The majority of Reservists serve one evening a week, one weekend a month. Many also provide essential support for longer terms within the CA Regular Force.
Reservists come from all sorts of backgrounds – from young Canadians graduating in high school or entering universities or colleges, to civic-minded Canadians of all ages who have careers outside the ARes in a wide range of civilian occupations.
Simply put, training and employment within the ARes meets the needs of citizens willing to take on the Army challenge and contribute their varied skills and backgrounds that enrich and strengthen the Canadian Army.
To ensure the ARes can meet its full operational potential, the CA is increasing the size of the ARes, reducing the recruitment process to a matter of weeks, and fully integrating Reservists into the total Force with additional roles that provide full-time capability through part-time service, in accordance with the Government of Canada’s new Defence Policy: Strong, Secured, Engaged.
At present, there are over 18,500 Army Reservists across Canada who look forward to a great future of personal growth, training and missions. By 2020, it is expected that the Army Reserve will grow to over 21,000.
To join the Army Reserve, start by dropping by the local armoury in your community or region. If you are looking for a particular trade, you must join a unit that offers that type of work. Each unit’s page has a list of the trades they offer.