Being a member of the Canadian Forces means dedication and perserverance. See the steps as you shape yourself into a Canadian Armed Forces Member.
Join the Regular Force (Full-Time)
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.Browse positions
Join the Reserves (Part-Time)
Members of the Reserve Force serve part time in the CAF. 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.Browse positions
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has a number of paid education programs for a first-class education that will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in Canada’s esteemed military. Graduates of our programs are leaders in their fields, working with cutting edge technology, developing military strategies and making a difference in their communities.Learn more
Programs for Indigenous Peoples
Aboriginal Leadership Opportunities YearA one-year educational program offered to Indigenous peoples through the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC)
Summer training programsSummer training programs for Indigenous youth on military lifestyle and cultural awareness. Apply online.
Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry ProgramA special three-week program for Indigenous peoples who are considering a career in the CAF.
Requirements and How to Join
Submit your application
You will create a secure account to fill out the application form and submit it electronically. You will then need to mail in a copy of your birth certificate, government issued photo ID, transcripts from your highest level of education, proof of trade qualifications and professional licenses, and any additional forms required for the trade or job you selected.
You will fill out reliability screening forms. This ensures you are trustworthy with sensitive information. The Canadian Forces will verify all the forms you submit so be completely honest when filling out the required forms.
You will take an aptitude test to determine which military occupations are the best fit for you. Preparation is key so make sure you are well rested, healthy, on time, and careful with your answers. You will be tested on verbal skills, spatial ability and problem solving. It will take approximately 60 minutes to complete a series of three Canadian Forces aptitude tests. The following practice aptitude test will provide you with an example of the style and structure of what you will experience when you write the real test at a Recruitment Centre near you.
You will then take a two part medical exam: First there is a questionnaire on your medical history including specific information on your medication. Then the medical staff will conduct a physical exam to measure your height, weight, evaluate your vision, colour perception and hearing. The second step is a medical file review to determine any limitations that will affect your training and career.
The next step is an interview with a military career counsellor; it is your official job interview and a very important step. The application process is very competitive and you will be asked questions about your work history, knowledge of the Canadian Forces, and understanding of the job you selected.
If the Canadian Armed Forces offers you a job, you will have 10 days to make your decision. If you accept, you will receive joining instructions to explain the next phase including an enrollment ceremony and basic training.