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Changes in Senior Leadership for 2020 National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group

Early this month, the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Lieutenant-General Lanthier issued a CANFORGEN announcing the 2020 National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group Senior appointments and key positions of Chief Petty Officers 1st class / Chief Warrant Officers for the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group.

“It is my privilege to announce the following Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) / Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) senior appointment (SA) that will occur in 2020. COMD NATL CJCR SP GP (Command National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group) and I offer my heartfelt congratulations and sincerest best wishes to those taking on new appointments and new responsibilities,” stated Lanthier in the CANFORGEN.

CPO1 D. Bliss will be appointed National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group Chief Warrant Officer, in Ottawa, replacing CWO W.J. Crawford.

The following Chief Petty Officers 1st class (CPO1)/Chief Warrant Officers (CWO) are appointed to key positions (KP) in 2020:

      • CPO1 D. Legault is appointed regional cadet support unit (Atlantic) CWO, in shearwater.
      • CWO M.A.M Roberge is appointed Regional Cadet Support Unit (east) CWO, in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
      • CWO G. Godbout is appointed Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central) CWO, in Borden.
      • CWO J.A. Leamy is appointed Regional Cadet Support Unit (Northwest) CWO, in Winnipeg.

After distinguished service to Canada and the CAF, CWO W.J. Crawford will retire in 2020.

The CANFORGEN concluded, “COMD NATL CJCR SP GP B-Gen D.B. Cochrane and I thank you for your outstanding service to Canada and your dedication to the cadet program.”

The National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group are noted as positive youth development programs for Canadian youth aged 12 to 18 years old.

There are more than 54,000 Cadets in Canada. One of the goals of the Canadian Cadet organization is to develop skills that will help Canadian youth transition into adulthood.

“From good citizenship, leadership, and a focus on physical fitness, Cadets have experiences that you don’t find anywhere else, all while learning about the Sea, Land, and Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces,” noted the Canadian Government website.

However, Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces, nor is the Cadet Program a recruiting platform for the CAF.

The Cadet program is designed to guide Cadets to develop life and work skills like self-confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, and respect for others all the while having fun and building friendships.

The organization is a partnership between the Department of Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Navy Army and Air Cadet Leagues of Canada and local communities.

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