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Weekly Announcements - Sep 24-30

Weekly Announcements

Weekly Regular Training: 

 

Regular training continues this week at Catholic Central High School, 450 Dundas Street, from 1815h-2100h. 

The order of dress for this week is:

 

Optional Training: 

 

The Squadron’s optional training is set to resume during the month of October as we run several additional activities to supplement our primary training nights.  The 2023-24 optional training program will include:

 

  • Air Rifle Marksmanship program: This will be an opportunity for interested cadets to familiarize themselves with basic marksmanship skills and for cadets to try out for the Squadron Marksmanship Team. Cadets will receive instruction and coaching on these skills from a qualified Range Safety Officer (RSO).

  • Music Program: This is an opportunity for cadets who are interested in learning to play a musical instrument to join the Squadron’s brass and reed marching band.  Musical instruments are loaned from the squadron to participating cadets, so there is no need to provide your own.  Band members will play at weekly squadron parade nights and potentially partake in the Southwestern Ontario Area Band and Drill Competition.

  • Drill Team: Cadets interested in honing their drill skills are welcome to join the Squadron Drill Team. Cadets will learn precision in drill, execute intricate routines, perform silent drill routines, and potentially partake in the Southwestern Ontario Area Band and Drill Competition.  Showcase your skills at the 614 Annual Ceremonial Review.

 

Facility details are still being confirmed. However, cadets who are interested in participating in any of these regular optional activities are asked to submit their intent to participate using the signup form.  This will help give the staff an idea of expected participation.

 

614 Forest City RCAC Squadron Optional Training Sign-up Form 2023-2024 (Page 1 of 9) (office.com)

 

Weekly dates are subject to confirmation of facility availability; more will follow once facilities are confirmed.

 

Supply:

Returning cadets who require an exchange of uniform parts are reminded to submit their request through the online form on the Squadron Website.  New cadets are to submit their measurements for their new uniform through the squadron’s online portal located on the squadron website; (SUPPLY/UNIFORM | 614rcacs (614aircadets.org). Uniforms for new cadets will be issued as the supply section can accommodate them. However, the first step is to submit your measurements.

 

Administration:

All cadets are reminded to use their Cadet365 email address for communication.  Cadets are also reminded that if they have not requested their annual medical validation form, they must do so ASAP. If you require assistance onboarding with your C365 account or need to request your annual validation form, please contact the Squadron Admin Officer at Phoenix.Golshan@cadets.gc.ca

 

Upcoming Activities: There are several upcoming activities which you should mark your calendars for:

 

  • Glider Familiarization - 14 October: Cadets will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight in an Air Cadet Glider.  This will be a full-day activity with transportation to and from the Centralia Airport provided by the Squadron.  Signups for this activity will begin on 27 Sept.

  • Fall Field Training Exercise (FTX) - 21/22 October: This is a weekend overnight activity with cadets transported to our training location in the field on Saturday morning and returning on Sunday afternoon.  This is often a highlight for many cadets as they learn basic aircrew survival skills, practice field craft, and build great friendships and bonds with other cadets.  Signups and other details, such as kit lists and other coordinating instructions, will be forthcoming over the next few weeks. Please see here for FTQ Frequently Asked Questions

     

  • Zone Biathlon Competition - 5 November: The annual Zone level Biathlon competition will be held at Camp BEL this year.  Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, with cadets competing to be both the fastest on skis and the most accurate shot.  Due to the time of year, this tier of the competition will be organized as a "run-and-shoot," with later tiers featuring skis.  A sign-up will be forthcoming for cadets interested in representing the Squadron to express intent.

     

  • Online Ground School Registration - 15 November deadline: Cadets interested in applying for the Glider Pilot Scholarship and Power Pilot Scholarship must first complete the nationally run online ground school and must successfully complete the entrance exam after the Online Ground School.  Only cadets who will be eligible to attend either Glider or Power are permitted to register for OGS. Eligible cadets who wish to register for OGS can sign up starting 27 Sept.

 

Communications:

Weekly announcements will continue to be distributed through the channels we have all become accustomed to; however, we will also utilize the Cadet365 platform more, with cadets receiving announcements to their cadet email addresses and posting them on our Squadron Teams channel.  In the spirit of the aims of the Cadet Program, cadets are encouraged to take on the responsibility of managing their own schedules and should pay attention to upcoming events and important details; these new communication channels will help them with this task.

Bravo Zulo Capt Coulter and CI Ruseff!

CI Ruseff's contribution to the CTC Blackdown OR Team has been incredible this year, and without her, Trg Support and the OR couldn't function properly. Cl Russeff's accomplishments this year include taking on the completion of the administration handover package and cleaning, organizing, and replenishment of the PERT shed; in Admin, CI Russeff stepped in to assist while we are short-staffed, as well as filling in for Trg Support in Capt Marier's absence. All while still doing her role of Sports & Rec O.

