Release and transition to civilian life
Release is the term used to designate a Canadian Armed Forces member’s end of service when they transition to civilian life. An officer or non-commissioned member may be released for a number of reasons. There may be different processes depending on the type of release, as well as personal or professional considerations. Review the information below for more details on common release topics and considerations for your transition to civilian life. If you don’t find information specific to your situation, contact us.
This page intends to provide information to plan your release and transition to civilian life. For more information on career progression and related policies, consult your chain of command and career manager. For any discrepancies between information provided on this page and the official instruction approved by Treasury Board, the latter shall prevail.
- Release – Frequently asked questions
- Transition for CAF members and their family:
- Medical Release:
- Reserve Force and Regular Force Transition Process 
- Canadian Armed Forces best positioned to determine Public Service priority hiring for releasing members 
- Simplifying the Service Delivery Model for Medically Releasing Members of the Canadian Armed Forces 
- Determining Service Attribution for Medically Releasing Members 
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If you are being medically released, your transition to civilian life will take place over several weeks, months or years. This reference tool outlines the three 'phases' of transition.
If you are a Canadian Armed Forces member transitioning to civilian life, the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman and the Veterans Ombudsman can provide you with information to help you successfully navigate your journey.
This browser provides easily accessible information related to benefits and services for military members who are ill, injured, or transitioning out of the Canadian Armed Forces, their families, as well as families of the deceased.
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