Joining Army Cadets
If you are between 12 to 18 years of age and looking for fun, adventure, new challenges and making new friends You can Join the Royal Canadian Army Cadets!
For More information click on Join Army Cadets listed on the main menu
To find a Cadet Corps near you, check out our Corps Directory
or Call 1-800-561-4786
The Army Cadet League's President, Dan Matthews
Dan Matthews commenced a military career on enrolment in the Ontario Regiment Royal Canadian Armoured Corps in 1961. He served in a number of non-commissioned rank in the Regiment culminating with his appointment as Regimental Sergeant Major in 1972. In 1975 he was commissioned and served in all Regimental appointments including Battle Captain Recce Squadron, Adjutant, Officer Commanding Recce Sqn, Regimental Operations Officer and Deputy Commanding Officer. In 1992 he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and assumed command of the Regiment. He relinquished command in 1994 and became a volunteer advisor to the Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario). In 1998 he transferred from the Supplementary Reserve into the Cadet Instructor Cadre and took command of the 1913 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (Ontario Regiment). During the summer months of 2000 to 2003 he worked at the Blackdown Army Cadet Summer Training Centre at Canadian Forces Base Borden as a Company Commander and in 2003 commenced Class B employment as Deputy Commanding Officer of the Blackdown Cadet Training Centre. He commanded the Training Centre during the training period in 2004. In 2007 he was transferred to the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central) as the Regional Cadet Administration Officer. Retiring in 2010 he rejoined the Army Cadet League. Since joining the league he has served on the Board of Directors and held the positions of Secretary, first and second Vice-President and was recently elected President of the Army Cadet League Ontario Branch. As President of the Ontario Branch he represents Ontario as a Vice-President on the Army Cadet League of Canada National Council.
In his civilian career he served thirty four years with the Durham Regional Police Service retiring in 2001 in the rank of Inspector. He also served on the board of the St John Ambulance Durham Region Branch as chairman for several years. He is a past President of Branch 112 Royal Canadian Legion (Whitby)
Army Cadet League (ON) Annual General Meeting (AGM)