course must be recommended by the CO and appear
before a Selection Board (consisting of members of the Air Cadet League and Military)
where they are judged on criteria such as:

     a.    education (academic achievement in school);

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      b.   cadet record, including length of service and previous summer training;

      c.   general knowledge of the cadet program and the course of interest;

      d.   appearance, bearing and attitude (during the interview);

      e.   motivation and enthusiasm;

      f.   cadet’s narrative (“resume”); and

      g.   flying scholarship qualifying exam mark (for all flying courses).

      Please note: for Flying and Gliding Scholarship Courses, cadets must first
      attend the Squadron Ground School from September to January.

1405. Spaces at summer camps are limited and only a certain number are allocated
annually to each squadron. 764 Squadron is usually able to send most of its interested
cadets to summer camps. However, due to the limited number of spaces available,
parents and cadets should be aware that they may not be able to attend camp every
year, or they may not be selected for their first choice. Cadets who are selected are
notified as soon as possible and cadets who are not selected will be placed on a waiting
list, with a strong possibility that they may be selected anytime up to the course start
date.


15.   PROMOTIONS
1501. Promotions through the ranks are based on qualifications established by national
Air Cadet policy, combined with local squadron standards. Criteria for promotion
includes time served in rank, training level achieved, completion of summer courses,
participation, merit, and comparison with other candidates among others. Each
squadron has a quota for each rank, based on its total enrolment. Therefore, it is
possible that a cadet may meet the basic requirements but not be promoted because
there are insufficient vacancies to promote all eligible cadets. All promotions are
ultimately decided by the Commanding Officer.


16.   CADET HARASSMENT AND ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM (CHAP)
1601. The safety and well being of your son/daughter is of primary importance to the
Canadian Cadet Movement (CCM). That’s why the organization developed the Cadet
Harassment and Abuse Prevention (CHAP) Program, in response to the realities of
today’s world. Harassment and abuse can happen. This behavior can range from unkind
or demeaning remarks to racial slurs to physical and sexual abuse. The program
provides all cadets and adult members of the CCM with the information and training to
prevent this behavior, and guidance on what action to take should it happen. CHAP is a
training awareness program built around a series of short, age-sensitive video segments
that demonstrate various forms of harassment and abuse. They are designed to
facilitate classroom discussion. This is a requirement of enrolment in the Royal
Canadian Air Cadets and annual mandatory CHAP training of all squadron personnel
must be completed before Christmas each training year.

1602. Each squadron has a minimum of one Unit Human Rights Advisor (UHRA) who
provides CHAP training and acts as an advisor on CHAP-related issues. The UHRA at
764 is CI Elizabeth Griffiths (Administration Officer) 709-896-5752

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It is hoped that this handout has provided valuable information and answered many of
your questions about the Royal Canadian Air Cadet organization, in general, and 764
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Squadron, in particular. On behalf of the staff and cadets of
the unit I am proud to welcome you to the 764 HVGB Squadron family! I wish you a
challenging and rewarding cadet career!




Captain Kristen Legge
Commanding Officer




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