Candidate Information Booklet
Saint-Jean Garrison DescriptionGeneral
How to get there
When and where to show up
Non appropriate behavior
Alcohol and drug consumption
Equipment / Required ItemsGeneral
Documents & Arrival proceduresGeneral
Prohibitions & restrictionsGeneral
AnnexAnnexe A - Driving directions
Annex A - Inform. concerning your arrival
Annex A - Sexual misconduct
Annex B part1 - Required items
Annex B part2 - Miscellaneous Items
Annex B part3 - Military items
Annex C - Precourse checklist
Annex D - Autobiography writing guide
Commander M.T. Lahaie, CD
I would like to congratulate you for being selected as a candidate at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS). As Commandant of the School, I extend my personal welcome to you. The purpose of this information booklet is to help you with your preparation in order to ensure that you are comfortable in your new environment.
I am sure that you will appreciate your stay with us. The courses are demanding. The knowledge you will acquire and the contacts you will make will be useful to you during your entire career. Be open-minded, curious, and take full advantage of this learning opportunity you have been offered. I wish you the best of luck.
The Saint-Jean Garrison is located in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, South of Montreal, province of Quebec (see the map in Annex A). It includes many Canadian Forces units such as CFLRS. CFLRS resides mainly in the General-Jean-Victor Allard building known as the Mega that stands for megastructure. The weather fluctuates depending on the season from -30oC in the winter to +30oC in the summer.
Rank, name and initials
P.O. Box 100, Stn Bureau-Chef
FAX : (450) 358-7009
(to your platoon Commander's attention)
Telephone : (450) 358-7099, ext. 7229
You may consult the CFLRS Internet site in order to get more information: http://www.cflrs.forces.gc.caHow to get to CFLRS
There are two methods to get to the St-Jean Garrison: personal transportation or commercial transportation. Both of these methods must be coordinated with your local Recruiting Center or your home unit before you depart for training.
- Personal Transport:
This method entails the candidate using a personal motor vehicle (whether the vehicle belongs to him/her or someone else). A road map with directions can be found at (Annex A). Candidates who wish to park their vehicle at the Saint-Jean Garrison during the duration of their course must have registration and insurance papers with them. You will have to park your vehicle in lot A1. During the course, you will only be authorized to use your vehicle during designated weekends. If there is no parking space available in lot A, go see a commissionaire (security guard) at the front gate.
- Commercial Transport:
This method includes any means of travel other than a personal motor vehicle which requires the purchasing of tickets. This includes airplane, train, bus and taxis. Candidates arriving by commercial transport will transit through the Montreal area by either Montreal Trudeau Airport, Berri-UQAM bus depot or the Dorval Train Station. From these transit points, candidates must then reach the Montreal-Trudeau airport to take the designated shuttle bus according to this timetable:
- shuttle bus departures from Montreal Airport to Saint-Jean Garrison on Saturdays at:
- 3 :00 pm
- 8 :00 pm
- shuttle bus departures from Montreal Airport to Saint-Jean Garrison on Saturdays at:
- Candidates living in the Montreal area can travel by personal means to Trudeau Montreal Airport in order to take the shuttle bus at the prescribed hours. Nevertheless, it is important that you inform your recruiting center of your intentions for coordination purposes.
- Trudeau Montreal Airport:
Once at Montreal Airport, wait for an instructor in uniform in the vicinity of the domestic luggage carousel. An instructor in uniform (as well as a CFLRS poster put in place by the instructor to identify the assembly point) will be at the location for these timings:
- 2 :00 pm Saturday
- 7 :00 pm Saturday
- Dorval train station:
If you arrive at the train station between 6:00 am and 6:30 pm on Saturdays, you are to use the Via AirConnect shuttle service to make your way to the assembly point at the airport (free with your train ticket if you are coming from a western destination, or some expenses will be necessary for the service if you are coming from an eastern destination). This shuttle will be parked in front of the train station and runs between the airport and the train station on a regular basis. Once at the airport, you are to get to the arrival domestic luggage carousel to link up with the instructor at the assembly point. An instructor in uniform will be in place (as well as a CFLRS poster put in place by the instructor to identify the assembly point) at these timings:
- 2 :00 pm Saturday
- 7 :00 pm Saturday
- Berri-UQAM bus depot:
If you arrive at the bus depot between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on Saturdays, you are to use the airport shuttle service ($14 - service every 20 minutes) to get to the assembly point at the airport. Once at the airport, you are to get to the arrival (domestic) luggage carousel to link up with the instructor at the assembly point. An instructor in uniform will be in place (as well as a CFLRS poster put in place by the instructor to identify the assembly point) at these timings:
- 2 :00 pm Saturday
- 7 :00 pm Saturday
- You are responsible to verify the departure timings. If the shuttle bus is not present at the designated hours, contact CFLRS' Duty Staff at (450) 358-7099 ext. 7229 for further instructions, before deciding to take a taxi.
