To Learn.
To Serve.
To Advance.


The Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) consists of approximately 7,500 commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces (CF) whose primary duty is the safety, supervision, administration and training of Army, Sea, and Air cadets within the Canadian Forces reserve force subcomponent, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service. The cadets for whom the CIC are responsible are between the ages of 12 and 18, and are located in approximately 1,150 corps and squadrons across Canada.

Many CIC officers were once cadets themselves, but having been a cadet is not a prerequisite. It is one of the most diversified and active components of the Canadian Forces. CIC officers are highly committed and experienced individuals with a variety of backgrounds such as nurses, teachers, trades people, and lawyers who use their knowledge and expertise in support of cadet training objectives.

CIC officers are important figures in the life of a cadet. They are driven by a strong desire to see cadets grow into responsible adults and they provide credible role models for youth looking for a sense of direction and belonging.

To become a Cadet Instructors Cadre officer, a candidate must participate in a series of personal interviews and:

  • have a high school diploma
  • be a Canadian citizen between the ages of 18 and 64
  • be of good character and standing in the community
  • be recommended by a cadet organization commanding officer, parent committee or member of the provincial league
  • meet the medical standards prescribed
  • pass a security screening, including an enhanced reliability check, criminal background investigation and vulnerable sector screening, and screening for suitability for working with youth.

If you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of some of Canada's best young people, want to be part of an exciting and diversified program at the same time looking for a personal challenge, and are interested in becoming a CIC Officer, talk to the Commanding Officer at 396 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron and she will be glad to discuss your interest in becoming a part of the CIC.