ABOUT 220 RED RIVER SQUADRON
The Air Cadet Program is a dynamic program for Canadians aged 12 to 18 years of age. There is no cost to join and the uniform is provided through the Department of National Defence.
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an impact on the 2020/2021 training activities. Currently, we are not carrying out in-person training until later in 2020 that we mitigate the health risks posed by COVID-19.
The Cadet Program has built a reputation for providing youth with experiences they cannot get anywhere else, and 2020 will be no exception.
Cadets of 220 Red River Squadron participate in weekly virtual training every Monday evening from September to June. During this weekly training the cadets learn about a variety of subjects including leadership, citizenship, aircrew survival, and of course aviation.
Due to COVID-19 our usual training will change, typically, throughout the year different training days are scheduled to provide opportunities to learn outdoor skills, aviation knowledge, physical fitness, familiarization flying, marksmanship, and more!
Every November, cadets support the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign and participate in a Remembrance Day service as Canadians remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and to honour those who served and continue to serve today. This year, we will show our support virtually.
As well, cadets attend a Field Training Exercise (FTX) where the cadets learn about aircrew survival techniques.
We also have a number of optional activities the cadets can attend. These include Marksmanship, Biathlon, Band, Flag Party, and Recreational Sports.
Cadets participate in various fundraising activities throughout the year to provide extra opportunities not paid for as part of the regular program.
As cadets progress through the training program, they are promoted to show that they have excelled in the program and met specific objectives. Cadets progress with their same age peers through the program while being mentored by those who have already been through the same program as them.
Cadets from 220 Red River Squadron also have an opportunity to attend a number of regional and national activities including summer training. Summer training courses range from two to eight weeks in length and cadets receive additional specific training on certain subjects. Summer training takes place across Canada and cadets that are selected are transported free of cost to them. The cadets also receive a weekly amount of money as a training bonus for each week they attend summer training. Two important summer training opportunities for the Air Cadet program are the Glider Pilot Course and the Power Pilot Course, where chosen cadets can earn their Transport Canada Glider Pilot Licence or Private Pilot Licence.