5520-4 COATS Reserve Service Outside the Formation

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

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  1. Identification
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Policy
  4. Considerations
  5. Requests for Approval
  6. Publication
  7. References

1. Identification

Date of Issue: 2021-03-17

Date of Verification: n/a

Application: This is an order that applies to COATS members.

Supersession: n/a

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

Office of Primary Interest (OPI): DCOS Sp

Enquiries: CJCR HQ J1

2. Abbreviations

Abbreviation Complete Word or Phrase
CJCR Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers
COATS Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service
DAOD Defence Administrative Order and Directive
Fmn Formation
P Res Primary Reserve
Reg F Regular Force
Res F Reserve Force

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3. Policy


3.1 In accordance with DAOD 2020-3, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service, the primary duty of a COATS member is the supervision, administration, and training of cadets. A COATS member serves in the Formation and must receive approval from the DComd CJCR prior to commencing service outside of the Formation. The approval from the DComd CJCR is not automatic.

3.2 The potential benefits to the Formation and the member’s primary duty must remain paramount during the selection process. Future Reserve Service for the individual in the Formation must be taken into consideration.


3.3 Reserve Service outside the Formation by a COATS member must meet three objectives:

  1. directly benefit the Formation and the Canadian Cadet Organizations;
  2. provide the member an opportunity to acquire and extend knowledge and skills essential and desirable to the performance of their primary duty but which cannot readily be acquired through existing training opportunities; and
  3. create an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect between participating units.

3.4 If a COATS member is attached posted or seconded to the Reg F or P Res, the COATS member must meet the minimum operational standards related to the principle of universality of service as set out in DAOD 5023-1, Minimum Operational Standards Related to Universality of Service.

3.5 A COATS member who wishes to permanently serve outside the Formation must request a component transfer to another sub-component of the Res F or to the Reg F.

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4. Considerations

4.1 COATS members nominated for, or requesting, Reserve Service outside the Formation, must be screened carefully to ensure that they possess the background, knowledge and skills to extract maximum benefit for the Formation from the experience. They must be capable of performing the assigned duties efficiently and effectively so as to reflect credit upon the Formation and the COATS sub-component. The selection process must consider that upon completion, the member will normally be returned to a position where maximum benefit may be gained from the experience.

4.2 The following selection criteria will be considered by the approving authority:

  1. the member must be a competent, credible COATS member who is able to effectively apply their current knowledge and skills, acquire new skills and assimilate new knowledge;
  2. the member must possess professional and technical skills and knowledge consistent with the requirements specified for the position;
  3. if required, the member must meet the minimum operational standards related to the principle of universality of service;
  4. the member should be highly committed to their primary duty and unlikely to request voluntary release from the CAF during or immediately following the Reserve Service;
  5. the member must possess those personal attributes which will enable them to function effectively in the assigned position, and in such a manner as to reflect credit upon the Formation and the COATS sub-component;
  6. the duration of the Reserve Service;
  7. the number of requests previously approved for the member;
  8. the process used to select the member for the opportunity is compliant with applicable policies and direction;
  9. the benefit of the opportunity related to the member’s performance of their primary duty;
  10. the benefit to the CAF of allowing a COATS member to undertake duties not currently being fulfilled by members of the Reg F or P Res; and
  11. the overall benefit to the Formation.

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5. Requests for Approval

5.1 Requests for approval of a COATS member to serve outside the Formation will be forwarded to the DComd CJCR through the member’s chain of command with the following information:

  1. name/rank/SN of COATS member;
  2. employing unit name/place of Res Svc to be performed;
  3. position title;
  4. type/length of Res Svc (Cl "A"/"B" and number of days);
  5. duties to be performed;
  6. qualifications the member holds to carry out duties;
  7. current medical status;
  8. current security clearance status;
  9. current PRV/VSS status;
  10. current FORCE evaluation status;
  11. cadet involvement impact;
  12. reason for not working at a CTC (if during this time of year);
  13. details of past approvals;
  14. impact on employing unit if not approved; and
  15. administration (financial code/pay/CFTPO).

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6. Publication

Frequency of Publication

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

Errors/Omissions or Suggestions

6.2 Users of CJCR Gp Orders are encouraged to identify any errors, omissions or suggested orders to the attention of CJCR HQ J1 Policy.

7. References

Source References

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