When you enrol through the paid university program, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will pay for your tuition, books and academic equipment. You will also receive a salary and benefits while you attend school. Your salary will include full medical and dental care as well as vacation with full pay. In exchange, you must complete two months of service in the CAF for each month of paid tuition.
If you qualify for paid university, you will enter the Canadian Military College system under the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP). Students begin the program as Officer Cadets and receive a first-class education that balances academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics.
If there are more qualified candidates than the Canadian Military College system can accommodate, or your choice of program is not offered, you can apply to an accredited program at a Canadian university.
In addition to a university education, Officer Cadets receive military training, occupation training and second language training.
The Regular Officer Training Plan selection process
Since an application to the ROTP is also an application to the Canadian Military College system, all candidates are assessed against:
- an aptitude test
- a medical examination
- an interview
- military potential – an assessment of aptitudes, personality traits, and the choice of occupation
- academic performance – your top six most recent marks related to the requirements of your chosen program
If you have an average of at least 70 percent in the subjects required for your program, you will begin your studies as a senior applicant. The first year of your program will take place at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) or a Canadian university. If you are attending RMC Saint-Jean, you will complete the last three years of your degree at RMC .
If you are a Quebec high school student who wishes to study at a Canadian Military College, you will begin the program as a junior applicant. Junior applicants start their studies through a preparatory year at RMC Saint-Jean. The prep year is equivalent to first year CEGEP in Quebec. If you are a high school student living outside of Quebec, who falls just below the senior minimum, you may be eligible to enter the program as a junior applicant. This is usually the case when a student needs additional courses for science or engineering programs, or has a lower average in the required subjects. Junior applicants complete their program over a period of five years.
Submitting your application
Joining the ROTP is a competitive process with multiple assessment stages. You must submit your application by January 31 to be eligible for the upcoming academic year. Depending on availability and screening requirements, applications submitted after this date may still be considered.
Should your application be accepted, you may receive an Early Conditional Acceptance. If this is the case, a position will be held for you at one of the military colleges. If you have finished the aptitude test, you may be given a conditional offer of acceptance as early as September 15 for the University program starting in September the following year. The acceptance offer is conditional based on the applicant meeting academic requirements in their final year of high school and successfully completing the rest of the application process.
If you are a Canadian living abroad and are applying to the ROTP, submit your application and paperwork in advance to allow for possible delays. Candidates applying from outside of Canada should submit by November 30.
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