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A Brief History of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets

In 1862, 5 years before Confederation, "drill associations" were set up in Canada as a response to the Fenian Raids and the American Civil War. These early drill associations served to train militia and were open to people over the age of 13. In 1879, the government authorized the creation of 74 "Association for Drill in Educational Institutions", drill associations that were open to male youth over the age of 14 and which did not entail active service in the military. The Riel Rebellion of 1885 motivated increased support to these youth drill associations. By 1887, they were called the cadet corps, and were open to boys over the age of 12.

Today the Canadian Cadet Organizations, marketed under the term Cadets Canada, are youth cadet programs known as the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Royal Canadian Army Cadets, and Royal Canadian Air Cadets. The program is sponsored by the Canadian Forces, funded through the Department of National Defence, with support from the The Navy League of Canada, The Army Cadet League and the Air Cadet League, as well as local community sponsors that include service organizations and parents of cadets.

Cadet corps and squadrons exist in communities large and small from coast to coast to coast. Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces nor is the program a prerequisite for military service. Adult leadership is provided by Regular and Reserve members of the Canadian Forces assisted by Civilian Instructors and approved volunteers. Army Cadets is about having fun and developing skills that last a lifetime.  Leaders encourage all cadets to incorporate respect, leadership and physical fitness into their daily lives. The Cadet Program has succeeded in fostering responsible, active and engaged members of society for over 150 years.If your are interested in learning more about Cadets in Canada please click on the following link.  

2990 Lorne Scots

2990 Lorne Scots Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps was founded in February 1983 and was originally part of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.  As part of the Halton Region, the Lorne Scots Regiment adopted 2990 RCACC effective August 1996 as part of the Lorne Scots Peel Dufferin and Halton Regiment.  

Today, the 2990 Corps is a proud unit, parading out of the Milton Fair grounds, with a strong sense of both community involvement and Regimental Pride. The Corps is involved in many community events and provides support to organizations such as the Milton Legion and the Halton Women’s Shelter.  Cadets from the 2990 have taken part in advanced training including parachuting, leadership, marksmanship, physical education and music.  2990 Cadets have also been accepted for paid Staff positions at summer camps, and have taken part in international exchanges and expeditions  which have included Scotland and the Canadian Military Cemetery and Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France.  In February 2013 the Corps travelled to Quebec and took part in a five day 30th Anniversary Inter-Provincial Exchange and visit with Corps 2831 Mont-Bruno.

Our Cadets leave the Corps with new and improved skills and the self confidence to move successfully through post-secondary education and on to rewarding types of employment.  While it is not required nor expected some move on to proud military careers or return as civilian or Cadet Instructor Corps officer instructors.

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