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Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?  
User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1358 posts, RR: 23
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7797 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.

Cal  airplane 


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User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7793 times:

I had a friend or two in air cadets, but none of them took it seriously.
I wouldn't even know where to sign up.

G


User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1965 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7791 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.


Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7787 times:

132 Sqn here. Left before aging out as the Sqn lost its self respect and discipline.

Went to Basic at CFB Trenton, but that was it.



Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1965 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7783 times:

Quoting MattRB (Reply 3):

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.

Cheers Chris



Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1001 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7754 times:

Wow!! Memories!

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.

Cheers!
Len



Citizen of the World
User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7751 times:

Haha. Canadian military. what??

I present to you all the mighty Canadian Air Force



And the mighty Canadian Navy

http://www.imagehosting.com/out.php/i34588_CanadianNavy.jpg


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7741 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 6):

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!

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4773 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7734 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  Smile

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.

[Edited 2006-11-07 16:47:20]

User currently offlinePeterPuck From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 318 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7726 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 7):
You could have at least Photoshopped the US markings out and made SOME effort to make them funny.

I was going to say something too...then I realized he's from Oklahoma. He's probably the only one in his class that can read.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7720 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 7):
You could have at least Photoshopped the US markings out and made SOME effort to make them funny.

Ok, bad attempt. My sarcasm was a little off last night I guess as nobody understands it seems.

Quoting PeterPuck (Reply 9):
I was going to say something too...then I realized he's from Oklahoma. He's probably the only one in his class that can read.

No, No, NO. Not FROM Oklahoma. Never. I'm FROM Portland, OR. Raised in AZ. Go to college / flight school in Oklahoma.


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4626 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7711 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 10):
Go to college



Quoting PeterPuck (Reply 9):
He's probably the only one in his class that can read.

Probably still holds true. This is the US we're talking about here.



Word
User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1965 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 7704 times:

Quoting PeterPuck (Reply 9):
was going to say something too...then I realized he's from Oklahoma. He's probably the only one in his class that can read.



Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 11):
Probably still holds true. This is the US we're talking about here.

WOW that just made my day!!  rotfl  Funnest thing i have read in a while, no offence to future captain. But i am sure he expected a similar response.

Cheers Chris



Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 7700 times:

Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 12):
no offence to future captain.

None taken. I'm having a good laugh about it too. There are alot of stupid people in Oklahoma.

This is non-av after all and I now look forward to getting revenge on you Canadians now.  devil 


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7691 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.

User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1144 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7684 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 Big grin

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.

Cheers



Contact Winnipeg center now on 134.4, good day.
User currently offlineWingscrubber From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 845 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7678 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.


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User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1358 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7676 times:

Quoting YWG (Reply 15):
left my parade position high and dry for the Area Cadet Officer's inspection the next day

 Big grin You ever hear from them?

Quoting YWG (Reply 15):
Athletics Staff (Gimli) Easiest $3500 I've ever made.

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.

Cal  airplane 



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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7672 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 10):
Go to college / flight school in Oklahoma.

The only thing worse than being from Oklahoma is choosing to go there.  Smile


User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1144 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7662 times:

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 17):
You ever hear from them?

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?



Contact Winnipeg center now on 134.4, good day.
User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1358 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7654 times:

Quoting YWG (Reply 19):
Does Sgt. Clayton, Blair, or tall guy ring a bell?

Ya, you were kick ass staff.  bigthumbsup  One of only two a.netters I've actually met, hence why your on my RU list.

Cal  airplane 



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User currently offlinePeterPuck From Canada, joined Jun 2004, 318 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7648 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 13):
None taken. I'm having a good laugh about it too

I was just shittin' ya anyways. Good luck in the future Captain.


User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7645 times:

Former Air Cadet checking in.

Was in from 1996-2001, retired at age 18 as a WO2.

I attended Basic Training in 1997 (Penhold), Intro to Leadership in 1998 (Penhold), Gliding Scholarship in 1999 (Penhold again) and Flying Scholarship in 2000 (Edmonton).

Incidentally, I was in the last year (that I know of) that they put the Flying Scholarship cadets up in a hotel for the course.



Time...to un-pimp...ze auto!
User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 7640 times:

Quoting PeterPuck (Reply 21):
I was just shittin' ya anyways.

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?  Smile


User currently offlineSKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1391 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7625 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 23):
you think curling is a real sport.

"We'll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us."  Wink
-Andy Barrie

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 23):
Who can take Canada seriously?

All in good time my friend. We have a big supply of something our American friends love. I'll give you a hint..it starts with an 'O' and rhymes with foil.  Wink Big grin


25 YWG : Nice, well thanks. I think I remember you, but there were just so many kids, and as you saw my job was composed of 85% flirting with my Sports co-wor
26 Post contains images FighterPilot : I remember her. Sgt Clark? I remember Sgt Lymycz too. Cal [Edited 2006-11-08 22:10:59]
27 Post contains images MrChips : Amongst other things...
28 QFA380 : I'm in Australian Air Force Cadets at the moment and love it. We're going away to a rifle range this weekend. Discipline and self-respect aren't usual
29 Post contains images YWG : LOL oh yes, good times.....well now that I'm not longer within the CIC's reach...the rumours were true Atta boy!
30 Post contains images ZBBYLW : This is how our cadet's used to be run, however due to CHAPS and other things, we are not allowed to "pick" on people and encourage them to get out.
31 YWG : This usually happens at basic once they barely pass high school and wash out into the NCM ranks. You have no idea...lol all worth the risk. Cheers, B
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