10045 JCR RTU Process

Cadets and Junior Canadian Ranger Group Order (CJCR Gp O)

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  1. Identification
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Definitions
  4. Circumstances Requiring Return to Unit (RTU)
  5. Procedures for RTU
  6. Finance
  7. Reports on Individual Performance
  8. Publication
  9. References
  10. Annexes

1. Identification

Date of Issue: 2021-03-19

Date of Verification: n/a

Application: This order applies to DND/CAF personnel who provide support to the JCR Program.

Supersession: Nil

Approval Authority: This order is issued under the authority of the Comd CJCR.

Office of Primary Interest (OPI): DCOS Strat Plans

Enquiries: CJCR/CA HQ LO

2. Abbreviations

Abbreviation Complete Word or Phrase
CA Canadian Army
CJCR Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers
CO Commanding officer
CR Canadian Ranger
CRPG Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
ETS Enhanced Training Session
JCR Junior Canadian Ranger
OPI Office of Primary Interest
RTU Return to Unit

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3. Definitions

Enhanced training session. ETSs are activities outside of regular JCR training and are designed to complement the community-level program. ETSs often provide a chance for JCRs to travel away from home, and should include activities that JCRs could not participate to within their own patrols.

Patrol Leader. The CR in charge of a JCR Patrol (usually a master corporal). 

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4. Circumstances Requiring Return to Unit

4.1 When a JCRs is attending an ETS or other multi-day activity outside of their own community, circumstances may require a JCR to be returned home to their parent/guardian before the end of the activity. JCRs should be returned to unit only as a last resort.

4.2 Circumstances which may require a JCR to be returned to unit include:

  1. medical reasons;
  2. compassionate reasons;
  3. suitability concerns;
  4. parental request; and
  5. misbehaviour.

Medical Reasons

4.3 If a JCR has a medical condition which presents a significant risk to their health and safety, the medical staff may recommend that the JCR be returned to unit. This could be due to an injury or illness sustained during the activity, or a pre-existing condition such as a severe allergy which cannot be reasonably accommodated.

Compassionate Reasons

4.4 A JCR may be returned to unit for compassionate reasons, such as the death or serious illness of a loved one.

Suitability Concerns

4.5 A JCR may be returned to unit if it is determined that they do not have the skills or knowledge needed to safely participate, or if they are unable to meet performance requirements after every reasonable effort has been made to help the JCR succeed or participation alternatives were considered.

Parental Request

4.6 A parent/guardian requests that the JCR be withdrawn from the activity. Parents may request an RTU by phone or in writing (including email). Requests must be documented and kept on file. The requesting parent/guardian may be required to cover the related transportation costs.


4.7 A JCR may be returned to unit as the result of inappropriate, unsafe or disruptive behaviour.

4.8 Efforts should be made to help JCRs correct minor behaviour problems before an RTU is considered, but maintaining a physically and emotionally safe training environment must take priority. Intentional behaviour that is consistently or significantly harmful, hurtful, or detrimental can therefore result in an RTU.

4.9 JCRs who are returned to unit for misbehaviour could have an impact on their opportunity to attend future overnight activities.

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5. Procedures for RTU

5.1 The procedure to RTU a JCR is as follows:

  1. the activity OPI will contact the CRPG CO to explain the circumstances of the RTU. In the case of a national level/multi-CRPG ETS, the host CRPG CO will contact the home CRPG;
  2. following concurrence by the CRPG CO, contact the JCR’s parent/guardian, preferably by phone, to explain the circumstances for the RTU;
  3. notify the Patrol Leader of the JCR’s home Patrol, preferably by phone, to explain the circumstances of the RTU;
  4. unless otherwise arranged, the JCR’s home CRPG will make travel arrangements for the JCR;
  5. in the event medical aid is required as determined by medical authorities, a medical escort, must accompany the JCR until they are met by the JCR’s parent/guardian. The escort is authorized to update the parent/guardian of the general condition of the JCR; and
  6. within seven days of the RTU, the OPI of the activity will send a letter to the host CRPG CO and the home CRPG CO. The letter must explain the circumstances for the RTU and any additional details that may be relevant. The letter must follow all regulations related to privacy and age of majority. A sample letter can be found at Annex B.

5.2 A JCR will be returned home once travel arrangements are complete and it has been confirmed that the JCR’s parent/guardian (or someone the parent/guardian has designated) will be available to meet them on arrival.

5.3 As it pertains to any ETS, it may be possible to backfill RTU vacancies from a standby list. If deemed appropriate by the activity OPI after consideration of key factors (eg, duration of the activity remaining and associated cost for transportation, etc), a JCR may be permitted to join the activity. In the case of national-level ETS, the backfill opportunity would be limited only to the host CRPG.

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6. Finance

6.1 A JCR will be paid the training bonus for the portion of the activity they participated in.

6.2 A Staff JCR who is returned to unit will be paid the authorized daily rate according to guidelines established in CJCR Gp Order 10060, JCR Program Finance, including for the day of departure.

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7. Reports on Individual Performance

7.1 A course report or other document related to the JCR’s individual performance will be completed for the portion of the activity the JCR was able to complete.

7.2 The report will be signed by the JCR wherever possible and will be included with the letter.

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8. Publication

Frequency of Publication

8.1 Annual or more frequent review and updates, as required.

Errors/Omissions or Suggestions

8.2 Users of this document are encouraged to identify any errors, omissions or suggested orders to the attention of CJCR/CA HQ LO.

9. References

Related References

10. Annexes

Annex A

Sample RTU Email

Annex B

Sample RTU Letter

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