FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions


What happens after Basic Training?

As a Non-Commissioned Member you will start either your initial occupational training or begin a short period of on-the-job training. Upon successful completion of your training, you will start doing the job you joined to do.

As an Officer your subsequent training will depend on your enrolment program as briefed by your Recruiter during enrolment.


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How fit should I be?

It is essential that you are reasonably fit and free of any injuries or medical problems. Before joining, concentrate on cardiovascular work such as running and circuit training. Aim to achieve the Canadian Forces minimum standard of fitness now, to give you a head start.

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Can I wear jewelry?

You can wear a plain signet, engagement and/or wedding ring. Only women can wear earrings, which should be one pair of plain studs only. No other jewelry is allowed. A sturdy waterproof wristwatch is recommended.

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What about body piercing(s)?

Body piercing will not prevent you from enrolling, however, the only authorized wear of ornament and jewelry in those piercing authorized for women are those stated in the question "Can I wear jewelry?"

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What about haircut, sideburns, moustaches and beards?

Men: Hair shall taper-trimmed at the back. Style and colour shall not present a bizarre, exaggerated, or unusual appearance. Sideburns shall not extend below a line horizontally bisecting the ear. Moustaches shall be kept neatly trimmed. Beards; permission to wear a beard shall only be grated in certain circumstances.

Women: Hair shall not extend below the lower edge of the shirt collar. Braid, if worn, shall be styled conservatively and tied tightly.

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What is the Army life like day-to-day and month-to-month?

One of the key things about life as a soldier is that your job will vary and you will be doing many different things. While you can participate in various training and courses locally, you can also spend time away to participate in field exercise, attend career courses, be employed overseas, etc.

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How long can I stay in the Army?

It all depends on your engagement plan/program. The Recruiting Section can help explain the options to you.

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What is the discipline like?

The Army will expect a high standard of conduct, physical fitness, dress and discipline from you. It might take a bit of getting used to at first, but once you adapt to the routine of Army life, your confidence and self-discipline will increase so that you can handle whatever we throw at you.

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What are the opportunities to travel?

Once you have completed your basic occupational training, you could find yourself deployed overseas on an exercise or as part of a multinational force.

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What access do recruits have to their families?

While you undergo your recruit course, time is allocated to ensure you are able to remain in contact with family and friends.

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What is the pay like after basic training?

As you progress through your job and complete courses, receive promotion or gain extra skills, your salary increases. In addition, with access to recreational facilities and benefits provided by the Army, your final overall salary package is very competitive. For more details, visit "Pay and Benefits"

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How can I obtain a subsidized university education from the Canadian Forces?

If you want to attend the Royal Military College of Canada or be subsidized at a civilian university, apply at a Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre.

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What about offensive tattoos?

The Army does not condone nor promote actions/activities that are deemed racist in nature, offensive to an individual's self-worth or that can be interpreted as harassing to others. In an effort to promote a healthy work environment, an applicant bearing a tattoo anywhere on his/her body that contravenes these directives must have the tattoo removed, sufficiently altered or blackened out prior to enrolment.

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