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952 ‘WestJet’ RCACS was one of two new Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadrons in the Calgary area to stand up in the fall of 2012. The Squadron received its charter on April 10, 2013 and held its Stand Up Parade on June 1, 2013.
Formed of a partnership between the Department of National Defence and the Air Cadet League of Canada, the Royal Canadian Air Cadet programme has its origins dating back to 1941 and continues today to be one of Canada’s premiere youth programs.
952 ‘WestJet’ RCACS’ Staff and Squadron Sponsoring Committee is largely composed of members of existing squadrons in the Calgary area who sought the challenge of starting a new squadron, building it from the ground up; the results have exceeded our hopes.
Here is a list of just some of the activities and events offered in the 952 Air Cadet squadron:
Gliding- As part of the level training program, Air Cadets participate in an Gliding Day held at a local airfield. Every effort is made to get each cadet a flight in a glider. Flying opportunities are offered with no cost to the individual.
Familiarization Flights- An opportunity for a familiarization flight. Cadets are introduced to aircraft controls, how they maneuver the aircraft while in flight and a detailed pre and post flight briefing.
Drill Team- Team work, discipline skills, coordination, choreography are some of the exciting things Cadets will learn. Participation in the Drill Team will improve movements executed in flight or drill practice.
Flag Party- It is a distinct honour to be selected as a flag bearer in a Squadron flag party. Flag Party has been inherited from British military tradition which includes Drill, discipline, dress and deportment, advanced marching, stationary drill, flag and rifle drill. There are 3 flags: The Canadian Flag, the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Ensign and the Squadron Banner.
FTX (Field Exercises)- Field Training Exercises (FTX) are typically held twice per training year (Fall and Spring). A cadet must participate in at least one FTX each training year to complete their level requirement. Cadets depart on Friday evening and return on Sunday Afternoon (transportation is provided). FTX weekends are an opportunity for “hands-on” practice of the skills learned on in regular training.
Marksmanship(range)- Provides cadets with the opportunity to learn basic marksmanship and range safety. During regular training cadets are required to take classes on rifle and range safety, this knowledge is expanded upon during marksmanship training.
Effective Speaking- To provide an opportunity for Air Cadets to increase their self confidence; and increase their ability to reason, organize and express ideas;
To provide a focus at the Local, Regional/Wing, Provincial/Territorial, and National levels, to promote and encourage Air Cadets to participate in an optional activity that will provide them with an opportunity to acquire effective speaking skills through instruction and practice in a structured and competitive environment.
Duke of Edinburgh Program- The Duke of Edinburghâ€™s International Award is a global award that allows young people to determine what they are passionate about, regardless of their background, culture or access to resources. The Award is completed in three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold . There are four Sections of activities for all Award levels, plus a Gold Project. The Award encourages young people to spend time volunteering in their community, which both benefits others and contributes to their own growth and well-being.
Mess Dinner- A very important custom and tradition of the Canadian forces. Cadets attend a Mess dinner once a year. Toasts, speeches are given and great food is served.
The Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR)- Is the most important event of the Air Cadet training year! This is a mandatory evening for every cadet and an opportunity for cadets to showcase their hard work throughout the year to friends, family and guests.
ACR Banquet- After the ACR ceremony Cadets, family and guests will attend a dinner, speeches and also have the opportunity to honour Cadets with various awards and promotions. ACR marks the end of the year and a sense of pride amongst Cadets and families for their hard work throughout the year.