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3 weeks


Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec or Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Start Date:

October and May

Program Overview

The Canadian Armed Forces Indigenous Entry Program (CAFIEP) offers a three-week program for Indigenous peoples who are considering a career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). During the program, you will get hands-on experience with military training, careers and lifestyle with no obligation to join the CAF after completing the three weeks.

The course takes place at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, or at Canadian Forces Base Halifax, Nova Scotia. The CAF provides transportation to and from the training centre, living accommodations, food, clothing and all equipment for the course.

What You Will Learn

You will learn about the long and proud history of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s military and take part in exercises similar to Basic Training, such as:

  • Morning inspections
  • Daily physical fitness and sports
  • Navigation with compass and maps
  • Basic weapons training
  • Military drill

You will also experience living in field conditions.

Civilian Indigenous counsellors will be available to assist you during and after the program.

Upon Completion

Participants of the CAFIEP who successfully complete the program and complete basic training are eligible for an accelerated pay increment. This eligibility will take effect upon the completion of Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) and this is only being offered to CAFIEP participants who enroll in any Non-Commissioned Member (NCM) occupations.

How to Apply

Applicants must meet the following:

  • Be an Indigenous person (First Nation {Status or Non-Status}, Métis or Inuit);
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
    All applicants under the age of 18 must obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate in this exciting opportunity.
  • Completed grade 10 or 24 credits of Quebec Secondaire IV.
    If you’re still completing Grade 10, you must 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 us your proof of completion early, as you cannot be enrolled in the program without it, and slots fill up early.
  • Meet the CAF common enrolment medical standard.
  • To apply to the CAFIEP, you must fill out the online application. When filling out the “Program Choices” field, choose “CAFIEP”. You may apply at any time throughout the year.
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    Contact Information

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