Become a Cadet


In order to join Sea Cadets, you have to be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant between the ages of 12 and 18. Youth between 9 and 12 should check out our Navy League Cadet program. If you are simply young at heart and (18+) and love helping youth, then you also should get involved in the many exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities we have for adults on our Navy League Committee. In any case, your first step is to visit Illustrious at the Brampton Armoury on a parade night and meet us to get more in-depth information on the program and see for yourselves what the program has to offer!


There is no cost for membership in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. Uniforms and training materials are provided. As a cadet, you will be expected to participate in fundraising activities. The funds raised are used to provide facilities and services not provided by the Government of Canada, including extra recreational and social activities. (trips, dances, movie nights and more)


There are four steps that are required in order to complete and provide all the necessary documents to join the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet program. These steps are as follows:

Step 1: Complete application form. Every applicant is required to complete the following form:

Step 2: Produce proof of identity and age. Every applicant must produce a valid photo ID that will verify the residence/citizenship and the age of the applicant. The following documents are accepted as proof of identity and age:

  • A Valid Passport
  • A birth certificate issued by a Canadian Governmental Agency
  • Any card, visa or permit (with photo) issued by the Canadian government that legally authorizes the applicant to live in Canada
  • Any identification card issued by a federal or provincial government agency (like a health card), please no live birth certificates

Step 3: Produce proof of health insurance. Every applicant must demonstrate that they are covered by public or private health insurance. The following documents are accepted as proof of health insurance:

  • Provincial or Territorial Public Health Insurance Card
  • Private Insurance Card (i.e. Blue Cross)

Step 4: Complete any additional forms. Some cadets with certain medical or dietary conditions may be required to complete the following form (the Administration Officer will determine if this form is necessary):

If you wish to get a head start, feel free to print & begin filling out form CF-1158 above, and come visit us on our next parade night (Monday evenings Sept-May). If you are not sure of something on the form, please do not fill it in and ask in person. You do not need to print the form yourself; you can simply come in with the required items listed in Steps 2 & 3, and we will provide everything else.

Joining Instructions

All new cadets & their parents are highly recommended to read our joining instructions document, a detailed package that will give you much needed information to help you succeed.