Myths

Myth 1 - CJIRU is a CBRN school

CJIRU is not the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) School. CJIRU is a response unit that specifically addresses CBRN threats. The unit works with other teams from within the CAF, as well as other Government or Canada (GoC) departments and agencies and operates as a high readiness response unit, rather than a training organization.

 

Myth 2 - CJIRU is an army-only unit

CJIRU is comprised of members from all branches of the CAF, and accepts members in supporter and operator roles from a wide range of military trades.

 

Myth 3 - CJIRU only does decontamination

While decontamination is an internal capability of CJIRU, the unit’s focus is on being capable of detecting, identifying and mitigating CBRN hazards. Executing these tasks requires a self-contained decontamination node.

 

Myth 4 - People are posted to CJIRU to have a break from operational tempo

While deployments at CJIRU are typically of shorter durations, the notice for such deployments may be short or there may be none at all. For this reason, the unit is in a high state of readiness at all times. Members are expected to maintain peak physical fitness and job knowledge, and the tempo in the unit is often fast paced or more demanding than other trades in the CAF.