Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School

From: National Defence

The Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) conducts basic training for officers and non-commissioned members joining the Regular Force component of the Canadian Armed Forces. CFLRS is also responsible of professional development programmes for officers and non-commissioned members.

The School’s activities take place at the Saint-Jean Garrison located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Every year, more than 5000 people start their military career at CFLRS, while 3000 military members train via Distance Learning. CFLRS employs more than 600 military and civilian employees.

Information for the visitors

When can I visit a recruit or an officer-cadet in training?

Visits are not authorized during the indoctrination period first three weekends of the course) or when the platoon is given supplementary training on weekends. Once the indoctrination period is over, candidates may welcome guests on Saturday (from 1 pm to 10 pm), on Sunday (from 8:30 am to 7 pm) and on statutory holidays (from 1 pm to 10 pm). Guests must be welcomed at the Rotunda and may go to the Subway, the Canex, the O'Mega Mess, the cafeteria or the orange corridor. All other areas are explicitly out of bounds to any guests.

Accommodations in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

For more information regarding places to stay and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu area, visit Haut Richelieu tourism's website.

Accommodations at the Saint-Jean Garrison (for military members only)

Please contact the Exacta Centre:450-358-7099, extension 6110

Contact the Exacta Centre by email.

How to get to the Saint-Jean Garrison

Address:

Saint-Jean Garrison
25 Grand-Bernier
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc

From Montreal:

  1. Cross the Champlain Bridge
  2. Take Highway 10 East
  3. Exit #22, Highway 35 South
  4. Exit #45, Rue Pierre-Caisse
  5. At the lights, turn left
  6. Keep your right and at the lights, turn right on Rue Pierre-Caisse
  7. At the lights, turn left on Rue Grand-Bernier
  8. Drive for approximately 3 Km. The Saint-Jean Garrison will be located on your left after Des Carrières Street

From Québec City:

  1. Take Highway 20 West
  2. Exit #98 West, Highway 30 West
  3. Exit #67, Highway 10 East
  4. Go to step 3 of previous menu

From Montreal-Trudeau International Airport:

  1. When you leave the airport, follow the indications for Highway 20 East
  2. On Highway 20 East, follow the indications for Champlain Bridge
  3. Go to step 1 of first menu

From Hull / Ottawa:

  1. Highway 417 East becomes Highway 40 East in Quebec
  2. Exit #32, Highway 540/ Highway 20/ON-401/Salaberry de Valleyfield/Toronto
  3. Continue on Highway 30 East (toll road)
  4. Exit #67, Highway 10 East
  5. Go to step 3 of first menu

From Kingston:

  1. Highway 401 East becomes Highway 20 East in Quebec
  2. Exit Highway 30 East (toll road)
  3. Exit #67, Highway 10 East
  4. Go to step 3 of first menu

Public Transportation from Montreal:

  1. At Terminus AMT Centre-ville, take Bus 96 to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (French only).
  2. Once at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Station, take a taxi (approximately 10 minutes away from the Garrison).
  3. If you are arriving at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport, take the 747 P-E-Trudeau/Downtown Bus to the Terminus AMT Centre-ville (French only).
  4. The Train Station (Gare Centrale) is of walking distance to the Terminus AMT Centre-ville.
Graduation Ceremonies

Family members and friends of the graduates are invited to the Graduation Ceremonies. The ceremonies take place on Thursdays at 2 pm in the HD-4 Building located at the Saint-Jean Garrison. Doors open at 12:30 pm, and guests must be seated no later than 1:45 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking spots are also available for the guests.

The ceremony is approximately an hour long and is followed by a reception for the graduates, their families and their instructors. After the reception, with their instructors' approval, graduates can go out for the evening with their families, but will have to return to the School no later than 10:00 pm.

A few weeks before the Graduation Ceremony, candidates will be informed of the procedure to gain permission to meet their respective families and friends for the evening after the Graduation Ceremony.

What happens after the course?

