“The purposes of the League are to advance the education of the Air Cadets and to promote an interest in the air element of the Canadian Forces. Young Canadians aged 12 to 18 can participate in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities and learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship. Air Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces. The movement is, however, sponsored by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada.” Reference: https://aircadetleague.com/join-us/join-cadet/
Air Cadets are not required to join the Canadian Forces. While the Department of National Defence sponsors the Cadet program, supplies uniforms and equipment to the squadron, Air Cadets are in no way required to join the Canadian Forces unless they wish to. The Cadet program will expose and train our youth in a military manner, and we do require that cadets participate in events which honour our Military Veterans, such Remembrance Day ceremonies, visits with our Veterans and helping with our Poppy drive (which in turn helps our veterans with funding).