Joining Instructions - Basic Military Qualification and Basic Military Officer Qualification

Saint-Jean Garrison Description

CFLRS Mission

CFLRS mission is to train and professionally develop the next CAF generation morally, mentally, physically and intellectually in order to uphold excellence in the profession of arms and to meet CAF intake requirements.

Courses Offered

CFLRS provides distinct training packages that are tailored to meet the requirements of the specific program of candidate enrolment. The training offered at CFLRS is generic across all three CAF environments (Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force) and no distinction is made based upon Military Occupational Classification (MOC). The basic training courses are:

  1. Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) (10 weeks);
  2. Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ) (12 weeks );
  3. Condensed Health Services and Chaplain BMOQ (CHSC) (4 weeks in residence);
  4. BMOQ – Module 1 (5 weeks);
  5. BMOQ ROTP Civ. U. – Module 2 (8 weeks);
  6. BMOQ (Mil. Col) – Module 2 (7 weeks); and
  7. BMQ for Non Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan candidates.

Basic Training Description

Basic training provides the knowledge that is common to all trades and elements, and develops a military state of mind and behavior, the mental and physical endurance and the combat skills necessary for the profession of arms. The training is physically, mentally and morally demanding and lays its foundation on the fundamental values of the CAF: Duty, Loyalty, Integrity and Courage.

The course is composed of 50% classroom training with study and theoretical exams; 35% of field training with practical exams; and 15% is devoted to physical training.

Basic Military Qualification

The BMQ is the CAF basic training program for future non-commissioned members. The course is 10 weeks long and provides the core skills and the common military knowledge required to succeed in a military environment.

Basic Military Officer Qualification

The BMOQ is the CAF basic training program for future officers. The course is divided into two modules. Module 1 focuses on basic military discipline and skills such as drill, weapons training and first aid. Module 2 focuses on leadership techniques and basic military planning skills. Both modules have a demanding physical fitness component. Depending on the entry plan, candidates will either conduct these modules back-to-back or over two consecutive summers.

Initial Physical Fitness Evaluation

During the first week of basic training, candidates will undergo a physical fitness evaluation. The initial physical fitness evaluation will consist of the FORCE Evaluation. Watch the videos of the four components of the FORCE Evaluation on the Personnel Support Programs (PSP) web page. You must achieve the standard for all of the four components of the FORCE Evaluation in order to continue with your BMQ/BMOQ course.

CHSC BMOQ candidates (Reservist) must have a valid FORCE Test completed before arrival.

Preparing for Training

Your recruiting center, your unit, or your University Liaison Office (ULO) should have given you an overview of the training that you are about to start. It is essential that you be ready, focused and motivated. Before you start:

  1. Avoid any major financial or contractual commitments that may require your attention during the course. Ensure that your personal and family administration is in good hands before your departure and for  the entire duration of the course;
  2. Prepare yourself physically, adopt a healthy lifestyle with a regular physical training program; and
  3. If your medical condition changes, advise your recruiting center, your unit, or your ULO as soon as possible. You will be held responsible if you fail to do so.

Arrival Procedures

You must report for duty no later than 2000 hrs on the Saturday preceding your course. Detailed instructions on how to get to CFLRS can be found at Annex A – Arrival Procedures.

CHSC BMOQ candidates must report no later than 1900 hrs on the Friday preceding the course.


When you arrive at CFLRS, you must wear appropriate attire to be able to walk long distances when conducting your arrival procedures. Collared shirts and comfortable pants (or equivalent for females) are recommended. Do not report in beach-style sandals.

Daily Routine

A typical training day at CFLRS consists of:

  1. 0530 hrs: wake up;
  2. 0540 hrs: morning physical training;
  3. 0630 hrs: breakfast;
  4. 0700 hrs: inspection of quarters and beginning of instruction;
  5. 1130 hrs: lunch;
  6. 1230 hrs: instruction;
  7. 1700 hrs: dinner;
  8. 1800 hrs: common station jobs, personal hygiene, study period; and
  9. 2300 hrs: lights out.

