Frequently asked questions
Members of the Regular Force serve full time protecting Canada and defending our sovereignty. They contribute to international peace and security, and work with the United States to defend North America. They are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to threats, natural disasters or humanitarian crises at home and around the world.
View all regular force positions here.
Members of the Reserve Force serve part time in the CAF and do not have a set Term of Service. Their main role is to support the Regular Force at home and abroad. Reservists typically serve one or more evenings a week and/or during weekends at locations close to home. Some Reservists may volunteer to be deployed on operations, if there are positions available, but are not required to be deployed. Benefits are also provided to Reserve Members.
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Officers in the CAF hold positions of authority and respect. They are responsible for the safety, well-being and morale of a group of soldiers, sailors, air men or air women. Analyzing, planning, making decisions and providing advice are a few aspects of an Officer’s role.
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Non-Commissioned Members are skilled personnel who provide operational and support services in the CAF. Non-Commissioned Members start out as recruits and are trained to do specific jobs.
View all non-commissioned member positions here.
If you want to continue your career in the Forces beyond your initial contract, you may be offered further terms of service.
- NCMs in the Army will attend the 4-week Basic Military Qualification – Land Course at one of several centres across the country before continuing on to occupation training.
- NCMs in the Navy will attend the 5-week Fleet School in Esquimalt or Halifax before continuing on to occupation training.
- NCMs in the Air Force usually go directly to occupation training.
- Officers will be sent to either second language training or occupation training.
If you would like to stay in your area, consider joining the Reserve Force. Reservists in the Forces train and serve in their local areas and are not required to move.
How to speak with your family member about joining the Canadian Armed Forces
Joining the Canadian Armed Forces is a big decision for anyone. We've prepared a document to help you with discussing this lifestyle change with your family member. You can download it here (PDF, 234KB).