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Canadian Armed Forces Personnel - Non Commissioned

Non-commissioned members are skilled trades personnel who provide operational and support services in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Also Known As

Air Force Personnel, Armed Forces Personnel, Guard, Infantryman, Military Personnel, Navy Personnel, Sailor, Soldier, Supply Technician, Traffic Technician

Employment and Advancement

Occupational outlook is currently unavailable. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

After training, personnel are posted to a Canadian Armed Forces base, unit or ship.

People in the military trades start as privates. Promotions are by competition and are awarded according to skill, time in a rank and job performance. Privates may advance in rank to corporal, master corporal, sergeant, warrant officer, master warrant officer and chief warrant officer. Promotion to the rank of corporal is achieved by attaining specific levels of training, normally after a minimum of four years of service. Some entry plans offer opportunities for advancement to the rank of corporal after a shorter time period. Retirement is compulsory at age 60.

Most large cities have at least one Canadian Armed Forces Reserve unit. The Reserves offer part time military training in a variety of trades during the academic year and full time employment during the summer months. Some opportunities exist for trained Reserve personnel to be employed on a full time basis for a fixed period of time.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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