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Department of National Defence

August 16, 2012 21:14 ET

Canadian Forces Enrol First Officers in a New Pilot Program

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 16, 2012) - One of the first officers in the new Canadian Forces Air Environmental Affiliated Degree (AEAD) program was enrolled today in a ceremony in Barrie, Ontario.

Officer Cadet (OCdt) Aaron Jeffrey was sworn-in by his father, Major Frank Jeffrey, in the AEAD program, which is a partnership between the Canadian Forces (CF) and the Seneca College. The AEAD program blends the academic requirements for the Seneca College's Baccalaureate in Aviation Technology with the training mandate for a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) pilot.

"It was really special for me to have my father conduct my swearing-in and for me to follow the same career path as him," said OCdt Jeffrey. "When I found out about this program, I applied for it right away, because it means that I can get a degree in what I want and my pilot wings at the same time. I've been working on my private pilot's licence for a while now, because I knew I wanted a career in aviation, so this is a great opportunity for me."

Successful applicants are enrolled in the CF and undergo their Basic Military Officer Qualification training in Saint-Jean, Quebec, followed by the RCAF Phase I pilot training at the Canadian Forces Base Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. If successful in this initial phase of training, they transfer to the Seneca College and begin academic studies towards their bachelor's degree. The students then spend the next four years completing requirements to earn their bachelor's degree and their CF wings.

The AEAD program is one of the paid education programs available through the Canadian Forces, which offers free tuition, books and academic equipment in addition to a salary with benefits. Paid education programs are available for officers and non-commissioned members in a variety of occupations through colleges and universities across Canada, including the Royal Military College of Canada. For more information on paid education opportunities, visit www.forces.ca or your local recruiting detachment.

For more information, please contact Lieutenant (Navy) Nicole Murillo, the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Public Affairs Officer, at 705-424-1200, extension 2313, or at Nicole.Murillo@forces.gc.ca.

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