Army cadet program

Field Training

Field training is one of the most  popular cadet activities in the Army Cadet program.  You will start by  learning the basics living in the field and advance to survival skills including constructing improvised shelters and recognizing outdoor hazards. Cadets learn how to work  together as a section in the field, leading to commanding your own section.  Field training is taught throughout the year and is extended during summer training over a number of days. Teamwork and communication are just some of the skills developed in field training exercises that are readily transferable to everyday life.  


Biathlon develops power, endurance,  strength, skill, precision and calm under pressure for cadets. The sport  is a combination of cross-country skiing and marksmanship. But it is not that simple.  After skiing fast and hard, biathletes must calm themselves to take accurate and controlled shots at targets 50 meters away.  In a single race cadet competitors can ski up to 10 kilometers and shoot 20 targets.  The clock is always running. It's  action-packed, physically-demanding and extraordinary to watch. 


The Cadet Marksmanship Program is a challenging and competitive sports program accessible to all cadets. It develops skills through superior training and Olympic-style competition. Every year thousands of cadets participate in this fun and rewarding program. Cadets have the opportunity to participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in provincial/territorial competitions and the annual National Cadet Marksmanship Championship.  

Adventure Training

Being an Army Cadet means you get the  opportunity to take part in a wide range of Adventure Training opportunities, including abseiling, caving, kayaking, open canoeing,  rock-climbing, trekking, skiing, mountaineering, diving and white-water rafting. 

Summer Training

The 23 Cadet Summer Training Centres across Canada offer a variety of exciting and dynamic training courses. Some  are located in unique settings such as the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, north of 60° in Whitehorse, Yukon and the Pacific coast in Comox,  British Columbia.  Others offer specialized training.  Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, for example, offers an introduction to  aerospace course and the Centre of Excellence for Marksmanship in Ottawa, Ontario offers advanced training in marksmanship.  Regardless of where a cadet goes for summer training, he or she is certain to have a fun and rewarding summer.  Summer training offers an opportunity to travel - for some internationally while for others it means meeting new people from across Canada while learning. 

Music Program

Bands play a significant role in the units of the Canadian Cadet Organization.  Cadet bands provide their corps/squadrons with accomplishment for ceremonial occasions, add visibility within the community and build esprit de' corps.  The music program provides individual cadets with challenging worth-while means of developing as cadets, musicians and members of the community.