51 Squadron holds its mandatory training on Tuesday evenings between 1815 hours and 2130 hours. Opening parade is formed up by flights and allows for taking of flight attendance, inspection of cadets and flight announcements. Squadron inspection by the Cdt Comd follows if time allows as well as new squadron announcements of the evening schedule and upcoming activities. Three periods of classes normally follow. Cadets arriving after 1830 hours must sign in on the Duty Personnel Late Sheet at the Duty Personnel station in the front lobby. The late Sheet is handed in to the Administration Office at the end of the first training period. Attendance sheets should be returned by the start of first period to Admin Office. A final parade is formed up in flights for the Commanding Officer’s review if required. All squadron operations cease and cadets leave the museum by 2130 hours.
|Arrival of staff and cadet instructors||1800|
|Arrival of cadets||1815|
|Instructions on Parade Square||1830 – 1900|
|Training – Period 1||1900 – 1930|
|Break||1930 – 1935|
|Training – Period 2||1935 – 2005|
|Break||2005 – 2025|
|Training – Period||2025 – 2055|
|Announcements on Parade Square||2055 – 2100|
|End of Training and Pick up Time||2100 – 2115|
|Optional Briefings||2115 – 2130|
COMMANDING OFFICER’S (CO) PARADE
51 Squadron will hold a parade for the CO to allow him to inspect the squadron and present promotions and awards. The parade also allows cadets to practice drill movements. COs parades will be held as directed. Unless otherwise specified, the CO will act as the Reviewing Officer.
ANNUAL CEREMONIAL REVIEW (ACR)
51 Squadron’s ACR is the most important event of the Air Cadet training year. It is the opportunity for the cadets to show off to the assembled guests all that they have learned over the past training year. It is also the opportunity for the Squadron to honour deserving Cadets by presenting them with various awards.
The Squadron Protocol Dinner is based on the Mess Dinner “Dining In” format. Mess Dinners provide an opportunity for mess members to meet on a formal but friendly occasion, allowing the CO or his guests to address the members as a group. By custom and tradition mess dinners are considered to be a parade and as such, attendance is compulsory except for members excused by the CO.
FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE
Field Training Exercises (FTX) are a part of the Air Cadet training. These exercises are held on select weekends and the type and location will vary. The nature and complexity of the exercises also vary depending on the cadet training level to which they are targeted. These are always fun events that are thoroughly enjoyed by cadets, who learn new aircrew survival skills during their Field Training Exercise.
Cadets learned how to build a fire, proper shelter, survival psychology and even had the chance to sleep in the shelters they built. Beyond building camaraderie, morale and friendships, these cadets built their own shelters, fires and are learning new skills that will help them in the future. The Cadet Program offers unique experiences you cannot get anywhere else. They participate in a Field Training Exercise where they are learning how to build a fire, proper shelters, survival psychology and friendships that will last them a life-time.