JOINTEX is an annual Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) exercise. It is designed to improve how the CAF leads a Multinational Joint Integrated Task Force Headquarters (MJITF HQ).

The exercise involves planning and running large-scale military multinational operations. JOINTEX involves all military branches. It also involves civilian federal partners and those from other nations. The exercise is set up to play out in a public setting. It is designed to improve the way the CAF prepares for future operations.

During JOINTEX, the CAF practices activities at home, abroad, or both. The exercise model involves:

  • national command and control;
  • intelligence;
  • surveillance;
  • reconnaissance; and
  • sustainment.

Previous exercises



The aim of JOINTEX 15 was to advance CAF mission preparedness by:

  • practicing running international operations with:
    • all CAF branches;
    • forces from other nations; and
    • government partners;
  • developing concepts and procedures; and
  • providing a focus for force development.

The exercise allowed the CAF to exercise its ability to:

  • command Canadian and international forces; and
  • prepare for international contingency operations.

The CAF gained maximum training value from JOINTEX 15. It did so by linking it with NATO’s flagship exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15. This was NATO’s largest exercise in recent history. It involved over 36 000 troops from more than 30 nations.

About 1650 CAF members took part in TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15. The large-scale exercise was led by NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum in the Netherlands.  TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 featured:

  • an advanced training scenario;
  • multiple exercise venues; and
  • alliance command and control.

Linking JOINTEX 15 with TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 allowed for making training more efficient. The CAF synchronized a nation-wide training scenario. The exercise brought together the four CAF branches and commands:

  • Royal Canadian Navy (RCN);
  • Canadian Army (CA);
  • Royal Canadian Air force (RCAF); and
  • Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).


JOINTEX began in 2010.  It was designed to be conducted in five stages. The final stage ended in June 2013. The exercise showed the CAF’s ability to:

  • Command and control a MJITF;
  • Collaborate on operational planning;
  • Conduct interactive training  (both planning and boots-on-the-ground training); and
  • Carry out the procedures and apply the practices that enable national command and control and sustainment.

The final stage of JOINTEX 13 brought all exercise components into play. It was a complex training scenario. The model was designed to train participants to develop military doctrine, tactics and operational procedures. The training focused on enhancing the CAF’s ability to deliver integrated effects. The operating environment was complex. Numerous operations were practiced, including:

  • deterrence;
  • combat;
  • security; and
  • planning for stability. 

JOINTEX 13 was network enabled and collective. It was the most complex collective training event the CAF has ever conducted.

JOINTEX 13 also made use of three CAF force-generation exercises that were taking place at the same time:

  • Exercise TRIDENT FURY: conducted by the RCN in the vicinity of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt from May 3 to 19;
  • Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE: conducted by the CA at CFB Wainwright from May 13 to June 9;
  • Exercise  MAPLE FLAG: conducted by the RCAF at 4 Wing, Cold Lake from May 27 to June 21.
Date modified: