CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/17/13 -- Joan Crockatt, the Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, officially opened the new Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Calgary today.
"Our men and women who serve make up the most important component of the Canadian Armed Forces, so recruiting great candidates is fundamental to its success," said Member of Parliament Joan Crockatt. "Having modern recruiting centres like this sends a contemporary message that the Canadian Armed Forces are a progressive military in keeping with Canadians' high expectations."
The recruiting centre in Calgary will be responsible for the Prairies and the Canadian North in terms of attracting, processing and recruiting Canadians interested in a career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). As such, it will oversee any attraction activities in those areas and will also assist with national Diversity programs in the North. It will also partake in mobile recruiting teams who will visit - a couple times a year, based on demand - communities not directly serviced by a recruiting centre.
Once an individual who lives in this area submits an application online, it will be transferred to the Calgary recruiting centre for processing, where recruiters will arrange for the applicant to travel to Calgary at Department of National Defence cost for a medical exam, undergo the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test and an interview. If selected, the applicant will travel once more to Calgary for his/her recruiting ceremony and will then proceed to Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School for Basic Training.
"This $1.8 million investment is essential to maintain the Canadian Armed Forces recruitment process as accessible and inclusive as possible," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "Canadians from the vast regions of the Prairies and the North must have access to the same opportunities other Canadians have, regardless of the geographical distance that separate them from the urban centers. Our military recruiters now have the resources to be competitive in the current economy and are able to attract and recruit the leaders of tomorrow."
"The fresh design in all of our recruiting centres is far more than a simple aesthetic change," said Brigadier-General Louis Meloche, Commander of the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group. "Web services and office spaces are being redesigned to modernize the attraction and recruiting process. This reorganisation will allow us to continue to offer cost-effective services to Canadians interested in joining the Canadian Armed Forces and will ensure that the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group continue to contribute to the operational readiness of our military."
Nationally, recruiting has been extremely successful over the past few years with all major occupations at or above desired intake. However, some specialized military occupations still represent a recruiting challenge. The CAF are modifying their recruiting focus to ensure that the CAF continue to put the right people to work in the right place at the right time.
Notes to Editors /News Directors:
For more information on Canadian Forces recruiting, visit: http://www.forces.ca.
Major Richard Langlois
Public Affairs Officer
Canadian Forces Recruiting Group
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