Q. What do I need to join the Army Reserves?
A. 18 years of age (17 with parental consent); at least 6 grade 10 courses; and Canadian citizenship.
Q. How do I join?
A. Once you have selected your Military Occupation of choice, contact an Army Reserve Unit Recruiter. Applications can be downloaded online at www.forces.ca, or filled out at a Reserve Unit.
Q. How long does the application process take?
A. On average it takes about 3-6 months to go through the recruiting process. This timeframe can increase by several factors, including medical, credit history, criminal record or physical fitness issues.
Q. Do I have to pay for the application process?
A. The Canadian Forces Recruiting Center will fund the following steps of the recruiting process:
Q. What level do I start at?
A. If you possess a University Degree or are obtaining a University Degree you are eligible to be enrolled as an Officer. You will either begin at 2Lt (1) (have a degree) or OCdt (1) (obtaining a degree). If you do not have a University Degree then you will be enrolled as an Non Commissioned Member (NCM) and begin at Pte (1).
Q. What jobs are available?
A. Click this link to view the Reserve Army Available Jobs.
Q. What is expected of me?
A. A fitness test consisting of these Physical Fitness Standards will be required. You will need to commit yourself to at least one training night a week and one weekend a month in addition to your career progression training.
Q. What benefits are there from joining the reserves?
A. Once enrolled in the CF, members will be paid for any military related activity. Dental benefits and coverage up to 90%. Post secondary education reimbursement of 50% of your annual tuition up to $2000.00 per year and a career total of $8000.00 as well as possible full-time summer employment.
Q. What is my work schedule?
A. Your average work schedule consists of one work night a week (Wednesday or Thursday), one weekend a month and one Saturday a month. During the summer and depending on your occupation, a minimum of 2-6 weeks per year for the first three years. Additional time devoted may be possible but not required.
Q. Do I have to go to war?
A. Operational deployments in a combat or a peacekeeping role are not a requirement; they are on a volunteer basis.