Recognized as Canada's oldest youth program, there are approximately 21,000 Army Cadets in about 450 corps across the country. We are one of 50 in BC. Together with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and Royal Canadian Air Cadets, it forms the largest federally-funded youth program. Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. While cadets may wear the badges and acoutrements of their affiliated unit, cadets are civilians, they are not members of the Canadian Forces nor is there any expectation of a future military career with the Canadian Forces.
Persons aged 12 to 18 may join the RCAC, free of charge. Uniforms, training manuals, and instruction are provided. A cadet must leave the organization before their 19th birthday.
The aim of Royal Canadian Army Cadets is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promote physical fitness; and stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Forces.
As part of their training, cadets may attend Cadet Summer Training Centres (CSTC) at Canadian Forces Bases and other locations. Progression in the local Corps training program is marked through different star levels: green, red, silver, gold, Master Cadet and, starting September 2011, the new National Star of Excellence. Army cadets participate in a variety of adventurous training activities including lessons in abseiling, kayaking, trekking and mountain biking. Selected cadets may qualify for parachute training.