About the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program
The Air Cadet Program is open to the youth of Canada who are between the ages of 12 and 18. Administered jointly by the Department of National Defence and the Air Cadet League of Canada, the program offers a wide variety of training and exciting challenges and rewards to those young people who have chosen to take part in this program. There are no fees or costs to join Air Cadets and uniforms are supplied free of charge. While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their cadet career.
Cadets is a federally-sponsored program for young Canadians ages 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities, and learning more about the Canadian Forces. Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They learn valuable life and work skills like teamwork, leadership, and citizenship. Cadets also reap the personal benefits of increased self-confidence and physical fitness, learning how to take initiative, and how to make decisions. Cadets make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities.
What does it cost to join? There are no registration fees, dues or cost for the uniforms or for the basic Cadet Program. Cadets and parents are encouraged to participate in fundraising.
Cadets are not part of the Canadian Forces, nor is there any expectation for them to join the military. Cadets choose to belong to one of the three elemental programs:
- Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (commonly known as Sea Cadets)
- Royal Canadian Army Cadets (commonly known as Army Cadets)
- Royal Canadian Air Cadets (commonly known as Air Cadets)
The program is also divided according to its training period:
- Local training – Cadets participate in training on a weekly basis during the regular school year (Sept – June) on an average of one night a week, plus optional weekend training depending on their interests.
- Summer training – There are a total of 24 cadet summer training centres (CSTC) located across Canada. Approximately 21,000 course cadets receive training and 2,500 staff cadets are employed each summer in the 24 CSTCs and abroad on cultural and training exchanges.
About #34 Roland J. Groome RCACS
#34 Squadron was formed on October 29, 1941. From the formation of the squadron until the end of World War 2 #34 Squadron paraded from Scott Collegiate High School here in Regina. After the end of the war, the squadron moved to the Regina Armoury, where it remains today.
Shortly after moving to the Armoury, the squadron took on the name #34 Sabre Squadron in honour of the RCAF’s F86 “Sabre” jet fighter. In 2008, the Regina Airport Authority came on as a corporate sponsor to the squadron and the squadron changed it’s name to #34 Roland J. Groome Squadron, in honour of local pilot Roland John Groome who held several firsts in the field of aviation and brought Regina to national attention with his aeronautical achievements.
Currently the squadron is ~150 cadets strong, and in the past numbers have fluctuated between 40 cadets and 150 cadets.