Letter from the Commanding Officer

Cadets and parents, hopefully this message finds you well. As we near the start of our training year I wanted to update you on what the first couple of months of our 2021/2022 training year will look like. Our squadron staff have been busy planning our training year and we are going to have to be flexible with our training as the pandemic is still upon us.

At this point the Squadron parade nights will remain online for now, similar to last year. We will use the month of September to conduct further planning, administrative and supply related tasks including cadet validations (update of cadet personal information), exchange and issue of dress uniforms and the additional issue of new working uniform, known as the Field Training Uniform (FTU’s) to all cadets. Training of instructors will also be conducted online on the 13th and 20th of September. Monday the 27th of September will see a drive-through administration night for all cadets in Flights 1, 2 and 3 to conduct validation updates and exchange uniform parts as required. Cadets in Flight 4 and the Squadron Band will conduct online flight meetings during this parade night.

October will see our second drive-through administration night on October 4th for cadets in Flight 4, and the Squadron Band. Cadets in Flights 1, 2 and 3 will be conducting online flight meetings on this evening. October 11th is a stand down for Thanksgiving and there will be no parade night. Online cadet training for the entire Squadron will commence on the 18th of October and will continue there on for the remainder of the training year.

There may be allowances for in-person, outdoor activities on weekends (daytime only, no overnight training) starting in October, and possibly parade nights. All of these in-person activities will be conducted with limited numbers, and in accordance with local public health measures. However, we will not know until closer to the end of September if we will be permitted to conduct these activities as that decision rests with our regional leadership. Potential activities are outdoor daytime field training for NCOs (FCpl and up) at on 2 and 3 October, and full daytime Squadron Field Training Exercise on 30 and 31 October. As well, the decision to proceed with our extracurricular activities such as Drill team and Band will be forthcoming depending on availability of facilities and permission to conduct these activities. Ground school will go ahead and will be conducted online at this time.

On an administrative note, staff will be contacting each cadet over the next month to have a check in and see how they are doing. For those cadets that chose not to parade last year, staff will be encouraging those members to give the online training a try and to be prepared to return to in-person activities as soon as we have the go-ahead. As well, the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers are rolling out Cadet 365. Cadet 365 is the Canadian Cadet Organization version of Microsoft 365 which all cadets will be able to use. All cadets must have their own individual email address to be able to sign up for Cadet 365 which we will expect will roll out to cadets on a national level in the late fall this year. Administration will be conducting check to ensure our cadets are good to go

Finally, we are taking on new cadets at this time. Potential cadets and parents are asked to look on the Squadron Website www.758argus.ca to find the joining instructions and paperwork to be completed. All forms can be completed online and sent to the Squadron and we require that all of this paperwork be filled in prior to coming to the Squadron on a Monday evening to have identification verified and to be sized for a uniform. Please pass on this message to any interested parents and potential cadets as we have found it challenging to attract the youth over the last year.

I am looking forward to seeing you all this month.

Maj Thurston
Commanding Officer
758 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron