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Regular Force

In the Canadian Forces, a Regular Force unit or person is part of the full-time military, as opposed to being part of the Primary Reserve which has more flexibility. They receive more pay and benefits than members of the Primary Reserve and can be ordered into overseas deployments.

Regular Force personnel are employed full-time,[1] and have usually signed long-term contracts ranging anywhere from three to nine years, not including subsidized training or education.[2]

There are approximately 65,251 Regular Force personnel in the Canadian Forces.


  • Organization 1
    • Royal Canadian Navy 1.1
    • Canadian Army 1.2
    • Royal Canadian Air Force 1.3
  • References 2


Royal Canadian Navy

The Regular Force component of the Royal Canadian Navy consists of the two fleets, MARLANT and MARPAC and all ships crews except for the majority of those serving on board the Kingston-class patrol vessels which are manned largely by the Primary Reserve.

Canadian Army

The Regular Force component of the Canadian Army consists of three field-ready brigades, with elements of a fourth located at CFB Gagetown:

Each brigade contains one regiment each of logistics) are co-located with each brigade but not part of the brigade's command structure.

Royal Canadian Air Force

The Regular Force component of the Royal Canadian Air Force consists of all wings with their sub-unit squadrons at bases across the country.


  1. ^ "Service Options - Introduction"
  2. ^ "Service Options - Full-Time - Length of Service"
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