121 Red Arrows Squadron does not have a mascot. That needs to change! We are asking cadets to submit the mascot ideas to Sgt Lane by completing this quiz.
Dear, Cadets, Families, and Staff Members of 121 Red Arrows.
We trust that you are all taking precautions during this unprecedented time in our lives and that you remain well. Due to your timely reporting and precautions, we can safely say that no 121 Cadets, families or Staff have contracted the virus. Let’s do our part in keeping it that way. We are keeping our eyes and ears open to new developments in the Cadet Program.
We ask you to complete the bi-weekly survey to tell us if your health situation has changed due to the virus. This provides us valuable information on how we as a Squadron are managing the pandemic. Capt Craig Miller is managing the survey and our social media messages in order to deliver and receive that information.
If you or your family have any questions or concerns, or just want to tell us how you are doing, I would really enjoy hearing from you. I remain in isolation to do my part and working from home. You can reach me at email@example.com
Be sure to check regularly for messages from your officers and flight staff on Slack.
Please visit these links for further direction and information should you need.
During the lockdown we all need to look after our physical and mental wellbeing and one of the best ways to do this is by ensuring that we all do enough daily exercise.
So the challenge is to see how far the members, staff and Sponsorship Committee from 121 Red Arrows Squadron can walk, run or cycle during the month of May.
The cadets, Staff and Civilian Committee all need to record the distance that they travel each time they’re out for their daily exercise. Use this form to keep track of your kilometres.
Now we actually have a target of 5645.5 km, (3508 miles) that we would like to meet and that’s the distance between our colleagues of 121 Squadron in the UK and 121 Red Arrows Squadron in Canada.
COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created this list of Frequently Asked Questions for the benefit of cadets and their families. This list only applies to members of 121 Red Arrows Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, and should not be considered an official source of information from Cadets Canada, the Department of National Defence, or the Government of Canada.
We will continue to update this page as more information is distributed, so please check back frequently.
If you have questions that have not been answered here, please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page was last updated on 27 April 2020.
Why has cadets been cancelled?
Out of an abundance of caution, the National Commander Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers, Brigadier General Cochrane, has cancelled all in-person cadet activities in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all cadets and staff, as well as to assist with the overall goal of public health officials to limit and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19.
When will cadets resume training?
Currently, all in-person cadet activities have been suspended through 31 August 2020, meaning that the 2020-21 training year will resume in September as scheduled. Any changes to this date will be communicated as quickly as possible.
What will the future of the cadet program look like?
National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group (Nat CJCR Sp Gp) has formed an Operational Planning Group (OPG), to handle the response to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The OPG’s top priorities are to continue engagement with cadets, to explore and develop summer employment opportunities, and then prepare for the return to regular training.
As the OPG release updates, we will communicate those to you through all available means.
What will happen with summer training for 2020?
Along with all in-person training, 2020 summer training has been cancelled. Instead, local cadet corps and squadrons, including 121 Red Arrows Squadron, will be continuing engagement throughout the summer months with their cadets.
What if I was already selected for Summer Training? Will I be given priority next year?
In order to limit the overall impact of the cancellations caused by COVID-19 on future training years, no priority will be given at the national or regional levels for summer training selection in 2021. However, local priority remains at the sole discretion of the Commanding Officer, and those cadets who have lost a summer training opportunity this year may still be eligible for top priority in 2021, based on individual performance.
I have already been offered and accepted a Staff Cadet position for the summer. Will these still be honoured?
The OPG established by Nat CJCR Sp Gp is developing opportunities for summer employment for staff cadets. These opportunities may include assisting in the development of future training, promotional materials, and the ability to assist with shaping the future of the cadet program.
Currently, we expect details on modified summer staff employment opportunities to be released by 15 May 2020.
Can I still apply to work as a Staff Cadet?
Any cadets who would be eligible for a summer staff position are encouraged to submit their names to email@example.com , along with any particular skills they believe could be useful, and we will be in contact once further details are released.
How will my local training results be impacted? Will I still be promoted?
Nat CJCR Sp Gp has directed that all local training results will be marked as complete, and no cadets will be penalized for missing the remainder of the training year. Barring any incomplete training results which may preclude advancement that existed prior to the stand-down, all cadets will successfully complete their level. Likewise, all cadets will be marked as Present for any mandatory training that was scheduled to take place after the stand-down was ordered.
Subsequently, any cadets who are eligible will be promoted as normal. Those cadets who would be participating in a Merit Review Board for promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer 2nd Class or Warrant Officer 1st Class will be invited to participate in a virtual MRB.
