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Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:37 am

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:51 am

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:54 am

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.
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:58 am

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.
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:12 am

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:48 pm

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:52 pm

Haha. Canadian military. what??

I present to you all the mighty Canadian Air Force



And the mighty Canadian Navy

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:00 pm

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!

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:43 am

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:10 am

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.
 
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:31 am

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.
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:43 am

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.
 
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:26 am

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:31 am

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:07 am

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.
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:02 am

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

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:10 am

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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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:31 am

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:42 am

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
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 12:51 pm

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?
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:16 pm

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.

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 4:39 pm

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.
 
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:48 pm

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.
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:29 pm

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.
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:58 am

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
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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
 
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:52 am

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 20):
Ya, you were kick ass staff. One of only two a.netters I've actually met, hence why your on my RU list.

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-worker and of coure 15% making sure you guys had a wild time in Gimli.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 22):
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.

I know a guy (K. Nordman?) who went on that course, he said it was an all out gong show. (Pay per view pornography on the tab of the DND).
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:05 am

Quoting YWG (Reply 25):
as you saw my job was composed of 85% flirting with my Sports co-worker

I remember her. Sgt Clark? I remember Sgt Lymycz too.

Cal

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:31 am

Quoting YWG (Reply 25):
I know a guy (K. Nordman?) who went on that course, he said it was an all out gong show. (Pay per view pornography on the tab of the DND).

 shhh 

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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:48 am

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 usually problems at AAFC squadrons although it is something to be watched carefully. We get told every week where the door is, to bring our uniform back in a brown paper bag (?) if we don't want to live up to their standards.
 
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:18 am

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 26):
I remember her. Sgt Clark? I remember Sgt Lymycz too.

LOL oh yes, good times.....well now that I'm not longer within the CIC's reach...the rumours were true Big grin

Quoting MrChips (Reply 27):
Amongst other things...

Atta boy!
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:03 pm

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 28):
Discipline and self-respect aren't usually problems at AAFC squadrons although it is something to be watched carefully. We get told every week where the door is, to bring our uniform back in a brown paper bag (?) if we don't want to live up to their standards.

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. Fortunately this still happened for some of the worse ones, but it can not be used on all.

Quoting YWG (Reply 29):
LOL oh yes, good times.....well now that I'm not longer within the CIC's reach...the rumours were true

Self glossing  Silly haha o well, well done!! Seeing as how you guys are talking about her im going to make the assumption that she was a good catch.
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RE: Were/Are You In The Royal Canadian Air Cadets?

Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:29 pm

Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 30):
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. Fortunately this still happened for some of the worse ones, but it can not be used on all.

This usually happens at basic once they barely pass high school and wash out into the NCM ranks.

Quoting ZBBYLW (Reply 30):
Self glossing haha o well, well done!! Seeing as how you guys are talking about her im going to make the assumption that she was a good catch.

You have no idea...lol all worth the risk.

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