3003 Battle River Army Cadets
TYPES OF TRAINING
This training is completed during Thursday night parades, and on certain weekend training exercises. It includes a number of subjects that all cadets become familiarized with.
Weekly parades are mandatory for all cadets. If cadets cannot attend a parade night or activity, it is imperative that they notify the training officer via the private Facebook group (for Cadets and Parents only). If needed, they should cooperate and coordinate with other cadets to cover off responsibilities and duties they had been assigned. This notification should be completed before the evening or activity in question. This assists the staff in maintaining accurate records for excused absences.
During weekly training, the cadets participate in a variety of activities. As a cadet progresses through the program, new and different training is introduced – such as leadership and instructional techniques – to help the cadet develop the various skills necessary to advance through the Army Cadet program. All training is designed to enhance a cadet’s knowledge in accordance with the aims of the Army Cadet program.
- Physical Fitness Training – A high standard of physical fitness is a requirement for many advanced training courses and exchanges. To safely and effectively complete training, it is important that cadets be fit and healthy. Before applying for certain courses and exchanges, cadets may be required to achieve a certain level on the Cadet Fitness Assessment.
- Marksmanship Training (on the 853C Air Rifle)
- Adventure Training and Map Reading
- Leadership and Team Building
- Citizenship and History
- CF Familiarization
Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing or running and marksmanship. It requires tremendous endurance and strength as well as skill and precision. Unpredictable elements including weather and wind conditions make this outdoor sport a fun and rewarding challenge that thousands of cadets participate in each year.
Cadet biathletes participate in a series of competitions at the local level that culminate in provincial / territorial competitions and an annual National Cadet Biathlon Championship.
3003 trains a small team to compete in the National Cadet Biathlon Championship Series. Cadets selected will practice and train towards a zone-level competition. Cadets placing high enough will advance to provincial and national level competitions.
Cadets interested in participating do not need existing experience in marksmanship or cross country skiing to participate. In most years, regional competitions are structured on a “run and shoot” before provincials transition to proper biathlon.
Biathlon Team Competitions & Results:
- 2019-2020 – MWO Dyck, Sgt Conner Coleman (senior team) and Cpl Leitch (solo competitor) participate din Stage II on November 2, 2019. Awaiting official results from Team Coach 2nd Lt. Dyck.
- 2018-2019 – Senior Team comprised of Sgt Coleman and Sgt Sprake participated int he Stage III Competition in Canmore.
A number of summer training opportunities are available to eligible cadets. Each corps is allotted a limited number of positions on the various courses. Decisions on which cadets are to attend summer courses are based on the cadet’s attendance behaviour, and performance during the training year. A cadet must be enrolled in the corps by March 31st to be eligible for a summer training course.
Similar to the mandatory training program at the Corps, there are generally no fees or costs associated with attending summer training courses.
Many different courses are available to Cadets. Selecting the right course for each cadet depends on the following:
- Age of the Cadet
- Interests of the Cadet
- Fitness Level
These courses focus on drill and team building activities. Cadets develop leadership and public speaking skills.
Sports & Fitness
These courses focus on fitness and sports training. The aim of this specialty is to train sports assistants and leaders.
These courses focus on adventure training. Activities include canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, and abseiling. Cadets interested in this specialty should be physically fit, and be comfortable in the water and on a bike.
These courses focus on marksmanship training and coaching. The aim of this specialty is to develop skilled shooters, and effective marksmanship coaches.
These courses offer additional instruction on the instrument of the Cadet’s choice. The aim of this specialty is to develop skilled musicians who can assist in training other Cadet musicians.
Advanced + Specialty Training
Transportation by bus or plane is arranged for each Cadet. You may also choose to drop-off or pick-up your cadet personally. For security reasons, this should be arranged in advance.
There are a number of Cadet Summer Training Centres (CSTC) in Canada. . The 23 Cadet Summer Training Centres across Canada offer a variety of exciting and dynamic training courses. Some are located in unique settings such as the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, north of 60° in Whitehorse, Yukon and the Pacific coast in Comox, British Columbia. Others offer specialized training. Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, for example, offers an introduction to aerospace course and the Centre of Excellence for Marksmanship in Ottawa, Ontario offers advanced training in marksmanship. Depending on the course, they may be offered in any of the following locations:
- Vernon Army CTSC – In Vernon, BC
- Whitehorse CTSC – In Whitehorse, YK
- Connaught CTSC – In Ottawa, ON
- Rocky Mountain ACSTC – Near Cochrane, AB