Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program

From National Defence

The Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program (CFAEP) is a special three-week course for Indigenous peoples who are considering a career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). During the program, you will get hands-on experience with military training, careers and lifestyle.

You do not have to join the CAF after completing the three weeks. At the end of the program, you will receive $1,200 and a certificate of military achievement.

The course takes place at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec and at Canadian Forces Base Halifax, Nova Scotia. We provide transportation to and from the training centre, living accommodations, food, clothing and all equipment for the course. At the end of the course, if you choose to join the CAF, you will return home until the next available Basic Training course starts.

What you will learn

You will learn about the long and proud history of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s military and take part in exercises similar to Basic Training, such as:

  • morning inspections
  • daily physical fitness and sports
  • navigation with compass and maps
  • basic weapons training
  • military drill

You will also try living in field conditions. Civilian Indigenous counsellors will be available to assist you with the transition to military life.

How to apply

To apply to the CFAEP, you must fill out the online application. When filling out the “Program Choices” field, choose “CFAEP”. You may apply at any time throughout the year.

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