For these reasons, CI Ruseff was presented with a Command Team Coin! Bravo Zulu, CI Ruseff!

Congratulations is also extended from the Cadets, Staff, and Sponsors of 614 to Gillian Coulter on her recent promotion to the rank of Captain! Captain Coulter was recently promoted while at CTC Blackdown by Lieutenant-Colonel David Forester (CO of CTC Blackdown) following her appointment as Training Officer for 614 RCACS in preparation for the 2023/24 training year.

 

Bravo Zulu Captain Coulter!

Bravo Zulu Capt Coulter and CI Ruseff!
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Cadet365 Email and Network Access

Cadet365 Email and Network Access

All Cadets have access to their own cadet email address ending in "cdt.cadets.gc.ca", which will allow them to access Cadet resources. This will be beneficial and be used for Summer training and other purposes. We are going to be using this more in the 2023-2024 training year, so all Cadets must complete the onboarding process. 

What is Cadet365?
Cadet365 is a collaborative platform for Cadets and Adult Staff across Canada. The suite provides access to familiar products like Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Planner, OneNote and OneDrive. The aim of the suite is to promote collaboration and facilitate remote work.

The innovative cloud-based platform enables the team to work on both personal and work devices. This is a proven solution that balances the need to innovate and continue working with the need to maintain security and accountability.

How does Cadet365 work?
After you have completed your onboarding process, you will always have access to the Microsoft365 suite on your personal or work device. You will be able to use the different apps to collaborate with your colleagues.

 

To complete the onboarding process, you will need to contact the administration officer, Lt Golshan at 614rcacs@gmail.com to obtain your email address and initial password, which you must change. Then, click the link below to complete the onboarding process:

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/cadets-junior-canadian-rangers/cadets/cadet-o365/cadet-onboarding.html

If you have forgotten your password, you must click on "forgot password" to change it. Contact Lt Golshan if this is not working.

What is the Air Cadet Program?

The Cadet Program is one of the largest federally sponsored youth programs in Canada.

It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.  Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities.  Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.

Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces, nor are they expected to join the military. While they are introduced to Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces and certain traditions, they are also introduced to many other respectable career choices that are available to them.

Through the Cadet Program, the Government of Canada is investing in today’s youth and Canada’s future.

The Cadet Program is community-based. The program succeeds through strong community support and involvement. Cadets in turn make valuable contributions to their communities.

What do we do?

 

Air Cadets learn the principles of aviation, while some learn to become glider pilots, pilots of engine-propelled aircraft or both.

Why do youth aged 12 to 18 years old join cadets?

  • To have fun;

  • To be with their friends or to make new ones;

  • To partake in interesting and unique challenges;

  • To participate in diverse training at no cost;

  • To learn valuable life skills (work and personal);

  • To improve their self-confidence and sense of responsibility;

  • To pursue an interest in the Canadian Armed Forces; and To be part of a program that is both welcoming and nurturing, where they feel included and have a sense of belonging.

Five things to remember about the Cadet Program

  • Invites all Canadian youth aged 12 to 18;

  • Instills Canadian military values;

  • Develops in youth attributes of citizenship, leadership and fitness;

  • Balances safety and challenge; and

  • Leaves a positive life-long impact through a set of positive youth outcomes.

Five things to remember about Cadets

  • Cadets are proud Canadians and proud citizens;

  • Cadets are healthy in mind and body;

  • Cadets contribute to Canada’s future;

  • Cadets seek and appreciate healthy discipline; and

  • Cadets represent Canada in a positive light.

 

What is the Cadet Program?

Fundraising

There are no fees associated with participating in the Air Cadet program.  To run 614 Forest City Squadron, the expenses are roughly $55,000 per year, before any trips or extra activities for the Cadets!  Since the Department of National Defense (DND), only covers a portion of the training that the cadets receive, the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) must raise funds to meet the annual squadron training budget. This is why our fundraising efforts are so important!,

 

Annually the squadron is assessed and is required to pay a fee to the Air Cadet League of Canada - Ontario Provincial Committee of $54 per cadet.  The assessment is paid by every squadron in the province to support effective speaking competitions, volunteer screening, the selection process for advanced cadet training courses and international exchanges, regional gliding centres, insurance for all cadets while at cadet functions, public relations, and other activities of the Air Cadet League.

The SSC holds various fundraising activities during the year.  However, without the generous support of the community, the squadron budget cannot be met and the cadets risk losing out on many activities.

Financial donations are gladly accepted and extremely welcome, of course, and we will issue tax receipts for the current tax year.

THE 614 SQUADRON SPONSORING COMMITTEE WARMLY THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Fundraising

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