Enrol in the Canadian Forces through the Regular Force Officer Training Plan (ROTP) and you will receive free university tuition, books and academic equipment in addition to a salary with benefits. You can attend the Royal Military College or an approved Canadian university. Finally, you will have a guaranteed job upon graduation.
In return for having your university education paid for, you will have to serve between 36 and 48 months, calculated on the basis of two months' service for each month of subsidized education.
Enrol in the Canadian Forces through the Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan (NCM SEP), and you will receive free college tuition, books and academic equipment in addition to a salary with benefits. Finally, you will have a guaranteed job upon graduation.
In return for having your college education paid for, you will have to serve a number of years calculated on the basis of two months' service for each month of subsidized education. For example, if you receive paid college education over the course of 4 semesters, you will have to serve in the military for at least 32 months upon completing the program (each semester is four months long).
UNIVERSITY REIMBURSEMENT + PART-TIME JOB
Enrol as an Officer in the Canadian Forces through the Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP), and you will attend the Royal Military College. You will receive an officer cadet’s salary when doing military training but you must pay for your own tuition and books. You will be eligible for a reimbursement of up to $2,000 per year to a maximum of $8,000.
It is also possible to sign up first as an officer or a non-commissioned member in the Primary Reserve and set up an “Individual Learning Plan” to attend courses leading to a college or university degree related to your trade; upon successful completion of such courses, you will be eligible for a reimbursement of up to 50 per cent of tuition and other mandatory costs.
Reservists can leave the Canadian Forces at any time with no obligation. Education fees for successfully completed courses are reimbursed as long as the student was a Reservist during the entire duration of the course.
HOW TO APPLY
Talk to a recruiter to learn about other subsidized education plans, to find out which university and college programs are currently subsidized by the Canadian Forces, and to help you choose the best paid education plan for you.
If you choose to attend the Royal Military College, you will apply through the Canadian Forces. For the other subsidized plans, you can apply any time, but you must be accepted by a civilian university or college in an approved program to be selected.
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Introduction to the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP)
A quality education is the foundation for your future, no matter what 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 (ROTP). A career as an Officer in the Canadian Forces will offer you experiences and challenges that will enable you to maximize your contribution to Canada, at home and abroad.
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 ROTP, you will enter the Canadian Military College (CMC) System as an Officer Cadet, where you receive a first-class education that balances academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics.
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 Selection Process
Since an application to ROTP 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
- Academic Performance — an assessment of a candidate’s top six most recent marks related to the requirements of the chosen programme.
Officer Cadets are obliged to maintain satisfactory academic and military performance throughout the programme. Upon successful completion of ROTP, Officer Cadets are awarded a university degree and granted commissions as Officers in the Canadian Forces. Normally, graduates serve at least five years with the Canadian Forces. In order to increase the likelihood of your application being processed this year, you should submit your application as soon as possible, but no later than January 16, 2012. If you are interested in becoming a Military Police Officer, you should submit your application as soon as possible, but no later than November 14, 2011.
Sometimes, there are more qualified candidates than the CMC System can accommodate or your choice of programme is not offered. In this instance, you would be eligible to apply to any Canadian university. Your books, lab fees and student fees are covered, and you receive a monthly salary.
The Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston)
The Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, is the arm of the Canadian Military College System which grants university degrees. We offer the same topnotch university education as the best Canadian academic institutions, with the added emphasis on grooming Officer Cadets to become leaders in the Canadian Forces.
Your education and military training are built on a foundation of the four components of achievement: Academics, Leadership, Athletics and Bilingualism. In a holistic approach to military education, all four components are integrated into each day and all aspects of education.
With over 25 clubs, a complete intramural sports programme and extensive recreational facilities, RMC of Canada strives to foster the development of well-rounded Officer Cadets. Students are encouraged to get involved, pursue their personal interests, be creative and have fun.
RMC Kingston - The Core Curriculum
RMC of Canada offers 19 Baccalaureate Degree Programmes in Arts, Science and Engineering. As a foundation for academic excellence all undergraduate students are required to complete the core curriculum, which is designed to provide a balanced liberal arts, science and military education.
BACHELOR OF ARTS (GENERAL AND HONOURS)
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts gain practical communication and critical thinking skills, as well as specialized, hands-on experience in their chosen field.
- Business Administration
- French Studies
- Military and Strategic Studies
- Military Psychology and Leadership
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (GENERAL AND HONOURS)
The Science programmes offered at RMC are relevant to occupations in both the Canadian Forces and the civilian sector.
- Computer Science
- Space Science
BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING
Engineers are the backbone of the Canadian Forces, providing support to deployed operations and domestic installations.
