Provide an opportunity for Air Cadets to increase their self confidence; and increase their ability to reason, organize and express ideas.

Promote the citizenship component of local squadron training.

Provide a focus at the Local, Regional/Wing, Provincial/Territorial, and National levels, to promote and encourage Air Cadets to participate in an optional activity that will provide them with an opportunity to acquire effective speaking skills through instruction and practice in a structured and competitive environment.

Increase public awareness regarding the citizenship and leadership aspects of the Air Cadet program at the national, provincial and local levels. Implementation.


In the Air Cadet program, we use words such as leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, self-confidence, good citizenship. Cadets who participate in the effective speaking program will learn all of these things. The skills they learn here will help them immeasurably in other areas of their life as well, whether they are making class presentations in secondary school, or later, interviewing for admission to professional faculties at universities, making presentations to colleagues at work, leading volunteer organizations, or running for public office.

The Effective Speaking competition is held annually. The competition takes place at the Squadron, Regional, Provincial and National levels. The winner of each level becomes one of the contestants at the next level. If the winner cannot attend the competition at the next level, the runner-up can substitute.


Open to all Air Cadets who have not aged out up to and including the day of return to unit from the National Effective Speaking Competition. The National Winner will not be eligible to compete again.