Defence Intelligence Officer Recruitment Program

The Defence Intelligence Officer Recruitment Program (DRP) is a three-year development program that prepares its participants for a challenging and rewarding career in the field of defence intelligence.

During the program, candidates learn new skills and develop their talents to become qualified defence intelligence officers.

What does a defence intelligence officer do?

Defence intelligence officers provide intelligence analysis and intelligence related policy advice to the Government of Canada (GoC) and the Department of National Defence (DND).

Our intelligence officers:

  • assess foreign political, military, scientific and technical information
  • provide credible, reliable, integrated and sustained intelligence services and products to GoC, DND and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in support of decision making and military operations
  • are responsive across the intelligence spectrum from tactical to strategic
  • contribute to intelligence-sharing relationships with Allied and partner countries
  • develop/coordinate defence intelligence policy
  • interpret client needs and set priorities for collection and analysis
  • identify information and intelligence gaps and work with key partners in Canada and abroad to fill them

Most of our employees work at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario while others work in buildings around the National Capital Region. Our intelligence officers often get the chance to travel across Canada and abroad on regular and special work assignments.   

How the DRP works

If accepted, you will enter the program at the EC-02 level (Economics and Social Science Services Group). Over the course of three years, you will be trained through a combination of on-the-job experiences and in-house learning opportunities. Upon successful completion of the program, you will graduate at the EC-05 level.

Participants of this exciting program are assigned challenging work assignments and undergo skills-based training to prepare them for their future careers as defence intelligence officers. They also enjoy:

  • professional growth opportunities
  • opportunities to travel within Canada and abroad
  • second language training
  • a respectful work environment
  • an excellent work/life balance

Is this opportunity for you?

The program builds on a number of traits that the participants must possess, including:

  • demonstrated interest in international defence and security issues
  • the ability to communicate well – verbal and written
  • the ability to analyze information
  • the ability to conduct research, and synthesize information
  • the ability to prepare and deliver presentations
  • the ability to form a professional network
  • the ability to work in teams
  • the ability to meet deadlines
  • good interpersonal skills
  • good organizational skills

Essential qualifications

To be considered for the DRP, you must:

  • have a Master’s degree from a recognized university
  • be fluent in English or French
  • be knowledgeable about current international security and defence issues, Canadian defence policy, and domestic security and defence issues
  • have experience researching, analyzing, and writing on subjects related to international affairs, defence and/or security or public policy
  • be a Canadian citizen

You must also demonstrate:

  • effective interpersonal skills
  • initiative
  • judgement
  • reliability
  • discretion
  • adaptability

How to apply                                                        

The DRP competition is ran annually.  Information regarding the next competition will be posted here when available.   

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