Come with a parent or guardian to visit us on a regular Thursday training night at York Regional Police Safety Centre, 3291 Stouffville Rd, Stouffville. Early in the fall (Sept-Nov) is the perfect time to join cadets so that you are progressing at the same pace with the rest of your peers and able to participate in all training activities.
We meet from 6:30PM to approx 9:30PM, but ideally you’ll want to be there when we get underway at 6:30 so you can watch what goes on, ask questions of the officers and other cadets and see if it’s the right fit for you.
If you decide you want to join us, there are some registration forms that need to be filled out with a parent or guardian and government ID is also required in that process. These forms are contained here on the website for you to download and begin filling out in advance if you choose.
While joining Army Cadets is a lot of fun and a great new challenge and a valuable learning experience, it is also a commitment and attendance is an important factor in your progress. School and important family obligations will always come first, but we highly encourage regular attendance as a key to your success and momentum within the cadet program.
Cadets must meet the following requirements to join 32 Military Police Army Cadets:
Note: Cadets must leave the program when they turn 19 years old.
Cadets in 32 Military Police Cadets are expected to attend all weekly Thursday training nights and monthly weekend activities. Thursday night training operates from September to June, with a two-week winter break, and a week-long March Break. There is also a monthly activity that is either a full Weekend (Friday night to Sunday afternoon) or a full Saturday or Sunday. There are also two fundraising weekends, on in October and one in April, which are mandatory, as well as the Annual Ceremonial Review, held at the end of the the training year in late May or early June.
Other activities, such as teams, unit recreational activities, expeditions, and summer courses, are optional, but highly recommended. Attendance at mandatory activities is a big determinant for these optional activities, and so cadets should try hard to keep their attendance up.
At a minimum, cadets must have 60% attendance, and not miss more than three consecutive training nights. Should this commitment not be met, than cadets must return their uniform and any issued items. Cadets must inform their leaders when expecting to be absent for an activity or an extended period of time, and must sign-in at the office if they miss roll-call at the beginning of a training night.
Cadets are issued a uniform two to three months after joining. This uniform remains property of 32 Military Police Cadets, and cadets are expected to maintain and look after it. Any losses or damage must be reported to the Supply Officer. Cadets must return all uniform parts when leaving 32 Military Police Cadets (with the exception of the socks).
There are no costs to join and stay in the cadet program, including all mandatory activities, summer courses, and expeditions. There may be costs to attend some recreational activities. Other secondary costs may be necessary for uniform maintenance (such as boot polish kits), snacks from the unit canteen, and other items such as a nametag or non-uniform clothing.
All adult staff and instructors are trained and screened by the military to work with youth, and maintain a high-level of professionalism. Other support staff and sponsoring committee members are screened by the Army Cadet League of Canada. Senior cadets are also trained to instruct and lead activities, under adult staff supervision.
Summer training is available to cadets, and is made up of courses ranging in length from 2 to 7 weeks. Individual courses focus on drill and ceremonial, fitness and sports, marksmanship, music, and expedition training. Courses are primarily held at two Cadet Training Centres (CTCs): Blackdown CTC (at CFB Borden, near Barrie), and Connaught CTC (at Connaught Ranges, near Ottawa). Applications for summer courses are done in February, and selections are done in April. Most cadets who apply are selected for summer courses, but due to limited course availability, not all cadets may be selected. Cadets are selected on the basis of attendance, cadet level, previous courses, training performance, and attitude. New cadets who Join after December – June will not have the required attendance or knowledge for summer camps and will be unable to attend that year.
32 Military Police cadets operates some teams during the year, which train on Monday and Thursday nights, and participate in inter-unit competitions. These teams are optional to join, but require a high level of attendance for those on them. The teams are the Air Rifle Shooting Team, Band, Orienteering Team (outdoor map and compass navigation), Biathlon Team, Duke of Ed Team and Public Relations Team and Drill Team.
Army Cadets are not part of the Canadian Forces. While a close and unique relationship exists with our veterans and the men and women who currently serve our country, Army Cadets is a civilian youth program that provides young people with many skills and experiences. There is no expectation to join the military…that’s a personal, voluntary decision that each Canadian citizen makes, and some Army Cadets also make.
PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT HAVE APPLICATION FORMS ONSITE, NEW CADETS MUST SHOW UP WITH COMPLETED PAPERWORK AND COPIES OF THEIR ID TO JOIN.
Click here to review the checklist and download the required documents for our application package.