CO's Update - September 2022

Hello 614!

As we approach the end of our first month back to training, it’s important to give an update on 614’s operations and the progress we’ve made getting back to normal after two long years of virtual training. The staff have been working hard in administration, supply, and training to see our program get moving again as quickly as possible.

Our permanent move to Catholic Central High School for parade nights has received positive feedback and, for the most part, has been a smooth transition. With our mandatory weekly training program running, we are now starting to also turn our minds to other upcoming events such as the Senior NCO Workshop, and our Fall Field Training Exercise (FTX) scheduled for October 29-30. Information regarding the Fall FTX will be available soon as we finalize some details. In the meantime, for those who haven’t participated in an FTX, take a look at the FAQ section of our website.

Our supply department has received many FTU sizing requests and is working diligently to get through them all as efficiently as possible. Additionally, the supply section of our website has been updated to also include orders of dress, instructions on wearing the FTU, and the updated dress instructions which was just released earlier this month, aligning the cadet program with the changes to the Canadian Forces appearance standards, with more of a focus on inclusivity. Cadets can plan to see more of a focus on uniform standards so please familiarize yourselves and be ready! Visit the supply section of our website here.

September is always a busy month for the administration department as they process the returning cadets’ annual validation forms. If you haven’t yet submitted yours, please contact Lt Golshan for more information: 614rcacs@gmail.com. With over 23 new enrollments to the squadron since the start of the training year, it’s safe to say that 614 is alive and well!

I have received some direct inquiries with cadets who are still unsure of their levels, ranks, etc. Please reach out to your level officers during training nights for this information as they will have it most readily available. As a reminder, the level officers are as follows:

- Level 1, CV Clavet

- Level 2, CV Alvarado

- Level 3, CV Keow

- Level 4, CV Alves

- Level 5, CV Cheung

Finally, I want to offer my sincere thanks to the staff at 614 as we continue into the 2022-23 training year. Your efforts are directly the reason for our success so far, and I am looking forward to seeing what our team will accomplish over the coming months!

Captain Travis Buckle

Commanding Officer

Cadet365 Resources Access

All Cadets will 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. 

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, Lieutenant 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

2022-2023 Training Year Announcement

Hello, 614!

 

After an eventful summer of flying scholarships, CAP and other summer training, we are excited to announce the return to local training for our squadron! We have begun our weekly training, as of Wednesday, September 7th. Our regular parade location for this year will be Catholic Central High School, 450 Dundas Street in London. A map of the school and where to go is located on the "Cadet Resources - Map of CCH" page

 

Cadets who have been issued their Field Training Uniform are to wear it, and if not, please wear a white dress shirt and black pants with running shoes. Military members should wear CADPAT.

 

Masks for cadets are now optional but encouraged.

 

Please note that to enter the school, cadets will need to walk around the east side to door ‘B’.

 

New cadets should be accompanied by a parent and ensure that all required paperwork has been submitted electronically via e-mail to the Squadron Administration officer (614rcacs@gmail.com) prior to the first night. Please visit the "JOIN" tab for what is required for joining us!

Captain Travis Buckle

Commanding Officer

FOR RETURNING CADETS 2022-2023

Hello Cadets, parents, and guardians!

If you are a returning Cadet or have a Cadet who is returning, you MUST email the Squadron administration officer to be sent your Annual Validation Form, which MUST be completed BEFORE returning to training.

Please let me know if you do not wish to return this year so I can update our records. 

If you have changed your e-mail or phone number during the summer, you must contact the admin office: 614rcacs@gmail.com

If you are looking to join our Squadron, please note that we will be accepting new applications, and the application is to be submitted virtually. Please click on the "JOIN" tab for more information and to contact the Administration Office.


Lieutenant Phoenix Golshan
Administration Officer

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.

Fund Raising

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!