- Candidates who are arriving via commercial transport before 6:00 am or after 7:00 pm on Saturday will be required to take a taxi to CFLRS which will cost them approx $90 (keep the receipt to claim it later). Your recruitment center should warn you ahead of time if you will not be arriving during business hours. If there is more than one person taking the taxi, it is the candidate's obligation to pool as many people as possible in the taxi.
You have to report for duty no later than 8:00 pm on the Saturday preceding your course. Report to the CFLRS Coordination Center (SCC), door 154 of the Mega building, Saint-Jean Garrison. Candidates arriving on the shuttle bus will be directed by the accompanying instructor. Candidates arriving by personal means will be directed by the staff on duty at the SCC. A presentation will be held for all arriving candidates after supper at a location determined by the staff on location.Dress:
When you show up at CFLRS, you must wear appropriate and comfortable clothes to be able to walk long distances when conducting your arrival procedures. The following types of clothing are strongly recommended:
- Male candidates:
Shirt and/or sweater, clean pants and shoes (comfortable clothes) and clean shaved.
- Female candidates:
Blouse and pants, shoes (comfortable clothes)
"platform and high heels" shoes and not allowed.
CFLRS mission is to prepare future CF warriors and warrior leaders morally, mentally and physically for the profession of arms.Services available:
You will have access to many services on the Saint-Jean Garrison:
- Chapel (Protestant and Roman Catholic, room for interfaith prayers)
- Internet access
- Public phone
- Canex (Convenience Store) with a dry cleaning service
- Hair salons for men and women
- Banking facilities (banking machine):
- Bank of Montreal
- Caisse populaire Desjardins
- Recreational facilities (including an Olympic-size pool, two gymnasiums, a weight room, an aerobic room, an indoor track, etc)
- Post office
- Subway restaurant
- Movie theater
Note: Your access to these services will depend on your training schedule, but is not guaranteed.
CFLRS provides distinct training packages (courses) that are tailored to meet the requirements of the specific program of candidate enrolment. The training offered at CFLRS is generic across all three CF elements (Army, Navy and Air) and no distinction is made based upon Military Occupational Classification (MOC). The courses offered are:
- Basic Military Qualification (BMQ)
- Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ)
- Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) Orientation Training
- Health Services BMOQ
- Condensed Health Services BMOQ
- Primary Leadership Qualification (PLQ)
- Officer Colloquium (OC)
The recruiting center, your unit or your University Liaison Office (ULO) must have given you a quick view of the training that you are about to start. It is essential to be ready, focused and motivated.
- Avoid problems and ensure that your personal and family administration is in good hands before your departure and for all the entire duration of the course;
- Prepare yourself physically, adopt a good health plan with a regular physical training program (the recruiting center may help you with this or you may visit our website).
- If your medical condition changes, advise your recruiting center as soon as possible. You may be held responsible if you fail to do it ahead of time.
During your training, you will be required to adhere to the fundamental military values such as loyalty, duty, courage and integrity. You will have to apply these values in a context where the discipline level will be very high and team work is essential to your success.Non appropriate behavior:
Any type of behavior with harassment, racial or sectarian overtones will face disciplinary measures up to, and including release of the Canadian Forces. At the beginning of your training you will be shown what these inappropriate behaviors are. It is essential that your attitude constantly reflects the CF values.Alcohol and / or drug consumption:
The reasonable use of alcohol will be accepted in few occasions and in restricted area. You will be instructed when and where upon arrival. Although, all use and/or activities linked to drug (possession, consumption, commerce, etc.) is not tolerated. Any offence will be severely punished, with the potential being released from the CF.Daily routine:
Here is a view of an actual training day in Garrison for a candidate.
