Release and transition to civilian life

Voluntary Delay of Releases from the Canadian Armed Forces due to COVID-19

Review CANFORGEN 050/20 – Voluntary Delay of Releases from the Canadian Armed Forces due to COVID-19 for new direction on delaying your release. Download the CAF mobile application to access CANFORGENS outside the DWAN: Apple / Android.

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.



Video: three phases of mediacal release

Video: The Three Phases of Medical Release

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.

Video: Making the transition to civilian life

Video: Making the Transition to Civilian Life

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.

Military Benefits Browser

Video: What is the Military Benefits Browser?

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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