Community Service Team 3 is a Cadet unit that allows youth to join the C.A.A. in a structured and supervised manner. Targeted at youth ages 14-21, the unit allows young members similar abilities as regular members, but in a more controlled environment and under direct supervision.
Cadet units are supervised by adult personnel that are 21 years of age or older, and are Commissioned Officers or NCO’s in the C.A.A. that are part of the command structure for the Cadet unit and provide guidance and supervision.
When Cadets age out of the program, they are given the opportunity to join the C.A.A. as a regular member. The rank they attain as a Cadet directly relates to a higher starting rank as an Active Duty member.
Cadets are required to meet the same Eligibility Guidelines as any other member of the C.A.A. They are also required to follow the Code of Conduct, in addition to the specific unit and hygiene requirements of the unit (Type 4).
Cadets must be between the ages of 14 and 21 to be able to
participate in this unit as Cadets. Once Cadets reach the age of 18
they are eligible to join the C.A.A. as regular Active Duty, Reserve, or Auxiliary members, but may remain in the unit until they are 21 if they wish. Once a Cadet transfers over to another duty status they cannot go back to being a Cadet, even if they are within the age requirements. Cadets are encouraged to remain
in the Cadet Corps unit until they age out, as they will receive much more
opportunity for advancement and promotion.
Cadets who show a willingness to excel may be offered leadership and special positions while in the unit, these roles and abilities will later be considered if they go on to join the C.A.A. as an Active Duty member.