Non-Commissioned Member | Full Time, Part Time
Gunners are responsible for surveillance, target acquisition, and indirect fire to engage the enemy. The Artillery is part of the Combat Arms, which also includes Infantry Soldiers, Armoured Soldiers, and Combat Engineers.
As members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, the primary responsibilities of Gunners are to:
Gunners normally work outdoors, where they experience the unique challenges that come with extended periods outside.
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Learn more about Basic Training here.
Gunners who speak English as their first language attend the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Gunners who speak French as their first language attend the Centre d’instruction in the Secteur du Québec Force Terrestre in Valcartier, Quebec. Training takes about 10 weeks and covers the following topics:
Gunners may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training.
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
This position is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time with a military unit in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. If additional training is required in order to specialize skills, arrangements will be made by the home unit.
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They are paid 92.8 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.