05 :00 am: Wake up
05 :10 am: Morning physical training
06 :30 am: Breakfast
07 :00 am: Quarters' inspection and beginning of instruction
11 :30 am: Lunch
12 :30 pm: Instruction
05 :00 pm: Supper
06 :00 pm: Common station jobs, personal hygiene, study period
11 :00 pm: Lights out
For the BMQ and BMOQ courses, candidates must expect to have restricted freedom for the first four (4) weekends. The first five weeks, candidates are restricted to the garrison and access to services such as Subway and movie theatre is not allowed. This period helps to develop basic skills, stimulates the integration to the military life and develops team spirit among the members. Activities are planned for these days and are part of the course schedule. Visitors are not allowed during this period.
All candidates arriving for training at CFLRS, whether they are new or current CF members will require the items listed in part 1 and 2 of Annex B to begin their basic training. Items listed in part 1 can be brought by candidates or purchased at their expense at Canex while items in part 2 will be exclusively purchased at Canex after their arrival. Candidates who are already CF members will also arrive with the military equipment (in serviceable condition) listed in part 3 of Annex B to this document.
You will find below the list of documents to bring with you. No time is allotted in the schedule to correct a lack of preparation on you part, and this could have a serious consequences on your file administration (payroll, security clearance, medical follow-up, etc). Thus, it is your responsibility and in your interest to be well organized. The following documents must be brought with you to CFLRS, if you didn't hand them in to your recruiting center, or if there is a change in the information you provided to the recruiting center. You will find an aide-mémoire at Annex C, to help you make sure that you have everything required upon arrival at CFLRS.
- Birth Certificate: You must bring it and give it to your training staff on the first training day. You also need to bring your Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization if you were born outside Canada.
- Vaccination booklet: If you have a vaccination booklet, please bring it and give it to your training staff on the first training day. All reserve members must make sure that they have received a copy of their immunization card from their unit.
- Prescription glasses: You must bring your glasses or contact lenses prescription. It is also recommended to have a second pair of eyeglasses.
- Security clearance form: All trainees must fill a security clearance request. You must get the questionnaire for requesting the security clearance from your recruiting center or unit (as the case may be). You must complete your request before reporting to Saint-Jean Garrison, and you must provide accurate information on your relatives. When you'll be asked to fill this form, you must have the following relevant information available to you:
- Name, date and place of birth, address of your spouse/common law (if applicable), and his/her employers' names and addresses.
- Names, dates and places of birth of natural or adoptive parents of spouse/common law, as well as their employers' names and addresses.
- Your home address, list of employments and employers for the last ten years. You have to account for all periods of 30 days or more.
- Names, addresses, and home and office telephone numbers of three individuals who can serve as your references.
(NOTE: All the addresses you provide for the last 10 years must include the precise street number and postal code, etc. If you need help with the form, consult your recruiting center)
- Certified copies of diplomas: Officer-Cadets from the Direct Entry Program should bring a certified copy of their university or college graduation certificate. Officer-Cadets from the Subsidized University Education Plan (SUEP) should also bring a copy of their last transcript or evidence of successful completion of studies.
- Copy of lease: Candidates who are still occupying a house (paying a lease or a mortgage) must show proof that they have a lease or a mortgage. You must show proof of phone bills or electricity bills. If you don't have these documents, you'll have to pay for your quarters.
- Autobiography: All candidates must also write their autobiography. We strongly recommend that you do so before reporting to CFLRS (Annex D).
- CF 100 (leave pass) provided by Recruiting Center
- Social insurance card
- Birth certificates (originals) for your children, dependents, and spouse
- Marriage certificate (original)
- Affidavit respecting your common-law relationship (original)
- Certificate of separation or divorce (original)
- Proof of name change (original)
- Proof of change in medical status
- DND 1654 (reimbursement of moving expenses)
- Cash: We recommend that you bring at least $150 to cover unforeseen expenses during the arrival procedures. A pay advance of $300 will be distributed in the first days of your arrival.
- Pay: We may deposit your bi-monthly pay into the account of your choice. For this service, you must have a bank account and present a void cheque from that account during the arrival procedures.
