585 Rideau Squadron welcomes you to learn about our Squadron and the Canadian Cadet Movement, Canada’s premier youth organization. Please contact us if you have any questions.
First some information for young people who want to join cadets. National Command has created a website cadets/parents/guardians can use to start the process. The main page, with information about the program is canada.ca/join-cadets, the information entry page is at https://app.cadets.gc.ca/cadet-registration/get-started.html. The information collected will be sent the corps/squadron selected and you will be contacted to arrange for completion of the process.
Commanding Officer’s Message
It has been quite a while since I updated my message on the front page of our website. The response to the pandemic has been the primary factor in our day to day lives and has introduced so much uncertainty that it is difficult to write something that can endure on the front page while also trying to keep everyone in the loop with the evolving situation. We are now at a point where we are, I believe, coming to a time of relative stability in the cadet world. By that I mean that we have enough information to predict what is likely to happen over the next six months and I have some new information on Area and Formation plans for the next Training Year. We do not operate independently however. Provincial and local health authorities, as well as school boards, will be controlling our actions at least into the summer, and their data and decisions will inform the actions of our chain of command.
Near Term – Spring
I have already announced that the decision of the Province to delay March break into April will affect our plans for the Cadet Activity Program. We should know more about this in the next few weeks and I will pass any information along as soon as I get it.
Applications for Cadet Summer Training are being accepted. Cadets interested in staff positions this summer may now apply for jobs at three Virtual Cadet Training Centres. These will be work from home positions so you should ensure that you have the Internet access and computer resources available to you to be effective.
The following Virtual Cadet Training Courses are being planned:
- Basic Aviation – This course introduces cadets to the fundamentals of aviation and provides incentive to pursue specialist training in this area.
- Advanced Aviation – This course increases cadets’ knowledge and skills of the field of aviation and provides incentive to pursue specialist training in this area.
- Basic Aviation, Technology, and Aerospace – This course introduces cadets to the fundamentals of the aerospace industry, of airfield operations and the construction and maintenance of aircraft.
- Advanced Aviation Technology-Airport Operations – Advanced Aviation Technology – Airport Operations.
- Basic Survival – This course introduces cadets to elementary survival skills and encourages them to pursue specialist training in this area of interest.
- Military Band Training (General).
- Pipe Band Training (General).
- Cadet Correspondent Course.
- Pleasure Craft Operators Course.
- Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime.
- LED Talks.
- Build a boat, rope bridge, airplane.
- Cadet cyber training course.
- Effective Communications.
- Fieldcraft engineering.
- GPS Navigation and geocaching.
- Instructional techniques.
- Social justice/ entrepreneurship.
- Fitness and sport.
- Web programming.
- World of cadets.
- Year Five Workshops.
Applications are being accepted for in person staff at the traditional Cadet Training Centres. Those in Central Region are: Connaught (near Ottawa), Ontario (at RMC in Kingston), Mountain View (near Belleville), and Trenton. There will be fewer positions this year as there will be fewer in person Summer Training Courses held, with fewer candidates on each course.
Applications for Summer Cadet Activity Programs, which are in person but commute from home opportunities, are not open yet but will be coming. More information when it is available.
Applications for some Summer Training Courses are now open:
- Survival Instructor Course (Connaught): This six-week course develops cadets to become a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aircrew survival activities within the Air Cadet Program. Applicants must be in Level 3 or higher and should have demonstrated strong instructional skills and an aptitude for aircrew survival.
- Advanced Aerospace (St Jean PQ): This six-week course provides cadets with training in the fundamentals of aerospace science through the development of knowledge and skills relevant to various aspects of the aerospace industry within the format of a simulated space mission project. Applicants must be in Level 3 or higher.
Annual Cadet Review
We are planning for an ACR with COVID in mind. Our aim is to hold the ACR outside in the morning of Saturday May 29 with Sunday May 30 as the rain day. Holding it outside will, we hope, allow more people to attend and provide a safer venue for cadets and guests. This is conditional on Public Health Measures allowing such an activity.
Training Year 2021-2022
We hope that by September the process of COVID-19 vaccination will have progressed enough to allow us to return to near normal training. OSLA will not be supporting multi-unit exercises for the fall of 2021. This means no mass FTX, but it also means we will not be able to hold our regular joint FTX with 870 and 661 Squadrons.
As undesirable as our time in virtual training was compared to in person, we have learned a lot and developed some powerful new tools. Formation has recognized the efforts of LHQ staff and cadets to face and overcome these challenges and is responding by rolling out tools that will help us use our new skills post-pandemic and make our training more resilient to any similar disruption in the future.
