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85 Tornado Squadron - Grand Valley


There are 2 types of Cadet Training:

Local Squadron Training is conducted at Air Cadet Squadrons in communities across Canada from September through June - mirroring the normal academic school year.

Summer Training takes place in July and August at Cadet Summer Training Centres across Canada and at destinations around the world. For more information on the Summer Training opportunities, follow the menu to Training --> Summer.

Training - Local

The Cadet training program is defined nationally by the Directorate of Cadets in Ottawa. The program is broken down into 5 years of training. Each year the subjects are studied in greater detail and pose challenges to the Cadets.

Cadets in the higher levels put their knowledge and skills to practice by taking on instructional and leadership roles.

The core training is conducted on a weekly training night. Additional training and optional activities are conducted on other evenings and weekends.

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES: The subjects taught are called 'Performance Objectives' or PO for short.





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Training - Local: Details for 85 Sqn


ball The Squadron Standing Orders is a document detailing the basic operations of the Squadron. Updated for fall 2020, this document is available to download.


ball The full Training Schedule for 2015-2016 is available to download.


ball The Sqn conducts weekly training at the Grand Valley Public School at 120 Main Street North in Grand Valley, Ontario. The weekly training is conducted from September through June on Tuesday evenings from 1830hrs (6:30pm) through 2130hrs (9:30pm). The evening schedule is as follows:

1830-1840 Fall-in, Attendance and Inspection
1840-1845 Opening & Announcements (Parents please come to listen to announcements)
1845-1850 Dismiss to class
1850-1920 First Period
1920-1950 Second Period
1950-2020 Break (Canteen)
2020-2050 Third Period
2100 Closing parade
2130 Dismissal

ball Tuesday Training is considered 'mandatory'. Attendance at "mandatory events" is just that - mandatory. If you cannot attend call the Sqn to be excused.


Please note the Squadron policy on Inclement Weather: a) Should a Cadet event need to be cancelled due to weather conditions, Cadets will be notified via a post on the Squadrons Facebook page. As well, a bulk text message will be sentout to all participants registered on Remind101.

b) Regardless of the Sqn event scheduled, if you deem the driving conditions where you are to be unsafe for travel - do NOT risk it. Call the Sqn to be excused.

ball PARADE FORMAT: Cadet drill is based on the Canadian Forces Drill Manual. Clarification of the orders for parade formatting is detailed by the Central Regional Cadet Support Unit in CRCO 1816. Established by Central Region in 2003, this is how parades in Central Region are to be conducted. The actual conduct of the parade at the Sqn level can be seen in Annex A - starting on page 14.


The Cadet training program includes marksmanship. Cadets learn range safety and are taught basic marksmanship on the Daisy 853C air rifle. These are not BB guns, but are very accurate competition grade air rifles that fire .177 calibre pellets.

Cadets who are interested in marksmanship can try out for the Marksmanship Team that competes in Zone Competitions.

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