CJCR CAF Members Code of Conduct

Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers

CAF MembersFootnote 1  Code of Conduct



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1. Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (CJCR) is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment where cadets, Junior Canadian Rangers (JCRs) and adults feel valued and can develop to their maximum potential. Treating every person within our organization with respect and fairness, acting and making decisions in their best interest and working objectively within the parameters of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), CJCR, and Government of Canada (GoC) orders, policies, directives and regulations are at the core of our daily operations. We foster supportive relationships with cadets/JCRs within appropriate boundaries in order to promote a culture free from all forms of discrimination, abuse, inappropriate conduct and damaging behavior. Your professional conduct impacts that culture.

2. As CAF members: COATS, Regular Force, and Primary Reserve Members working in support of the Cadet Program, your conduct is defined and governed by CAF, CJCR and GoC orders, policies, directives, and regulationsFootnote 2 , which you learn about and discuss throughout your career; in training courses (i.e. occupation qualification training), education and professional development opportunities. This Code of Conduct has been developed, in order to provide an opportunity for you to:

  1. review, reflect on and discuss the key behaviours that define the expectations of professional conduct for those in uniform;
  2. acknowledge your commitment and responsibility to continuing to learn about and abide by all orders, policies, directives, and regulations;
  3. acknowledge that you will continue to align your behaviour with the values of the CAF and CJCR and to abide by the Laws of Canada, including the Canadian Hunan Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

3. Codes of conduct are read, discussed and signed at the start of summer training activities Signing this code means you are committed to doing what is right and demonstrating courage to challenge inappropriate actions and behaviour in order to help maintain the desired organizational culture. A summary of expected behaviours is provided in the paragraph that follows. This list is not exhaustive.

4. As a CAF member I understand I have the following responsibilities:

  1. foster and maintain a culture that is aligned with the principles and values outlined in the Defence Ethics Program;
  2. behave in a professional manner that conforms to expectations of the CAF, CJCR, and GoC orders, policies, directives, and regulations; prioritize the safety of participating cadets/JCRs and other adult staff, in all activities and engagements and in all program delivery venues and formats;
  3. mitigate risk to the fullest extent possible in order to avoid putting cadets, JCRs, or other adult staff, in danger of any kind;
  4. do the right thing, speak up and take corrective action when others do not.;
  5. know and understand my authority, responsibility, and accountability, particularly when dealing with personal issues;
  6. enable communication and ensure participants at all levels have a voice in the healthy evolution and successful growth of the program. I will hear the issues raised by cadets/JCRs and staff their ideas through the chain of command when appropriate to better the organization;
  7. seek guidance from the chain of command when necessary and report issues when required;
  8. be respectful of others, including their physical boundaries, personal property, and privacy;
  9. iact with integrity;
  10. ensure that I treat my superiors, peers and subordinates fairly;
  11. communicate appropriately with cadets, JCRs, or other adult staff;
  12. use a calm and reasonable tone of voice when interacting with others, particularly when giving instruction or addressing concerns;
  13. recuse or abstain myself from deliberations about the conduct, selection, promotion, and/or recognition of cadets and JCRs with whom I have a familial relationship;
  14. use and support the chain of command when reporting harmful or inappropriate behaviour. I will not conduct my own investigation into allegations or suspicions of a criminal nature;
  15. consider the impact of my actions and behaviours on the institution throughout my decision making process;
  16. behave in a calm, firm and reasonable manner at all times;
  17. be respectful of the environment and my surroundings at all times;
  18. set a good example of dress, deportment and professional conduct at all times;
  19. ensure all activities with cadets/JCRs are approved through the formation chain of command and known to parents/guardians; and
  20. avoid all activities that may potentially be perceived as inappropriate or will bring discredit to the CCO; and
  21. refrain from behaviours that are illegal and are forbidden by policy. I WILL NOT:

    (1) participate in criminal and/or unlawful activities, or assist/knowingly allow cadets/JCRs or other adult members to participate in any behavior in contravention of the law,

    (2) be offensive or make derogatory remarks towards any person’s race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic characteristics, or physical characteristics (through comments made verbally or in writing, as well as by electronic communications and on social media),

    (3) exhibit conduct that is of a sexual nature or has sexual connotations (through verbal or written comments, electronic communications, gestures, displays or physical contact),

    (4) engage in romantic, sexual or personal/intimate conversations or relationships with cadets/JCRs,

    (5) communicate with cadets/JCRs outside the context of my duties and responsibilities (in personal letters, text messages, phones calls, social media, personalized gifts, etc.),

    (6) have pornographic materials in my possession, and not access pornographic materials including through the use of computers or other electronic devices,

    (7) display racist/hate material, sexually explicit or sexist material, signs, cartoons, calendars, literature, and/or photographs,

    (8) touch cadets/JCRs or other adult staff members or their belongings without their permission except when absolutely necessary in an emergency situation,

    (9) take pictures of cadets/JCRs, or adult staff members without their consent, and

    (10) distribute or share pictures of others (via email, text or other means).

5. By signing this document I acknowledge that I have read, discussed and understand the above Code of Conduct. I understand that through my compliance and positive behaviour I will continue to help make CJCR a safe place where all members feel welcomed, valued and included. I understand that failure to comply may result in corrective and/or disciplinary action as outlined in policy and law. This may include administrative or legal action, termination of membership in the CAF, and/or involvement of the military or civilian police.



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