- If you do not have a bank account or wish to open a new one, it will be easy to open an account with Bank of Montreal. A bank representative will be there during the first days of your arrival.
- For ease of access to your pay, we recommend you take the necessary arrangements with your branch prior to arriving in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
- Here a list of banks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, close to CFLRS (within 5 km radius) :
- Bank of Montreal
- Laurentian Bank of Canada
- Commercial Imperial Bank of Canada (CIBC)
- Royal Bank of Canada
- Caisse Populaire Desjardins
- Toronto Dominion Bank
- National Bank of Canada
As in any work or civilian place, the military environment has specific rules. Each candidate must scrupulously follow these rules to avoid disciplinary and/or administrative sanctions.Prohibited articles:
Here is a list of prohibited articles:
- Fire arms or edged weapons (switch-blade knives, knives with blades longer than 6 inches)
- Food stuff (fruits, chips, candy, etc.) and drinks, including supplements
- Alcoholic beverages
- Illegal substances (including caffeine concentrate "wake up")
- Materials with sexual connotation (magazines, photos, DVD, accessories, etc)
- All electronic devices (cellular phones, IPods, IPads, laptops, etc) are considered restricted materials in the following manner:
- No devices can be used/carried during training hours.
- Cellular phones are allowed on weeknights after training has concluded but no earlier than 6:00pm.
- All other devices MAY be allowed on weekends.
Game consoles are not authorized and will be confiscated and secured upon arrival. Any other devices may be confiscated at any time by platoon staff should there be any abuse or unauthorized use.
- Personal vehicle: unless you have special permission from the chain of command, you can use your personal vehicle only during the leave weekends that you are allowed to leave the garrison. All other uses are forbidden.
Annex A - Driving directions (refer to maps on the following pages as required)
- From Montréal:
- Cross Champlain Bridge
- Follow directions to highway 10 East (Go to para 5)
- From Québec City:
- Take highway 20 West (Trans-Canada)
- Take Exit highway 30 West
- Take exit highway 10 East (Go to para 5)
- From Gatineau / Ottawa:
- Highway 417 East becomes Highway 40 East in Quebec
- Take exit #32 – Autoroute 540/Autoroute20/ON-401/Salaberry de Valleyfield/Toronto
- Continue on Highway 30 East (toll road)
- Take exit #109 – Highway 10 East(Go to para 5)
- From Kingston:
- Highway 401 East becomes Highway 20 East in Quebec
- Take exit Highway 30 East (toll road)
- Take exit #109 – Highway 10 East (Go to para 5)
- Once on Highway 10 East:
- Take exit #22 for Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Route 35 Sud)
- Once on Route 35, take exit Pierre-Caisse
- At the lights, turn left
- Keep your right and turn right on Pierre-Caisse
- At the lights, turn left on Grand-Bernier
- Drive for approximately 4 Km. The Saint-Jean Garrison will be located on your left after Des Carrières Street.
Report to the SCC near the entrance #154.
Montreal Area Map
Saint-Jean Garrison Aerial Map
Annex A - General Information
Information concerning your arrival
- Upon their arrival, candidates must inform their staff of any change of status or personnel situation that has occurred between their swearing in ceremony and the time they arrive at CFLRS.
- Consistent with Federal Government Policy, smoking is strictly forbidden in any Department of Defence Building with the exception of those places designated as smoking areas. Therefore, it is forbidden to smoke in the quarters, which encompasses the individual and common rooms. Your instructor will give you more information.
- At 11 :00 pm, all lights in the student’s quarters will be turned off. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, students may have their cubical lamp on and keep the noise to the minimum until lights out at 1 :00 am.
- You must be decently clothed in the quarters at all times. As a minimum, you shall wear:
- shorts and T-shirt during the day/night and underwear after lights out; and
- females: shorts, T-shirt and bra during the day/night and underwear top and bottom after lights out.
- It is FORBIDDEN for candidates to bring or store food or drinks of any kind in their quarters.
- It is forbidden to enter quarters of the opposite gender. Further directions regarding this matter will follow once your course starts.
- You cannot leave the garrison for the first four (4) weekends and you must ensure that you have your multi-function card (Exacta) which will be given the first days.
