Summer Training Center Courses

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. All cadets applying for Army Cadet Summer training must be medically fit and submit a participation application. Applications are submitted by cadets through the local Corps. Additionally, senior cadets applying for a National Course must complete the National Course Application Process. Note that, due to the remote location of some Cadet Training Centres (CTCs), cadets with severe allergies or other medical conditions that may require rapid medical attention may be precluded from attending certain courses.
  2. Applicants must have parent/guardian consent, and must be recommended by their Commanding Officer (CO). The cadet must have successfully completed the required training level, and also meet any other prerequisite(s) specific to the course(s) for which the application is made.  A cadet’s 19th birthday must occur after the return travel date.  In all cases, the cadet must have demonstrated an interest in, and aptitude for, further training.  Cadets who report for training and are found not to meet course prerequisites may be re-coursed or returned to unit.
  3. Selections are based on area allocations, previous training performance, and the Corps COs recommendation. Selections for regional courses are made at the Provincial Cadet Area Offices in cooperation with Corps COs.
  4. A training bonus of $10 per day is paid to every cadet for each day of training they complete (to a weekly maximum of $60, and a course maximum of $360). Depending on the course and CTC, this may be paid upon completion of the course, or portions of the bonus may be paid during the course.

Courses Available:

* Stars indicate recommended minimum star level to be completed by June 30th

Familiarization Courses

 General Training Course (GTC)

That aim of this course is to introduce cadets to life at a Cadet Training Centre (CTC) with a focus on the opportunities available in the Army Cadet summer training program.  Activities include:  adventure training, team-building activities, air-rifle marksmanship, drill, Canadian Forces familiarization, communications, recreational sports, swimming, an introduction to music training, and expedition training.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, and have completed Level One training by June 30th.

Training Centre:  Argonaut CTC

Drill and Ceremonial Courses

 Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course (BDCC)

The aim of this three-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of followership, teamwork and leadership training, building upon what has been taught in proficiency Red Star of the Corps Training program. This aim will be accomplished by the development of self-confidence, knowledge and skills, and by providing ample opportunity for practical application. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadet to a variety of followership, teamwork and leadership opportunities, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue leadership training at the Corps and on the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course.

Prerequisites:    Must be medically fit, and have completed Red Star training by June 30th.

Training Centres:  Greenwood CTC / Valcartier CEC

 Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course (DCIC)

The aim of this six-week course is to develop a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor for drill and ceremonial activities. This aim will be accomplished by further developing drill and ceremonial specialist skills and knowledge that will allow them to perform the duties of a specialist instructor for ceremonial activities. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadets to a variety of drill and ceremonial opportunities, this course will prepare the cadets to assume a specialist parade position at the Corps and/or CTC.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit and have completed Silver Star training by June 30th.

Training Centre:  Greenwood CTC / Valcartier CEC

 

 

Fitness and Sports Courses

 Basic Fitness & Sports Course (BFSC)

The aim of this three-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of fitness and recreational sports training, building upon what has been experienced at the Corps. This aim will be accomplished through the development of skills and the provision of ample opportunity for practical application. The course will promote the development of ethical sports conduct, sportsmanship and teamwork. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadets to a variety of fitness and recreational sports opportunities, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue fitness and recreational sports training at the Corps and on the Fitness & Sports Instructor course. The cadets will be provided with the basic theoretical, technical, and practical skills required to assist in the delivery of the Corps fitness and recreational sports training program.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, have completed Red Star training by June 30th and be motivated to increase personal fitness. Training Centres: Argonaut CTC / Valcartier CEC

 Fitness and Sports Instructor Course (FSIC)

The aim of this six-week course is to develop a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to perform the role of a fitness and sports instructor and team leader for fitness and sports activities conducted at the Corps, during regionally directed activities and/or as a staff cadet at a CTC. The aim of the course will be accomplished by providing dynamic and challenging training that includes ample opportunity for practical application. The cadets will learn theoretical and technical skills required to deliver the Corps physical education and recreational training program as specialist instructors. This course will ensure that the cadets are adequately prepared to face challenges at the Corps and as a Staff Cadet at a CTC.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, have completed Silver Star training by June 30th

Training Centre:  Argonaut CTC/ Valcartier CEC

 

Expedition Courses

 Basic Expedition Course (BEC)

The aim of this three-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of Expedition training, building upon what has been taught in Red Star of the Corps Training program. This aim will be accomplished through the development of knowledge and skills, and the provision of ample opportunity for practical application. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadets to the various aspects of an expedition, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue expedition training opportunities at the Corps, Zone, Regional, National, and International levels. Cadets will also be encouraged to pursue training on the Expedition Instructor course.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit and have completed Red Star training by June 30th.