Indoctrination period

Candidates will have restricted free time for the first three weekends, with training scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays. After this initial period, requests for leave on the weekend will be granted depending upon your training performance. This period helps to develop basic skills, facilitates the integration to the military life, and develops team spirit among the members.

Military values

During your training, you will be required to adhere to the fundamental military values of Duty, Loyalty, Integrity, and Courage. You will be expected to demonstrate these values at all times.

Expected Behaviour

Harassing, sexist, racist, or discriminatory behaviour contradicts CAF values and will not be tolerated. Violators may face disciplinary and/or administrative measures up to release from the CAF.

Alcohol and/or Drug Consumption

Alcohol consumption is prohibited at CFLRS except under special circumstances (i.e. an off duty weekend at the Mess O’Mega). However, all uses and/or activities linked to illegal drugs (possession, consumption, commerce, etc.) are not tolerated. Violators may face disciplinary and/or administrative measures up to release from the CAF.

Prohibited Articles

The following articles are prohibited :

  1. firearms or edged weapons (i.e. knives);
  2. food and drinks (in the barracks), including caffeine supplements and pills;
  3. materials with sexual connotation (magazines, photos, DVD, accessories, etc.); and
  4. any game consoles.

Restricted Materials

All electronic devices (cellular phones, MP3 players, tablets, laptops, etc.) are considered restricted materials in the following manner:

  1. no devices can be used/carried during training hours;
  2. cell phone use is restricted after training hours to no more than one half-hour use per night. Note that this privilege can be revoked based on performance; and

Personal vehicle: access will be restricted to weekend use when leave has been granted.

Note that you are responsible for any damage to your electronic devices if you choose to bring them.

Services Available

You will have access to the following services at the St-Jean Garrison:

  1. chapel (Protestant and Roman Catholic) and Inter-faith Room;
  2. internet (limited access);
  3. public telephones;
  4. a general store (CANEX) with dry cleaning service;
  5. barber;
  6. banking facilities (ATMs for BMO and Caisse populaire Desjardins);
  7. post office; and
  8. physical training and recreation facilities.

Mailing address

 The mailing address for a CFLRS candidate is as follows:

Service number
Rank, surname, initials
Course number
St-Jean Garrison
P.O. Box 100, Stn Bureau-chef
Richelain, Qc, J0J 1R0

Note. You are required to inform your family and friends of your service and course number.

Emergency Telephone Number

In case of emergency, candidates can be reached through the School Coordination Center at: (450) 358-7099, ext. 7229.


Visitors are allowed, however are restricted to the Orange Sector of the Mega, and may only visit on non-duty weekends during certain hours. Visits during the week or during the Indoctrination period are prohibited.

Kit List

All candidates will require the items listed in Annex B to this document. It is suggested you wait to purchase these items at the CANEX upon arrival. Periods are allotted in the schedule to visit the CANEX in the first week.

Candidates are required to bring a plain coloured back pack and their proper water bottle.

Those who have already been issued military kit (i.e. Mod 2 candidates) must arrive with military equipment listed in Annex B to this document. Items on the list not previously issued will be issued upon arrival.


Extra baggage is authorized as outlined in the Canadian Forces Temporary Duty Travel Instructions.

Unaccompanied baggage (UAB) must be authorized by the member’s home unit. All UAB must be shipped four weeks prior to the commencement of the course to ensure its availability upon candidate arrival.

Rations and Quarters

The following amounts (subject to change) will be deducted automatically each month from your pay:

  1. Non-commissioned members (single): $664,66;
  2. Non-commissioned members (married/common law): $563,39;
  3. Officers (single): $685,56; and
  4. Officers (married/common law): $563,39.

Required Documents and Items

The following documents are required on arrival:

  1. Birth Certificate and Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization if you were born outside Canada;
  2. Vaccination booklet;
  3. Completed Security clearance form (obtain from Recruiting Center);
  4. CF 100 – Leave Request Authorization provided by Recruiting Center;
  5. CF 742 – Emergency Contact Notification and DND 2587 – Next of Kin Identification from Recruiting Center;
  6. Social Insurance (SIN) card;
  7. Void cheque (for pay purposes); and
  8. Your lease with a recent proof of ongoing payment or proof of mortgage.

