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The Royal Canadian Army Cadets (RCAC) has over 20,000 army cadets in more than several hundred “corps” (units) all over the country and is one of the biggest and best clubs around. When it comes to fun, friendship, and adventure, it’s hard to find anything that beats the Army Cadets.

Become an Army Cadet and you’ll be spending your spare time taking part in adventurous activities like marksmanship training, and outdoor expeditions. There will also be plenty of chance to play all your favourite sports because the Cadet program has competitions for across the regional, provincial, and national level.

If you continue with the program, you’ll eventually become a senior ranking cadet. Every year, some of our top senior cadets get a chance to participate in high-level expeditions around the globe. Our destinations in the past few years included Morocco, Australia, Costa Rica, South Korea, France, New Zealand, the Canadian Rockies, the Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Whatever the destination, cadets will find the ultimate challenge awaiting them!

Doesn’t that beat sitting in front of a TV or computer alone in your room?


  1. Be a minimum of 12 years old;
  2. Be a legal resident of Canada;
  3. Have your parents permission;
  4. Have a provincial health card;
  5. Be medically, physically, and psychologically fit;
  6. Be of good moral character; and
  7. Be acceptable to the Commanding Officer.


Upcoming registration dates for 2018-19: September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th, January 8th, and February 5th.

If you are 12 years old and under 18, you meet the age requirement to join cadets. This is what you need to do:

  1. Visit us at the Pembroke Armoury during a recruiting night, with a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Bring your health card AND an additional piece of identification for age (birth certificate or passport). We cannot accept a health card as proof of age.
  3. Bring a list of medications you are currently taking and and be prepared to provide information on your medical history.
  4. Have a name, phone number, and address ready for an emergency contact, that is someone other than your parent or legal guardian.

If you would like to get a head start on the paperwork, please complete and print (on legal size paper only) the CF 1158 - Application for Membership in the Canadian Sea, Army or Air Cadets.

MINIMUM AGE  The minimum age to join Cadets is 12 years old. Your twelfth birthday must be on or before the date of enrolment.