The Soldier Readiness Policy – Reserve at a glance

The first of its kind for the Canadian Army Reserve, the Soldier Readiness Policy (SRP-R) is a new set of achievable and realistic standards to ensure that Army Reservists have the highest possible level of readiness for service. It is a policy for Army Reservists, made by Army Reservists.

Before the SRP-R, there was no performance standard for Army Reservists, only attendance requirements. Scroll down to see the new requirements.

By more clearly defining Army Reservists’ training obligations, the SRP-R will better enable them to balance their military and civilian careers. It will also align the expectations for Army Reservists more closely with those of Regular Force members and:

The SRP-R applies to:

A one-year trial of the SRP-R began in the Fall of 2021 allowing Reserve members to familiarize themselves with the new policy and provide feedback. It will be fully implemented in the Fall of 2022.

During the trial, Army Reservists can send their feedback to the SRP-R Pilot OPI – DARes 3, LCol MW Day at malcolm.day@forces.gc.ca.

What are the new requirements?

Attendance requirements:

Performance requirements:

To maintain readiness, Army Reservists must complete all the following requirements activities:

Mandated training and briefings (published by CADTC)

Individual Battle Task Standards (IBTS)

The IBTS for CBG HQ and external has to be done periodically according to the following table.

IBTS activities Applicability Completion Frequency
Information Security IS 2 Every 2 years
Media Awareness IS 1 Every 3 years
Firing Personal Weapon IS 1 Every year
Perform CBRN Defense IS 1 Every 3 years
First Aid IS 1 Every 3 years
Force Test All Every year

Items from Orderly Room, Transport and Security

To be updated annually by all:

  • Medical
  • Security clearance
  • Will (Form CF 30-1-E) OR Will Certificate (Form CF 30-3-E)
  • Terms of service
  • Designation of Memorial Cross Recipients (Form DND 2105)
  • Next of Kin Identification (Form DND 2587)
  • Emergency Contacts Notification (Form CF 742)
  • Identification disk and card
  • Pers Tempo
     

To be updated annually only if applicable:

  • Family care plan
  • Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) registration
  • Form DND 404 (Driver Permit)
  • Civilian driver’s license

What happens if Army Reservists can’t meet the requirements?

During the one-year trial period, the Non-Effective Strength Policy will remain under effect. Therefore, the Army Reservists won’t be impacted if they do not meet the requirements of the new policy.

Once the SRP-R is fully implemented, the Army Reservists who fail to meet the minimum requirements will have the circumstances of that failure reviewed by their chain of command (CoC). The CoC will then take appropriate actions based on the reasons why the requirements were not met which may include providing accommodation or initiating the release process.

Army Reservists can get accommodations if they know that they won’t be able to meet the expectations due to factors beyond their control.

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