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The Canadian Army

The Canadian Army is the land component of the Canadian Armed Forces. We train and provide forces to protect and defend Canada. Our personnel, working in over 30 occupations, are our greatest resource. We are a highly capable force consisting of full-time Regular soldiers, part-time Reservists serving in our communities and Canadian Rangers from remote locations in Canada.

Life in the Army

"All you need to do is show up with an attitude to learn and realize you are part of a team, not just an individual."

Captain Carl Homer
Start at over
$39,000
After training
Train to be a leader
Start at
$100/day
as a reservist
Progress your career in demanding fields
Choose from over
30
occupations
Travel opportunities at home and abroad

Life in The Canadian Army

See how you fit in

Jobs

Jobs in the Army vary from combat specialists to health care providers. Our technically advanced force employs communications technicians, vehicle technicians and geomatic technicians, as well as infantry soldiers, gunners and vehicle crew members. You will undergo training similar to real operations that will challenge your mental and physical abilities.

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Pay

Canadian Armed Forces 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 $39,000 annually, increasing to $72,000 when they reach the next rank of Corporal. Reservists are paid by the day. Earnings start at $100/day as a Private, increasing to $140/day at the rank of Corporal, and higher as a member progresses in rank.

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Living

Sense of community is strong within the Army. Whether it is close knit groups of families living on base, or 100% financial compensation for moving and relocation, you can rest assured you will feel welcome and taken care of within the CAF.

Healthy living plays a major role in the life of a soldier. 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 Army.

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Travel

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

  • Valcartier, Quebec
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Shilo, Manitoba
  • Petawawa, Ontario
  • Gagetown, New Brunswick

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.

You can also choose to serve your country from your community as a Reservist. Our 122 Reserve units are present in 117 communities.

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The Army Reserve

The Army Reserve is the part-time component of the Canadian Army. It generates full-time capabilities from part-time service, at home and abroad. Reservists can choose to deploy based on their particular circumstances and can serve Canada from their hometown. As an integral part of the Army, Reservists benefit from its unique work experience, sense of belonging and camaraderie.

The work, life experience and leadership skills they acquire are highly valued by civilian employers. The Army guarantees four summers of full-time summer employment to new recruits, which is focused on training them to become fully qualified leaders at the end of their four years. The varied life experience that Reservists bring to the Army are an important part of its success on operations.

"I really like that you can just choose whatever you want from a list of taskings for the summer. I can basically choose my summer job every year. I love that because if I come back from school, a lot of students are trying to figure out how to make money this year. For me it's set up, it's good to go so I never need to worry."
Cpl Monique Dunford Rifleman with the Lorne Scots, Georgetown
Canadian armed forces member working for the Army

After your Basic Military Qualification course, many occupations in the Army will then require job specific training at a Canadian Forces school or an approved post-secondary institution, depending on the occupation.

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Where will your journey take you?

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