Will 121 Red Arrows be running any training for the remainder of the 2019-2020 training year?
Based on direction provided by Nat CJCR Sp Gp, no mandatory or “official” training will be running for the remainder of this training year. However, the staff of 121 are developing optional online activities, which will allow cadets to continue to benefit from what the program has to offer, while also providing cadets the opportunity to interact with their peers.
In the meantime, cadets, parents, and stakeholders should continue to monitor our website, along with Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Will we still hold our Annual Ceremonial Review?
Due to restrictions on in-person activities, we will not be holding a traditional Annual Ceremonial Review to mark the end of the 2019-2020 training year. Instead, the staff are working hard to develop a format that will involve as many members of 121 as possible. Following our return after the stand-down is complete, we will hold a special CO’s parade to recognize those cadets who will receive award for their performance this training year.
This is my last year as a cadet, will I be able to attend the aforementioned CO’s parade in the fall?
All cadets retiring this year will be recognized in our modified ACR. As always, retiring cadets will receive a gift, and will be invited to attend a parade to recognize their contribution to the program.
When will I receive my uniform?
All orders for uniforms and uniform parts were submitted prior to the stand-down direction in March. There have been some delays in order processing, shipping, and delivery due to COVID-19. This means that your uniform is either already at the squadron office, or on its way. In either case, issue of uniforms will be delayed until we are authorized to resume in-person activities.
We were told this is Major Harwood’s last year as Commanding Officer, has that changed?
Effective 19 May 2020, Captain Miller will assume the position of Commanding Officer of 121 Red Arrows Squadron as Major Harwood will have celebrated his 65th birthday and will have reached the Canadian Forces mandatory retirement age.
SPRING AND SUMMER 2020 ACTIVITIES CANCELLATION
Refs: A. CATO 14-06, Training or Recreational and Educational Trips
B. CANFORGEN 039/20
C. 3350-Op LASER 20-01
D. CANCDTGEN 008/20
E. CANCDTGEN 010/20
F. CANCDTGEN 011/20
G. CANCDTGEN 012/20
H. CANCDTGEN 14/20
1.In addition to direction delivered at refs D to H, Comd Natl CJCR Sp Gp has made the decision to cancel all in-person activities related to the Cadet and JCR programs through to 31 Aug 20. This includes, but is not limited to local training, corps and squadron trips, cadet summer training and activities, in-person training for Cadet Instructors Cadre officers, and, in coordination with the Canadian Army, the JCR enhanced training sessions.
2.Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers will not be penalized for missing the remainder of the 2019-2020 training year, and will be credited as having this year’s training completed.
3.Our goal over the coming months is to focus and remain connected with the cadets. Staff at the corps/squadron level will be seeking, where possible, innovative and meaningful ways to connect with cadets virtually. We will seek to explore options for new experiences online and looking for alternatives to in-person training activities. Maintaining the link with our cadets and staff is a priority.
4.For the summer, the Natl CJCR Sp Gp staff will begin planning to explore innovative ways to take advantage of this pause in training to implement new and exciting solutions for our program. You can expect to hear more about this in the weeks to come as we will be looking at options for alternative employment opportunities.
5.The decision to cancel activities ensures the safety and security of everyone who participates in our programs and will ensure that the Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers, like the Canadian Armed Forces, do not become a vector to spread COVID-19. It will also ensure that valuable resources, from medical support to facilities, can be made available to the CAF to assist Canadians when they need it the most.
6.This was not an easy decision, nor was it made in isolation. The Command Team of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group have consulted with many advisors and stakeholders, and have been closely monitoring the actions of like-minded youth organizations.
7.We understand many will be disappointed with this news. However, the strength and resilience of the men and women who not only support and lead this program, but also participate in it will prevail. This is our role to play in demonstrating leadership and citizenship in the face of adversity. Canada’s Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers are all up for the challenge.
8.The Natl CJCR Sp Gp continues to collaborate with the Department of National Defence and CAF as well as with other federal departments in order to maintain proper situational awareness on the COVID-19 situation in Canada and globally to synchronize interdepartmental response under the lead of Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. As a result, the situation is continuously being monitored and further decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
9.Additional details related to the impact of this decision and way forward will be communicated to all in the weeks ahead.
10.All available and updated information for the Natl CJCR Sp Gp response to COVID-19 can be found on the CCO net at: http://collaboration.cco.nat/sites/NAT/SitePages/covid19.aspx, DWAN: https://collab.cadets.gc.ca/sites/NAT/SitePages/covid19.aspx
Recently we have had some concerns raised both from the leadership at the 11th Field Regiment, as well as our own Officers in relation to the safety and security of cadets. These concerns will be explained below along with subsequent changes, which will be implemented immediately, hopefully correcting these issues.
