Cadet Program Awards

​​National Awards

Reference:  Cadet Administrative and Training Order (CATO) 13-16

Cadet Award for Bravery

CATO 13-16 Annex B

The Cadet Award of Bravery may be awarded to a cadet who performs an outstanding deed of valour involving risk of life in attempting to save the life or property of others.

Lord Strathcona Medal

CATO 13-16 Annex D

The Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal, most commonly referred to as the Lord Strathcona Medal is the highest award, which can be bestowed upon a cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.

Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Cadet Medal of Merit

CATO 13-16 Annex F

The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS), as a legacy to its desire to promote excellence and awareness of the CCO, has established the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Cadet Medal of Merit (ANAVETS Cadet Medal of Merit).

Air Force Association Medal Royal Canadian Air Cadets

CATO 52-08

The Air Force Association of Canada (AFAC) has established annual awards to be presented to Air cadets for excellence demonstrated on the Glider Pilot Scholarship (GPS) and the Power Pilot Scholarship (PPS). One medal shall be awarded to the top cadet, male or female, on both the GPS and the PPS at each of the five Regional Gliding Schools; this means five medals for the GPS and five medals for the PPS for a total of ten medals each year.

Order of St. George Cadet Medal

Medal presented at Cadet Summer Training Centers for Top Staff Cadet.

Cadet Certificate of Commendation

CATO 13-16 Annex C

The Cadet Certificate of Commendation may be awarded to a cadet for outstanding deeds in attempting to save the life or property of another person.

Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence

CATO 13-16 Annex E

The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Cadet Medal of Excellence is awarded in recognition for individual endeavours in citizenship that meet or enhance the aims and objectives of the cadet movement.

Colonel-Robert-Perron Award

CATO 13-16 Annex G

Recognizing and rewarding cadet achievements are essential aspects of youth development. Furthermore, an award related to physical fitness is particularly important considering the related aim and associated participant outcome within the Cadet Program Mandate in CATO 11-03.

Air Cadet Service Medal

After 4 completed years of service, the Air Cadet League of Canada presents a service medal. For every year thereafter, a bar is awarded to the medal (with a rosette for the undress ribbon).

Squadron Awards

Major Arthur C. Hill Citizenship Award

Any cadet

Highly active in Squadron citizenship activities, demonstrates the citizenship aim of the program and acts as a role model for other cadets to this regard.

Arch A. Gittel Award for Excellence

Level 3 or above

Outstanding drill, dress, and deportment. Involved in an optional team. Strong, enthusiastic, confident leader that knows when to take the initiative. Consistently displays a positive attitude.

Top Senior NCO

Sgt or above

These cadets have demonstrated procedural knowledge of the chain of command and cadet correction. They have reliably executed tasks and are a prime example of excellent drill, dress, and deportment. They motivate their peers, seek initiative, and are effective in a parade position.

Top Bandsman

Member of Brass & Reed Band

Member of the Brass and Reed Band that demonstrates a thorough passion for music; has excellent drill, dress, and deportment; uses leadership qualities in the band; and who sets an example for other band members to follow.

Clan MacEwan Award for Most Improved Pipe Band Member

Member of Pipe Band

Member of the Pipe Band that through dedication and practice, has shown the most improvement in musical ability.

Top Level 1 Cadet

Level 1

These cadets demonstrate excellent classroom performance, attitude, and bearing. They have fulfilled all requirements for passing their level, have attended at least 80% of all classes, and score highly in evaluations.

Top Level 4 Cadet

Level 4

These cadets demonstrate excellent classroom performance, attitude, and bearing. They have fulfilled all requirements for passing their level, have attended at least 80% of all classes, and score highly in evaluations.

Sgt 'Pat' Leslie Victor Panes Award for Top Officer

Any cadet

As voted by the cadets. An Officer who is seen as a role model to the cadets as seen by the cadets of the squadron. ​

The Wing Commander Jack Bennett Award for Loyalty and Commitment to 52 Squadron

At least 4 years of service in the squadron

Shows highest level of loyalty and dedication to Squadron. Min 80% attendance. Significant participation in major fundraising activities (bottle drives, bike-a-thon).

52 Squadron Award for Leadership

Any cadet

Displays natural leadership qualities and inspires others to achieve the mission. Demonstrated examples of initiative, positive motivator, and concerned with welfare of subordinates.

Top Junior NCO

Cpl or F/Cpl

These cadets have demonstrated procedural knowledge of the chain of command and cadet correction. They have reliably executed tasks and are a prime example of excellent drill, dress, and deportment.

Most Improved Bandsman

Member of Brass & Reed Band

Member of the Brass and Reed Band that through dedication and practice, has shown the most improvement in musical ability.

Lt Tom Gryder Toastmaster's Award

Participated in an Effective Speaking competition

Winner of the Squadron Effective Speaking competition.

Top Level 2 Cadet

Level 2

These cadets demonstrate excellent classroom performance, attitude, and bearing. They have fulfilled all requirements for passing their level, have attended at least 80% of all classes, and score highly in evaluations.

Top Level 5 Cadet

Level 5

These cadets demonstrate excellent classroom performance, attitude, and bearing. They have fulfilled all requirements for passing their level, have attended at least 80% of all classes, and score highly in evaluations.

Top Flight on Parade (Annual Ceremonial Review)

Flight award

Presented by the Reviewing Officer at the Annual Ceremonial Review to the top flight on parade according to their best judgement and discretion.

Don Mooney Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Cadet

Level 1 or 2

Enthusiastic with a positive attitude. These cadets demonstrate exceptional drill, dress, and deportment, are involved in optional teams. In general, they take initiative and exhibit qualities of good leadership.

Instructors Cup

Must have instructed a lesson

These cadets demonstrate the characteristics of a premier instructor. Also mentors and motivates junior instructors to challenge and improve their own skills and methods in the classroom, in the field, or wherever they may be delivering the cadet training program.

Most Improved Cadet

At least 2 years of service in the squadron

These cadets have demonstrated a significant improvement in motivation, attitude, performance, and maturity over the previous year, and have proven themselves to be a strong member of the Squadron.

Clan MacDougall Award for Top Pipe Band Member

Member of Pipe Band

Member of the Pipe Band that demonstrates a thorough passion for music; has excellent drill, dress, and deportment; uses leadership qualities in the band; and who sets an example for other band members to follow.

OCdt Fred Maurette for Highest Mark on Flying Exam

Wrote the CF Qualifying Exam

Top candidate on Flying Scholarship (Gliding or Power) Qualifying Examination.

Top Level 3 Cadet

Level 3

These cadets demonstrate excellent classroom performance, attitude, and bearing. They have fulfilled all requirements for passing their level, have attended at least 80% of all classes, and score highly in evaluations.

The Spirit of 52 Squadron

Any cadet

As voted by the cadets. A cadet of any level, who exhibits the attributes of the model cadet of 52 as seen by their peers, leaders and subordinates.

 

52 (City of Calgary) Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, serving youth since 1941