1292 Army Cadet Corps History
A Calgary cadet corps, originally designated the Alberta Military Institute Cadet Corps, was formed on 22 March 1926. Following the Second World War, the Corps was renamed “The Alberta United Services Institute Squadron (Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians))” on 17 May 1947. In 1950 the Corps was incorporated into 2376 Calgary Cadet Corps as A Squadron of the Battalion where it remained until 1955. The affiliation to the Corps remained active as the Regiment continued to directly sponsor A Squadron during this time. Originally only fourteen strong, the strength of the Squadron rose to almost sixty cadets when it was reformed as 1292 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) on 8 February 1955.
1292 is one of oldest Army Cadets Corps in Alberta. Today the Corps parades out of the General Sir Arthur Currie Building, 4225 Crowchild Trail, Southwest Calgary at about 45 cadets strong. An extremely active Corps, they pride themselves on more field exercises than almost any other Corps in Alberta.
ARMY CADET HISTORY
More than one hundred years ago (as far back as 1862) Canada began the instruction of young men attending school in drill and military training. These young men were initially formed into militia sub-units known as Drill Associations that closely resemble present-day cadet corps.
In 1879, under the provision of Militia General Order 18, Associations for Drill in Educational Institutions were authorized for young men of at least 14 years of age. This General Order is taken as the official founding date of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets.
In 1942, His Majesty King George VI conferred the title Royal on the Army cadets and accepted the appointment of Colonel-in-Chief. Today, HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, holds this title.
During the 1960’s, the Canadian Forces underwent a complete reorganization and as a result the Directorate of Cadets was established at National Defence Headquarters to set policy and coordinate the activities of the Canadian Cadet Organization on a national basis.
Bill C16 was given Royal Assent on July 30, 1975 and amended the National Defence Act allowing young women to enroll as cadets. Prior to this date, cadets was a male-only organization.
The Canadian Cadet Movement is the largest youth organization in Canada, and is the only federally funded youth initiative. We have corps and squadrons in every province and territory, and currently have over 55,000 members!