Apply now – eligibility and the application process

The application process will help you get started on a career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) whether you want to find a full-time job or are interested in joining on a part-time basis.

At any time throughout the process, you can find and speak to a recruiter in your area who can answer your questions about the application process and working in the CAF.

Eligibility details

Applying for a full-time positions in the Regular Force

To join the Regular Force, you must:

  • be 18 years old (17 years old with parental consent)
  • be a Canadian citizen
  • have completed at least Grade 10 (Secondaire IV in Quebec)

You must also be of an age where there is enough time to complete any necessary training and your first term of service before the compulsory retirement age of 60.

To join through the paid education program, you must be at least 16 years old.

Applying for a part-time position in the Reserve Force

To join the Reserve Force, you must:

  • possess Canadian citizenship
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • have completed a minimum of provincial grade 10 education or Secondary IV in Quebec

Full-time students who have completed a provincial grade 10 education, or Secondary IV in Quebec, may apply at the age of 16 or 17 with the consent of a parent or legal guardian.

What you need to know before you start

The first step in the online application process is to create a GC Key account with the Government of Canada and complete the online profile, which will take about 30 minutes.

Once you submit, someone will contact you and walk you through the rest of the application process. Completing the application form is not a commitment to join the CAF. If you do not submit your application within 90 days from your last date you made changes, it will be deleted by the system.

For a part- time job in with the Reserves, your first step should be to contact your local Reserve unit to find out which positions are available. Once the Reserve unit you want to join has a job for you, you will need to complete an online application.

Ready to get started?

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If you are having trouble with the application process or are encountering technical difficulties, please email customer service.

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