The Air Cadet League of Canada has created an award to recognize continuous meritorious cadet service of at least four years by deserving Air Cadets.
The Air Cadet Service Medal (AirCSM) was authorized for issue and wear by the National Cadet Council on May 5, 2004.
For currently serving Air Cadets, the medal will be recommended for issue by the Cadet Squadron Commanding Officer and approved by the Chairperson of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee. Applications for currently serving cadets are to be sent by the Squadron to:
ATTENTION: Honours and Awards
Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc.
PO Box 17000 Station Forces
NOTE: Application forms, for former Air Cadets are to be sent for verification, approval and fulfillment to the National Headquarters in Ottawa:
ATTENTION: Executive Director
Air Cadet League of Canada
66 Lisgar Street
To qualify for this award, a serving cadet must have successfully completed four years (48 months) of honourable service with no serious infractions, and be recommended by the Air Cadet Squadron Commanding Officer. All Air Cadets past or future, shall be eligible for this award.
Qualified cadets on strength at a cadet squadron as of January 1, 2006 are eligible to receive the medal.
Former cadets who were non-effective (N/E) or Struck off Strength (SOS) on or before December 31, 2005 may apply to the National Office for this award. No medal shall be issued without supporting proof of service, the onus to produce such proof being upon the applicant. The cost of the medal and handling charges, determined by the Air Cadet League of Canada, will be the responsibility of the applicant.
The medal will be issued with an undress ribbon. Miniature medals may be purchased from the National Office. Replacement medals may be issued to an individual, at the current sales price, after proof of original issue is produced and an application re-submitted to the National Office. No replacement medal shall be issued without supporting proof of original issue, the onus to produce such proof being upon the applicant.
A break in service in the aggregate of one month or less will not disqualify a recipient from receiving the award. An Air Cadet who has previously served with the Army Cadets and/or the Sea Cadets may count such service to the eligibility period for the AirCSM. Eligible service is portable between air cadet squadrons.