- Consumption of liquor or alcoholic beverages in any place other than authorized outlets is forbidden at Saint-Jean Garrison. The legal drinking age in Quebec is eighteen (18) years old. Students are not permitted to have or consume any form of alcohol (beer, wine or spirits including empty bottles of same) at any time in their quarters and during the indoctrination period.
- Fraternization and sexual intercourse are strictly forbidden on Saint-Jean Garrison’s premises. Make sure that you review the remainder of this package paying particular attention to the sections regarding sexual misconduct, harassment and personal relationship.
- Good luck on your course and follow all orders/directives so that your stay at CFLRS is most enjoyable.
Chief Warrant Officer J.M.M. Cantin, CD
CFLRS Chief Warrant Officer
OAFC 19-36 - Sexual Misconduct (Extracts only)
Means an act which has a sexual purpose or is of a sexual or indecent nature and which, subject to paragraph 4, constitutes an offence under the Criminal Code or the Code of Service Discipline.
Note: Examples of sexual misconduct dealt with under the provisions of this order would include, but are not limited to, sexual activity between consenting adults under prohibited circumstances, sexual abuse of a child, incest, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, indecent exposure and bestiality.
Where conduct is alleged that could constitute sexual harassment but not an offence under the Criminal Code (e.g. lewd comments), it shall be dealt with pursuant to DAOD 5012-0 (Harassment prevention and resolution). Where conduct is alleged that could be both a Criminal Code offence and sexual harassment (e.g. a pat on the behind), the applicable order will depend on the way in which the military authority responsible for taking action decides to treat the matter. If, based on the complaint or other information, the authority determines that the matter is sufficiently serious that a charge for a Criminal Code offence is a reasonable possibility upon the completion of an investigation; this order shall be applied until the investigation is completed. If the investigation does not provide sufficient evidence to support a charge for a Criminal Code offence but does support a finding of sexual harassment, the post-investigation procedures for harassment in DAOD 5012–0 shall be applied. Otherwise, this order shall continue to apply.
Prior to making a determination that the evidence is not sufficient to support a charge under the Criminal Code, the military authority concerned should consult with the unit legal adviser. If doubt exists as to whether civilian authorities will be laying a charge under the Criminal Code, the legal adviser shall obtain the information from the civil authorities and inform the responsible military authority of the decision. In order to ensure that there is a minimal delay in dealing with the matter, these consultations are to be completed on a priority basis.
It is CF policy that sexual misconduct and sexual harassment that is dealt with under DAOD 5012-0 is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. A CF member who has engaged in sexual misconduct is liable to disciplinary and administrative action, including release if appropriate. An applicant for enrolment who has engaged in sexual misconduct may be refused enrolment.
Where an allegation is made that a CF member has engaged in sexual misconduct, the commanding officer (CO) shall ensure that an investigation is conducted into the allegation as soon as practicable. The type of investigation will depend on the nature of the alleged sexual misconduct. Where the allegation concerns a possible offence under the Criminal Code, the matter should be referred to the Military Police for a determination of which police force, military or civilian, should conduct the investigation. Where the allegation concerns a possible offence contrary to the Code of Service Discipline, the investigation may consist of an informal investigation, a summary investigation, a board of inquiry or a military police investigation, as appropriate under the circumstances. If a police investigation is conducted, nothing precludes the conduct of an informal investigation, a summary investigation, or a board of inquiry to resolve issues not covered by the police investigation. If there is doubt as to the most suitable type of investigation, the advice of the unit legal advisor should be sought.
Where the investigation supports the allegation of sexual misconduct, the Commanding Officer shall consult with a medical officer on the need for a medical examination in accordance with CFAO 34-56. He shall record the results of that consultation and refer the member against whom the allegation is made for an examination if recommended.
Candidates should arrive with the following items but may also purchase them at Canex after their arrival.
