Strengthening 3rd Canadian Division

With 3rd Canadian Division (3 Cdn Div) on the Road to High Readiness, we are preparing for the challenges that lie ahead by strengthening our One Team through the Grow, Train, Employ campaign.

Grow

3rd Canadian Division’s One Team has achieved significant growth since the Chief of the Defence Staff initiated his Strengthening the Army Reserves directive in October 2015. We have one of the fastest growing Canadian Brigade Groups in the Army, and our Reserve attrition levels are down; in short, we have more boots on the ground. We are continually investing in new and exciting ways to grow, train, and employ the 3 Cdn Div, including reviewing our processes, internal and external relationships, and further opportunities for change.

Train

Our training plan is well under way to produce new capabilities within 3 Cdn Div. Our Full-Time Summer Employment (FTSE) program had over 800 reservists accept an offer of guaranteed summer employment with the Canadian Army, and the BOLD EAGLE program saw 126 new Canadian Rangers graduating into 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group and 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Our Regular and Reserve Force summer training season has ended and the fall season has begun, continuing to ensure that our soldiers are on track to be deployable next year.

Employ

With the growth and training of our One Team underway, 3 Cdn Div will be looking to employ its Reserve Force soldiers within new capacities. These include:

  •         Mortar Platoon – lead by The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, Edmonton, AB
  •         Assault Pioneers Platoon – lead by The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, Vancouver, BC
  •         Direct Fire Support Platoon – lead by The Royal Regina Rifles, Regina, SK
  •         Light Urban Search and Rescue (LUSAR) Platoon – lead by 15th Field Artillery Regiment, Vancouver, BC

Each of these capabilities will be fully employed as support during domestic and international operations as of July 2019.

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