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How Do I Join?

We are now accepting new recruits on Wednesday evenings. 

You will need to complete some paperwork at our enrollment meeting.  The parent and child should arrive at the Armoury (53 Simcoe Street North Oshawa) at 6:30 p.m. with their health card and birth certificate.

New Recruits are to wear pressed white shirts and black pants (not yoga or track pants) until they are issued their dress uniform, approximately 5-6 weeks of consistent attendance.  The field training uniform (FTU) will be ordered after 8 weeks and provided when received.

Youth need to be 12 years old to join cadets

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The Army Cadet 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 Canada.”


1913 Ontario Regiment

Royal Canadian Army Cadets

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Phone - 905-721-4000  ext 4061

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Wednesday 6pm to 930 pm September to June

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In order for your child to be a member of 1913, they must:

a.       Be at least 12 years of age but not older than 19;

(Proof of age must consist of one of the following)

* a valid Canadian passport;
* a birth certificate issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal government agency;
any card, visa or permit (work, study, resident, etc.) (with photo) issued by the Canadian government which legally authorizes the person to reside in Canada for an extended period of time; or
any identification card (with or without photo) issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal government agency. No certificates of live birth please.

b.       A valid Ontario Health Card or Proof of Private Insurance;

c.       Not be a member of another Cadet Corps, unless you are wanting to request a unit transfer;

d.       Attend weekly training and mandatory weekend training activities;

e.       Complete the required enrollment documentation (see Joining Instructions below) to the Administration Officer

          (Adm O); and

f.       Have been approved for membership by the Commanding Officer (CO).

Who can join Army Cadets?
Any Canadian citizen or landed Immigrant in good health can join as early as 12 years of age, and can remain until they turn 19, the age at which they must retire.

How much is it going to cost me?

Army Cadets are sponsored by a civilian agency, The Army Cadet League Support Committee which raises its own money during the year and our local Military Affiliated Unit, The Ontario Regiment, Oshawa, provides housing and regimental support as needed.

The Canadian Forces provides uniforms, training facilities and instructors, and thus, Army Cadets is FREE program for youth. There can be some small fees for some optional trips, but these costs are kept minimal and are considered optional for cadets to attend. Local fundraising will help off set costs that may be required. These activities are those that go above and beyond what the mandatory part of the cadet program.

Who teaches Army Cadets?
Army Cadet instructors are often past cadets themselves. They are members of the community and hold civilian occupations in many areas. Higher ranking army cadets are also instructors, as well as members of local military units.

Are there summer camps?
Summer courses are a very big part of Army Cadets, and are run every year in July and August. There are many different courses ranging from 2 to 7 weeks. Cadets are not required to attend the courses, but it is highly recommended. You can take everything from General Training, Expedition instructor and leadership courses to advanced expedition and the Military Para Course and parachute to the ground and make great friends from all over Canada in the process or travel over seas!

As with the rest of Army Cadets, summer courses are free, and each cadet is actually paid a training allowance of $60 per week. Eventually an experienced cadet can apply for staff positions for summer courses, and get pay equivalent to a full-time summer job.

Do I have to join the military?
Army Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces, nor will they ever be asked to join. If you choose to join though, you will have a great advantage over other applicants (most high-ranking officers in the Canadian forces started off in the cadet program). However, you will never be required to serve with the military.

To register:
please bring a photocopy for proof of age (Canadian birth certificate, passport or citizenship card), a copy of your health card and the completed registration form.

Required Forms:
Application Form      If yes to any Medical Question - Please see administration for a detailed health form as well.


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1913 Ontario Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
53 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 4R9
ph: 905-721-4000 ext. 4061

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