Training Centres:  Argonaut CTC / Valcartier CEC

 Expedition Instructor Course (EIC)

The aim of this six-week course is to develop a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for Expedition training. This aim will be accomplished by providing dynamic and challenging training that offers ample opportunity for practical application. The cadets will learn advanced theoretical and technical skills required to assist in the delivery of Expedition training. This course will ensure the cadets are adequately prepared to face challenges at the Corps and as a Staff Cadet at a CTC.

Prerequisites:  Must have a suitable medical category for strenuous field activities, have the ability to swim with the aid of a personal flotation device, and have completed Silver Star by June 30th.

Training Centre:  Argonaut CTC/ Valcartier CEC

 

Marksmanship Courses

 Basic Marksman Course (BMC)

 The aim of this three-week course is to provide cadets with the fundamentals of marksmanship training, building upon what has been experienced at the Corps. This aim will be accomplished through the development of skills and the provision of ample opportunity for practical application. The course will promote the development of marksmanship and summer biathlon skills. By establishing a dynamic learning environment that exposes the cadets to a variety of marksmanship and biathlon opportunities, this course will inspire the cadets to further pursue marksmanship training at the Corps and on the Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor course. The cadets will be provided with the basic theoretical, technical, and practical skills required to assist in the delivery of the Corps Marksmanship training program.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, have completed Red Star training by June 30th and be motivated to increase marksmanship abilities.

Training Centres: Argonaut CTC / Valcartier CEC

 Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course (ARMIC)

The aim of this six-week course is to develop individual air rifle marksmanship and summer biathlon specialty skills while reinforcing and further developing leadership skills and instructional techniques. This course will prepare the cadets to support these two specialty activities at the Corps, during regionally directed activities and/or as a Staff Cadet at a CTC. The cadet will be provided with the necessary theoretical, technical, and practical skills required to monitor and instruct other cadets during marksmanship training at the Corps.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit and have completed Silver Star by June 30th.

Training Centre:  Argonaut CTC/ Valcartier CEC

 

Music Courses

 Military Band – Basic Musician Course (MB-BMC)

The aim of this course is to develop the music proficiency of cadets and prepare them to support their Corps bands and related music activities. As well, they will experience some aspects of Army Cadet training to help them in their future course selections of the Army CTC program.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit and have completed Red Star training by June 30th.

Training Centre:  HMCS Acadia CTC

 Military Band – Intermediate Musician Course (MB-IMC)

The aim of this course is to raise each cadet’s musical skills to the standard of the next music proficiency level.  This training is to develop the music proficiency of cadets and prepare them to support their Corps bands and related music activities. During this six-week course, instruction is also given in instrument maintenance & repair and other music-related skills, while the more senior levels also learn some instructional techniques relating to music. 

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, have achieved the Basic Music proficiency level and have completed Silver Star training by June 30th.

Training Centre:  HMCS Acadia CTC

 Music Band – Advanced Musician (MB – AMC)

The aim of all Music Level Courses is to raise each cadet’s musical skills to the standard of the next music proficiency level. During this six-week course, instruction is also given in instrument maintenance & repair and other music-related skills, while the more senior levels also learn some Instructional Techniques relating to music

Prerequisites:  Must be medically and physically fit, have completed Silver Star training by June 30th of the Corps training year and be qualified as a cadet musician, level 3 or level 4.

Training Centre:  HMCS Acadia CTC

 Pipe Band – Basic Musician Course (PB-BMC)

This three-week course is identical to the MB-BMC, except that the music training is designed for members of a Corps pipe and drum band.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, and have completed Red Star training by June 30th.

Training Centre:  Argonaut CTC

 Pipe Band – Intermediate Musician Course (PB-IMC)

This six-week course is identical to the MB-IMC, except that the music training is designed for members of a Corps pipe and drum band.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, have achieved the previous music proficiency level and have completed Silver Star training by June 30th.

