Officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre are officers of the Reserve Force working as part of the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service. They are asked to commit six hours per week and one weekend per month.
Cadet Instructors supervise and train young adults of the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadet Corps and Squadrons.
Although they may be assigned an administrative role, the primary duties of the Cadet Instructors are to work with and train youth in such activities as:
- Team sports
- Survival skills
- Public Speaking
Cadet Instructors may work at any of the 1100 cadet corps and squadrons in Canada, or one of the 22 Cadet Summer Training Centres. Cadet corps and squadrons parade in schools, community centres, armouries and churches. The majority of the cadet summer training centres are located at Canadian Forces Bases, where staff and cadets train for periods up to 8 weeks during the summer months.
Generally ,Cadet Instructors begin working at a cadet corps or squadron where they train and instruct youth. They may also fill other roles such as level officer, assistant training officer, or drill team officer, depending on personal interest, knowledge and skills. At a cadet summer training centre, a Cadet Instructor may have opportunities to serve as an instructor, platoon commander, course director or standards officer. Cadet Instructors who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.