Under this flag may our youth find new inspiration for loyalty to Canada; for a patriotism based not on any mean or narrow nationalism, but on the deep and equal pride that all Canadians will feel for every part of this good land.

- Lester B. Pearson

How does training work?

There are three different types of army cadet training; mandatory, complementary and optional.

Mandatory training refers to the training that all cadets across Canada must complete to pass their level. These are the classes that are usually taught Thursday evenings. ( During the CV19 pandemic virtual classes for each star level will be taught alternate weeknights. Approximately 80% of the material taught to cadets is the same. For example, the lessons on citizenship for Army cadets are the same as lessons for Sea and Air cadets. 

The Star Level Program is the main training program carried out by all Royal Canadian Army Cadet corps within Canada. The program is mandated by the Department of National Defence and specifically through the Directorate of Cadets and Junior Rangers.

The Star Level Program is composed of five levels:

  • ​Green Star (Level 1) usually cadets 12 and 13 years old

  • Red Star (Level 2) cadets 14 and 15

  • Silver Star (Level 3) cadets 16 and 17

  • Gold Star (Level 4) cadets 18

  • Master Cadets (Level 5) 18+

Each level builds on the knowledge gained in previous levels. You must complete all the requirements for each level to advance to the next level and to qualify for promotions and summer camps. As you advance, you will begin taking more senior leadership roles in the corps to the point where you will be instructing younger cadets.

Complimentary training is designed to enhance and complement the standard training. We must be clear that complementary training is not optional; it is also mandatory. The corps complimentary activities include but are not limited to the Remembrance Day Parade, Poppy Days, the three Feild Training Exercises (FTX), and the Decoration Day.

Complimentary activities can be compared to optional courses in high school. Everyone must take them, but the corps determines which training opportunities will be provided. An example is community service in the army cadet training program. One corps may choose to volunteer at a civic event, or another corps may choose to assist a legion selling poppies around Remembrance Day. Every cadet must participate in the community service, but the corps decides the activity.

Optional Training activities will enhance the cadet's experience but are not required for cadets. Participation is encouraged to build friendships within the cadet corps. Optional training receives no funding from the Canadian Forces (CF) and funds must be raised by the sponsoring committee. Optional Training could include:

  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards

  • Highland Pipes and Drums band

  • Marksmanship Team

  • Biathlon Team

  • Drill Team

  • First Aid Training

  • Orienteering