Pay & Benefits
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) offers competitive salaries and world-class benefit packages – including health, dental, vision, from four to six weeks paid vacation annually, great pension plans and continuous training – that start from the moment you put on the uniform.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) offers competitive salaries. Your skills, knowledge, experience and training can impact your starting salary. As a new direct entry recruit, you could earn anywhere from $35,820 - $62,424 annually while you complete basic training.
Once you are fully trained for your chosen occupation, your salary will continue to increase based on your time in the military, rank and acquired skills. Starting salaries are based on equivalent careers for entry level positions within the private sector. The benefits of continuous professional development, training, healthcare and pension from the moment you enroll separate the CAF from every other private sector opportunity.
If you enroll through one of our paid education plans, you will receive at least $20,000, while you complete your paid education. Depending on your enrolment plan, this could be significantly more. Your pay also increases once you graduate. Take a look at some of our paid education plans to find out more about pay and benefits for students.
Some of our featured occupations offer a signing bonus. To be eligible for a signing bonus, you must meet the specific criteria for the occupation. These criteria may be different for each occupation. It is recommended that you speak to a recruiter who can help you estimate the recruitment allowance you could be entitled to. Visit our Help Centre to get in touch.
Medical, Dental, and Vision Care
You and your family will receive health and dental coverage throughout your career. If you enrol as a part-time member, you may also benefit from the medical and dental care during specified periods, depending on your duty status.
As a full-time member, you will start with 20 paid vacation days per year. These can normally be scheduled around training and operational requirements. The vacation time will increase throughout your career, to a maximum of 30 days. If you enrol as a part-time member, you will receive one paid vacation day for each 15 consecutive calendar days.
Maternity and Parental Leave
The CAF offers maternity and parental leave benefits to spend time with your newest family member with 93% of your normal salary.
Our pension plans provide you with peace of mind today and for years to come. Whether you are joining full time or part-time, you can rest assured that you can retire with a pension.
Education & Training
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognizes that education is the best investment an organization can make toward the development of its members and has a number of paid education plans for college, university and graduate-level programs. Learn more about our Paid Education programs.
A modernized training and education platform ensures soldiers receive the training they need at each step of their careers. Education within the CAF focuses not only on the military application of job specific roles, but also on marketable skills that can prepare a Member for life outside the CAF.
Many courses within the CAF are credit transferable to post-secondary institutions via a prior learning assessment (PLAR) out process. The same applies for the PLAR in process, where civilians with post-secondary accreditation can receive advanced standing upon joining the Forces.
Canadian Armed Forces members and Department of National Defence employees have access to the Defence Learning Network which houses technologically advanced professional development tools, courses and training.
Diversity is the strength of Canada’s population and is essential to our military’s operational effectiveness and long-term success.
Individuals in the Canadian Armed Forces will always be seen as a soldier first, regarded for your duty, work and contributions above all else. The Forces welcome applicants from all genders, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientations.
In the Canadian Armed Forces we have over 100 job opportunities that come with excellent pay and benefits. You also have the opportunity to take time and improve your skills through education at any point in your career.
You can apply to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as an Officer or a Non-Commissioned Member. The path that you choose will depend on your skillset, interests and educational background.
Careers are available in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a full-time or part-time member. Full-time members make up the Regular Force. Part-time members make up the Reserve Force.
Travel and Adventure
If you want a work experience that is out of the ordinary there is no career more challenging or rewarding than serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Whether you choose a career in the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, or the Royal Air Force, your will have a unique work experience with extraordinary opportunities for travel and adventure. The Canadian Armed Forces have taken major steps to improve career management, education and training systems with the goal of enhancing military service as a career of choice. Equipped with these skills, you will have the opportunities to work anywhere doing almost any job.
Esprit de corps
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are well supported from the moment they join, throughout their career, and finally as they transition out of the military. This also includes keeping the door open to Veterans wishing to return to service, or who later need assistance and support.
From the moment you begin basic training, you’ll be welcomed into a team of dedicated professionals who will soon become like family. Members of the CAF come from all across Canada, each bringing something unique and valuable to the team as a whole. As you progress in rank and skill, you’ll learn something new from every member you meet, and develop lifelong friendships along the way.
Families are a major source of support to CAF members and integral to the success of the military – they are the strength behind the uniform.
There are numerous programs to support you and your family during challenging times. Every base has a Military Family Resource Centre to provide services like career counselling for spouses and daycare for children.
Additional services and benefits provided for families include community orientation, low-cost access sports and fitness facilities, employment assistance and second language training for spouses, relocation benefits and services and cost-of-living differential allowances, morale and psychological support, including a member assistance program, operational trauma and stress support centres, family separation and reunion counseling and self-help groups, financial services such as insurance and financial planning.
Successful careers begin in the Forces
All our members enjoy a range of prestigious full-and part-time career options in fields like healthcare, law, IT and engineering, the possibility of specializing in your career, accelerated responsibilities and faster advancement opportunities than in the civilian world, the chance to travel and work around the world, and a full range of enviable benefits and advantages.
“High risk, high consequence and high rewards.”- Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Kutryk, Astronaut Candidate Training Program
Push your limits
Sports inspire CAF members to improve their physical fitness and build their leadership and self-discipline skills. Sports also promote teamwork, esprit de corps, loyalty, and commitment. Every base, unit and wing has a variety of both team and individual sports for athletes of all kinds. If you qualify at the competitive level, you may have the opportunity to participate in regional, national and international military sporting competitions. Team and individual sports range from recreational to highly competitive Olympic levels.
“There is no situation that you cannot overcome.”- Lieutenant Colonel Steve Burgess, Senior Combatives Instructor
Exceed your expectations
Transcend with a career in the Canadian Armed Forces. CAF Members are well supported and trained to progress through their career goals and beyond.
As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces you will gain unique experiences, work hard and can achieve beyond your perceived limits.
“When things get a little bit hairy and scary, that’s what I’m about.”- Leading Seaman Vincent MacLean, HMCS Oriole