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Unit Moto and History

#1913 RCACC was originally formed in 21 Jan 1943 under the designation of 1913 11th Army Tank Regiment (Ontario Regiment) Cadet Corps. In 1948, designation was changed to 1913 11th Armoured Regiment (Ont R) Cadet Corps. In Mar 1949 authority was granted for the Corps to be redesignated as 1913 Ontario Regiment Cadet Corps. The Ontario Regiment RCAC has been sponsor and affiliated unit since the formation in 1943. The old Cadet Corps flag is laid up in St.Matthew's Anglican Church in Oshawa (1980). The Regimental March Dismounted is – John Peel

Reserve Unit: The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) is a Primary Reserve armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Army. The unit is based in downtown Oshawa, Ontario. Formed in 1866, and more commonly known as the 'Ontarios', 'black cats' or 'ONT R' (pronounced "ON-tar"), the regiment ranks among the oldest continuously serving Reserve (Militia) regiments in Canada and is one of the senior armoured regiments in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. The Regiments alliance is to the British Army, The Royal Regiment of Wales – The Royal Welsh
Cadets with the 1913 RCACC are authorized to wear one of two cap badges, our affiliated unit – The Ontario Regiment or the badge of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. The RCAC cap badge symbolizes our loyalty to Her Majesty the Queen. The Latin motto on the badge is Acer Acerpori. This Latin motto is translated as, "As the Maple, So the Sapling". That's what the cadet system is all about; cultivating in Canadian youth those values and attitudes, which will make them mature Canadians.

Ontr Cap Brass: Gules on a bar a cat statant guardant irate Or, the whole within an annulus Gules fimbriated and inscribed with the motto FIDELIS ET PARATUS in letters Or and surmounted at the base by a bezant fimbriated and charged with a fillet saltire Sable the base quarter removed, and beneath the annulus a scroll Or with the words ONTARIO REGIMENT inscribed in letters Sable, and above, encircling the annulus, a wreath of nine maple leaves autumnally coloured, the center one in chief ensigned by the Royal Crown proper.

The Symbolism: The badge is based, in part, on the cat from the Clan MacGillivray familial crest, a member of which commanded the regiment in the early 1900s. After the First World War, the cat was redesigned into a fierce or fighting pose echoing the experience of the regiment's members in the war. The maple leaves, nine in total, reflect the nine provinces that contributed soldiers to the First World War battalions which the regiment perpetuates. The three quarters of a disc in the base of the badge represents the old regimental Militia number "34". "ONTARIO REGIMENT" is a form of the regimental title and "FIDELIS ET PARATUS" (Faithful and Ready) is the motto of the regiment

Since the late 1800s the Canadian Cadet Program has offered valuable training to young Canadians free of charge. Army Cadets first came into existence in the late 1800s as part of a young militia school program with the mandate of training boys over the age of 12 in military skills and drill. During the First World War, the Army Cadet Organization thrived, with more than 64,000 Cadets enrolled, thousands of whom volunteered to serve Canada overseas. Interest in Army Cadets ebbed between the two wars only to be significantly revived during the Second World War as Canadians looked to their youth to serve their country.

“… the time may come when we can do without armies, but it is not thought that the time will ever come when we shall be able to do without the military virtues of courage, loyalty, qualities of leadership, and the spirit of sacrifice and fair play. Those qualities are best taught through experience of discipline, cooperation, and the habit of obedience, all of which are taught to Cadets.” – from a Provisional School lecture for qualifying Cadet Instructors, Ottawa, Ontario, 1933.
Around the same time, both the Navy and the Air Force took an interest in developing Canada’s young men along traditional military lines. In 1917, the Navy League of Canada established the Boy’s Naval Brigade to encourage young men towards a seafaring career and to provide basic training in citizenship and seamanship. In 1941, the Air Cadet League of Canada was officially incorporated as a voluntary organization with the mandate of working in partnership with the Royal Canadian Air Force to sponsor young men as future aircrew.

In the 1960s, the Canadian Forces underwent a complete reorganization resulting in the unification of its Navy, Army and Air Force. At this time a Directorate of Cadets was established in Ottawa to set policy and to coordinate the activities of the Sea, Army and Air Cadets. The focus of the Cadet Program changed from training future Canadian Forces members to developing community leaders and good citizens.

By the 1970s, administration of the Canadian Cadet Program became standardized across Canada. Other changes occurred around this same time. The Army Cadet League of Canada was officially formed in 1971 to work with the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence in support of Army Cadets. That same year, the Cadet Instructors List (now the Cadet Instructors Cadre) was formed. The first female Cadets were introduced to the program in 1975.

Today, the Cadet Program continues to evolve and adapt to meet the expectations of our changing society. With its emphasis on leadership, physical fitness and citizenship, the Canadian Cadet Program helps young Canadians to become active and engaged members of their communities today and prepares them to become the leaders of tomorrow.           

The Cadet Instructor Cadre

CIC Officers come from virtually all walks of civilian life. Some are students, others are homemakers, doctors, police officers, accountants, construction workers and ex-Regular Force military. But no matter how diverse their backgrounds, CIC Officers do have one thing in common - their dedication to the development of Canada's youth.

The cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) is a branch of the Canadian Forces and a component of the Reserve Force, consisting of officers whose primary duties are the supervision, administration and training of cadets. All officers are personally responsible for the execution of duties assigned to them by higher authority. Officers holding supervisory positions, in turn, are responsible for assigning and supervising the duties of their subordinates. It is interesting to note that, with more than 6000 members, the CIC is the largest officer branch in the Canadian Forces.

Without members and volunteers many activities in a Corps would not take place. Members and Volunteers give their time in a variety of ways and come from all walks of life with a wealth of experience in both private and ex-military sectors. The Army Cadet League of Canada welcomes a large number of volunteers at the Corps level and in the Army Cadet Program as a whole. The Army Cadet League of Canada and its partner, the Department of National Defence (DND) jointly support the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, a premier youth organization.

The Army Cadet program is a comprehensive program, which is run in a structured, disciplined and safe manner. In this context, it is important to ensure all volunteers are appropriately selected, initially supervised, well- intended, offer skills which add value and complement the program, and are good role models for Army Cadets. Knowing the volunteers, their skills and talents, and their intended contribution is very important to the Corps Officers, staff and Sponsoring Committee. A team effort produces the best results for the greater benefit of the Cadet Movement.

 

 

Cadet Program 1977

 

OUR BADGE: THE ORIGIN OF THE BLACK CAT SYMBOL

 

   

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