Issue #1- Building access
The 11th Field Regiment is more than gracious in allowing us to use parts of their building. There has been documented times where cadet parents, and non-cadet civilians let in by a propped open door, were found in areas of the building they should not have been. Being a Federal Military establishment the armoury is a restricted access property. We do not have permission to wonder throughout the building and persons caught doing so maybe subject to search and detainment as per Federal law.
Effectively immediately, all access to and from the armoury will be through the front door (faces Wyndham). This streamlines access as it is a straight line to the drill hall and stairwells. An Duty Officer will be present, from 1815-2200 hrs, or for the duration of the event, at the front door to control access to the building.
Attendance is taken each night of all cadets, officers and civilian staff so that in the event of an emergency a head count can be done once the squadron has exited the structure. For this same reason, along with the need to maintain building security, a visitors’ log may be added to the front door control officers desk. If this occurs all visitors will be required to sign in and sign out of the building.
Do not stop on Wyndham Street in front of the armoury to drop off your cadet. This is extremely dangerous and illegal.
Issue #2- Parking
The armoury is the place of business for the 11th Field Regiment and does not include any public parking places. Parking along the cement wall is reserved for 11th Field staff and the main parking lot for Officers and civilian volunteers. Effective immediately there is no parking for parents in the main parking lot. Those in violation will be asked to move and/ or face fines. The only exception to this is persons requiring the use of the disabled parking spots. Anyone with a valid permit may continue to use these spots.
As a compromise, 11th Field has granted us access to the locked compound to use for parking during our events. The compound will be opened from 1815 to 2200 for parental parking but the gates will be closed and locked at 2200. If you anticipate not returning to your vehicle before 2200 you may use the municipal parking area between Surrey St E and Fountain St E. Please do not park in areas used by local business such as the fast food restaurants between Wellington and Surrey. Also note there is no parking on Farquhar or Wellington Streets.
Issue # 3- Parking lot safety
Issue #3A- Drop off
With over 100 cars coming and going each night safety is a huge concern. Recently there have been numerous close calls in the parking lot attributed to parents performing illegal maneuvers, parking in restricted areas, turning into traffic, passing vehicles etc.
Effective immediately parents parking in marked fire routes will be ticketed with zero tolerance. This includes during all cadet activities and locations such as drill and band at William C. Winegard Public School.
As shown in the picture below, the route through the parking lot will be maintained for one way vehicle traffic. This means a single file loop with a marked drop off point where cadets may exit the vehicles. Cadets with excessive equipment, such as having to obtain instruments from car trunks, are encouraged to park in the compound so as to not slow down the flow of traffic. The drop off area will be staffed by adult volunteers to ensure flow is maintained and cadets access building safely. We ask this drop off line be kept as single file to ensure there is an open lane for emergency vehicles to access the building if so needed.
This drop off line is a courtesy. If cars continue to park in fire routes, reserved parking spaces, texting/driving around cadets or if Officers feel cadet safety cannot be maintained, the parking lot will be blocked off with the only parent access being the compound area.
Issue #3B- Pick up
Parents are asked to park in the compound area and wait in their vehicles when they pick up their cadets at the end of the evening. This is a change for many who come in to the armoury to hear announcements. Please ensure your cadet has a small notepad and a pen/pencil or cell phone so they can take notes. (Suggestion – synchronize your phone calendars so when they enter announcements they go to your phone also!)
No vehicle traffic is permitted in the main parking lot from 2045- 2200 to ensure the safety of our cadets.
In the event that the gate tot he compound is locked and no parking is available, parents are asked to use the municipal parking area between Surrey St E and Fountain St E. Please do not park in areas used by local businesses such as fast food restaurants between Wellington and Surrey. You are free to leave your vehicles there and walk up to the armoury if you wish to escort your child back to your vehicle.
Please note that all announcements are posted on the squadron website and officers can be reached via email throughout the week. All cadets are expected to be using Slack to communicate with their chain of command. They are also expected to check the website for information on a regular basis.
Cadets who have received a new tunic can now drop them off at K Cleaners and Tailor Shop to have the shoulder flashes sewn on at no cost.
Note: There are 2 locations for K Cleaners, but you must only attend the following location near Zehrs:
K Cleaners and Tailor Shop
160 Kortright Rd W, Unit 4