Red Star Training

Course Daybook (Course Training Plan)


The Red Star Course is designed to provide the new cadet with the basic knowledge to participate in cadet activities. All subsequent star training will follow this course.

This training will qualify the cadet to participate as a non-commissioned member of the cadet corps with the rank of Corporal.

It is important for you to know that this training is also part of the academic credit course called Leadership and Peer Support. Comments for this course will be entered on reports cards in Grades 9, 10 & 11 and a final mark will be provided on your year end Grade 11 report card.

A Course Officer, a Senior Staff Cadet and one or more senior cadets, will be assigned to assist with the course administration and as instructors.

Course Requirements

You take the compass bearing! - Green Star Trg - fall 1999Prerequisites
All cadets in Grade nines are expected to participate in the Red Star Program. Candidates (except new boys) should have completed Green Star.

Course Registration
All cadet who are required to participate (as indicated above) do NOT need to register.

Each candidate will be issued a Red Star Handbook (A-CR-CCP-119/ PT-001) on the first day of the course. If you have not received one, please see your Course Officer or Senior Course Cadet. The handbook is designed as a textbook/ workbook for study by Red Star Course cadets and is yours to keep. You may add your own notes and highlight important paragraphs as you wish. You should bring your handbook to any regular Red Star training sessions.

Other Resources
These resources will provide additional information to assist you in completing the Red Star course.

Red Star candidates are expected to:
  • attend all regular Thursday Red Star training sessions and special activities,
  • read assigned chapters of the Red Star Handbook,
  • submit to the course instructor any assignments given (these may include group assignments or taskings),
  • write and pass the Red Star test.
At the completion of the course training, candidates must complete a written test at a date announced by the course instructor normally in January or February. The test will include questions from each chapter in the Red Star Handbook however the emphasis will be on fundamental training. You are responsible for knowing all the material in the handbook (whether covered in class or not) and other information about SAC cadets and our affiliated unit provided to you during the course.

Sixty percent (60%) or more is required to pass the written test. An opportunity to rewrite a test for those who do not pass, may be provided. If the candidate rewrites the test or writes the test at a date after the initial test is offered, then seventy-five percent (75%) is required to pass.

Results of the testing will normally be posted on the cadet bulletin board.

Qualification Rank
Cadets who successfully complete the requirements for the Red Star will be promoted to Corporal.

Course Content
The course consist of the following subjects with the Handbook Chapter reference. Links indicate additional information and/or resources for that subject.

  • Drill (Chapter 1) - The aim of the Red Star drill is to complete instruction of the basic skills required in order that the cadet can perform drill movements as a member of a squad. Emphasis is placed on movements that require squad coordination and timing, as opposed to the individual drill taught on the Green Star Course. In addition, drill teaches an army cadet self-reliance, steadiness on parade, self-discipline and personal deportment. Drill develops individual and group pride and esprit de corps, provided that it is well-taught and executed.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Left and Right Turns on the March
    • Lesson 2 - About turns on the March
    • Lesson 3 - Squad in Threes Forming Single File from the Halt
    • Lesson 4 - Squad in Single File Re-forming Threes on the March
    • Lesson 5 - Squad in Line Forming Single File from the Halt
    • Lesson 6 - Squad in Single File Re-forming Line on the March
    • Lesson 7 - Paces to the Right or Left
  • Fundamental Training (Chapter 2) - The aim of Red Star fundamental training is to continue providing Red Star course cadets with a background knowledge and history of the Royal Canadain Army Cadets (RCAC). In addition, the general duties of a junior NCO will be introduced in order to assist the cadet in his/her role as a junior leader.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and The Badges and Medals of the RCAC
    • Lesson 2 - The National, Provincial and Army Cadet Flags
    • Lesson 3 - Platoon/Troop Organizational Chart
    • Lesson 4 - General Duties and Responsibilities of an NCO
    • Lesson 5 - History of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets

  • Bushcraft (Chapter 3) - The aim of Red Star bushcraft is to complete instruction of the basic skills required by a cadet to live comfortably in the field. Emphasis is placed on section activities as opposed to the individual skills taught on the Green Star course. 
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Principles of Safe Toolcraft - Using and Axe and Bow-saw
    • Lesson 2 - Cooking in the Field
    • Lesson 3 - Preparation of a Fire
    • Lesson 4 - Construction of a Latrine
    • Lesson 5 - Care and Maintenance of Section Equipment
    • Lesson 6 - Knots and Lashings
    • Lesson 7 - Selection of a Bivouac Site
    • Lesson 8 - Field Training First Aid
    • Lesson 9 - Environmentally Safe Waste Disposal
    • Lesson 10 - An Expedition

  • Fieldcraft (Chapter 4) - The aim of Red Star fieldcraft is to instruct basic movement and field signals.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Indiviual Fieldcraft Movements
    • Lesson 2 - Section Field Signals and Formations

  • Map and Compass (Chapter 5) - The aim of Red Star map and compass is to introduce the cadet to the compass.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and The Compass and its Parts
    • Lesson 2 - Points of the Compass
    • Lesson 3 - Taking a Compass Bearing
    • Lesson 4 - Pacing a Route

  • Firearm Handling (Chapter 6) - The aid of Red Star firearm handling is to review the essential range procedures and safety precautions required to operate on a range.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Safety Precautions
    • Lesson 2 - Range Commands and Procedures

  • Marksmanship (Chapter 7) - The aim of Red Star marksmanship training is to complete instruction of the theory behind the remaining three principles of marksmanship and to introduce the idea of a mental advantage in the competitive sport of shooting. After the instruction portion has been completed, cadets are required to attempt the annual classification.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Aiming
    • Lesson 2 - Breathing
    • Lesson 3 - Trigger Control and Follow-through
    • Lesson 4 - Winning Attitude

  • Public Speaking (Chapter 10) - The aim of Red Star public speaking is to continue exposing the red star course cadet to speaking in front of a group. Public speaking helps to build confidence and courage.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Speech Preparation
    • Lesson 2 - The Three Minute Talk

  • Leadership (Chapter 11) - The aim of Red Star leadership is to introduce the qualities of a good leader.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Qualities of a Leader

  • Citizenship (Chapter 12) - The aim of Red Star citizenship is to introduce the cadet to the role of community service clubs and to encourage the cadet's continued participation in community events.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Service Clubs in Your Community

  • Physical Fitness (Chapter 13) - The aim of Red Star physical fitness is to offer an understanding of the importance of sportsmanship in athletics and to encourage continued participation in sports.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Good Sportsmanship

  • Sensible Living (Chapter 14) - The aim of Red star sensible living is to discuss the Canada Food Guide and its relationship to good health.
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction and Good Nutrition

[Note that chapters 8 & 9 are not allocated. Who knows!]