Each squadron trains one night per week—a "parade night"—to undertake the local training program. The five-year program provides cadets instruction in citizenship, leadership, survival training, instructional techniques, drill and ceremonial protocol, and the basics of aviation and aeronautics. In their senior years, cadets may be assigned to instruct these classes to the younger cadets. The local training year begins in September and continues until June. Throughout the year there are also some mandatory weekend activities and training organized by the local squadrons. Survival exercises, participation in Remembrance Day ceremonies, and familiarization flights are all common activities.
Attendance at both the local parade nights and mandatory weekend actives is required to pass the training level. Cadets who do not complete the requirements will be required to complete the the following year.