Joining instructions for basic training
From: National Defence
As a new recruit to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), you must report for duty no later than 4 pm on the Saturday before the start of your course. You can get to Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) by commercial transport or personal vehicle. If you’re arriving by plane, bus or train you must take a shuttle bus to Saint-Jean Garrison. If you’re arriving by personal vehicle or taxi, driving instructions are available.
Condensed Health Services and Chaplain (CHSC) Basic Military Officer Qualification candidates must report no later than 7 pm on the Friday before the start of the course.
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When you arrive at CFLRS, you must wear appropriate attire to be able to walk long distances. Collared shirts and comfortable pants (or equivalent for females) are recommended. Do not report in beach-style sandals.
CFLRS respects the instructions on dress in the Canadian Forces in their entirety, including spiritual and religious accommodations, as defined in Canadian Forces Dress Instructions, Chapter 2, Section 3.
Candidates will have restricted free time for the first 3 weekends, with training scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays. After this initial period, requests for leave on the weekend will be granted depending upon your training performance. This period helps develop basic skills, team spirit and facilitates the integration to the military life.
Visits during the week or during the Indoctrination period are prohibited. After the indoctrination period, you can have visitors on non-duty weekends during certain hours. Visits are only allowed in the Orange Sector of the Mega.
During your training, you’ll be required to follow the fundamental military values of duty, loyalty, integrity, and courage. You’ll be expected to demonstrate these values at all times.
Harassing, sexist, racist, or discriminatory behaviour contradicts CAF values and will not be tolerated. Violators may face disciplinary and/or administrative measures up to release from the CAF.
During your stay at the school, the cost of your rations and quarters will be deducted directly from your pay at varying rates depending on your position and marital status.
If you’re joining as an officer, and are married/common-law, you’ll pay $577.45 per month. If you’re single, you’ll pay $702.17 per month.
If you’re joining as a non-comissioned member, and are married/common-law, you’ll pay $577.45 per month. If you’re single, you’ll pay $680.83 per month.
Learning disability accommodations may be requested in accordance with Defence Administrative Orders and Directives (DAOD) 5516-5 Learning Disability Accommodation during Recruiting, Training and Education. All accommodations must be approved by Director Personnel General Requirements (DPGR) and shall be based on a Psycho-Educational Assessment completed by a qualified professional
Possession and consumption of alcohol and cannabis are prohibited. Any activities linked to illegal drugs (possession, consumption, commerce, etc.) are not tolerated. Violators may face disciplinary and/or administrative measures and may be released from the CAF. More details regarding the acceptable use of alcohol and cannabis will be provided during the first days of your course.
The following articles are prohibited:
- firearms or sharp weapons (i.e. knives)
- food and drinks (in the barracks), including caffeine supplements and pills
- materials with sexual tone (magazines, photos, DVD, accessories, etc.)
- any game consoles
The use of electronic devices (cellular phones, MP3 players, tablets, laptops, etc.) will be restricted in the following ways:
- no devices can be used/carried during training hours
- cellphone use is restricted to half an hour per night only after training hours. This privilege can be revoked based on performance
You’ll have access to your personal vehicle only on weekends when leave is approved.
You're responsible for any damage to your electronic devices if you choose to bring them.
You’re required to bring certain items and documents to training. There are also other items that you should wait to purchase at the CANEX store when you arrive. For the full list of required items, see the kit list.
Extra baggage is authorized as outlined in the Canadian Forces Temporary Duty Travel Instructions.
Unaccompanied baggage must be authorized by the member’s home unit. All unaccompanied baggage must be shipped 4 weeks before the start of the course to ensure it’s availabile when you arrive.
You will have access to the following services at the St-Jean Garrison:
- chapel (Protestant and Roman Catholic) and Inter-faith Room
- internet (limited access)
- public telephones
- a general store (CANEX) with dry cleaning service
- banking facilities (ATMs for BMO and Caisse populaire Desjardins)
- post office
- physical training and recreation facilities
You’re required to inform your family and friends of your service and course number. The mailing address for a CFLRS candidate is as follows:
Rank, surname, initials
Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
PO Box 100 Station Bureau-Chef
Richelain QC J0J 1R0
In case of emergency, candidates can be reached through the School Coordination Center at: 450-358-7099 ext. 7229.
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