812 Squadron Air Cadets

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age requirement for Air Cadets?

Cadets must have reached their 12th birthday and can remain in the program until they reach their 19th birthday.

What will I learn in Air Cadets?

There are many components to the Air Cadet program, which include aviation basics, activities such as gliding, team sports, personal fitness, camping and survival skills, riflery, drill and leadership training. Cadets in good standing are also eligible to apply for and are considered for paid summer training programs.

All activities are conducted in a positive and safe learning environment.  

What is the cost of Air Cadets?

The Cadet Program is partially funded by the Department of National Defence (DND) in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada. The Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) is responsible for raising extra funds required for non-supported activities.

While there is no cost to join, parents and cadets are expected to participate in, and contribute to, fundraising as required by the Squadron Sponsoring Committee.

When does 812 meet?

812 meets every Monday evening from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at Victory Baptist Church on the drive-in road in Hanover. There are also training camps and special events throughout the school year. Cadets are expected to maintain good attendance and participate in mandatory events to remain in good standing with the squadron.

Will I be expected to join the Canadian Forces?

While some graduates of the Air Cadet program choose to go on to careers within the Canadian Armed Forces, there is absolutely no obligation to join the military. Although Air Cadets is funded by DND, you are still a civilian.

No matter what career you choose, Air Cadets helps you develop your leadership skills through teamwork and confidence-building activities. You will develop and learn life-long skills that can be applied in any future career.