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Canadian Armed Forces
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Active Duty Troops : 19,000

Reserve Troops: 15,500

Branches of the Military: Canadian Armed Forces: Land Forces Command, Maritime Command, Air Command

Military Budget: $9,801.7 million (2003)

Click here to visit the Canadian Army's Official Stie

The Canadian Forces are unified rather than being divided into an army, navy, and air force. The goal of the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Canadian Forces (CF) is to protect Canada and its interest, and while doing this to contribute to and support the peace and security of the international community.
Canadian Army Web Site

The Canadian Forces (CF) mission is:

  • To provide protection for Canada by securing its airspace, land, and sea interest and jurisdictions,

  • To provide support to civil authorities in order to provide the protection and support needed to sustain Canada's national interest and stability.

  • To provide support during national emergencies by assisting civil authorities in maintaining a reasonable level of emergency preparedness throughout the nation.

The requirements to enlist in the CF are:
  • Be a Canadian citizen (to join the Regular Force) - to enlist in the Reserve Force you must be a Canadian citizen or a Landed Immigrant;

  • Be at least 17 years old for the Regular Force - or 16 to be a candidate for the Reserve Force;

  • You must have passed Grade 10 or, if you live in Quebec, Secondary III;

  • You must be cleared or legal/judicial obligations for a period of at least 6 months;

  • You must pass an aptitude and physical fitness tests; and satisfy the medical requirements.

  • For details, visit the Recruiting site or call the Canadian Forces Recruiting Center at 1-800-856-8488.

The CF supports International security by :

  • Participating in programs and operations through international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and by working in conjunction with other countries that share Canada's values and philosophies.

  • Supporting humanitarian-relief efforts and contributing to the restoration of areas devastated by war and conflict.

  • Participating in security measures and programs such as arms-control programs.




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