The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is a part of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. It defends and protects Canadian and North American airspace in partnership with the United States. The RCAF also contributes to international peace and security. With more than 100 different occupations, the RCAF provides amazing career opportunities and personal growth.
The RCAF produces some of the most diligent and skilled pilots and aircrew in the world. Opportunities go far beyond those occupations, however. Choose from a variety of jobs in different fields including Aerospace Telecommunication and Information Systems Technician, Musician, Bioscience Officer, or Construction Technician.
Time on the job is also given to ensure you are physically fit, allowing you to lift weights, play sports, participate in Martial Arts, or a multitude of other healthy living activities. Every base, unit and wing has a variety of both team and individual sports for athletes of all kinds.Apply Now
CAF members are paid based on their pay group, rank, and time in rank. All service personnel, men and women, married or single, are paid on the same scale. A private that has just joined can earn $35820 annually, increasing to $60168 when they reach the next rank of Corporal. Specialty pay for certain occupations can increase potential earnings beyond those numbers.Apply Now
The Air Force ensures you and your family are looked after. When you first become a Member and enter basic training, accommodation, meals, training, and a liveable wage are provided for you while you become accustomed to military life. Upon leaving basic and entering the workforce, you will receive guidance and assistance for the transition to your designated posting location. As it is for the rest of your military career, when work requires you to move, the CAF covers the costs.
Healthy living plays a major role in the life of a airmen and airwomen. With resources for nutrition, physical and mental fitness, physiotherapists and sports medicine specialists, and stress management programs, the sky is the limit when it comes to a healthy and active lifestyle in the Air Force.Apply Now
Members of the Air Force can be moved – or posted – to a variety of locations within Canada including but not limited to:
As a member, you also have the opportunity to live and work internationally in countries such as Belgium, Germany, The United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, and The United States of America.Apply Now
Canada is a world leader in terms of the proportion of women in its military, and the areas in which they can serve. Among their allies, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are highly regarded as being at the forefront of military gender integration.
Women can enroll in any CAF occupation, which includes operational trades, and serve in any environment. In all trades, CAF men and women are selected for training, promotions, postings and all career opportunities in exactly the same way - based on rank, qualifications and merit.
Presently, women serve on a number of global operations ranging across the spectrum from peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance operations, through to stability and security and peace-enforcement operations.
"I am so fortunate that I get paid to do what I love. Being a military helicopter pilot is more than just a job; it’s a fulfilling career. Joining the Canadian Armed Forces has provided me with exciting opportunities to pursue aviation in dynamic environments, and it has made my lifelong dream of flying a reality!"
“My team works on cutting-edge fly-by-wire helicopters; which integrate 64 computers and millions of lines of code. Every day, I get to work with amazing people to find innovative solutions to complex problems. If working with a motivated team and with the latest-generation technology is your dream too, consider the RCAF.”
"Joining the Canadian Armed Forces as a Construction Engineer has meant that no day is ever the same! It’s given me the opportunity to learn and grow as a leader and as an individual, all while seeing parts of the world that most people only dream of. My deployment to Operation IMPACT, Canada’s Training Mission in the Middle East, is no exception; I’ve been lucky enough to work with the most dedicated and hardworking team delivering construction projects to enable operations across the Joint Operations Area covering Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. If you are looking for a rewarding, energizing and dynamic career – look no further!"
"This is a challenging job that makes you learn every day. Being an Avionics Systems Technician has allowed me to travel across Canada and around the world. Solving problems is part of my job, it is challenging and rewarding to know you can make a difference in the success of a mission. If you like the challenge and adventure, join us and be a part of our team."
"I chose a career path that absolutely terrified me: mechanics in the aviation technology world! I joined with zero experience, zero self-confidence and had never been away from home. I can say the RCAF gave me all of that through my training and on-the-job experiences. My dream is to see more young women out on the hangar floor, elbows deep in engine oil and getting that sense of accomplishment of signing off the engine and releasing it for flight. There is no greater feeling than hearing the engines fire up and feeling the vibrations of the afterburner at full throttle knowing that you built it! Challenge yourself and you will most certainly surprise yourself!”