Last summer marked the start of a new Army Reservist program offered by the Canadian Armed Forces. As part of Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Military offered a full-time summer employment program to reservists who are either new recruits or within their first four years of service. The program is part of an initiative to increase the size of the Canadian Armed Forces to 30,000, which is an increase of approximately 1,500 members.
The Army Reserves play a key role for the Canadian Armed Forces in force readiness, particularly in regional and domestic operations. They also have a role in international operations, where they augment, sustain and support deployed troops.
Minister of National Defence, Harjit S. Sajjan, commented on the program’s success and encouraged eligible members to take part in the program this summer.
Sajjan said, “Through our defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we are ensuring that Canada’s Reservists are well supported in their careers. It is wonderful to see how many of our Reservists have benefitted from the full-time summer employment program. I am proud of the program’s success, and I encourage Reservists and Canadians to consider this important program.”
The summer employment focuses on training and employment that best helps the participants advance in their chosen fields. The participants will gain valuable life and leadership skills, along with unique and relevant work experience, all while earning competitive pay. The program offers full-time work in a number of occupations from May 1 – August 31, 2019, making it ideal for students looking to pay for their education.
Last year, over 7,200 Reservists from across Canada participated in the program, which exceeded expectations.
“Last year’s success is highly encouraging. This is an exciting time to be a Reservist with incredible opportunities for them to complete courses and training essential to advancing their military careers. We look forward to building on this success in 2019,” said Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander of the Canadian Army.
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