Challenge: Are you eligible?

This summer training program gives participants a taste of military life via the basic military qualification course – with the option to pursue a part-time or full-time career with the Canadian Armed Forces afterwards.

Conducted within 3rd Canadian Division (3 Cdn Div) since summer 1990, Bold Eagle is a partnership between the Department of National Defence and Aboriginal organizations from across western Canada.

Since its inception, over 1200 Aboriginal youth have completed the demanding Bold Eagle program, with many continuing to serve part-time or full-time in the Canadian Armed Forces afterwards.

Are you up to the Bold Eagle challenge?

  • Are you Aboriginal (First Nation, Métis or Inuit)?
  • Are you 16 years of age or older?
  • Have you completed Grade 10 or higher education?
  • Are you a Canadian citizen?
  • Are you residing in western Canada or north-western Ontario?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then you meet the eligibility requirements to apply to Bold Eagle. 

Take the challenge and apply before April 30th!

Recruits complete their map and compass navigation training


  • Can apply at age 16 provided you turn 17 years of age prior to enrolment (attending the program).
  • An exception to this is that you can apply and enroll (attend) at age 16 provided you are in school full-time. 
  • Parental or legal guardian consent is required for those under 18 years of age.
  • Those completing grade 10 may apply provided they obtain a letter from their high school outlining the courses they are taking and potential to complete them in order to attain grade 10 standing at the end of the school year.
  • They cannot be enrolled until they provide proof of completion; and this may affect selection given there are limited positions which may already be filled at that time.
  • Residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and NW Ontario are eligible to apply for the program.
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