I hope many of you have installed the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers application on your smartphone or tablet by now. If not, I recommend it. This application is modeled on the Canadian Armed Forces application to provide timely, helpful, and interesting information updates and resources to the Canadian Cadet Organization Family. The application is available for Apple and Android in the platform app stores:
Formation is also rolling out CADET365, which is Microsoft Office 365 for the Canadian Cadet Organization. This will be incredibly useful bringing Command, local staff, cadets, and parents/guardians into one cohesive productivity suite. Everyone will have access to the same tools. We will not be dealing with the confusing array of communications channels we now have to deal with.
Here is some of what the Formation Commander had to say:
- The Commander Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (CJCR) is proud to announce the acquisition of Microsoft 365 with Microsoft Teams for use across the Formation as CADET365, as part of the CJCR digital strategy.
- CADET365 will enable all levels of the organization to conduct virtual training and engagement, on a common platform with features such as videoconferencing, live chat, file sharing, with eventual e-mail integration with CCO Net (for staff), and easy access to the Microsoft suite of office products.
- The roll out of CADET365 will be done in three phases:
- Phase One (summer 2021). Support to Cadet Training Centres (Virtual) providing tools and resources to staff and cadets who are participating.
- Phase Two (starting fall 2021). Gradual deployment of the platform for use by corps and squadrons (staff and cadets); and
- Phase Three (TBD). Eventual access for parents/guardians, and other required stakeholders.
We will be contacting all cadets and parents/guardians to ensure we have the correct information registered in Fortress so that Formation IT Support can quickly and efficiently create accounts. This will be especially important for any cadets who wish to participate in Virtual CTCs either as a student or staff.
Here is a short FAQ they have prepared:
What is CADET365?
CADET365 is Microsoft Office 365 deployed for CJCR. It is a cloud-based suite of business tools such as, Word, Excel, OneNote, MS Teams and many others. This solution is being deployed to facilitate work from personal devices, improve collaboration for CCO members, and provide an alternate training delivery system.
What is Microsoft (MS) Teams?
Microsoft (MS) Teams is a component of Microsoft 365. It is a collaborative toolset to help you and your colleagues communicate. It provides an easy-to-access bridge between those working in a full-time office setting and those working at home or from other remote locations such as Corps/Sqn personnel. You can use Microsoft Teams to hold web conferences (audio, video and chat), to share information and resources.
Who will use CADET365 and for what purpose?
CADET365 will be used for CTC(Virtual) for the delivery of virtual training. Following that, CADET365 will be used by all Corps/Sqn for their own virtual engagement requirements (with Microsoft Teams) and also to collaborate and share resources and information among staff, cadets, and parents.
At some point, staff will have access to their CCO Net email @cadets.gc.ca through CADET365, from their personal asset or mobile device.
When will I get access to CADET365?
CADET365 will be introduced in a phased approach, with the priority being CTC(Virtual). The onboarding process will begin once staff and cadets have confirmed their availability for CTC(Virtual) 2021. Accounts will be distributed in batches; however, we are looking to have all users set-up in advance of the start of contracts/CTC.
The intent is for all adult staff to be on-boarded throughout the summer of 2021 but onboarding of all cadets should only start after the summer and extend over a certain period of time. Onboarding of parents (as guests) will start at a later date that have yet to be determined.
How do I get a CADET365 account?
The CADET365 team will contact you directly to notify you that a CADET365 account has been created on your behalf. Your log in information and the details to activate your account will be emailed to you once your account has been created. During the initial onboarding period accounts will be provided to those identified as staff and cadets attending CTC(Virtual). Following that the project team will follow a phased approach to roll out accounts to all members and cadets.
How do I make sure my account can be created?
For adult staff, ensuring that your CCO Net account is active is the first step in ensuring you will receive your Cadet365 account.
For cadets, they must have an up-to-date e-mail addresses and a phone number entered into Fortress in order to create their accounts. The e-mail addresses must be unique to each cadet, and accessible from the device they intend to use for CTC(Virtual).
As you can see there is a lot going on. It is important that cadets and parents/guardians ensure that they can access one of the current channels of communications to keep up to date as things develop. The two main communications channels I use are:
- The Squadron email broadcast system. I urge all cadets and parents/guardians to get on this system. If you are not already subscribed, you can do so by sending a request through the notification form here: http://585aircadets.org/absence-notification/
- The Squadron private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/585aircadets you must answer the group questions to be accepted.
Captain Richard Buckley CD, Commanding Officer