One of the key benefits of joining the Forces is paid education.
When you enrol through the paid university or college programs, the Forces will pay for your university or college tuition, books and academic equipment in addition to providing a salary and benefits while you attend school.
A quality education is the foundation for your future no matter which career path you choose.
If you are looking for unique responsibilities, a meaningful career with excellent opportunities and the chance to develop your personal strengths, then your first step is the Regular Officer Training Plan.
A career as an officer in the Forces will offer you experiences and challenges that will enable you to maximize your contribution to Canada wherever you serve.
The Advantages of Paid University
You will benefit from paid tuition, a full-time salary and benefits, second language training, an exciting career after graduation, and more opportunities than you can imagine.
Typically, as a successful applicant to the Regular Officer Training Plan, you will enter the Canadian Military College system as an officer cadet where you will receive a first-class education that balances academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics.
Sometimes there are more qualified candidates than the Canadian Military College system can accommodate or your choice of program is not offered. In these instances, you would be eligible to apply to any Canadian university. Your tuition, books, lab fees and student fees are covered and you receive a monthly salary.
In addition to a university education, officer cadets receive military training, occupation training and second language training. The full-time salary includes full medical and dental care as well as vacation with full pay.
The Regular Officer Training Plan selection process
Since an application to the Regular Officer Training Plan is also an application to the Canadian Military College system, all candidates are assessed against:
- an aptitude test;
- a medical examination;
- an interview;
- military potential – an assessment of aptitudes, personality traits and the choice of occupation; and
- academic performance – an assessment of a candidate’s top six most recent marks related to the requirements of his or her chosen program.
Officer cadets are obliged to maintain satisfactory academic and military performances throughout the program. After successfully completing the Regular Officer Training Plan, they receive a university degree and are granted commissions as officers in the Forces. Graduates normally serve at least five years.
The Regular Officer Training Plan application deadline is January 31 for admission the following September and basic training at the end of your first academic year. The Regular Officer Training Plan application deadline for Military Police Officer is January 15 for admission the following September.
How to apply
Talk to a recruiter. They will 1) help you choose the best paid education plan for your specific career path, and 2) will tell you which university programs are currently supported by the Forces.