As part of the ever-increasing push to modernize CAF culture, the military is actively looking to recruit visible minorities. Above image: Shot by Bdr Maxime Côté 30th Field Artillery Regiment conducted Ex RAPID GUNNER 1 from 28 to 30 October at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa to refresh and hone their skills as Gunners.
Building a more sizeable Canadian military starts with recruiters that welcome Canadians with a chance to serve their country.
The role of a recruiter cannot be understated, and that is why the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is currently looking for “highly motivated” serving CAF members to fill positions with the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group (CFRG).
“Work in recruiting is challenging, professional rewarding, and offers personnel a chance to make a positive difference in the CAF.
“It will also provide the opportunity to regularly interact with local communities, the satisfaction of contributing to CAF reconstitution, and personal and professional growth through interaction with future CAF members and their families,” stated CANFORGEN 015/23 CMP 009/23 from February, announcing the open positions.
Hard Working CAF Personnel Needed
Regular Force and Reserve Force members from all backgrounds and occupations are welcome to apply for a job as a military career counsellor, recruiter, recruiting file administrator, command and control position, and social media manager. The ranks for these positions vary based on the specific job but can range from MCpl. to LCdr.
Personnel chosen to work in the CFRG will undergo initial screening and complete recruiting-specific training.
According to the CANFORGEN, previous operational experience is welcome but not essential.
CAF members hoping to fill these positions must possess a variety of strong attributes.
“Desire and ability to represent the CAF to all Canadians” are among the desired qualities along with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with youth and other diverse groups.
Other qualities the CANFORGEN lists include:
- self-confidence in public speaking
- Effectiveness in written and verbal communication
- Bilingualism is seen as an asset
- Physically fit
- Knowledge of social media platforms and their content.
CAF members on medical CAT can also be considered for a position.
Job Openings Across Country
Working in a recruiting office allows CAF members to work in a variety of cities across the country. Cities where CFRG employees can potentially work include:
- Vancouver, BC
- Victoria, BC
- Calgary, AB
- Edmonton, AB
- Regina, SK
- Winnipeg, MB
- London, ON
- Sudbury, ON
- Barrie, ON
- Borden, ON
- Hamilton, ON
- Toronto, ON
- Oshawa, ON
- Kingston, ON
- Ottawa, ON
- Montreal, QC
- Quebec, QC
- Sherbrooke, QC
- Chicoutimi, QC
- Rimouski, QC
- Fredericton, NB
- Moncton, NB
- Halifax, NS
- Charlottetown, PEI and
- St John’s, NL
Seeking Diverse Recruits
As part of the ever-increasing push to modernize CAF culture, the military is actively looking to recruit visible minorities. The military believes attracting women, 2SLGBTQI+, and Indigenous people is necessary to meet the complex demands of the CAF both at home and abroad.
“Successfully attracting and recruiting the best talent into the CAF requires that those selected to work in recruiting centres exemplify professional excellence and embrace the importance of attracting diverse Canadians to the CAF,” stated the CANFORGEN.
Due to the important role of those working in recruiting, selection boards award equivalent points for a recruiting posting as are allocated to operational deployments.
CAF members interested in working within recruitment must send an email to +CFRGrecruitingopportunitites@cfrg@borden and advise their chain of command and career manager. This is to ensure that planning for these positions can begin in the annual posting season of 2023.
Career managers and occupation advisors will conduct an initial file review before generating a screening message. If chosen, the candidates will conduct a selection board interview and, if successful, will be posted to a CFRG Unit and nominated for the applicable recruiting specialty training course.
Interested CAF members are encouraged by the CAF to visit a recruiting centre.
Questions about recruiting employment can be directed to CFRG Liaison Officer at +CFRGrecruitingopportunitites@cfrg@borden. More information can be found on the DWAN here.