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The Air Cadet League of Canada fosters development in youth of the values of self-confidence, self-discipline, leadership and physical fitness.
The members of the Air Cadet League believe that training should be kept as completely up-to-date and as progressive as possible, especially in view of the changing attitudes of today's youth. However, the League is also of the view 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 behavior, and which expects our young people to accept a full measure of personal responsibility for their own actions.
The Air Cadet League also believes that Air Cadets should have every opportunity to qualify for the most attractive rewards the program can offer, and that a cadet should be able to earn these awards in only one way - through merit. None of the Air Cadet training rewards or scholarships can be purchased; they must be earned through good service with the squadrons and by meeting the standards that have been laid down.
While Air Cadets are not required to pay membership fees or dues in order to belong, they are expected to take part in fund-raising and other support projects initiated by the League, sponsoring bodies and squadron staff. Without this active cadet participation, it is doubtful that the Air Cadet Movement would be able to carry on. For instance, Air Cadets selected for Gliding and power Flying Scholarships help support the Structural Inspection and Repair Program (SIRP) for League owned aircraft and gliders.
The Air Cadet League assumes that a young person joins the Air Cadets mainly for the reasons that he/she is interested in aviation and wishes to be identified with the Air Force of the Canadian Forces. Sea Cadets and Army Cadets interests lie in different directions. In the Air Cadet Movement, this "air motivation" is found to extend throughout all levels of the organization - including the Squadron officers and instructors, and the members of the Sponsoring Committees, many of whom have been closely identified with aviation activity in Canada over the years.
The League believes it important that Air Cadet Squadrons and Sponsoring Committees should, wherever possible, maintain contact with the Air Force of the Canadian Forces. Every effort should be made to have our squadrons visited and inspected by officers who are professionally qualified in the field of military aviation.
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