Canada’s “Cadet Corps” Militia & Defence Report, Year Ending Dec. 1901.
During the year, 719 rifles and over a million and a half cartridges have been issued to newly organized Rifle Associations. The former have been issued under bond for safe keeping and return when called for, the latter free. It is suggested that a supply of rifles be ordered to cover issues already made for this purpose and to meet future demands.
- D. A. MACDONALD, Colonel, Chief Superintendent of Military Stores.
Canada’s “Cadet Corps” Militia & Defence Report, Year Ending Dec. 1902.
PART II REPORT OF THE GENERAL OFEICER COMMANDING
This branch of the national defence system might easily be of the greatest value to the country, but from various causes it is at present of little account. The results of the present system compare very unfavourably with what has been achieved in Australasia.
The whole Cadet Corps question requires to be considered and reorganized on workable lines, as the youth of the country are splendid material now lying waste from the military point of view. Arrangements should be made to furnish every Cadet Corps of a certain strength with proper instruction.
- I have the honour to be, sir, Your obedient servant, DUNDONALD, Major General, Commanding the Canadian Militia. Ottawa, December 31, 1902.
Canada’s “Cadet Corps” Militia & Defence Report, Year Ending Dec. 31st, 1903.
PART II REPORT OF THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING.
I have placed before you proposals for the re-arrangement of the regulations with regard to the formation of Cadet organizations. These proposals have now been passed into law. I have also issued instructions with regard to Cadet training. The work of the Militia in camp only lasts 12 days a year, and of these 12 days one is spent in going into camp, one in leaving camp, and one is a Sunday, so that only 9 working days remain. If the youth of the country could be trained in close order work, in a knowledge of discipline, in the use of the rifle and in simple movements of drill when at school, the short time which they afterwards spend in Militia camps could be devoted altogether to that work which has to be done when face to face with the enemy. You have approved my recommendation that the services of Cadet Instructors should be acknowledged by giving them subaltern rank in the Militia, subject to their qualifying professionally. I am very glad this important departure was made. It is a fitting acknowledgment of their patriotic service. This Militia rank will enable them to qualify for the Long Service Decoration. Arrangements have also been made to allow them to take the course of instruction at the School of Musketry and to obtain the certificate on passing. The Cadet organizations will now be placed in the Militia List, as a further recognition of their military value to the country.
- I have the honour to be, sir. Your obedient servant, DUNDONALD, Major General Commanding Canadian Militia. Ottawa, March 1, 1904.
Canada’s “Cadet Corps” Militia & Defence Report, Year Ending Dec. 31st, 1904.
Ottawa, January 10, 1905.
- To the Honourable The Minister of Militia and Defence, In Militia Council.
- Sir,—I have the honour to report on the work of the Adjutant-General’s Branch for the year ending December 31, 1904.
Twenty-two new cadet organizations were authorized during the year. Formerly the age limit for cadets was 18, that being the age young men became eligible for service in the active militia. At the request of some of the educational institutions, it is proposed to amend the regulations to permit bona fide students at educational institutions, beyond the age of 18 years, continuing as members of the cadet organizations authorized in connection with such institutions, so long as they remain students thereat.
- I have the honour to be, sir, Your obedient servant, B. H. VIDAL, Colonel, Adjutant- General.
Canada’s “Cadet Corps” Militia Council Report, Year Ending Dec. 31st, 1906.
- The number of new cadet corps formed was 15; the number of corps disbanded was 8; and the number remaining is 132.
- The number of cadet corps continues to increase. The interest manifested during the year in these important organizations has been keen and active. The majority are in good order so far as drill is concerned, and many are taking advantage of the issue of free ammunition, recently authorized, to acquire a knowledge of rifle practice. The promise of a sub-target gun to those corps which have suitable accommodation has added greatly to the interest taken in shooting. Many of the boys are good shots, and a few companies sent representatives to the Dominion and the Provincial rifles meetings, who competed with fair success against the more experienced competitors.
Canada’s Cadet “Services” Corps Militia Council Report, Year Ending March 31st, 1907.
REPORT OF THE MILITIA COUNCIL FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MARCH 31, 1907.
- The number of new cadet corps formed was 6. The number of cadet corps disbanded was 2.
- The Officer Commanding Western Ontario reports that the units within his command are, with few exceptions, in good order, so far as their drill is concerned, and that many of them are interested in musketry. He strongly urges the issue of a lighter rifle, as noted in his previous report. This is being considered by the Militia Council.
- The formation of more units needs encouragement, there being a lack of enthusiasm in many localities, which should not exist in connection with so important a movement.
- The formation of Cadet Engineer Companies in connection with Universities was authorized, and a company formed at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.