History of The Cadet Instructors Cadre - Changing Society and The Cadet Organization

Changing Society and The Cadet Organization

While school teachers and veterans had been the dominant source of cadet instructors for several years, the veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War were reaching retirement age, leaving teachers amongst the largest group of instructors. Employment at summer training was particularly attractive since teachers were free during the school break. Post-secondary training was increasing in society and former cadets were attracted to the reserve force as a means to help pay for their studies. The Royal Canadian Sea, Army, and Air Cadets was not open to girls until 1975 although the Navy League sponsored Wrenettes, the Air Cadet League sponsored Air Cadettes, and there were a few girls in school Army Cadet corps. Many of the first women officers came from the former League-sponsored Wrenettes and Air Cadettes. Others came from the general population including parents of cadets. As was the practice of the day, they were often assigned to unit administration. Today girl cadets and adult female officers perform all duties and occupy all leadership positions in the program.

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