The Canadian Army is the largest component of the Canadian Forces with 35,000 soldiers. Over 19,000 soldiers serve full-time with Regular Force units; 16,000 soldiers serve part-time with the Primary Reserve.
The Regular Force offers full-time career-oriented work. Education, good pay, a good pension and other benefits are part of joining the Regular Force. The training is intense but the rewards are great.
The Primary Reserve offers part-time employment. As a Reservist, you will typically give the Army between 30 and 45 days of service a year.
To join the Primary Reserve, start by dropping by the local armoury in your community or region. If you are looking for a particular trade, you must join a unit that offers that type of work.
More questions about the Reserve? Check out the Army Reserve section.
Curious about what it takes to become a soldier in the Canadian Forces? Watch the Army television series that follow new recruits through basic training.