October 4, 2017


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1. The cadet program is based on a progressive disciplinary model with the intent to correct behaviour with a system that promotes efficient action and protects the individual. Cadets are expected to display high standards of behavior and strict discipline shall be enforced to maintain this high standard.

2. Canadian Forces Members, including Officers of the CIC, are subject to the Code of Service Discipline along with all international, federal, provincial and municipal laws.

3. A Civilian Instructor or a cadet is not  subject to the Code of Service Discipline however, by consenting to participate in the Canadian Cadet Organization, shall be considered to have agreed to conform to regulations, orders and instructions issued by the Department of National Defense and Canadian Armed Forces.

3. Every CI and cadet shall:

a. make themselves acquainted with and obey all regulations, orders and instructions necessary for the performance of their duties; and,

b. conform to the established customs of the cadet organization with which they are associated.

4. CIs are additionally held to their individual terms of service and contracts, which they have signed in order to work the Sqn. These terms of service and contracts are outlined in CATOs 23-05 and 23-07.

5. Cadets shall be governed by in their conduct and discipline by CATO 15-22. This section of the Sqn SOs shall be read in conjunction with this CATO.


Members of 59 RCACS shall not use obscene, profane or vulgar language or gestures during any Squadron or cadet activity. This prohibition shall apply regardless of the rank or appointment.


1. Saluting and proper marks of respect shall be displayed at all times as is appropriate. All compliments given shall be acknowledged and returned in a proper manner.

2. All cadets will salute commissioned Officers when passing them and when reporting. Officer Cadets are not to be saluted.

3. Cadets will stand at attention when reporting to Civilian Instructors, Senior or equal ranking cadet and Officer Cadets.


1. Trainees shall conduct themselves in an orderly fashion at all times. Classroom facilities and training equipment shall be treated with great respect at all times. Damaged or broken equipment shall be reported immediately to the Lvl Trg O and Duty Staff.

2. The senior cadet present shall call the class to attention when the instructor or any other senior ranking cadet (WO1 or WO2) or Officer enters the room. The senior cadet shall carry out any tasks provided by the visitor.

3. Classrooms and other training spaces shall be left clean and all classrooms and other training equipment returned to its proper place.


1. This policy is detailed in CATO 13-22 and is summarized here for emphasis. All questions concerning the smoking policy shall be
directed to the CO.

2. In addition to the CATO above, 59 RCACS has a zero tolerance smoking policy for all cadets.

3. Adult staff shall abstain from smoking when they are in the presence of cadets and utilize designated smoking areas.


1. This policy is detailed in CATO 13-23 and is summarized below for emphasis. All questions concerning the alcohol policy shall be directed to the CO.

2. The policy states that:

a. no staff members employed in support of cadets and no cadet shall use any drugs unless:

i. the individual is authorized to use the drug by a qualified medical or dental practitioner for the purpose of medical treatment or dental care;

ii. the drug is contained in a non-prescription medication used by the individual in accordance with the instructions accompanying the medication; or

iii. the individual is required to use the drug in the course of military duties;

b. adult staff shall not drink alcoholic beverages nor be under the influence of alcohol when they expect to be or are in direct supervision or training of cadets;

c. regardless of age, cadets are prohibited from purchasing, consuming or having alcohol in their possession;

d. organizers of social events for adults, to which cadets are invited, shall ensure that cadets have access to non-alcoholic drinks and that the policy of no drinking by cadets is understood by the hosts and cadets;

e. adults attending social events specifically organized for cadets should be requested to, and Cadet Instructors and Civilian Instructors shall, refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages when in direct contact with cadets;

f. cadets shall not be involved in the serving or sale of alcoholic beverages;

g. cadets who violate alcohol policies shall be suspended from training, counseled and subjected to appropriate administrative action as outlined in CATO 15-22. Return to unit should be strongly considered for infractions at a Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC); and,

h. adult staff working for the Canadian Cadet Organization and who violate alcohol policies shall be suspended from the supervision/training of cadets. Canadian Forces Members are again reminded that they are subject to the Code of Service Discipline.


QR (Cadets) 4.13 states: “Cadets have no power of command over members of the Canadian Armed Forces.”


1. It is absolutely forbidden for cadets or other personnel to pick up or handle any ammunition, explosives, live, spent or blank cartridges except under the direct supervision of the Range Officer or their designate.

2. It is also forbidden for cadets or other personnel to have in their possession any live rounds or empty casings when leaving a range area. Individuals will be required to make a declaration to that effect, to the Range Officer, each and every time the range used.

3. Any ammunition or explosives that may be found in training areas shall not be tampered with but shall be reported to the Range Officer or available supervisor as soon as is safely possible.


1. 59 rcacs also requires that cadets sign a code of conduct upon joining the unit. Upon promotion to the rank of Sgt the member shall sign the Sr NCO code of conduct. Both documents are found in Annex A and Annex B to this chapter.

2. Failure of a cadet to follow these codes of conduct or violation of orders shall result in administrative or disciplinary measures being taken. CATO 15-22 Paras 30 to 63 details the appropriate measures to be taken for the misbehaviour.

3. The policy states that cadets must never feel that they are being demeaned or belittled in front of their peers or subordinates. If, based on the information gathered in the fact-finding, it is determined that the cadet breached regulations, orders, or instructions, the following administrative (a, b, c and e) or disciplinary measures (d, f, g, h, i, j, k,l) may be considered:

a. verbal warning;
b. apology;
c. cautionary notice;
d. assignment of extra duties;
e. written warning;
f. suspension of privileges;
g. cease training;
h. removal of position;
i. suspension of pending promotion
j. reduction in rank;
k. suspension; and/or
l. termination of membership.


Cadets may be recognized from time to time for their superior conduct and/or initiative. When a cadet is deserving of a commendation, because of their outstanding behaviour Annex C to this chapter shall be completed. This 59 RCACS Commendation form will be placed on the cadet’s permanent file.