DAOD 5019-0, Conduct and Performance Deficiencies

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2004-12-22

Date of Last Modification: 2014-07-11

Application: This DAOD is an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (“CAF members”).

Approval Authority: Chief of Military Personnel (CMP)

Enquiries: Director Military Careers Policy and Grievances (DMCPG)

2. Policy Direction


2.1 Collectively, CAF members have a core responsibility to the government and people of Canada to defend Canada and its interests. Individually, CAF members are responsible for their conduct and performance.

2.2 A conduct or performance deficiency occurs if a CAF member fails to meet the standards of conduct and performance established for CAF members.

Policy Statement

2.3 CAF members must be held accountable for any failure to meet established standards of conduct and performance resulting from factors within their control.


2.4 The chain of command or designated staff, as applicable, must take appropriate action if a CAF member demonstrates conduct or performance deficiencies. Depending on the circumstances, the appropriate action may involve disciplinary or administrative action, or both.

2.5 If a CAF member has been charged with an offence under the National Defence Act, Criminal Code or other federal statute, the chain of command or designated staff may, regardless of the outcome of the offence charged, take administrative action to address any conduct or performance deficiencies arising from the same circumstances.

2.6 The CAF must provide education, counselling and treatment, as appropriate, to assist CAF members to prevent, correct or subsequently overcome conduct or performance deficiencies.

3. Consequences


3.1 Should clarification of the policy statement, requirements or authorities set out in this DAOD be required, DND employees and CAF members may seek direction through their channel of communication or chain of command, as appropriate. The anticipated results set out in the policy statement may not be achieved by the DND and the CAF if the requirements specified in this DAOD are not properly implemented. Not achieving the anticipated results could affect the ability of the DND and the CAF to ensure that the CAF is prepared to undertake missions for the protection of Canada and Canadians and the maintenance of international peace and stability.

4. Authority


4.1 CMP has the authority to develop and approve policy concerning conduct and performance deficiencies.

5. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

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