Optional Training

Flag Party

The Flag Party is a small squad within the squadron that has the ceremonial task of presenting the flags. They carry three flags, the Canadian Flag, the Royal Canadian Air Cadet, and the Squadron Banner; while the rear guards carry Lee Enfield rifles. The rifles used by the guards are Lee Enfield .303 caliber which are now decommissioned Drill Purpose rifles.

Cadets who form the flag party are chosen for their competence in drill and discipline along with dress and deportment. They practice advanced marching and stationary drill as well as flag and rifle drill. The flag party is a great opportunity for cadets willing to put in the extra effort to be part of this elite squad. As such it is expected that all members of the Flag Party be on the squadron Drill Team.

Flag Party tryouts are held in September each year and Flag Party practices will be the Tuesday night prior to Commanding Officer Parade from 6pm to 7:30pm.

OIC – Lt Schreiber

Range

The cadet program seeks to provide youth with a realistic outlook on firearms by teaching them the proper use and safe handling of firearms for recreational purposes only. The marksmanship program is patterned on Olympic-style competitive shooting with an emphasis on the safe handling and care of firearms. All sea, army and air cadets are taught the basics of the air rifle as part of their mandatory local headquarters training that takes place at the corps and squadron level. Corps and squadrons are then able to choose to take part in further training to compete in local, zone, provincial and territorial and national level competitions.

Safety is of paramount importance to the Canadian Cadet Marksmanship training program.

Supervisory staff is made up of staff who have completed an intensive training program. These qualified Range Safety Officers are highly skilled at preventing injury, and loss of property. 521’s range team is made up of 5-8 members, only the unit’s top marksmen will make it to competition.

Range will be held on Friday nights from 6pm to 9pm throughout the training year unless other weekend activities are planned.

Instructors – VI Warkentin & CI Chartier

Effective Speaking

The Effective Speaking Programme is an Air Cadet League (ACL) sponsored activity and is in addition to the Cadet Training programme as prescribed by the Department of National Defense (DND). The ACL believes that this programme provides an important skill which will benefit Cadets in their future undertakings.

We encourage all cadets to participate in this program as it is meant to augment the training goals of the cadet program by increasing their self-confidence; and increase their ability to reason, organize, and express ideas.

Effective Speaking starts will run from October 16th, 2019 to February 26th, 2019 and will be held on Wednesday nights from 6pm-8pm.

Instructor – VI Warkentin

Drill Team

At the heart of a Squadron’s esprit de corps on parade is drill. Some of the skills you will learn are personal discipline, coordination, and teamwork. Drill is an important part of cadet training. Drill promotes discipline, alertness, precision, pride, steadiness, and the cohesion necessary for success within a group. From a leadership perspective, drill is an excellent vehicle to help enhance some personal attributes. A senior cadet’s assertiveness, confidence in his/her abilities while speaking in front of a group, and supervisory skills while correcting personnel on their dress and personal drill all benefit from drill instruction.

It is mandatory for all members of Flag Party to be on the drill team and HIGHLY recommended for all cadets with parade positions to be on the Drill Team.

Drill Team starts October 15th, 2019 and practices will be on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm, with additional nights to be added closer to competition.

A sub-component of the Drill Team is the Rifle Drill team. This elite drill team squad will begin practicing March 31, 2020 from 8pm to 9pm.

OIC – Lt Schreiber

Spec Ops

Open to cadets in level 2 and up. The course is designed to train cadets in various forms of field instruction; including but not limited to, Leadership, Teamwork, Effective Speaking, Observation and Aircrew Survival. The program is designed to increase self-esteem and confidence by breaking up the training into manageable mini- programs. As the cadets proceed through the program, they will be placed in secure situations to utilize their skills in a safe environment for evaluation purposes. The program will compliment regular cadet training as well as give participants the opportunity to earn valuable Duke of Ed experience.

Spec Ops will start starts October 15th, 2019 and practices will be on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 9pm. (1st Year from 6pm to 7:30pm and 2nd Year from 7:30hrs to 9pm)

Instructor – VI Warkentin

Advanced Survival

Open to cadets 14 years old and over.  It exposes them to a variety of activities such as included skills such as knots and lashings, survival psychology, improvised shelters, procedures, signal fires, ground-to-air signals, and navigating with a map, compass, and GPS and first aid to give them the practical skills to survive in a field environment beyond what they receive at squadron FTX’s. The skills that they learn are both theoretical and practical and conducted in a variety of environments. Whilst living in the field Cadets may be exposed to lower than normal access to shelter, food, hygiene facilities and refrigeration than they are normally used to. A multi-squadron competition is scheduled to test these skills towards the end of the training year.

Advanced Survival will start March 4th, 2020 and will run on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 8pm and have at least one weekend activity per month.

Instructor – VI Warkentin

Band

The band program is designed to promote both basic and advanced understanding and appreciation for music that will continue throughout the rest of a cadets life. It also helps establish teamwork and cooperation competencies that will prepare a cadet to be a productive member of society.

Band practices are held on separate nights from the regular parade nights in order to not interrupt the regular cadet training schedule. It is important to be at each and every practice as the success of the cadet band program depends on everyone being involved in each practice. Being in the band takes dedication and commitment, cadets not showing the desired level of commitment will be asked to leave the band so they do not disrupt the focus of those that are.

Band practice will start in October or sooner and will run on Monday nights from 7:30pm to 9pm.

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