Would you please give some prominence to our efforts to launch an Air Cadet squadron in Fort Frances. We are now in the process of recruiting cadre officers for two vacant positions within the proposed squadron.
The officer cadre is a sub-component of the reserve force, consisting of officers whose primary duty is the supervision, administration, and training of cadets across Canada.
Squadron officers typically are involved in Air Cadet activities about four half-days per month. They are remunerated according to their rank on the same pay scale as regular force officers.
Although no military background is required, there are more than 5,000 officers across Canada, many of who were once cadets themselves and want to give back to their communities.
Officers and cadets receive uniforms on loan from the Department of National Defence at no cost. All necessary equipment to operate a successful squadron is supplied free.
To become an officer, a candidate must participate in a series of personal interviews and meet the following criteria: have a grade 12 education or G.E.D. certificate, be a Canadian citizen between the ages of 18 and 64, produce letters of recommendation, undergo a thorough medical examination, and pass a security screening, including an enhanced reliability check and a criminal background investigation.
I should mention that while many youngsters have expressed an interest in joining the Fort Frances Air Cadets, formal entry procedures have been postponed until an officer cadre is selected.
We would like to inform potential cadet recruits that parade and storage space in the Memorial Sports Centre has been confirmed. Accommodations are large enough for the activities of at least 50 cadets, which is the recruitment target established by the local steering committee.
Officer candidate applications can be obtained by contacting the undersigned at 274-7510. Your assistance in bringing this information to the attention of the public is very much appreciated.
Air Cadet League
of Canada (N.W.O.)