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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.

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  • Minimum Education At least Grade 10
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Also Known As

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

NOC & Interest Codes
The Canadian Armed Forces Personnel - Non Commissioned is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Occupations Unique to the Armed Forces
NOC code: 6464
METHODICAL

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

OBJECTIVE

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

social

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

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 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.

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Duties
Updated Mar 29, 2015

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

The Canadian Armed Forces has many entry-level trades including:

  • Aerospace Control Operator
  • Aerospace Telecommunication and Information Systems Technician
  • Aircraft Structures Technician
  • Ammunition Technician 
  • Armoured Soldier
  • Artillery Soldier (Field or Air Defence)
  • Aviation Systems Technician
  • Avionics Systems Technician
  • Biomedical Electronics Technologist
  • Boatswain
  • Combat Engineer
  • Communicator Research Operator
  • Construction Technician
  • Cook
  • Dental Technician
  • Electrical Distribution Technician
  • Electrical Generating Systems Technician
  • Electronic-OptronicTechnician - Land
  • Fire Fighter
  • Hull Technician
  • Imagery Technician
  • Infantry Soldier
  • Land Communication and Information Systems Technician
  • Line Technician
  • Marine Electrician
  • Marine Engineering Mechanic
  • 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
  • Naval Electronics Technician (Acoustic, Communications or Tactical)
  • Naval Weapons Technician
  • Plumbing and Heating Technician
  • Postal Clerk
  • Refrigeration and Mechanical Systems Technician
  • Resource Management Support Clerk
  • Signal Operator
  • Steward
  • Supply Technician
  • Tactical Acoustic Sensor Operator
  • Traffic Technician
  • Vehicle Technician
  • Water, Fuel and Environmental Technician
  • Weapons Technician (Land).
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 29, 2015

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

All military personnel are subject to transfer. Some assignments involve exposure to dangerous situations.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 29, 2015

Non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces need the following characteristics:

  • reliable and dependable
  • loyal
  • willing to conform to rules
  • in good physical condition
  • ambitious
  • self-disciplined
  • able to work well as part of a team.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 29, 2015

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
  • have at least Grade 10 (33 Alberta high school credits) or equivalent education
  • have no outstanding obligations to the legal system
  • meet medical and physical requirements
  • be willing to relocate as required.

The selection process is competitive and, as a general rule, those who have more education or related training have an advantage. High school graduates are more likely to succeed in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The selection process includes a personal interview, aptitude testing, fitness testing (Reserves only), and a medical examination. Applicants must provide documentation such as school transcripts, birth certificate, and a completed Canadian Armed Forces application form.

Those selected for enrolment are offered positions as they become available. Recruits are allowed a reasonable time to settle their personal affairs or to complete a school year before being sent for basic training in at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruitment School (CFLRS) in St. Jean, Quebec.

The emphasis in basic training is on teamwork, drill, physical fitness and classroom instruction about the Canadian Armed Forces. After successful completion of basic training, recruits are assigned to other bases in Canada to learn their trade and, depending on their trade, to specialized occupational training.

Enrolment in the Canadian Armed Forces requires recruits to commit themselves to a variable initial contract, generally from three to five years. While there are provisions for remuster (changing trades), it only is allowed in exceptional circumstances. Therefore, applicants should take great care in choosing a trade and, if there are no current vacancies, should consider re-applying at a later date rather than joining the Forces in trades that do not really interest them.

After leaving the Canadian Armed Forces, those in trades similar to those governed by the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act may apply for a journeyperson certificate. Each application is assessed individually to determine if certification requirements have been met. Applicants may be required to take journeyperson or progressive examinations. For more information, see the Tradesecrets website.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 29, 2015

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.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 29, 2015

Privates earn from $33,672 to $49,440 a year. Annual salaries for corporals range from $56,568 to $74,988 a year (2013 figures).

People in the military trades are entitled to four weeks of annual vacation with pay (five weeks after five years of service), free medical and dental care, a free dental plan for dependents and a pension plan.

Related High School Subjects
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Logistics
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 29, 2015

Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting website: www.forces.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 29, 2015. 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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