|Status:||Draft (under way)|
|Definition:||Meeting place of a local Military Cadet unit|
This tag is to be used to map the location of the training depots / buildings where Military Cadet groups meet, together with details of each Unit.
Despite being extremely popular youth organisations (e.g. British Air Cadets alone have 952 Squadrons, with ~33000 Cadets!), there are currently very few Cadet Units mapped in OSM, with a lot being incorrectly mapped as landuse=military + military=barracks, although there is very limited use of:
"Military Cadets" refers to the various voluntary, youth training groups, usually aimed at teenagers aged ~12-18, that are usually loosely linked to a branch of their country's Armed Forces e.g The Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADF Cadets) are a personal development program for young people, conducted by the Australian Defence Force in cooperation with the community, which benefits the Nation by developing an individual's capacity to contribute to society, fostering an interest in Defence Force careers, and developing ongoing support for Defence. They are broadly similar, but also somewhat different, to Scouts / Guides.
In most countries, Cadets are not actually part of the Armed Forces, have no requirement to eventually join the Armed Forces, and do not receive full military training, although they may have serving military personnel acting as instructors.
Cadet units will often be housed within the grounds of Secondary Schools / Colleges, and also actual Military bases. In some cases, particularly with Private Schools, Cadets form a compulsory part of the school curriculum.
For the purpose of this tag, "Military Cadets" does not refer to the various forms of Officer Cadets, who are already enlisted in the armed forces of their respective country, but are still going through their initial Officer Training courses, before being posted to a unit.
Sea Cadets - units based on a country's Navy, and / or it's Marine Corps where applicable
Army Cadets - units based on a country's Army
Air Cadets - units based on a country's Air Force, and
Combined Cadets - joint units, with contingents of multiple Services.
Actual mapping would be as either a node or an area, depending on where the Unit is located.
As Cadets are NOT considered to be part of a country's Military forces, then the building is not to also be tagged with landuse=military. On those occasions when the Cadet building is located on the grounds of a military estblishment, it will however, still be included under that area's landuse=military.
TS Vampire, Australian Navy Cadets
2827 Port Moody & Coquitlam, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps
2457 (Tring) Squadron, Air Training Corps
The Unit Type and Organisation name should always be spelled out fully e.g. Squadron, not Sqn, and Air Training Corps, rather than ATC, for clarity and to prevent confusion. "Ship" names however e.g. TS (Training Ship) or HMCS (Her Majesty's Canadian Ship) are, by tradition, always abbreviated
operator=*, once again including the full name e.g. operator=Australian Air Force Cadets, rather than just Air Cadets, so as to prevent possible confusion between different countries.
If you know the Wikidata code for that operator, that can also be included as: operator:wikidata=*
This will help differentiate between the hours the area (e.g. school) is open, and the actual times the Cadets are on parade.
As mentioned above
would all be deprecated, and moved to this tag.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadet - be aware that this page doesn't differentiate between Youth Cadets & Military Officer Cadets
Please comment on the discussion page.