Civilian Clothing List and available at Canex Saint-Jean
|Personal Items Men And Women||Qty|
|Hair net (If necessary)||1|
|Cotton underwear (same colour)||6|
|Gray ball cap for summer (must be purchased at Canex)||x|
|Note: The majority of these articles can be purchased at the Canex at your expense.|
|Civilian Clothing Men
sufficient quantity for four days
|Casual dress pants||x|
|Casual dress shirt with collar (short-sleeved in summer permitted)||x|
|Casual dress shoes||x|
|Bathing suit provided by QM||x|
|Sports socks (cotton) same colour||x|
|Running shoes||1 set|
|Sport shoes (non marking soles)||x|
|T-shirts (for sport)||2|
|Towels (face cloth, hand towel and bath towel)||1 each|
|Civilian Clothing Women - (sufficient quantity for four days)||Qty|
|Dresses, skirts (under knee) or casual pants||x|
|Casual blouses (minimum 2 cm collar - no "low-cut" or transparent blouses)||x|
|Pantyhose, bras, nylons||x|
|Bathing suit (1 piece) provided by Quarter Master||x|
|Sport socks (cotton)||x|
|Running shoes||1 set|
|Sneakers (non marking soles)||x|
|T-shirts for sport||2|
|Towels (face cloth, hand towel and bath towel)||1 each|
The following items will be purchased by candidates exclusively at Canex after their arrival at CFLRS. However, you MUST bring your basic toiletries (i.e. soap, towel, deodorant, toothbrush, shaving cream, etc.) in sufficient quantities for the first 3 days. It is recommended to bring a combination or key lock for this initial period.
|Available at the Canex Saint-Jean at your expense (keep your bag after you make your purchase )||Qty|
|Shoe shine kit:
|Combination padlocks (same number)||4|
|Abus padlock type 85/50 (key)||1|
|Picture frame 5x7||1|
|Boot bands||4 sets|
|Plastic hangers (same style and colour)||20|
|Starch (Easy on)||x|
|Sewing thread: green, black and white||x|
|Plastic soap dish, same colour as toothbrush case||1|
|Plastic toothbrush case, same colour as soap dish||1|
|Liquid laundry detergent, max size 2 litres||1|
|Lint brush refill||1|
|Facecloth, hand towel and bath towel, dark color||1|
|Mouth wash, max size 750ml||1|
|Non disposable razor with blades||1|
|Shaving cream or gel, can||1|
|Shampoo, max size 750ml||1|
|Shower sandals||1 set|
Annex B part 3 - List of Military Items (for members already in service only)
Note: Items marked with an asterisk (*) is not required during the summer period from 1 May to 1 Oct.
- Officers – Non Commission Officers
Military Items (for all members already in service) Qty Valise sleeping bag 1 Sheet utility 1 Bivy bag 1 Liner sleeping bag 1 Hood sleeping bag 1 Outer sleeping bag 1 Inner sleeping bag 1 Wash bassin 1 Air mattress with bag 1 Flashlight 1 Rucksac complete – '82 Pattern 1 Water canteen 2 litres with cover and sling 1 Kit bag 2 Combat toque 1 Scarf combat 1 Thermos vacuum bottle 1 Balaclava white 1* Suspender 1* Insert artic mitt 1* Shell, artic mitt 1* Ballistic Eyewear 1 Combat Belt 1 Hat sun (bush cap) 1 Cold wet weather boots (Goretex) 1 Combat boot 2 Rain suit jacket 1 Rain suit pants 1 Wind pants 1 Tactical Vest 1 Bag utility (butt pack) 1 Carrier bayonet 1 Combat socks green 5 Combat socks black 5 T-Shirt combat 5 Combat underwear / Boxers 5 Gas mask carrier with shoulder strap 1 Gas mask 1 Water bottle 1 litre 1 Cup canteen water bottle 1 litre 1 Helmet ground troops cover 1 Helmet kevlar 1 Boot, muckluk 1* Duffle socks, muckluk 2* Combat parka 1* Coveralls 1 Undershirt thermal 2 Drawers thermal (army green, air and navy white) 2 Polar fleece 2 Polar pants 2 Combat coat 1 Combat trouser CADPAT 3 Combat Shirt CADPAT 3 Combat gloves shell (black) 1 Combat gloves wool (green) 1 Mortar gloves 1 Belt black CF 1 Necktie 1 CF wool toque 1* Scarf CF 1* Bath towel 2 Hand towel 2 Cap Badge 1 Military wool socks grey 4 Black socks CF 3 Ankle boots 1 Running Shoes 1 Oxford shoe male and female 2 Gloves CF 1 T shirt olive green 5 T shirt PT grey 4 Shorts Athletic 2 Sweat shirt 1 Sweat pants 1 Coat CF all weather 1 Swimming suit 1 Sweater, CF wool 1
- Army Officers – Non Commission Officers
Military Items (for Army members only) Qty Beret green (or black for armoured) 2 Coat CF green tunic 1 CF trouser, green 2 Raincoat CF 1 Shirt CF short sleeve 3 Shirt CF long sleeve 2
- Air Officers – Non Commission Officers
