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Royal Canadian Air Force

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.

Life in the RCAF

"The adventure has just been getting better and better."

Captain Brent Handy
Start at over
$39,000
After training
Become a leader through officer training
Choose from
52
Careers
Progress your career in demanding fields
Travel to
9
Possible countries
See the world while serving your country

Life in The Royal Canadian Air Force

See how you fit in

Jobs

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.

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Pay

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.

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Living

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.

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Travel

Members of the Air Force can be moved – or posted – to a variety of locations within Canada including but not limited to:

  • Bagotville, Quebec
  • Cold Lake, Alberta
  • Comox, British Columbia
  • Trenton, Ontario
  • Greenwood, Nova Scotia

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.

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Women in the Air Force

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.

Where will your journey take you?

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