585 Rideau Squadron accepts new cadets throughout the year. Cadets joining after the 31st of January will be required to repeat the first year of training the following year. The Air Cadet program is a free youth program open to residents of Canada who are at least 12 years of age, but not yet 19 years of age. To enroll, youth should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and bring proof of residence and medical coverage. A Canadian birth certificate and OHIP card are sufficient.

You can find detailed information on our program and activities by reading throughout this website and by checking out the Join the Cadet Program on the Canada.ca website. Once you are sure you would like to join you can submit an application on-line at the Getting Started page on the same site, or by contacting the

Recruiting takes place during regular Wednesday training nights and special recruiting nights between 1800 hours (6:00 p.m.) and 2100 hours (9 p.m.) at Squadron Headquarters at 443 Wing RCAFA, 44 Abbott Street North in Smiths Falls. Check our training calendar before visiting.

Squadron staff and cadets will be happy to answer any questions may you have. Please to contact the General Equireies or the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) if you have questions.