Our cadets learn how to find the leader within them. Leadership training is both structured and done “on the job”. Cadets learn principles and theories of leadership through lessons and seminars, while also applying these ideas through peer, team, and organizational leadership opportunities.
Our members not only learn to become better leaders, but to be better Canadian citizens. Cadets learn about Canadian history, military traditions, and ways to get involved in the community. 2947 actively makes the City of Richmond a better place through participation in fundraisers, annual parades, food drives, and community cleanups.
Strong bodies make strong minds; strong minds make strong leaders. We have a comprehensive physical training program that goes beyond running laps and pushups. We introduce our cadets to sports such as Olympic fencing and wrestling in partnership with our community centres of excellence.
Expedition is the most exciting aspect of our training program. Cadets challenge themselves through developing skills in canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, and more. Select candidates can join expeditions to locations such as Haida Gwaii, Argentina, and even Mt Everest.
Drill is the foundation of military discipline. Cadets learn to perform ceremonial movements on parades such as marching, ceremonial rifle movements, and ceremonial flag movements. Through drill training, cadets learn fundamental principles such as self-awareness, alertness, focus, and pride.
BUSHCRAFT AND NAVIGATION
We take lessons learned in the classroom and put them into practice in live environments. Cadets learn how to survive in the wilderness, erect tents and structures, navigate using maps, compasses, and GPS, as well learn to lead teams in accomplishing objectives in the field.
Marksmanship is the discipline of safely and effectively handling and firing a rifle at a target with both precision and consistency. It is a sport which trains the mind as much as the body. 2947 has a robust and competitive training program, producing cadets who compete locally, nationally, and internationally annualy.
2947 is one of the only Army Cadet units in Metro Vancouver which has a military band. Cadets train to play and march as a formation, and play at a variety of functions such as charity dinners and parades. Interested cadets can continue their musical training during the summer on select Musician Courses.
INSTRUCTOR AND SENIOR LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Cadets in their third year (Silver Star) of training begin learning skills required to instruct course content. By their fourth year (Gold Star), cadets will be conducting their practicum of teaching rotations, as well as receiving continuous feedback and advanced course content from senior instructors. Senior cadets also have the opportunity to staff at various Summer Training Centres across Canada to further develop their leadership skills.
Top Graduates from the Gold Star training level can be selected for international exchanges to Europe. These exchanges are completely free, but only 20-25 cadets are selected per exchange nationally. However, 2947 is proud to regularly produce cadets who attend international exchanges.