Optional Training

In addition to the Mandatory Training provided, the Cadets at 199 Squadron have the option to participate in a number of Optional Training activities. These can include either one day activities put on or supported by the Squadron or weekly training in specialized areas supporting the Squadron and developing the skills of the Cadets involved.

Below you will find information about our regular Optional Training Activities. These are designed to delve deeper into what Cadets learn in the Squadron Training Program and typically have their own weekly commitments.

Occasional Optional Training Activities will occur throughout the Training Year, each supporting some aspect of Air Cadet Training. These activities can change from year to year and have included:

Air Cadet Online Ground School

Air Cadets can take part in the National Air Cadet Online Ground School Program to provide advanced ground school training in the field of Aviation while preparing Cadets with the intent of applying for the Gliding and Power Flying Courses.

Aviation training is the backbone of the Air Cadet program. The Ground School program uses actual pilots from the Air Cadet Program to develop the knowledge and interest of our Cadets.

The National Air Cadet Online Ground School is self-paced and can be completed by the Cadets. All training must be completed before the exams, held in January.

This training is offered to any Cadets who are interested in applying for the Gliding and Power Flying Training Courses and is a pre-requisite for the application.

Drill Team

The Squadron hosts a Drill Team which represents the Squadron at Provincial competitions and completes a precision drill routine at our Annual Ceremonial Review.

The Drill Team is formed by members of the Squadron who dedicate extra time every Thursday evening to develop their abilities in ceremonial drill while experiencing a new level of teamwork as they learn to work and move together towards their common goals. Our training program also allows Cadets to further develop their leadership skills through different leadership appointments in the Drill Team program.

Drill Team practices are held weekly on Thursday evenings from 1830hrs - 2100hrs at the Winnipeg South Osborne Legion, 426 Osborne St. Entry is through the front door.

For further information on the Drill Team program please see the Drill Team Commander after parade on a Monday night.

Marksmanship

The Squadron hosts Marksmanship and Biathlon Teams which represents the Squadron at Provincial and National competitions.

The Marksmanship Team is formed by members of the Squadron who dedicate extra time every Tuesday evening to develop their abilities in Marksmanship. Our training program also allows Cadets to further develop their marksmanship skills through different types of marksmanship programmes (Grouping targets, scoring targets, biathlon simulation).

Marksmanship practices are held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 1800hrs - 2100hrs at the St Louis Centre, 445 Tissot St.

Biathlon

The Squadron hosts Marksmanship and Biathlon Teams which represents the Squadron at Provincial and National competitions.

The Marksmanship Team is formed by members of the Squadron who dedicate extra time every Tuesday evening to develop their abilities in Marksmanship. Our training program also allows Cadets to further develop their marksmanship skills through different types of marksmanship programmes (Grouping targets, scoring targets, biathlon simulation).

Marksmanship practices are held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 1800hrs - 2100hrs at the St Louis Centre, 445 Tissot St.

Effective Speaking

Cadets in their third year begin to learn some techniques to present in front of a group as part of their Instructional Techniques curriculum. This skill however has great uses outside of the classroom as well.

199 Squadron is proud to partner with the Testament Toastmaster club to deliver their eight week 'Youth Leadership' program to interested Cadets. Cadets will not only learn how to speak in front of a group, but will also learn how to lead a meeting and provide feedback as they progress from week to week.

Once Cadets have completed the Toastmaster program, they are welcome to partake in local training to further develop their ability to express themselves. This has included participation in debates, emcee duties and local, provincial and national level competitions.

Music Training

The Squadron hosts a Brass and Reed Marching Band which supports the opening and closing parades on Monday nights as well as other Ceremonial Events in which the Squadron participates.

The Band is formed by members of the Squadron who dedicate extra time every Saturday morning to develop their musical abilities and learn how to play music while marching. Our training program also allows Cadets to further develop their leadership skills through different leadership appointments in the band program.

Cadets are also eligible to participate in regional activities including weekend band concentrations where they receive professional music instruction with Cadets from across the province and the Cadet Honour Band of Northwest Region, a week long regional music-leadership seminar.

For further information on the Band program please see the Drum Major after parade on a Monday night.