Please note that the Fall intake for new cadets has ended. The next opportunity to register with 180 Mosquito Squadron is on Friday 13 January 2017 at 1900hrs. An information session will be held at Glenview Public School at that time for interested applicants and their parents/guardians.
What is 180 Mosquito Squadron and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets?
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national organization for youth aged 12 to 18, sponsored and run by the Air Cadet League (a civilian organization) and the Department of National Defence. The organization is made up many training centres, gliding centres, and most importantly, the squadrons, of which every cadet is a part of. 180 Mosquito Squadron is named after the De Havilland DH-98 Mosquito, one of the most successful military aircraft of World War 2, and is one of over 450 Air Cadet squadrons across Canada. 180 Squadron is located in central Toronto near Lawrence Ave W and Avenue Rd.
► For more information on the Cadet program, visit the National Cadet Website if you do not live in the Lawrence Ave or and Avenue Rd area we strongly encourage you to visit the National Site to find a unit close to you.
What do Air Cadets do?
Air Cadets in 180 Squadron meet once a week on Fridays from 18:30 (6:30 pm) to 21:30 (9:30 pm) hrs at Glenview Public School. While there, they undergo the standard classes that are part of the Air Cadet program. That is, aviation studies, citizenship, leadership, effective speaking, outdoor survival, drill, sports and more. Aside from Friday nights, there are many extra activities run by the Squadron.
What are some of the extra activities that 180 Squadron does?
The squadron has many year-long teams, including a drum and bugle band (can't play an instrument? we'll teach you), two drill teams, a shooting team, and a flag party. We also have sports teams, ground school classes (a prerequisite for glider and private pilot licenses), and much more. Just take a look around the website for a better idea.
Who can join Air Cadets?
Any Canadian citizen or legal resident in good health can join as early as 12 years of age, and no later than 16. Cadets can remain in the program until they turn 19.
How much is it going to cost me?
Air Cadets is sponsored by a civilian agency and the squadron raises its own money during the year by selling tags and lottery tickets. The Canadian Armed Forces provides uniforms, training facilities and instructors, and thus, most of the program is free. There are some fees for some optional trips, but these costs are kept minimal, and may be worked around if a need exists. Cadets will not be excluded from trips if they can't afford it.
Who teaches Air Cadets?
Air Cadet instructors are often past cadets themselves. They are members of the community and hold civilian occupations in areas such as business owners, police officers, school employees, and students. Higher ranking air cadets are also instructors.
Are there summer camps?
Summer courses are a very big part of Air Cadets, and are run every year in July and August. There are many different courses ranging from 2 to 7 weeks. Cadets are not required to attend the courses, but it is highly recommended. Cadets can take everything from basic cadet courses to advanced technical training, and from leadership courses to aerospace studies, and make great friends from all over Canada in the process! Summer courses are free, and eventually an experienced cadet can apply for staff positions for summer courses, and get pay equivalent to a full-time summer job.
Can I get my pilot's license?
Yes! Air Cadets offers two Transport Canada Pilot licenses, the Glider Pilot License (GPL) and the Private Pilot License (PPL). Scholarships are offered to air cadets in order for them to get their pilot licenses at various flight schools around the province. The licenses are free through Air Cadets (the GPL normally costs $2000, while PPL normally costs around $10 000), cadets just have to pay with their dedication and hard work in the squadron.
During the year, cadets with a glider license can fly at various cadet gliding centres around the province during weekends, and scholarships are offered to pay for continued flying when some cadets retire. Air cadets is one of the largest youth flight training programs in the world, and in fact, over 60 percent of Canada's airline pilots got their start in Air Cadets.
Do I have to join the military?
Air Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces, nor will they ever be asked to join. However, cadets who do choose to join will have a great advantage over other applicants (many airmen and officers in the Canadian Armed Forces started off in the cadet program). However, cadets will never be required to serve with the military.
Do we travel?
Every year, cadets from 180 go on a trip to the United States during March Break to visit various U.S. Air Force, Army, Naval, and Marine Corps bases and other tourist attractions. As well, we travel within Ontario regularly. Each summer, cadets from across Canada have the opportunity to enter in the exchange program to locations all over the world!
Where is 180 Squadron located?
The squadron operates on Friday nights at Glenview Public School, near Lawrence Ave W and Avenue Rd. Some of the additional training is done at Denison Armoury, near Allen Rd and Sheppard Ave W.
To join the Squadron, you must register during one of our two information nights listed above.
If you decide to join, you will need to fill out and hand in an application, show your Ontario health card (or proof of other health insurance), and show and submit a photocopy of proof of Canadian citizenship or legal resident status (such as a birth certificate or passport).