Thirty four women spent ten days in August getting a first-hand exclusive experience of life in the military as part of the Canadian Armed Forces Women in Force Program (CAF WFP).
Held from Aug. 14 to 23 at CFB Borden and Saint-Jean Garrison, introduced participants to aspects of life in the military including fitness training, hands-on demonstrations of occupations, and tactical skills, as well as the opportunity to meet and talk with women CAF members.
“These 10 days provided the participants with valuable information and experience that will enable them to make an informed decision about pursuing a career with the CAF. Regardless of whether these participants have decided to join the CAF, I am confident that they are now better informed about what life is really like for women in the Forces,” said LGen. Charles Lamarre, Commander, Military Personnel Command.
The intent of the CAF WFP is to give women the opportunity to learn about military lifestyle before making a decision to join the CAF. By raising awareness, the CAF hopes women can make informed decisions when choosing to join the military.
The overall aim is to increasing the amount of women in the military. Currently, women account for 15.2 per cent of the CAF’s personnel, both Regular and Primary Reserve Force.
The CAF aims to increase this number to 25.1 per cent by 2026.
“It was privilege to meet and speak with the women who are participating in this program. They wanted to experience military life and in so doing learn about the opportunities and benefits of a career in the CAF. I think the Women in Force Program has provided them an excellent preview. This program is just one of many initiatives that we are using to increase the recruitment of women in the CAF,” said BGen. Virginia Tattersall, Deputy Commander, Military Personnel Generation.