DAOD 5059-0, Performance Assessment of Canadian Forces Members

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2005-03-24

Date of Modification: 2007-09-07

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

Supersession: CFAO 26-6, Personnel Evaluation Reports

Approval Authority: Chief of Military Personnel (CMP)

Enquiries: Director Military Careers Policy and Grievances (DMCPG)

2. Policy Direction

Policy Statement

2.1 The CAF is committed to performance assessments, using established instruments and procedures, to periodically evaluate CAF members in respect of:

  1. performance and the meeting of performance expectations;
  2. potential; and
  3. professional development.


2.2 The following table outlines the requirements for the performance assessment of CAF members:

If the CAF member is in the … the CAF member is assessed …

Regular Force,

  • under the Canadian Forces Personnel Appraisal System (CFPAS).

Primary Reserve,

  • under the CFPAS, with any additional instructions issued by the applicable environmental commander or equivalent.

Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service,

  • under the CFPAS if the CF member is on Class "B" Reserve Service at National Defence Headquarters or at a Regional Cadet Support Unit; or

  • under the Cadet Administrative and Training Orders in any other case.

Canadian Rangers,

  • under the CFPAS if the CAF members is on Class "B" Reserve Service; or

  • as directed by the applicable area commander or equivalent in any other case.

Supplementary Reserve,

  • in accordance with the requirements applicable to the component or sub-component to which the CF member is attached.


2.3 The assessment of a CAF member:

  1. shall be based on the CAF member's substantive rank; and
  2. shall include performance in any higher rank that the CAF member held during the reporting period.

2.4 Regular and Reserve Force members shall not be rated against one another.

Reporting Period

2.5 The annual reporting period is 01 April to 31 March.

3. Authorities

Authority Table

3.1 The following table identifies the authorities associated with the implementation of this DAOD:

The … has or have the authority to …


  • develop the assessment policy.

Director General Military Careers

  • implement the assessment policy;

  • develop, publish and oversee procedures to implement the assessment policy; and

  • administer the CFPAS application.

Director Research Personnel Generation

  • develop CAF assessment instruments;

  • validate CAF assessment instruments to ensure they meet the requirements of Canadian legislation; and

  • develop mechanisms to validate the current assessment instruments.

environmental commanders or equivalent

  • develop and publish additional assessment instructions as required.

4. References

Acts, Regulations, Central AgencyPolicies and Policy DAOD

  • QR&O 26.08, Personal Reports and Assessments

Other References

  • QR&O 26.10, Personal Reports and Assessments - Military Judges
  • QR&O 26.11, Assessment of Performance - Member of Court Martial Panel
  • QR&O 26.12, Personnel Evaluation Report File - Military Judges
  • Canadian Forces Personnel Appraisal System (CFPAS)
  • CATO 22-15, Performance Report - Schools/Training Establishments - CCO
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