Breaking News: Canadian Armed Forces to Recruit Immigrants for 5,900 New Recruits

by Mansi Sahai Published on 14/Nov/2022
Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces military has announced major change to its recruitment policy through an Instagram post. Now, the Canadian permanent residents are allowed to join the military forces even if they don't apply under Skilled Military Foreign Applicant (SMFA) entry program. 

To start a full-time or part-time career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), you must:

  • Be a Canadian Permanent Resident or citizen 
  • Age at least 18 years or 17 years old with parental consent, except:
  • For Paid Education programs - you may age 16 years (with parental consent)
  • For Primary Reserves- you may age 16 years (with parental consent) and must get enrolled as a full-time student
  • Have finished at least Grade 10 or 24 credits of IV Secondary in Quebec (a few jobs require higher education levels)

Application Process

There are 5 key steps, requiring your input and dedication. You must ensure to be prepared and submit all the supporting documents on time. 

Step 1: Submit your application

You must provide original copies of birth certificate, identity proof, transcripts from highest education level, trade qualifications proof and professional license, and any other additional forms (if required) for the job or trade you choose. 

Step 2: Reliability screening

Next step is to fill reliability screening form to ensures your trustworthiness with any sensitive information. The CAF will verify all your forms, so you have to be completely honest while filling the required forms.

Step 3: Aptitude test

You must appear for an aptitude test to help CAF determine which military occupations would suit you the best. The test duration is 60 minute and will evaluate your spatial ability, verbal skills, and problem solving skills. During the same aptitude test, you will also finish a 30 minute personality inventory to provide information about your personal qualities and characteristics. 

Step 4: Medical examination 

The next is to under a two part medical examination. The first part is a questionnaire session about your medical history like specific information about medication. Followed by a physical examination to measure your weight, evaluate vision, hearing and colour perception. 

The second part is reviewing a medical file to determine any limitations that might affect your career and training.

Step 5: Interview

The final step is to appear for an interview with a career counsellor. It's an official job interview you have to answer questions related to your work history, understanding of the job you choose and knowledge of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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