Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 07, 2007 14:59 ET

Canadian Forces Expansion Efforts Succeeding

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) - The Canadian Forces' expansion efforts continue to succeed, as demonstrated by a net increase of 1,000 personnel in the CF's Regular Force during fiscal year 2006-2007. This growth is in addition to a net increase of 1,300 personnel in the Reserve Force during the same period.

"As part of our Canada First approach, this Government has made it a priority to increase the size of the Canadian Forces to 75,000 Regular Force and 35,000 Reserve Force members over the long term," Minister O'Connor said. "To meet our policy goals, the Canadian Forces will need to grow at a rate of about 1,000 Regular Force and 500 Reserve personnel per year. Active recruitment efforts are vital to ensure the long-term effectiveness and relevance of our military. I commend the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group on its success."

In total, the Canadian Forces enrolled 6,536 new full-time and 6,326 part-time soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen during the 2006/2007 fiscal year, exceeding the goals of 6,426 and 6,025 respectively. These new recruits offset normal annual attrition in order to expand the Forces.

"Supported by a national advertising campaign and a new, more dynamic website, we have successfully delivered the message that there are challenging and rewarding careers with the Canadian Forces," said Commodore Roger MacIsaac, Director General Recruiting and Military Careers. "These are ordinary Canadians who, through the training and job experience we provide, are going to accomplish extraordinary things and make a difference in the lives of people all over the world."

Canadian Forces Recruiting Group, which is mandated to fulfill the CF's strategic intake plan, introduced new applicant processing protocols last year to improve the efficiency of the process while maintaining enrolment standards. As a result, 21% of applicants received job offers within a week of submitting the documents required by the application process.

In addition, applicants to high-priority occupations, such as naval electronics technician and artillery soldier, are given priority for processing. Qualified applicants may be eligible for subsidized education.

Note to Editors: A backgrounder on the Canadian Forces "high-priority" occupations is available at: http://www.forces.ca/v3/media/news/backgrounders/BG-2007.01%20HiPri%20Occ%20-%20en.pdf For more information on Canadian Forces recruiting, please contact the national Media Liaison Office at 613-996-2354.

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