Recruit and Returning Night(s) – Instructor Meeting

Good Day 83!

I am sure I can speak on behalf of all squadron staff when I say that I hope you had a safe and enjoyable summer, and for those of you who went to summer training that you successfully completed training and look forward to brining your knowledge back to your peers.  Now it is time to start looking forward to the next training year.

Our New Recruit and Returning Cadet Verification nights have been scheduled for September 12th and September 19th.

 New Recruits will need to bring:

  • Provincial Health Care Card
  • 1 piece of Government Issued ID (eg. Birth Certificate, Permanent Resident Card, Immigration Card, etc)
  • Parent to sign forms if under 18 years old
  • Desire to Learn

If you wish to fill out the application ahead of time you can find one here:

Returning Cadets

You will need to verify your existing information on forms we will have ready for you, and will need to bring a parent to sign them if you are under 18 years old.  Feel free to stick around afterwards to mingle with your peers, share stories of your summer, and welcome some new recruits.

Instructors

As usual we have some work to do in order to deliver training, establish our goals for the year, and get acquainted with how the training department will be running this year.

All Level 5 and 5 Qualified cadets must attend the instructors meeting scheduled for September 13th where we will establish expectations of each other, introduce some new positions, and fill in the training calendar for the first half of the year.

 

I am looking forward to seeing everyone again, and am excited for the training year to start.

See you soon!

-Lt LeBlanc

Summer Training Joining Instructions

Good day all,

As the joining instruction files are too large to send via email, please check your travel itinerary or offer to see what Training Center you are going to and see the files below for your Summer Training Center information.

Please note, Vernon and Quadra are part of the PAC region file.

2016 RCSU (PAC) CTC JOINING INSTRUCTIONS – CADETS

Cold Lake English Joining Instructions – May 2016

Gimli CFTC English Joining Instructions – May

Enjoy your summer!

-Lt LeBlanc

Summer Training Spots

We will be posting additional summer training opportunities as we find out about them.

For today we still have some General Training opportunities for new recruits.  Anyone interested should contact Capt van Aalst ASAP at Nicholas.vanaalst@cadets.gc.ca

-Lt LeBlanc

FTX Followup

Good Day,

Information regarding our follow-up activity to cover missed FTX Lessons has hit the calendar.

Saturday May 21st, 0800-1600hrs

Please take note of the location which will be Bebo Grove day use area of Fish Creek (access from Woodbine), this is a new one for us, but should be convenient for all to get to.  Map is attached to the calendar and will be below as well.

This is a full day activity so lunch is provided, but make sure to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle.

An NCO-IC has not been assigned intentionally, details to follow during the opening briefing.

This should be a fun day, I am looking forward to seeing everyone bright-eyed and ready to go Saturday morning!

-Lt LeBlanc

BeboGrove

*Cancellation* – Operation Overlord (Field Training Exercise)

Good evening 83,

Unfortunate new information has just come to our attention.  The fire ban that is still in effect at our FTX location is more severe than originally expected, and exceeds that of the fire ban that is already in place for the province.  This means our ability to provide warm and dry shelter during a weekend that has a cool/cold and wet forecast is limited.

Capt van Aalst and I have discussed all of the pertinent details, weighed them against the intent for the weekend and our available supplies, and have come to the conclusion that cancellation is the best option to ensure the safety and welfare of all.

I know that this is disappointing, and thank you for your understanding.

-Lt LeBlanc

Drill Competition Update

Good day 83!

The Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Drill Competition is this weekend!

The calendar has been updated with time and location, but the summary is as follows:

  • Cadets to arrive @ HMCS Tecumseh (address on calendar) NLT 0800hrs in appropriate civilian attire to assist with setup.
  • 83 Sqn is first of the day to compete, taking parade at 0900hrs for those who wish to spectate.
  • We will be clear of the facility by 1600hrs.
  • Lunch is provided and there are vending machines on site according to Capt. Tedford.
  • Bring a water bottle and something to keep yourself entertained throughout the day should you not wish to view the other competitors (in uniform).

Ms Brugma will be spending the day with the team, and I will be on site throughout the day assisting in the running of the competition.

Press and Polish those uniforms, and good luck!

-Lt LeBlanc

Cancellations for Monday April 25, 2016

Due to a lack of facilities and inclement weather the activities originally scheduled for tonight are cancelled.

SLC Meeting date will be identified tomorrow evening.

Drill Team Cadets, take this chance to put an extra coat or 3 on your boots and press those uniforms!

-Lt LeBlanc

Freedom of the City Parade

Saturday April 9, 2016

1000 hrs – Cadets to arrive at Mewata Armoury
1300 hrs – Parade will step off (parade route below)
1330 hrs – Spectators should be at ceremony location (map below for spectator areas)
1355 hrs – Ceremony starts
1435 hrs – Parade departs for Mewata 1435 hrs
1530-1600 hrs – All Dismissed 1530-1600 hrs

Lunch will be provided.

Although the forecast is currently for nice weather, the final decision on bad weather alternative will be made on the morning of the parade, so be sure to check in before parents drive away.  If plans change from the locations listed here we will update social media with the details as well.

Parking at City Hall Parkade and Arts Parkade will be accessible (notwithstanding the fixed closure on Macleod Trail for the ceremony).

Parade Route

Ceremony

Medal Applications

For those cadets interested in getting a medal this year, you must fill out the following applications and have them in to Capt Tedford this coming Tuesday (Mar 15th).  The criteria are below, and all questions can be directed to Capt Tedford.

Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence
Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence Application Form

  • have met all requirements of sqn annual mandatory and optional training
  • participated in minimum of 3 community service events, above and beyond the ones supported by cadets
  • regarded by peers and superiors as exemplifying the model cadets
  • enhance the sqn through
    • co-operation with peers and subordinates
    • comradeship
    • promoting goodwill and moral within the sqn
    • aiding in the development of group identity and cohesiveness
    • supporting and assisting fellow unit members
    • involvement in the local community

Lord Strathcona Medal
Lord Strathcona Medal Application

  • High level of physical fitness
  • Completed level 3
  • Met all requirements of there sqn mandatory training
  • 75% of scheduled training parades in the year
  • met all requirements of sqn optional/supported training, and participated in at least 50% of scheduled activities in the year
  • regarded by peers and supervisors as exemplifying the model cadet
  • Completed 3 years as a cadet

Drill Team Commander Tryouts

Here is the document you will need to become familiar with in order to be considered for your intended positions:

Drill Format

and a copy of the Manual of Drill and Ceremonial: CFP_201_-_CF_Manual_of_Drill_and_Ceremonial1

The format is from last year, but I don’t expect the format will change much, if any.

Commanders should know all of it.  2ICs MUST know the Stationary and Parade Formats, but being familiar with all of it would be a bonus.

If you show up on Monday the 22nd unprepared, expect to be put on the “developing commander” roster, and your continued commander development will continue when/if convenient as the prepared and appointed members will be the focus.  This is not a threat, just reality.

Drill On, 83!

-Lt LeBlanc