The MOU, which was officially signed by Major General Duncan Capps (General Officer Commanding Regional Command) and Canadian Commander Brigidier General Woiden, promises to promote friendship, mutual understanding and trust between the two countries through the organisation of an annual exchange programme for cadets. This is the first MOU cadet agreement to exist between two countries.
The MOU formalises and improves the arrangement for the next 10 years on an exchange which was established in 1972. The UK will send 60 cadets (ACF and CCF) to Canada each year, in an operation which is commonly referred to as Oak Leaf Exchange, where they will be integrated into summer training courses for six weeks. The agreement sees an increase on the current 50 cadets attending. The Royal Canadian Army Cadets send 60 cadets to the UK for a five week training and cultural activity programme. The agreement also sees members of each country's cadet rifle team competing in national championships.