Canadian Army Reserve Full-Time Summer Employment

Backgrounder / March 13, 2018 / Project number: 18-0083

In accordance with Commander Canadian Army direction and in line with Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy, the Canadian Army (CA) will offer full-time summer employment to Reservists in their first four years with the Army Reserve (ARes) commencing in 2018.

Because the ARes is a vital enabler to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and key to force readiness in regional, domestic and international operations, in 2015, the federal government directed the Department of National Defence (DND) and the CAF to strengthen the Primary Reserves (PRes). The result is a plan to increase and sustain the strength of the PRes.

Strengthening the Army Reserve (StAR) is a detailed strategy to achieve this goal. It includes recruiting initiatives, unit taskings, and an analysis of funding allocation. The CA recognizes the valuable contribution of its ARes to the success of the CA and is committed to ensuring the ARes grows and develops as part of the CA team.

The StAR strategy outlines 12 Lines of Effort (LoEs). Full-Time Summer Employment (FTSE) is one of the most important of these in supporting the Commander’s intent to optimize the ARes. The aim is to initiate an FTSE program for the ARes as one of the means of ensuring the long-term health and strength of the ARes. Sustained and stable employment is a key reason why young Canadians seek out the ARes in the first place.

StAR is a comprehensive program to enhance the ARes, including recruiting additional troops, assigning specific mission tasks, synchronizing training, providing appropriate equipment and matching the right funding. At its core, StAR is about “Operationalizing” the CA Reserve Force. The end result is a Full-Time Capability from a Part-Time Force.

The Government is ensuring the success of FTSE through long-term funding commitments as outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy.

What are the benefits of working in the Army Reserve?

The ARes is a professional and integrated force achieving operational excellence at home and abroad. It offers a variety of exciting employment opportunities with flexible work schedules. It also offers opportunities to develop a career, receive professional development and growth, get new and unique work experience, get on-the-job training, achieve work-life balance, gain new life skills, have an opportunity to serve our country and be part of something bigger, all while earning competitive salaries.

What if I’m a student?

The ARes is also an interesting choice for students. As a Reservist, some of the benefits to students are receiving financial support for education, flexible work schedules during the school year with full-time summer employment, an opportunity for real-life work experiences in their field of study and to build their resumes.

Where can I apply to join the Army Reserve and FTSE?

The FTSE program is offered from May 1 to August 31. For more information, visit your local unit as soon as possible and talk to a recruiter or visit the Canadian Army Reserve Summer Jobs web page.

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