Questions and answers about the Defence Intelligence Officer Recruitment Program (DIORP)

  • Are DIORP participants members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)? 

    DIORP participants are not members of the CAF. They are civilian Public Service employees employed in the DND.

  • What will my status be as a civilian employee in the DND?

    Participants of the DIORP hold an indeterminate employment status, which means that they are considered full-time employees of the Federal Public Service. DIORP participants are subject to a three year probationary period.

    If you are applying to the DIORP from within the Public Service, and have already served a probationary period, you will not be subject to another probationary period. If you have not finished the probationary period, the remainder of the probationary period must be completed.

  • As a member of DIORP, is it possible to submit an application for a position in another department within the Public Service?

    Yes. As a permanent employee of the DND, members of the DIORP may submit applications for internal processes within the Federal Public Service.

  • Will I receive benefits such as group insurance and a pension fund?

    Yes. Members of the DIORP receive the same benefits as other civilian employees at DND. 

  • How many weeks of paid vacation per year will I receive as a member of the DIORP?

    DND employees receive 15 paid vacation leave during the first 8 years of employment, as well as 11 public holidays and 15 sick days per year. 

  • Is it possible to request a position outside of Ottawa?


  • Will DND assist me with the costs of relocating to Ottawa?

    Yes. As a new defence intelligence officer, you may be eligible for to have your relocation costs reimbursed to a maximum of $5,000. 

  • Is it possible to request a specific position within DND while in the DIORP or upon graduation?

    No. Assignments for the DIORP are selected as part of the development training. Assignments are selected to provide participants with the experience and competencies required to work as an EC-05 defence intelligence officers. Following graduation from the program initial appointments are based on the requirements of the Department. Following the initial appointment, as a Public Servant, you can compete for any position you believe you are qualified to fill.

  • Can I be posted abroad as part of the DIORP?

    No, all DIORP positions are in the National Capital Region. However, there are opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally as part of regular or special work assignments.

  • I am a permanent resident; can I apply?

    No, only Canadian citizens can apply.

  • I only have a Bachelor’s degree, however I have work experience and I have published several academic articles. Can I apply?
  • I am finishing my Master’s program and have limited work experience outside of my research work. Can I apply?

    No, all applicants are required to possess a minimum of a Master’s degree in order to be selected for the DIORP. 

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