The cadets of the 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadrons, recently welcomed a new officer.
Officer Cadet Brittnee Wallin was sworn in by Maj. Kevin DeBiasio as a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. Officers are members of the community who they live in and volunteer to be part time members of the Canadian Armed Forces and help the youth in their local community.
O/Cdt. Wallin has been a civilian Instructor with 561 Squadron for six years. As part of her training as a Cadet Instructor Cadre officer, over the next months she will be completing online training and attending in house training at one of the regional cadet instructor schools located across Canada.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence has been training youth in Canada for over 70 years. The Cadets are the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 50,000 participants across Canada.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness.
While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their cadet career. Cadets are also encouraged to learn more about opportunities within Canada’s Aviation Industry.