Paid education in the Canadian Armed Forces
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has a number of paid education programs for a first-class education that will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in Canada’s esteemed military. Graduates of our programs are leaders in their fields, working with cutting edge technology, developing military strategies and making a difference in their communities.
You know what you want from life. We want to help you achieve it
Whether you’re thinking of going to college, university or getting your post-grad degree, the CAF can help you get there with one of our six paid education programs. If you qualify, the CAF will pay 100% of your school fees, including your tuition, books and academic equipment! Meanwhile, you’ll earn a competitive annual salary and an excellent benefits package including health, dental and much more.
After you graduate from one of our paid education programs, you will be guaranteed a job in your field with the CAF. Your salary will increase and continue to rise as you progress in rank. Each program requires two months of service for every month of paid education. For more information about the service commitment, or about any of our paid education plans, speak with one of our recruiters.
Find the program that’s right for you
The program you choose will depend on where you want your education to take you.
Under our paid college program, you will complete your studies at an approved Canadian college, where you’ll learn the skills of your trade in a highly-technical, hands-on environment. Our graduates come out of the program as experts, known as Non-Commissioned Members, who work on some of the most advanced equipment in the field of defence.
If you see yourself in more of a management role, leading a team of skilled professionals, consider our paid university program. You’ll learn the skills you need to lead effectively, prioritize important tasks and make decisions which are critical to the success of your team. In most cases, our students complete their studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, where they are offered an unparalleled education that balances academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a doctor, dentist, or pilot have a look at our graduate programs. Each is designed to produce the best and brightest in a variety of highly-skilled roles in the CAF. We have several programs available to members who wish to pursue further education. Eligible members, including reservists, may claim reimbursement of education, training, and professional certification expenses, in whole or in part, under a series of Education Reimbursement (ER) programs.
All programs involve intensive studying during the regular academic year and basic training during the summer months. Whichever program you choose, you’ll leave with professional experience unlike any other and skills that you will carry throughout your career in the Forces and onward. For more information about the programs, the curriculum or the facilities, speak with one of our recruiters.
Paid tuition, a salary, and a guaranteed job are all part of the curriculum
Want 10 reasons to get a paid education with the Canadian Armed Forces?
Paid registration and tuition fees
Sports and athletics
Salary, benefits and vacation while you study
Second language training
Free textbooks and supplies
Guaranteed and secure employment in your field
Travel, meaningful work, and the chance to help others
Personal and professional development
Well-respected and recognized work experience
How do I get started?
To qualify for paid education, you must first join the CAF. You can get started in three simple steps.
Recent grads share their experiences with paid education
The worries of paying for a first-class education were replaced with opportunities for travel, leadership, athletics and best of all, friendships that will last a lifetime…I always look back on my experiences at the RMCC with fondness and am grateful for the skills they engrained in me that help me function in diverse situations, not only in my job but in my life.
Major Diane B. CC – 130 Hercules Pilot
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