ABOUT THE AIR CADET PROGRAM AT 754
Regular Training Nights: Wednesdays 6:30PM-9:30PM @ Moody Elementary School in Port Moody, BC.
Cadets is open to all youth age 12-18 who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants in good physical condition and of good moral character. The aims of the cadet program are to:
- Develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership
- Promote physical fitness
- Stimulate an interest in the Canadian Forces.
Cadets offers challenges, friendships and adventure as well as the opportunity to expand your horizons. Cadet activities are designed to promote self-confidence, develop leadership skills, and improve physical fitness and communication skills. Many successful citizens of your community were involved in cadets. Some well-known individuals who were in cadets include actor Jim Carrey, Olympic biathlon gold medalist Myriam Bedard and astronaut Chris Hadfield.
UNIFORMS & PROMOTIONS
Cadets are issued uniforms. As they are representing the Canadian Cadet Movement when they wear them, they are expected to care for the uniforms by keeping them clean, ironed and the boots polished. Cadets wear their uniforms to all cadet functions unless they are directed otherwise (Eg. sports nights, weekend activities).
Cadet promotion through the various ranks is based on a variety of factors including participation at both training and other squadron events. Cadets are assigned to a flight which is led by senior cadets who are there to help and guide the junior cadets.
The Cadet Training calendar aligns with the school year of School District 43. While requirements differ between each Proficiency Level, training can be broken into 4 categories:
- Mandatory training – Wednesday night training attendance is required to pass Proficiency Level. Each year, cadets progress to the next level (5 levels in total) and learn about drill, drill instruction, general knowledge about Cadets, citizenship, physical fitness, leadership, instructional techniques, and effective speaking, aircraft identification, aeronautical facilities, meteorology, principles of flight, airframe structures, propulsion, navigation, radio communications and aircrew survival.
- Mandatory support training – also required to pass Proficiency Level, which consists training activities outside Wednesday training, such as Field Training Exercises, Gliding/Flying, Weekend Training, etc.
FUN ACTIVITIES & SUMMER TRAINING
- Optional training – not required to pass Proficiency Level, which includes all extra-curricular teams like band, first aid, marksmanship, biathlon, and other activities outside Wednesday training, such as Trampolining, Ski and Snowboard, Kayaking.
- Summer training – Cadets can apply for summer training opportunities that are offered free of charge at cadet training centers across Canada. Selection is based on the cadet’s performance and attendance throughout the training year
The Squadron was incorporated in 1964 and is one of fifty-seven Squadrons in British Columbia and 453 Squadrons in Canada. The Squadron is located in Port Moody and covered the tri-cities area which includes the municipalities of Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. In 2003 the Squadron was divided and the new 777 Neptune Squadron was created that is centered in the Port Coquitlam area. In 2016, the Squadron was divided again to form the new 808 Coquitlam Squadron in Coquitlam. To find the location of our Squadron visit the Contact Us page.