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Optional Training 

Get to know all the optional training activities that 604 Moose offers throughout the cadet training year.


Visit the staff page to see which officer is in-charge of each program. Make sure to keep an eye on the squadron calendar to see when the activities are taking place.


Playing in a band is like playing a team sport. If certain parts of the team do not show up for practice, then they will not be ready to perform with the rest of the team when a performance comes up. If a cadet routinely misses practice despite having made a commitment to show up, they will be subject to counselling and/or disciplinary action according to CATO 15-22.

Military Band

Cadets interested in the Military Band program may choose one of the following instruments:

  • Flute

  • Clarinet

  • Saxophone (Alto or Baritone)

  • Trumpet/Cornet

  • French Horn

  • Trombone

  • Euphonium

  • Tuba

  • Percussion (Snare and Bass Drum)


What will the Squadron provide me with if I join?

  • An instrument, if you don't already have one.

  • Instrument maintenance supplies (i.e., slide grease, valve oil, cleaning rods, etc.)

  • Music instruction, as required (mainly for new cadets)

  • Music folio and lyre (attachments for your instrument to be able to play on parade)

  • Music (as issued and required)

What will the Squadron provide me with if I join?

  • An instrument, if you don't already have one.

    • Drums: New cadets on the drums will be issued a drum pad and drum sticks on which they are taught basic percussive patterns, rudiments, and skills. The drum sticks are the same ones you will play the drum with. The drum pad is meant to simulate the feeling of playing on the head of a drum. You will not be issued a drum to play on parade until you can demonstrate the basic skills required to play on the drum.

  • A highland dress uniform will be issued to you once you demonstrate the basic skills necessary to perform on parade, as approved by the officer supervising the Pipes & Drums Band.

  • Music instruction

  • Music books and instructional equipment, as necessary.


Biathlon / Marskmanship


Cross-country skiing and shooting – this is a sport of endurance and accuracy and the team has tryouts shortly after the start of the cadet year and trains by running, roller skiing, and shooting.


The cadet marksmanship program is a challenging and competitive sports program. It develops skills through superior training and competition.The Squadron team regularly competes at the provincial competition


Ground School

Ground school is the first step in any aspiring young pilots career, as they learn the fundamentals of principles of flight, meteorology, aircraft structures, aeronautical law and many more exiting topics.

This program is designed to prepare cadets for the entry examination for the Glider Pilot Training Course and the Power Pilot Training Course.

The national program now offers an online ground school (OGS) for all glider and power pilot applicants. This is the mandatory program for all applicants and must be completed. 


Flag Party

Every year 5-6 cadets will be selected as members of Flag Party. The squadron Flag Party is an important part of the squadron parade, and it is a coveted and prestigious position for any cadet.



Get involved with media at the squadron by helping run the squadron social media accounts, and developing new and interesting multi-media resources for the squadron. 

Interested in photography, videography and reporting the media team can help you improve on those important skills. There is also opportunities with the cadet program to participate in the cadet correspondent course to learn more about cadet media.



Speak with the officer in charge of each optional activity 

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