FighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1418 posts, RR: 22 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8029 times:
Who here was in the Canadian cadet program? I was in it till I aged out last year. I was in the 600th Starfighter Sqd. in my hometown. When I was in it I went to two summer camps the ITAC (Into. to aviation course) in Gimli Man. and also got on the Oshkosh exchange.
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1992 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8023 times:
Cal you beat me to it. We I was also in the RCAC, reached the rank of WO2 before aging out, it was a great program. I was part of 907 White Rock Sqd. When to two summer camps as well, Aircrew Survival and also the International Oshkosh exchange, with Cal there.
All the sqd's are loosing self discipline and respect due to parents using cadets as a babysitting service... I aged out while it was going down the shitter. It treated me well, but is now turning into a babysitting service. I think the CHAPS program ruined it all. Part of it was needed, part of it was asinine. Unfortunately today's young kids are growing up with no self respect as it is because of how there parents are teaching them. Not every kid is growing up like this but if you take a look around, its a very sad state of affairs. But that is a whole different tread. But for some the program still serves them well. We will see how long this will go on.
CurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7986 times:
I was in #1 West Montreal Squadron. Made it up to Sergeant before I moved away. Used to fly every other weekend. My very first flight was in a glider. Flew many types of aircraft because of cadets from choppers to small cessnas to large military aircraft. Loved it.
You could have at least Photoshopped the US markings out and made SOME effort to make them funny.
Air Cadets were fun in my day, not a babysitting service but somewhere to go of an evening and the chance of flying and learning about aircraft. Dunno what they are like now, in UK anyway, but the ones I see around airshows and such always look keen and smart. Something todays youth seems to have lost it's grip on!
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4802 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7966 times:
Great memories for me. I was only in Air Cadets for two years and only reached the rank of Corporal before leaving at 17 (and putting my effort into university admission), but still it was probably the most fun time in my life. I was with 707 Etobicoke Sqn, and attended the Air Studies course at CFB Trenton in 1996. Had rides on the gliders, Cessnas and a C-130H Hercules. The course material was so interesting that we were actually motivated to plan out navigation routes in our spare time!
We went to several airshows and got a chance to speak to a lot of the USAF guys and get behind the scenes tours of some of their aircraft. I had the chance to see every nook and cranny on the KC-10 which was really an interesting experience. They were always impressed by our discipline and the standard of grooming. Our boots were far shinier than any of theirs, as they freely admitted
Even though it wasn't officially with Air Cadets, I got my Glider Pilot license at York Soaring in 1997 with a bunch of other cadets, man that was an awesome summer!
We had one CO that was completely with it and made everything enjoyable and was very accessible, but after she was replaced the new guy didn't really know how to keep things interesting and thats part of the reason why I left. Also the parental politics were a bit retarded, basically there wasn't fair treatment for flying scholarship selections. But oh well, overall it was still overwhelmingly a positive experience.
NeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7923 times:
Not myself, or anyone I knew of really. I was more interested in hockey and baseball than I was anything else. All I really knew about Air Cadets was that they always seemed and still do, bug me to buy things when I go into the beer store.
YWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7916 times:
I was once an Air Cadet too, going all the way to WO2. I hated it so much, the drill and incompotent CIC staff that is, but loved the summer training and flying. Infact, I hated it so much that as soon as I was accepted into the Reg. Force (Air) I stopped going and left my parade position high and dry for the Area Cadet Officer's inspection the next day; It's not that I didn't care, I just had nothing to loose
I did the following training
Space Course (Montreal/St Jean)
Glider Pilot (Gimli)
Power Pilot (Winnipeg)
Athletics Staff (Gimli) Easiest $3500 I've ever made.
Wingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 853 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7910 times:
1349 Woking Squadron ATC was mine, and later 862 Sunbury Squadron. It was great, I learnt how to shoot, I got a good start on learning to fly and learnt to have confidence in myself and pride in my work.
Good times. My first camp, didn't really know what to expect. Had fun though. I remember you saying how easy it was, you guys were pretty easy going, especially with the Sunday games days.
As for my cadet career, I only made Flight Sgt. I joined three years late but being as small as my squadron is I would have easily made WO1. I was awarded most improved at our annual the first year, top overall and the second and top male at the third. I applied to the glider course and never got accepted, but was accepted for the Oshkosh trip. That was probably the highlight of my cadet career. The following year was my last year to apply to a summer camp and I applied to Power but again never got accepted. After that everything went downhill. I pretty much got pissed at the system and slacked off from there. After that I quit. I guess cadets can be really fun and give some kids the chance of a lifetime, but I don't believe the system for choosing summer camps works. I know the people that did get accepted to the glider and power course don't want a career in aviation and so I believe the scholarships were wasted on both of them. But ya.. thats my cadet experience.
Actually, they wanted me to come back and speak about the Reg. Force at an aviation weekend.......I'm all over that...lol.
Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 17): Good times. My first camp, didn't really know what to expect. Had fun though. I remember you saying how easy it was, you guys were pretty easy going, especially with the Sunday games days.
Was I your sports staff?? Does Sgt. Clayton, Blair, or tall guy ring a bell?
It's cool. I know not to take you Canadians seriously anyway. You print new money for any new denomination that pops into your head and you think curling is a real sport.
Who can take Canada seriously?