A Message from the Chief of the Defence Staff

Life as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is a process of continuous transition, from the moment a person steps into a recruitment centre to the day they take off the uniform, and beyond.  Each year, approximately 10,000 CAF members transition from military service to a subsequent phase of life. This transition is a stressful process for many CAF members and their families, especially those who suffer illness or injury that prevent them from returning to active duty. That is why, when it comes to the transition out of uniform, we have, and will continue to work with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) to provide the best possible care and support to our military personnel.

Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy directed the creation of a new Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group (CAF TG) to provide support to all members to seamlessly transition to post-military life. This CAF TG is a critical part of a broader group of initiatives designed to put our people first.

This new CAF transition process is a concrete expression of our commitment to look after our members and their families. The new CAF TG will provide a fully engaged, personalized, guided support to transition all CAF members, with special care and attention being provided to those who are ill or injured.

My Transition Guide - Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life will assist you in understanding transition and support planning for your next mission in life. The information and checklists in this guide are intended to serve as useful tools for you and your family as you consider your personal circumstances and your unique needs. The guide is designed to support you as you plan and prepare for a successful transition.

As Chief of the Defence Staff, I work very hard to ensure that every member of the CAF is afforded an opportunity to make a valuable contribution and enjoy a rewarding career. I believe that we should work just as hard to ensure that the transition to civilian life is as smooth as possible when our people leave the military. Thank you very much for your service to Canada. I wish you and your family all the best in your future endeavours.

J.H. Vance
Chief of the Defence Staff

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