Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 08, 2013 13:20 ET

Civil Military Leadership Pilot Initiative Launched

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 8, 2013) - A pilot program to allow people to simultaneously obtain a university degree while also gaining leadership experience in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserves was announced today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence.

Co-directed by the University of Alberta and the CAF, the four-year Civil Military Leadership Pilot Initiative will serve as a test model for similar program development at other Canadian universities.

"This new joint pilot program is an example of outstanding collaboration between the Department of National Defence, Canadian Armed Forces, and the University of Alberta," said Minister MacKay. "It renews a partnership between the University and the Canadian military dating back to the First World War. This keeps very much with the tradition of the Canadian Officer Training Corps which was set up on campuses around Canada until 1968."

The leadership program will require students to be enrolled within any program at the University of Alberta while concurrently serving with a local army reserve unit. Students will need to complete the formal academic objectives of the institution, as well as meet specific military training requirements to be eligible to receive a certificate marking their participation in the program.

In keeping with a proud tradition of co-operation with the CAF, the university's leadership, in undertaking this pilot program, responds to the institution's vision of welcoming change and seizing opportunity. University of Alberta Acting Provost Martin Ferguson-Pell says the institution's involvement is fundamentally linked to its desire to contribute to the "further development of our society and its institutions."

"We are delighted with the strengthening of links between Canada's military and our institution," said Ferguson-Pell. "The University of Alberta is ideally situated for the development and testing of this program given our region's strong support for the military and sizable presence of regular and reserve forces, as well as our institution's ongoing commitment to developing outstanding learning and leadership opportunities for our students."

The leadership program, open to both officers and non-commissioned members of the reserves, aims to develop future citizen-leaders by offering significant academic and extracurricular opportunities that will broaden the participants' experience and develop skilled, disciplined leaders. Students must apply to, and be accepted by, the university and one of the local army reserve units separately.

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