This week, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, announced the launch of a full-time summer employment program.
Starting May 1, Canadian Army Reservists in their first four years of service can participate in the employment program, which will run until August 31.
During this time, they will gain unique and relevant work experience, while learning valuable life and leadership skills.
“Our Government’s commitments to employment initiatives, such as the Canadian Army’s Full-Time Summer Employment program, demonstrates another investment not only in Canadian youth, but also in the Canadian Army Reserves, as outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged,” said Sajjan.
Army Reserve members will receive competitive pay, learn valuable military skills and gain experience that will set them up for success by participating in the program. In addition, Army Reserve members will conduct training within a selected military occupation potentially leading to various employment opportunities in support of Canada’s defence commitments at home and abroad.
“The Canadian Army wants to create an Army Reserve that can meet our changing operational requirements and fully integrate with the Regular Force,” said Brigadier-General Rob Roy MacKenzie, Chief of Staff Army Reserve. “The first step towards that, is to ensure the growth of the Army Reserve and continue to provide exceptional training to our Reservists,”
Guaranteed annual summer employment also provides Army Reservists the necessary training for career progression. Reserve members identified as potential Army Reserve junior leaders, will undergo leadership training during this period.
While reservists are encouraged to volunteer for as much time as possible, they are not required to participate for the full duration of the program. The Canadian Army promises to support its members and work to find meaningful employment for all reservists who qualify for the program for the dates they are available.
The program will be available to all new recruits, in addition to the Army Reservists who joined as of 2015.