A few weeks prior to the Graduation Ceremony, candidates will find out when and where they will have to report to their next training establishment. In most cases, graduates leave the day following the ceremony. In some exceptional cases and if the conditions allow it, graduates may leave with their families after the ceremony if they have received permission from their instructors.

Calendar

The ceremonies take place at 2 pm in the HD-4 Building located at the Saint-Jean Garrison. Guests must be seated no later than 1:45 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Basic Military Officer Qualification (officer-cadets)
Platoon Number Start Date End Date Ceremony Date
L0015E May 20, 2019 August 9, 2019 August 8, 2019
L0017E & L0018E July 15, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 3, 2019
L0019E July 22, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 10, 2019
Q0020E May 13, 2019 July 5, 2019 July 4. 2019
L0020E & L0021E September 2, 2019 November 22, 2019 November 21, 2019
L0022F September 9, 2019 November 29, 2019 November 28, 2019
L0023E September 16, 2019 December 6, 2019 December 5, 2019
L0024E  November 4, 2019 February 21, 2020 February 20, 2020
L0025E & L0026E January 13, 2020 April 3, 2020 April 2, 2020
L0027E & L0028F January 20, 2020 April 10, 2020 April 9, 2020
Basic Military Qualification (recruits)
Platoon number Start date End date Ceremony date
R0086F, R0087E & R0088E June 3, 2019 August 9, 2019 August 8, 2019
R0089E & R0090F June 10, 2019 August 16, 2019 August 15, 2019
R0091F, R0092E & R0093E July 29, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 3, 2019
R0094E & R0095F August 5, 2019 October 11, 2019 October 10, 2019
R0097E & R0099E August 12, 2019 October 18, 2019 October 17, 2019
R0096F, R0100E & R0101E August 19, 2019 October 25, 2019 October 24, 2019
R0102E & R0103E August 26. 2019 November 1, 2019 October 31, 2019
R0104E, R0105E September 2, 2019 November 8, 2019 November 7, 2019
R0106E & R0107E September 16, 2019 November 22, 2019 November 21, 2019
R0108E & R0109F September 23, 2019 November 29, 2019 November 28, 2019
R0110E September 30, 2019 December 6, 2019 December 5, 2019
R0111F, R0112E & R0113E October 21, 2019 January 24, 2020 January 23, 2020
R0114E, R0115E, R0116E & R0117F October 28, 2019 January 31, 2020 January 30, 2020
R0118E, R0119F & R0120E November 4, 2019 February 7, 2020 February 6, 2020
R0121E, R0122F & R0123E November 11, 2019 February 14, 2020 February 13, 2020
R0124E, R0125E & R0126F November 18, 2019 February 21, 2020 February 20, 2020
R0127E, R0128E, R0131E & R0132E January 6, 2020 March 13, 2020 March 12, 2020
R0129E & R0130F January 20, 2020 March 27, 2020 March 26, 2020
R0133E February 3, 2020 April 10, 2020 April 9, 2020
R0134E & R0135E February 17, 2020 April 24, 2020 April 23, 2020
R0136E, R0138F & R0142E February 24, 2020 May 1, 2020 April 30, 2020
R0137F, R0139E & R0140E March 2, 2020 May 8, 2020 May 7, 2020
R0141E & R0143F March 9, 2020 May 15, 2020 May 14, 2020
R0144E, R0145F & R0146E March 16, 2020 May 22, 2020 May 21, 2020
R0147E, R0148F, R0149E & R0150E March 23, 2020 May 29, 2020 May 28, 2020
R0151E, R0152E & R0153E March 30, 2020 June 5, 2020 June 4, 2020

Dress

For civilians: business attire

For military members: 1A with medals

The graduation ceremonies pictures are subcontracted to an external agency. To purchase the pictures or for any questions related to the services offered, please contact the person below:

Mr. Christian Jacques
(450) 542-9123
Email
Website

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Conditions of admission

1. Can I apply to take the Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) or the Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School?

