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One Year


Halifax, Nova Scotia; or
Esquimalt, British Columbia

Continuous intake:

Spring 2023 for continuous intake

The Navy Experience - One year. Fully paid. Adventure awaits!

looking for a meaningful career? a new experience? an adventure? the Royal Canadian Navy's new fully paid one-year naval experience program might be for you. Participants will get one year of exposure to all the Navy has to offer. You will get to see it all! You will travel, receive Naval training, have a place to live with meals provided - all while earning a salary. After one year you can decide if you want to continue to serve and apply for a trade that's the best fit for you or leave, no strings attached. A Navy career offers stability, benefits, paid Education and Training, lifelong friendships and opportunities to make a difference both at home and abroad - but that said the Navy is not for everyone. It can also be demanding and comes with unique challenges to rise above. Are you ready to discover for yourself if the Navy is right for you? One year fully paid. Adventure awaits.

Program Overview

The Naval Experience Program (NEP) will provide you with exposure to life in the Royal Canadian Navy and help you decide if life in the Navy is the right fit for you.

Following a streamlined enrollment, eight-week basic military training and four-week naval training, you will join the Naval fleet on either the East or West coast. Over the course of several months, you will learn the ropes of being a sailor by shadowing a variety of jobs and gaining exposure to several skills and opportunities. The program will include time at sea, giving you a sense of the adventures to be found in a naval career.

Pay, compensation and benefits

When participating in the Naval Experience Program, you will receive the same pay, compensation and benefits entitled to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

What you will experience

Over the course of a year, participants will get training and be exposed to life as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy. As a recruit, you will be introduced to military life by completing the Basic Military Qualification Course, and then learn the skills required to work as a sailor during the Naval Environmental Training Program on either coast. After completing these courses, as a trained sailor, you will have the ability to complete common tasks on a ship such as seamanship and damage control and will shadow different jobs at sea and ashore. You will have the opportunity to experience:

  • The camaraderie to be found in the Navy
  • A variety of naval jobs
  • Life at sea aboard a Royal Canadian Navy Ship
  • Different shore-based units and the work they do

If this is not the right fit for you, an option to release from the Canadian Armed Forces before the end of the contract will be available.

Upon Completion

Once participants complete the program, they will be offered a selection of trades and may continue to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy. All training completed during the program will be credited for further service.

How to Apply

Successful applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Be at least 17 years old*;
  • Have completed Grade 10** or 24 credits of Québec Secondaire IV;
  • Meet the Canadian Armed Forces common enrolment medical standard.

To apply to the NEP, you must fill out the application online. When filling out the “Program Choices” field, choose “Sailor”.

*Applicants under the age of 18 must obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate.
**If you’re in Grade 10, you can send us a letter from your high school outlining the courses you’re taking and your potential to complete them successfully. Make sure to send your proof of completion as early as possible.

The maximum age is based on the age of 60 less the minimum years of service required for the career chosen. Ask a recruiter for the minimum number of years.

For answers to frequently asked questions concerning the NEP, visit the Help Centre.

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