Military Items (for Air members only) Qty Beret blue 1 Wedge air force 1 Coat CF Light weight blue tunic 1 Coat CF heavy weight blue tunic 1* CF trousers, blue (men) 2 CF trousers, blue (women) 1 CF trouser, blue (men) 2 CF trouser, blue winter (women) 1 Skirt, CF blue (women) 1 Skirt, CF blue winter (women) 1* Raincoat CF 1 Shirt CF short sleeves 3 Shirt CF long sleeves 3 Jacket, wet weather, Goretex blue 1
- Navy Officers – Non Commission Officers
Military Items (for Navy members only) Qty Beret black 1 Forage cap white (men) 1 CF hat bowler white (women) 1 Coat CF black tunic 1 CF trouser, black (men) 2 CF trouser, black (women) 1 Skirt black CF (women) 1 Raincoat CF 1 Shirt CF short sleeves 3 Shirt CF long sleeves 3 Shirt naval combat dark blue long sleeve 3 Jacket, naval combat, Goretex black 1 Jacket, naval (NCD) 2 Slacks, naval (NCD) 3
This checklist will help you not overlook anything in your preparations.
You should read the main document before using the checklist.
Before leaving, you should have:
- Read the information booklet
- Obtained a travel authorization number and an expense claim (CF 86 or DND 99) and have specified:
- Your means of transport
- Dates and time of your itinary
- Baggage expense claim
- Gather together the required articles of clothing and pieces of equipment
- Make financial arrangements for your dependants and have in your possession a void check of your bank account
- Set aside $150 for expenses upon arrival at CFLRS.
- Start or maintain a physical fitness program, if not done already, and visit the CFLRS website to be familiar with the required physical fitness standards.
- Provide telephone numbers and address where you can be reached in case of emergency to your next of kin or your dependants
- Draft your autobiography
- Have all appropriate documents with you.
- To have in your possession your marriage certificate, a copy of your lease or mortgage and copies of electricity bills and phone bills proving your cohabitation for at least one year. (if applicable)
- Confirm all information of your dependants and next of kin.
- Have a prescription for your glasses or contact lenses (if applicable)
- Copy of prescription for your medication (if applicable)
- Carry information booklet in your hand luggage (in case you need them before you get to the Saint-Jean garrison)
- When writing your autobiography, make sure you follow these directives to the letter; otherwise you will have to redo it.
- Use blue ink and 8.5’ x 14’’ in lined paper only.
- Should be between 300 to 400 words.
- SHALL be written neatly and clearly. (No scratching or scribble)
- Use one side of the sheet only and write every second line.
- SHALL include a cover page with the following information in the centre:
Rank, name, initials, service number, and platoon number
- The autobiography starts on the second page at one inch (2.5 cm) from the top.
- Write your name, service number and sign your autobiography directly under the last line on the right end side of the sheet.
- Family history:
- last name and first name;
- birth – date and place;
- parents – father, mother (alive or deceased) – their profession;
- children – how many in the family – where do you situate (oldest, etc.); and
- family relation – your childhood and your life in your family.
- Education: General summary of your education.
- Previous work:
- have you ever had an employment? (Any type); and
- have you ever had a summer employment or a weekend employment? (If so, what kind and how long).
- Did you ever join:
- Cubs, Scouts, Cadets or Reserve (Marine, Army, Air);
- how long?;
- course taken;
- rank; and
- if not, what is the reason and previous military services?
- Sports - Leisure - Social Activities:
- sports: which sport did you play? Did you participate in team sport? (If so, with which team) and have you ever been the team captain?;
- leisure: what do you do for leisure? (Philately, reading, music, photography, etc.); and
- social activities: did you ever take part in school or town organization and have you ever fulfilled up the president position in those organizations?
- Reasons to enrol: Why did you join the Canadian Forces?
- What are your three trades choices?
Note: Your composition shall be 1 to 1½ pages long. Do not forget to sign your biography.