1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA

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1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment Armouries
73 Hobson Lake Drive
P.O. BOX 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, NS B3K 5X5

1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment Armouries

1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment Armouries

Join Our Team

Looking for full-time or part-time work? We are hiring and provide excellent career opportunities. Please do not hesitate to call or email our recruiter who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide direction on how to apply to our Regiment.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: 36 CBG Recruiting Office Halifax
Phone: 902-427-1551
Email: HalifaxArmyRecruiting@forces.gc.ca

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Phone: 1-800-856-8488
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When We Train

September to June:

  • Tuesday evenings
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • one weekend per month (in Bayers Lake, NS).

Full-time summer employment is available from May to August.

Trades In Our Unit




  • Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS)
  • Military Commercial Off-self (MilCOTS)

See a list of Canadian Army weapons and vehicles.

Mission Task

A number of Army Reserve units have been assigned specific Mission Tasks. Members within these units are trained in these specific capabilities and ready to be fully integrated, as a formed entity, into the Regular Force units that they reinforce.

The mission task for our unit is: Light Urban Search and Rescue – A troop of 35 members, which is trained in specialized rescue skills and the use of rescue tools, including search techniques, first aid, and structural integrity assessments, to provide support to civil authorities in situations of urban disaster emergencies.

1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA, is a Primary Reserve artillery regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. As an Artillery unit, they train their members to provide indirect fire in the support of Canadian Army operations.

Artillery Soldiers are responsible for surveillance, target acquisition, and indirect fire to engage the enemy. They also work to position, operate and maintain the guns and air defence weapon systems.

Artillery Officers provide indirect fire support, air defence, and surveillance and target acquisition in battle. In addition to field guns and rockets, missile systems and target acquisition systems, they are expected to become experts with a wide variety of technologically complex equipment.

We are citizen soldiers who volunteer to defend Canada through our participation in military training on a full-time and part-time basis.

When you join our unit, you will receive competitive pay for your part time or full time work as well as be eligible for on the job training that could benefit you in civilian life. Also, there are medical, dental and educational benefits available to Army Reservists.

Here are all the details:

  • Commanding Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel S.D. Lloyd, CD
  • Regimental Sergeant-Major: Chief Warrant Officer D.A. Colbourne, CD

1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment Armouries
73 Hobson Lake Drive
P.O. BOX 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, NS B3K 5X5

Phone: 902-427-1551
Email: HalifaxArmyRecruiting@forces.gc.ca

The “1st Halifax” was called out for active service at the outbreak of The First World War. The regiment was to remain on active service throughout the war, and to provide drafts of trained troops to assist in forming the 9th Siege Battery, and to provide replacements for other siege units in France. One draft helped to form No. 6 Company, Siege Artillery, which served in St. Lucia.

After the armistice, the Regiment returned to militia status. More name changes were to follow with the unit becoming the “1st Halifax Regiment, Canadian Garrison Artillery” on February 2nd, 1920, and on July 1st, 1925, the “1st Halifax Coast Brigade, Canadian Artillery”. It was under this name that the regiment was placed on active service in 1939. 87 Battery was authorized on 15 August 1939 as the ‘87th Field Battery, RCA’ through the disbandment and conversion to artillery of elements of ‘The King’s Canadian Hussars (Armoured Car)’ (originated 1 December 1903) and allocated to the 14th Field Brigade, RCA.

During the Second World War, the regiment was called upon to man the Halifax defences once again. As in World War I, the Regiment was assigned the boring, but necessary task, of home defence. Throughout the war, the regiment sent troops to other units for service overseas. Another name change followed on May 29th, 1942, when the regiment became the “1st ( Halifax) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA”. With a change from 3.7 inch guns of British design to 90mm American equipment, the regiment was re-named the “1st (Halifax) Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA” on August 22nd, 1955.

The current designation of the “1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA” occurred on November 1st, 1960, when the Regiment was issued 105mm howitzers and was amalgamated with the 36th Medium Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. Today, the senior batteries of these two proud units, the 51st Field Battery, and the 87th Field Battery constitute the regiment, thus perpetuating units whose history includes the original Halifax Volunteer Artillery and the old King’s Canadian Hussars.

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