Training Centre:  Argonaut CTC

 Pipes and Drums – Advanced Musician (PD-AMC)

This six-week course is identical to the MB-AMC, but is intended for advanced members of a Corps pipe and drum band.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, have completed Silver Star training by June 30th and be qualified as a piper/drummer, level 3 or level 4. Training Centre:  Argonaut CTC

 

 

Advanced Marksmanship Courses

Fullbore Marksmanship Phase I

The aim of this six-week course is to develop a specialist level of knowledge and skills in marksmanship beyond the air rifle. This will allow the cadets to participate as an individual or as a team member in a national-level target rifle competition.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, successfully completed the basic marksman course, demonstrated marksmanship ability, and have completed Silver Star training by June 30th. Training Centre:  Connaught CTC

Fullbore Marksmanship II

The aim of this course is to develop a specialist with the attitude, skills and subject matter knowledge required to participate in competitive fullbore marksmanship as a member of a competitive team. This six week course is nationally conducted and selection is primarily drawn from cadets who are merit listed during the fulllbore marksman phase I qualification.

Prerequisites:  Must be medically fit, successfully completed the fullbore marksman I, demonstrated marksmanship ability, and have completed Gold Star training by June 30th. Training Centre:  Connaught CTC

RCAC National Rifle Team (NRT)

This eight week course is designed to allow selected cadets the opportunity to experiment the sport of marksmanship at a higher level by participating in national and international competitions. Cadets will also be introduced to the British Army Cadet training program and will participate in cultural activities and to foster good sportsman relationships. Each year, three cadets will be selected to return to the NRT as senior team members. These cadets are selected on the basis of leadership skills, marksmanship abilities and deportment.

Prerequisites:  Must have as a minimum of Bronze on the fitness test, and be selected from the Fullbore Phase II course.

Training Centre:  Connaught CTC / England

 

Advanced National Training

Leadership and Challenge Course

The aim of this six-week course is to develop a specialist with the hard skills, attitude and subject matter knowledge required to successfully participate in and lead expeditions. Cadets will participate in rock climbing, white water canoeing or kayaking, alpine trekking, mountain biking, and glacier trekking. This six week course is nationally conducted.

Prerequisites:    Must have Bronze level fitness, must have the ability to operate at high altitudes, have successfully completed a six-week course, and have completed Gold Star training by June

30th.

Training Centre:  Rocky Mountain CTC

Basic Parachutist Course

The aim of this six-week course is to provide a challenging learning environment in which cadets may push their personal limitations, overcome adversity, and develop self-confidence. Cadets will benefit from the safe environment in which instructors will provide hands on opportunities to observe and interact with CF members. Cadets will be scheduled to participate in the mornings and afternoons each day. Additionally, they will be required to participate in instructions including flight procedures, onboard aircraft drills, landing, and equipment. If successful in all testing, cadets will complete the jump stage (J stage) which includes five successful jumps, with a minimum of 1 night jump all at an altitude of max 1250 ft (381 m).

Prerequisites:    Must be able to complete a mile run (1.6 km) in not more than 7 min 30 sec, 31 consecutive sit ups, and 7 consecutive chin ups. Cadets also have completed Gold Star training and be 16 by June 30thTraining Centre:  Trenton CTC

International Exchanges

 International Army Cadet Exchanges (IACE)

The purpose of the IACE is three-fold; to promote friendship and goodwill among Cadets of the participating countries, to encourage participants to develop an interest in international affairs and to reward those Cadets who have rendered outstanding services to their Squadrons over a period of years.  The IACE is intended only for outstanding senior cadets who will represent Canada with distinction.  Exchange cadets visit army bases, centres of industry, world landmarks, universities, cultural centres and museums, plus they experience the Training with the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Combined Cadet Forces (CCF) of the United Kingdom.

Prerequisites:  Must be min 16 by June 1st of the year of the exchange, have as a minimum bronze on the fitness test, have completed Gold Star training, and be admissible as a visitor to the destination country, in addition to possessing a passport.

 Army Cadet Voyage in History

Prerequisites:  Must have completed Gold Star training by the end of the training year and passed a physical fitness assessment.

 

Staff Cadet Opportunities

Advanced Training

Staff cadets are employed at Cadet Training Centres.  A staff cadet can assist the officer staff with the instruction and supervision of cadets, or might be tasked in an administrative or logistical support role.  Rank and pay for staff cadets depend upon the position; this is usually determined during a pre-course training and evaluation period.  A staff cadet applicant must be at least 16 on January 1st of the year of employment.

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