Orientation Briefing for the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc.
Agenda • Introduction (Doctrine) • Organization (National, Provincial & Local) • Responsibilities (Civilian, Military) • The Partnership (DND & League) • The Squadron (Responsibilities) • Management of Activities
The Aims of the Air Cadet Movement • To develop in youths the attributes of good citizenship and leadership. • To promote physical fitness. • To stimulate the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.
The Air Cadet Motto • TO LEARN • TO SERVE • TO ADVANCE
Vision of the Air Cadet League of Canada The Air Cadet League envisions the Air Cadet Movement being recognized asthe best - the most influential, innovative and expert organization - in the world community of youth movements; and being proactive in meeting the changing needs of youth, the environment and the challenges of economic change.
Values of the Air Cadet League of Canada The Air Cadet League of Canada fosters development in youth the values of: • self-confidence • self-discipline • leadership • physical fitness
Mission Statement of the Air Cadet League of Canada • To promote and encourage among young people a practical interest in aeronautics, and to assist those intending to pursue a career in the field of aviation. • To provide a voice in Canada for the Air Cadet Movement as a whole so that the Canadian public are kept aware of the accomplishments and capabilities of the Movement and of its ability to fulfill its aims.
Mission Statement (continued) • To advise and assist the Canadian Forces in developing and improving Air Cadet training programs, manpower needs of the Cadet Instructor Cadre, and in resolving problems relating to the implementation of policies and procedures. • To study and initiate proposals from and to D.N.D. and other government departments which enhance the future of the Air Cadet Movement and which are consistent with Canadian economic and social objectives.
Mission Statement (continued) • To participate in long and short term planning for Air Cadets with the Canadian Forces, and to promote a friendly relationship through mutual respect and understanding of the roles of each partner. • To encourage discussion and resolution of any problems that develop within the Air Cadet Movement and continually endeavour to ensure that the Movement will continue to progress and prosper.
Philosophy • The Air Cadet League believes that there is a place in our society for an educational program: • which is not entirely permissive; • which requires the participants to meet certain standards of dress, appearance and behaviour; • which expects our young people to accept a full measure of personal responsibility for their own actions.
Philosophy (continued) • The League also believes that Air Cadets should have every opportunity to qualify for the most attractive rewards the program can offer -through merit. • While Air Cadets are not required to pay membership fees or dues, they are expected to take part in fund-raising and other support projects initiated by the League, Sponsoring Committees and Squadron Staff.
Philosophy (continued) • The League assumes that a young person joins Air Cadets mainly for their interest in aviation and wishes to be identified with the Air Force of the Canadian Forces. • The League believes it is important that the Squadron officers, instructors and Sponsoring Committees maintain contact with the Air Force of the Canadian Forces. • Every effort should be made to have our squadrons visited and inspected by officers of the Canadian Forces.
National Organization & Communications LEAGUE DND Air Cadet League Members/Directors Minister of National Defence Executive Committee Board of Governors Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff Committees Finance Fund Raising Flying Honours & Awards Nomination Prov. Chairs Selection Comm. Consultant President Director of Cadets National Office Provincial Committee Region Commander Provincial Executive Committees Provincial Office Regional Cadet Support Unit/Detachment Liaison Member Sponsoring Committee Chairperson Squadron CO Affiliated Unit Sponsor
Responsibilities of the Air Cadet League Through League HQ and its Provincial Committees: • Making recommendations to the Chief of the Defence Staff for the formation, organization or disbandment of cadet squadrons. • Providing supervision, advice and assistance to local sponsors and cadet units. • Overseeing, in cooperation with the CF, the effective operation of Air Cadet squadrons and their Sponsoring Committees.
Responsibilities of the Air Cadet League (continued) • Recommending suitable persons for enrollment in the CF as CIC officers, or for employment as Civilian Instructors. • Making recommendations to the appropriate Region Commander regarding the appointment, promotion, transfer or release of CIC officers and Civilian Instructors. • Providing and supervising Sponsors and Sponsoring Committees.
Responsibilities of the Air Cadet League (continued) • Providing advice and assistance to Squadron Sponsoring Committees. • Providing financial support as required. • Administering trust accounts set up for awards to outstanding cadets.
Responsibilities of the Canadian Forces The CF is responsible for providing: • Supervision & administration of cadet squadrons. • Materiel, in accordance with approved scales of issue. • Training, pay and allowances for Cadet Instructors. • Funds for payments of the Local Support Allocation and training bonuses as authorized.
Responsibilities of the Canadian Forces (continued) • Transportation, as authorized. • Facilities and staff for Summer Training Centres and approved courses. • Syllabus and training aids, in accordance with approved scales of issue. • Medical care as authorized.
Responsibilities of the Canadian Forces (continued) • Liaison with cadet units. • Maintain and service cadet aircraft fleets. • Officers or appropriate civilians for formal functions at Annual Reviews. • Policy on the enrolment, employment, appointment, promotion, transfer and release of CIC officers, Civilian Instructors and cadets.
Responsibilities of the Provincial Committees • Support and advise. • Training and mentoring members. • Attend, on demand, Local Sponsor Committee meetings. • Participate at meetings with parents.