No. CFLRS is responsible for basic training for selected officers and non-commissioned members (NCMs) who join the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force. To enrol, visit the Canadian Armed Forces Jobs website or contact your local recruiting centre at 1-800-856-8488.
To enrol, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • be at least 18 years old (17 with parental consent), except
    • for paid study programs, be at least 16 years of age (with parental consent);
    • for the Primary Reserve, be at least 16 years of age (with parental consent) and be a full-time student;
  • have completed at least Grade 10 or, in Quebec, Secondary IV (some occupations require higher education).

2. Can I take “boot camp” type training at CFLRS to get into shape in preparation for enrolling in the Canadian Forces?

No. Tips on preparing for basic training can be found at the following link: About basic training.

Practical information for admitted candidates and their family members

1. My family member / friend received an offer of admission to start military training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School. Where can I find information about the various administrative details related to entering CFLRS?

See the joining instructions. This document contains a wealth of information on the administrative procedures to be completed in connection with basic military training at CFLRS.

2. How can I reach the candidate quickly in the event of an emergency?

In the event of an emergency, candidates can be reached by telephone through the CFLRS Coordination Centre at 450-358-7099, ext 7229.

3. When can I visit a family member / friend who is training at CFLRS?

Visits are allowed and even encouraged. However, they are limited to the Orange sector of the General J.-V. Allard Building. Visits can be scheduled at specific times during weekend leaves. No visits are allowed during the week or during the indoctrination period (the first three weeks of training for BMQ and the first four weeks for BMOQ). Consult your family member / friend to coordinate a visit.

4. What is the mailing address of the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School?

The mailing address for CFLRS candidates is:

Serial number
Rank, last name, initials
Course number
CFLRS
Saint-Jean Garrison
PO Box 100, Stn Bureau-chef
Richelain, QC J0J 1R0

If the sender does not include the service number and course number, delivery of the shipment could be delayed. Priority Post and parcels sent via courier are accepted, and no signature is required.

5. Once mail is received at CFLRS, how long does it take to reach the candidates? Is it the orderly room’s normal procedure to hold the mail until a certain time?

The mail is never held. The orderly room receives the mail from the Garrison Post Office and distributes it as soon as possible. If you want to track something sent by courier, you must provide the orderly room with the tracking number.

The time required for mail or other deliveries to reach the candidates depends on many factors. The platoon is responsible for picking up the mail for daily distribution to candidates by platoon staff.

Note that all packages are opened by platoon staff. Cold, flu or other over-the-counter medications will be held and returned to candidates at the end of the course. For the duration of training, our medical services will look after candidates’ health and provide them with any necessary medications.

Candidates have the right to receive “care packages” containing baked goods, etc. However, food cannot be stored or consumed in quarters.

Mail delivery time is longer when the platoon is deployed in the field at the Farnham site.

6. Can a candidate use his or her own automobile?

Yes. Parking is free and candidates must use the parking area indicated in the joining instructions.

7. Are quarters available at Saint-Jean Garrison for visitors?

A limited number of quarters are available for CAF members, veterans and civilian DND employees through the Exacta Centre.

Exacta Centre
Centreexactasjn@forces.gc.ca
450-358-7099, ext 6110

Where can I stay when I visit Saint-Jean Garrison?

See the following link for information on accommodation in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Training Reintegration Program

1. My family member / friend has been injured and is now in the Training Reintegration Program (TRP). Can I find out when he/she will return to training?

The purpose of the ERP is to train candidates and assist in reintegrating those who were not adequately prepared for basic training or who sustain injuries during the BMQ/BMOQ and return them to training as soon as possible.

Under the Privacy Act, we are not allowed to discuss your family member / friend’s situation. We suggest that you contact him or her directly. Your family member / friend should know the options available depending on his/her status and may, if he/she wishes, explain them to you. If the candidate has concerns or questions, he/she should not hesitate to communicate with his/her chain of command himself/herself to obtain clarification.

Christmas leave and statutory holidays

1. Following the indoctrination period, do the candidates have weekends off?

After the indoctrination period, candidates may have their weekends free if they are meeting the standards, and they are allowed to leave the Garrison at the end of the training day. Usually, that will be around 5:30 pm on Friday, and they are required to return by 6:00 pm on Sunday. We suggest that you communicate directly with your family member / friend to find out the details concerning weekends off.