The Faculty of Science, in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, also offers three joint honours degrees: Computer Science and Business Administration, Chemistry and Psychology, and Space Science and Military and Strategic Studies.
The Royal Military College (Saint-Jean)
A successful Officer Cadet requires a solid foundation of education and leadership training. The Royal Military College (RMC) Saint Jean is the arm of the Canadian Military College system that ensures the smooth transition of selected Cadets from high school to university education by providing pre-university and college-level programs. The programs are harmonized with those at RMC of Canada. The education and military training are founded on the same four components of achievement.
RMC Saint Jean offers a low teacher-student ratio, a superior physical fitness programme, high quality teaching with an experienced military team, and a variety of leadership activities. RMC Saint Jean is located on the historic site of Fort Saint Jean, originally built 1666, which is now part of the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 40 km south of Montreal.
The Preparatory Year at RMC Saint-Jean
This academic year is designed for students who have completed high school in Quebec or for those students outside the province of Quebec who demonstrate strong academic ability but are missing prerequisites for direct admission to RMC of Canada.
Following successful completion of Prep Year, students begin their undergraduate degree at either RMC of Canada or RMC Saint Jean. Students who meet the academic requirements after two years at RMC Saint Jean receive a CEGEP diploma from the province of Quebec.
In preparation for continued university studies at RMC of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, students select either the Social Sciences programme (for students pursuing a degree in Arts) or in the Science programme (for students pursuing a degree in Engineering or Science). Each programme is offered in both official languages.
The two programmes share core courses:
- four in Literature
- three in Philosophy
- two in Second Language Studies
- three in Physical Education
These core courses are supplemented with courses specific to each programme:
- Social Sciences Programme
- Political science
- Science Programme
Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP)
Enrol as an Officer in the Canadian Forces through the Reserve Entry Training Plan (RETP), and you will attend the Royal Military College (RMC). Up to 15 students may be accepted each year as "Reserve Entry" cadets.
As a Reserve Entry cadet, you receive the same education and training as ROTP cadets. However, RETP academic training is not subsidized and you will be required to pay tuition and other academic fees and room and board.
You will also be required to take summer training for which you will receive pay and allowances. You will be eligible for a reimbursement of up to $2,000 per year to a maximum of $8,000. The eligibility requirements are the same as for ROTP. For details on the selection process, visit the RMC Web site .
The Canadian Forces subsidize university education leading to the following officer jobs:
- Aerospace Control Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Aerospace Engineering Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Air Combat Systems Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Armour Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Artillery Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Communications and Electronics Engineering (Air) Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Construction Engineering Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Dental Officer
- Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Engineer Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Health Care Administration Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Infantry Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Intelligence Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Logistics Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Marine Systems Engineering Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Maritime Surface and Sub-Surface Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Medical Officer
- Military Police Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Naval Combat Systems Engineering Officer (RMC Eligible)
- Pilot (RMC Eligible)
- Signals Officer (RMC Eligible)
Social Work Officer
Sophisticated Technology – State-of-the-art Equipment – Continuous Learning
Hands-on training experience is the basis for your future as an expert operator or technician. If you want to work with cutting-edge technology, be part of a team, and have amazing job opportunities, then your first step is the Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan (NCM SEP). A career as a Non-Commissioned Member in the Canadian Forces will offer you unique experiences and challenges and a life like no other, both at home and overseas.
Typically, as a new recruit in NCM SEP, you will attend college during the school year through an accredited program at a Canadian college. In addition to advanced technical training, NCM SEP students attend basic training and on-the-job training during the summer months. The full-time salary includes medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay. The application deadline to NCM SEP is in January for the Fall college session.
Already going to college? You can get the rest of your education and training costs paid for, a salary while you go to school and a guaranteed job when you graduate. If you want to learn more, call 1-800-856-8488; or head over to a recruiting centre near you.
The Selection Process
Your application to NCM SEP does not guarantee a spot in an accredited program at a Canadian college. We strongly suggest that you apply to an accredited program through the College of your choice before you apply to NCM SEP.
NCM SEP students are expected to meet and maintain the academic standards of the college they are enrolled in. After graduating, an NCM SEP student continues with training to bridge their technical education to the military environment.
In exchange for Paid College, you will be required to serve in the Canadian Forces for 2 months for each month you were in NCM SEP. That usually works out to three to four years.
The Canadian Forces subsidize college education leading to the following jobs:
- Aerospace Telecommunication & Information Systems Technician
- Aircraft Structures Technician
- Aviation Systems Technician
- Avionic Systems Technician
- Biomedical Electronics Technologist
- Dental Technician
- Electronic-Optronic Technician - Land
- Marine Engineering Mechanic
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Medical Radiation Technologist
- Vehicle Technician
- Weapons Engineering Technicians