# 2020-221 Careers, Cease-Training, Pilot

Cease-Training, Pilot

Case Summary

F&R Date: 2020-07-30

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) terminated the grievor's training. In turn, the grievor argued that he should have been given another opportunity to complete Phase III of the pilot training program or transferred to another location for such training. According to the grievor, the CAF did not give sufficient consideration to his personal circumstances and health problems at the time the decision was made to terminate the training. The grievor pointed out that he had been able to overcome great personal difficulties during the other phases of the training and that this demonstrated that if the CAF had provided more training, it would have been a better decision. 

The Initial Authority (IA), the Commander 2 Canadian Air Division, denied the grievor redress. The IA sought input from the relevant authorities regarding the grievor's personal situation during training. Although it was clear the grievor had experienced personal difficulties, the IA disagreed with the grievor’s assertion that he had not received the appropriate support. The IA highlighted that the grievor presented himself as fit to fly prior to all evaluations and had access to the appropriate support systems. The IA agreed with the Progress Review Board’s (PRB) position that the grievor's difficulties to successfully complete the training were predominately related to the core competencies of a pilot. The IA found that the grievor had been treated fairly and in accordance with the applicable policies. 

The Committee reviewed the PRB records as well as the grievor's training record and found that the grievor had been provided with appropriate remedial training opportunities and support throughout the training. The Committee also found that the grievor met the course failure criteria and the decision to cease the grievor's training was both appropriate and in accordance with the relevant policies. The Committee recommended that the Final Authority (FA) not afford the grievor redress.

FA Decision Summary  

The FA agreed with the Committee's assessment that the grievor was not aggrieved and with its recommendation that redress be denied.

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