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Canadian Armed Forces Personnel - Non Commissioned

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

Also Known As

Air Force Personnel, Armed Forces Personnel, Combat Arms Personnel, Military Personnel, Navy Personnel, Sailor, Soldier, Supply Technician, Traffic Technician, guard, infantryman

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Occupations Unique to the Armed Forces (6464) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Other Ranks, Armed Forces (G624) 
  • 2011 NOC: Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces (4313) 
  • 2016 NOC: Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces (4313) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Occupations Unique to the Armed Forces

2006 NOC: 6464

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

Interest in analyzing information to provide aid in emergency situations such as civil disorder, natural disasters and major accidents, as well as to perform administrative and guard duties


Interest in controlling armoured vehicles, artillery, hand-held weapons and other military combat and defence equipment


Interest in speaking - signalling to engage in drills and other training in preparation for peacekeeping, combat and natural disaster relief duties

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Updated Mar 31, 2019

Many of the occupations that are considered trades in the Canadian Armed Forces are similar to civilian trades. Others are unique to the military.

The Canadian Armed Forces has many entry-level trades. They include:

  • Aerospace Control Operator
  • Aerospace Telecommunication and Information Systems Technician
  • Aircraft Structures Technician
  • Ammunition Technician
  • Armoured Soldier
  • Army Communications and Information Systems Specialist
  • Aviation Systems Technician
  • Avionics Systems Technician
  • Biomedical Electronics Technologist
  • Boatswain
  • Combat Engineer
  • Communicator Research Operator
  • Construction Technician
  • Cook
  • Cyber Operator
  • Dental Technician
  • Electrical Distribution Technician
  • Electrical Generating Systems Technician
  • Electronic-Optronic Technician - Land
  • Financial Services Administrator
  • Fire Fighter
  • Gunner - Field or Air Defence
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Imagery Technician
  • Infantry Soldier
  • Marine Electrician
  • Marine Technician
  • Materials Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical Radiation Technologist
  • Medical Technician
  • Meteorological Technician
  • Military Police
  • Mobile Support Equipment Operator
  • Musician
  • Naval Combat Information Operator
  • Naval Communicator
  • Naval Electric Sensor Operator
  • Plumbing and Heating Technician
  • Post Inspection Diver (Reserve only)
  • Postal Clerk
  • Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technician
  • Steward
  • Supply Technician
  • Tactical Acoustic Sensor Operator
  • Traffic Technician
  • Vehicle Technician
  • Water, Fuel and Environmental Technician
  • Weapons Engineering Technician
  • Weapons Technician - Land
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Military personnel must wear uniforms when on duty. They must conform to Canadian Armed Forces rules and regulations. The work setting and hours for non-commissioned personnel vary from one trade to another.

Full-time military personnel are subject to permanent transfer. Part-time personnel can be relocated temporarily for training. Some roles involve being exposed to dangerous situations.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces need:

  • Ambition
  • Physical conditioning
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • A willingness to conform to rules
  • Self-discipline
  • Reliability
  • Loyalty
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Minimum Education At least Grade 10

Applicants for non-commissioned Canadian Armed Forces personnel positions must:

  • Be Canadian citizens
  • Be at least 16 years of age (for Reserve) or 17 (for full-time Regular Force) with parental consent
  • Have at least Grade 10 (33 Alberta high school credits) or equivalent education
  • Have no outstanding obligations to the legal system, such as a court date or parole conditions
  • Meet medical and physical requirements
  • Be willing to relocate as required
  • Be subject to drug testing

The selection process is competitive. As a general rule, those who have more education or related training have a better chance. High school graduates are more likely to succeed.

The selection process includes a personal interview, aptitude tests, fitness tests (Reserves only), and a medical exam. Applicants must provide documents like school transcripts, birth certificate, and a completed Canadian Armed Forces application form.

Those chosen to enrol are offered positions as they are available. Recruits have a reasonable amount of time to settle their personal affairs or complete a school year. Then they are sent for basic training. Training is at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) in St. Jean, Quebec.

Basic training emphasizes teamwork, drills, physical fitness, and classroom learning about the Canadian Armed Forces. After completing basic training, recruits go to other bases in Canada to learn their trade. Depending on their trade, they may take specialized job training.

The Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program (CFAEP) is a special course for Indigenous people who are considering employment with the military. For more information, visit the Canadian Forces Indigenous programs website.

Enrolment in the Canadian Armed Forces requires recruits to commit to a variable initial contract, generally from 3 to 5 years. Changing trades is allowed only in special circumstances. Applicants should choose their trade with care. If there are no vacancies, they should consider applying again later rather than joining a trade that does not interest them.

After leaving the Canadian Armed Forces, those in trades that are similar to those under the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act may apply for a journeyperson certificate. Each application is assessed on its own to see if the certification requirements have been met. Applicants may need to take journeyperson or progressive exams. For more information, see the Tradesecrets website.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2019

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 performance. Privates may advance to corporal, master corporal, sergeant, warrant officer, master warrant officer, and chief warrant officer. Promotion to corporal requires specific levels of training, normally after at least 4 years of service. Some entry plans offer the chance to advance to the rank of corporal after a shorter time. Retirement is compulsory at age 60.

Most large cities have at least 1 Canadian Armed Forces Reserve unit. The Reserves offer part-time military training in a variety of trades during the school year. They also offer full-time work during the summer. Trained Reserve personnel may work on a full-time basis for a fixed period.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 4313: Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces occupational group, 99.3% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 4313: Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Privates earn from $35,800 to $52,500 a year. Annual salaries for corporals range from $60,000 to $79,000 a year (2019 figures).

People in the military trades are entitled to 4 weeks of annual vacation with pay, or 5 weeks after 5 years of service. They are also entitled to free medical and dental care, a free dental plan for dependents, and a pension plan.

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2019. 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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