2. During the year, does training continue on statutory holidays?

Yes. In addition, if the indoctrination period overlaps with a statutory holiday, including the Easter holidays, visits are prohibited.

3. My family member / friend will start training sometime before the Christmas holidays. Will the training continue during that period? Will there be a break?

There is a block leave from mid-December (a Friday) to the second week of January (a Monday). The 2019–2020 block leave will begin on Saturday, December 14, 2019, and end on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

The administrative details concerning this leave will be communicated to the candidates by their chain of command. You should contact your family member / friend to coordinate all the details related to his/her leave, including times of departure from and return to CFLRS.

Graduation ceremonies

1. I need to coordinate the availability of family members for the candidate’s graduation ceremony. I seem to remember that the ceremonies are held on a Thursday. Is that still the case?

Yes. The BMQ and BMOQ graduation ceremonies are always held on a Thursday at 2:00 pm. You should communicate with your family member / friend to coordinate all the details related to attending his/her graduation ceremony. The only exception is the BMOQ graduation ceremony for specialized trades such as chaplains and social workers, which is held on a Friday morning.

2. Will I be able to see my family member / friend the evening before the graduation ceremony, or the day after it?

You should communicate with your family member / friend to coordinate all the details related to attending his/her graduation ceremony and departure from the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School. For more information, see the Graduation Ceremonies section above.

3. Does the Government of Canada cover the costs for parents who live in another province and want to attend their son or daughter’s graduation ceremony?

There is no Canadian government program or budget covering the costs for parents who want to attend a son or daughter’s graduation ceremony.

4. Are the locations where the graduation ceremonies are held accessible to persons with reduced mobility?

Yes. However, so that we can properly manage available seating and accommodate special needs, graduates must inform their chain of command of any special needs.

5. Several platoons will participate in my family member / friend’s graduation ceremony. Is it possible to find out the location in the stands with the best view of his/her platoon?

Signs indicating the platoon numbers will be displayed on the stands facing the locations of the respective platoons. Make sure you know your family member / friend’s platoon number.

6. Are we limited to a certain number of seats for the graduation ceremony?

Graduation ceremonies usually include two to five platoons of about 45 candidates each. The stands can accommodate nearly 550 people. For planning purposes, we estimate two guests per graduate. Your family member / friend must inform the chain of command if he/she expects more than two guests to attend.

7. As a former CAF member, can I wear my uniform?

In accordance with QR&O Volume 1, para 17.06, “A former member of the Regular Force or Reserve Force, who was released for a reason other than misconduct may wear uniform … with the permission of an officer commanding a command or his designated authority …, when attending a military entertainment or ceremony at which the wearing of uniform is appropriate ….”

The request must be submitted by the graduate through his/her chain of command.

Veterans are welcome to wear their medals.

8. I have to book flights to see my family member / friend graduate from CFLRS. So that I can avoid last-minute booking costs, can you confirm that he/she will actually be graduating?

Only your family member / friend can confirm this. CFLRS cannot provide you with that information, as it is protected under the Privacy Act.

Miscellaneous

1. Can I do an internship in accounting or another specific subject at CFLRS?

Due to the high operational tempo and the resources available, we are unable to accept interns in any specific field at CFLRS.

Contact Us

To contact a candidate:

Postal address

Service number
Rank, name and initials
Course number
CFLRS
St-Jean Garrison
P.O. Box 100, Station Bureau-Chef
Richelain (Quebec)
J0J 1R0


Example:

A12 345 678
Private Simpson, J.P.
R0001E
CFLRS
St-Jean Garrison
P.O. Box 100, Station Bureau-Chef
Richelain (Quebec)
J0J 1R0

Fax

450-358-7009

Please ensure that the following information is included on the cover page:

  • Candidate's service number
  • Rank, name and initials
  • Course title, course and platoon numbers

Phone number (for emergencies only)

450-358-7099, extension 7229

Questions and Comments

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You can submit your questions and/or comments directly to this email address.

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