Responsibilities of the Provincial Committees (continued) • Serve as intermediary between the Squadron, the Provincial Executive and the Cadet Office. • Encourage and motivate the committee members. • Participate in the Annual Review. • Annual Assessment Report.
The Partnership The Service - The Civilian The real secret behind the success of The Air Cadet Movement Consultation occurs before any changes are made to policy or other significant matters of joint concern Each have their own responsibilities
One Entity The Air Cadet Movement League Military Squadron Cadets Chairperson Commanding Officer
Links between Civilians and the Military • Communication • Complicity • Respect / Trust • Tolerance • Team work
Responsibilities of the Commanding Officer • Assure that the Mandatory Proficiency Level training program is implemented. • Organize Optional Training. • Plan Special Activities. • Responsible for the administrative management of the squadron. • Manage and control military materiel.
Responsibilities of the Commanding Officer (continued) • Organize and supervise the work of the military personnel. • Make sure that there is a fair evaluation system in the selection of cadets for promotions, summer training and awards. • Assure the liaison with the Sponsoring Committee. • Prepare and submit a budget.
Sponsor Usually drawn from: • Service Clubs • Parent Committees • Other organizations • Group formed specifically for the purpose of sponsoring a particular squadron • An element of an Association A Sponsor is responsible for creating and maintaining the Squadron Sponsoring Committee.
Squadron Sponsoring Committee The Backbone of the Air Cadet Movement. Made up of interested citizens prepared to provide financial and other support for the squadron. They directly interact with the CIC Officers, Civilian Staff, and cadets of the squadron.
Supporter In addition to its Sponsor, an Air Cadet squadron may receive assistance and support from other organizations, groups or individuals. They may be formally recognized as Supporters.
Responsibilities of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee • Assisting in enrolling suitable persons to be cadets in their squadron. • Making recommendations through their Provincial Committee to the appropriate Region Commander regarding the appointment, promotion, transfer or release of CIC Officers for their cadet squadron. • Identifying suitable candidates for enrolment as replacement officers or Civilian Instructors or Volunteers.
Responsibilities of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (Continued) • Enrolling suitable persons to be members of the Sponsoring Committee. • See that the registration form is completed by every member of the committee. • Liaison with other cadet units. • Providing appropriate accommodation for squadron training, administration and stores when it is not provided by the CF.
Responsibilities of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (Continued) • Providing training aids and equipment, including band instruments not supplied by the CF. • Providing and managing all financial matters, and administrative needs for the squadron. • Providing support to their Provincial Committee activities and financial needs as agreed.
Responsibilities of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (Continued) • Providing supervision of a squadron’s finances and rendering an Annual Statement of Receipts and Expenditures (ACC9) to the Provincial Committee. • Providing necessary input to cadets’ applications for summer training.
Responsibilities of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (Continued) • Arranging cadet recreational programs other than environmental training. • Providing transportation, when not available from the CF, for local training exercises. • Providing such other facilities or assistance as may be mutually agreed between the Sponsor, the Sponsoring Committee, and the CF.
Responsibilities of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (Continued) • Assuring that the squadron functions in accordance with League Rules and Regulations and, within that framework, establishing local regulations that may be necessary. • Providing squadron representation in the local community. • Providing awards trophies and other special inducements for proficiency.
Squadron Sponsoring Committee Member's Duties Minimum of 5 members 1 Chairperson 1 Vice-Chairperson 1 Secretary 1 Treasurer 1 or more Members
The Chairperson Regarding the squadron, is responsible for: • Representing the Squadron to parents, the public and all decision bodies of the community. • Respecting the working agreement with the Sponsor, if applicable. • Obtaining the services of qualified officers and instructors for the squadron. • Maintaining privileged links with the CO.
The Chairperson (continued) Regarding the committee, is responsible for: • Supervising the duties of the committee. • Ensuring committee members are registered. • Scheduling and presiding at meetings. • Establishing and supervising sub-committees. • Enforcing all decisions.
The Chairperson (continued) Regarding the Provincial Committee, is responsible for: • Registering as a member of the Provincial Committee and reporting to the Chairperson. • Attending provincial meetings. • Submitting, annually, the financial statements (ACC9), the list of members of the Sponsoring Committee and cadets of the squadron.
The Chairperson (continued) Regarding the Provincial Committee, is responsible for: • Ensuring that the committee supports the provincial goals ( Finance, Flying, Effective Speaking, etc.). • Collaborating in all regular or special activities that occur in the region under the guidelines of the Provincial Committee.
The Vice-Chairperson • Substitutes for the Chairperson when required. • Accomplishes any mandate given by the Chairperson.
The Secretary • Summons the members. • Prepares meeting agendas. • Takes the minutes. • Maintains a mail register. • Keeps all documents for the committee.
The Treasurer • Assumes responsibility for and maintains squadron funds. • Prepares monthly statements and pays all invoices. • Keeps inventory for non-military items. • Prepares the Annual Report, submits it to the Committee and sends it to the Provincial Committee. • Prepares and controls all official receipts for donations.