As I’m sure most of you are already aware, the announcement came out yesterday that the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers program has been suspended until 31 August 2020. This wasn’t the news that any of us were hoping for, though it makes complete sense when we consider the circumstances we find ourselves in as a society.
For those of you who haven’t already heard the announcement from BGen Cochrane, the Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group can be seen here:
The loss of the remainder of the 2019/2020 training year is hard to take, and the loss of our summer training program even more so. That said, this does not mean that we’re just going to sit and wait to see what happens next. This has never been our approach and we’re not going to start down that road now. A number of things need to be addressed immediately, like:
What happens with Merit Review Boards (MRBs) for Warrant Officer Promotions? These are still on the table, though they will be conducted virtually.
What happens to our Squadron Awards Banquet and the Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) now? The actual ceremonies are off of the table, but the awards are still being calculated and tallied. When they’ll be announced/presented is up for some discussion amongst the staff and SSC.
What happens to our training year? All cadets will be marked as having completed their training year. We’re still going to run through a few exercises like the Combined Aviation Subjects review and exam as an optional activity, just because this knowledge is highly recommended for all L3/L4 cadets, especially those who are interested in pilot training next summer.
What activities can we participate in while we’re isolating? That’s still under some discussion, but we’re going to have some answers on this soon. We’ve got our current Anniversary Pin competition underway already and have some more in mind. We may also be able to adapt some activities such as the Aerospace Club to an on-line format. Movie watch parties and gaming guilds are possibilities too. If you have any suggestions or want to run something yourselves, we’re open to input from the cadets and parents as always.
This is our opportunity to come together (virtually) and show leadership by presenting a positive attitude through all of this. This too shall pass. When it does, we all need to be able to look back on this and know that we did something to make it bearable to ourselves and our peers.
We won’t let this situation break us. Like the phoenix in our squadron crest, we will rise from this… immortal.
809 Newark RCACS
We’ve received itineraries for cadets travelling to CTC Trenton next weekend and have sent them out. We’re still waiting on itineraries for the other centres, but expect to have them by the end of the day.
809 Newark RCACS
As requested, here is the full Summer Training presentation from the 30 May Parent Briefing, edited to account for out-of-date information. For future reference, all Summer Training information can be found on the web site under the Resources > Cadets > Summer Training menu.
A number of cadets and parents have been asking what the session dates are for their summer training courses. Rather than answer each request individually, I have posted them to the web site. Please remember to log in to the site in order to see the information you’re looking for.
I’ve attached the links to the Parent Briefing given on our last training day, along with the associated Joining Instructions for each Cadet Training Centre. I’m still working on finding detailed instructions for CTC Saint-Jean’s Advanced Aerospace Course, but the basics can be found in the linked Information Booklet for the Eastern Region. I will update everyone with more detailed information as soon as I have it.
Also, we’re expecting to receive movement instructions with specific dates and times over the next week. Nothing has been posted yet, but these will be transmitted as soon as they arrive.
Last night, a few parents/guardians were asking about the timings for the different summer training courses. In previous years, we were always scheduled for the last intake of the summer and timings could be more easily predicted. This year, with our unit’s supervision moving from the Southwestern Ontario Area to the Niagara to the Greater Toronto Area, the schedules are a bit more unpredictable. All of the timings for the courses announced last night are posted below:
FLYING SCHOLARSHIP 2018 APPLICANTS: 809 Cadets who are eligible to participate (age 15 for Glider, age 16 for Power), and have transportation to Fort Erie (beginning tomorrow), are to contact Capt Palumbo TONIGHT.
337 and 79 are joining forces to provide their gliding and flying scholarship candidates with a ground school program and we would like to extend an invitation to all NAG Squadrons. I am aware that some squadrons may already have other arrangements, but if you don’t please fell free to join us.
We are asking that cadets who attend be eligible to apply for a gliding or flying scholarship this training year, and come prepared with sufficient note taking materials (paper, pens, etc.) and a package of cue/index/recipe cards.
Date: Thursdays (beginning this week)
Location: 337 LHQ – Fort Erie Leisureplex Lions Banquet Hall, 3 Municipal Centre Drive, Fort Erie
I am asking that you respond only if you have cadets who would be attending and let us know numbers so that we can ensure we have the proper meeting space available.
I also would like to take this opportunity to thank those cadet flying site and squadron staff who were carrying the torch of the NAG ground school for the past years. Your hard work and dedication to our cadets is appreciated.
Captain / Capitaine Nicholas Chevalier, CD
Commanding Officer 337 ‘Allan Troup’ Squadron – Fort Erie