Reconstitution is a top priority for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND). Following a deliberate and collaborative planning process the Chief of the Defence Staff and Deputy Minister will soon issue formal direction on Reconstitution.

Canadian Army (CA) Reconstitution efforts will be focused on working within a CAF framework to meet the personnel generation needs of the near-term while preparing to meet longer-term modernization requirements. This Transitional Operation will be a significant change to operations are conducted in the CA and will see individual training and leadership production get more focus and attention while we prepare for the influx of soldiers that will be required in the coming years.

Key to Reconstitution is having the right number of soldiers for the tasks at hand. Currently, the CA is experiencing a personnel shortage as a result of various factors including recruiting and retention issues.  The middle rank level, master corporal, sergeant and captain, are the most in-demand ranks for both institutional and operational requirements.

The CA must not only address the deficit but, in accordance with ongoing modernization initiatives, take steps to ensure it has the personnel necessary to fulfill its mission well into the future.

The CA will:

Reconstitution of the CA will be a multi-phase process:

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