The following documents are required only if applicable:

  1. medical prescriptions;
  2. eyeglass prescriptions;
  3. birth certificates for any dependents (certified true copy);
  4. marriage certificate (certified true copy);
  5. affidavit respecting your common-law relationship (original);
  6. certificate of divorce (certified true copy);
  7. proof of name change (certified true copy);
  8. proof of change in medical status;
  9. DND 1654 (reimbursement of moving expenses);
  10. DND 279 – FORCE Program, proof of evaluation (For BMOQ CHSC Reservist candidates only);
  11. CF-100 for post-course leave from your home unit; and
  12. Route Letter (Reservist)

Web Site

For more information, please visit the CFLRS web site.

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Annex A: Arrival Procedures

Arrival Procedures

There are two methods to get to the St-Jean Garrison: commercial transportation or personal vehicle. Your method of travel must be coordinated with your local Recruiting Center or your home unit before you depart for training.

Commercial Transport

This method includes airplane, train, bus and taxis. Candidates arriving by commercial transport will transit through the Montreal area by either Montreal-Trudeau Airport, Berri-UQAM bus depot or the Dorval Train Station. Specific instructions for each of these transit nodes can be found at Appendix 1 to Annex A.

Personal Motor Vehicle

If you or a family member are driving to CFLRS, directions to St-Jean Garrison can be found at Appendix 2 to Annex A.

Reporting For Duty

If you are arriving by shuttle bus, staff on the bus will provide direction to you. If you are arriving by personal transport or by taxi cab, you will report to the School Coordination Center at door 154 of the Mega building.

Appendix 1 to Annex A

Montreal-Trudeau Airport

  1. Upon arrival at Montreal-Trudeau Airport, move to the assembly point in the vicinity of the domestic baggage carousel. An instructor in uniform will be waiting just outside the baggage collection point for these timings:
    1. 1400 hrs Saturday; and
    2. 1900 hrs Saturday.
  2. Shuttle buses will depart from the assembly area at Montreal-Trudeau Airport to the St-Jean Garrison at the following times:
    1. 1500 hrs Saturday; and
    2. 2000 hrs Saturday.
  3. Candidates living in the Montreal area can travel by personal means to Montreal-Trudeau Airport in order to take the shuttle bus at the prescribed hours. It is important that you inform your Recruiting Center of your intentions for coordination purposes.
  4. If the shuttle bus or instructor is not present at the designated hours, contact CFLRS Duty Staff at (450) 358-7099 ext. 7229 for further instructions.

Berri-UQAM Bus Depot

  1. If you arrive at the bus depot between 0600 hrs and 1800 hrs on Saturday, you are to use the airport shuttle service (service every 20 minutes) to move to the airport at a cost of ten dollars payable in cash. Once at the airport, you are to move to the domestic baggage carousel to link up with the instructor in uniform at the assembly point. From there, follow the directions above in paragraphs 1 and 2.

Dorval Train Station

  1. If you arrive at the train station between 0600 hrs and 1830 hrs on Saturday, you are to use the Via AirConnect shuttle service to make your way to the assembly point at the airport. This shuttle will be parked in front of the train station and runs between the airport and the train station on a regular basis. Once at the airport, you are to move to the domestic baggage carousel to link up with the instructor in uniform at the assembly point. From there, follow the directions above in paragraphs 1 and 2.

Taxi Use

  1. Candidates who arrive at the airport or at the bus station before 0600 hrs or after 2000 hrs are allowed to travel to CFLRS by taxi, at a cost of $115 refundable with proof of payment.

Appendix 2 to Annex A

Driving Directions

  1.  From Montreal:
    1. Cross the Champlain Bridge;
    2. Follow directions to Highway 10 East; and
    3. From Highway 10, follow the directions in paragraph 5.
  2. From Québec City:
    1. Take highway 20 West (Trans-Canada);
    2. Take Highway 30 West;
    3. Take Highway 10 East; and
    4. From Highway 10, follow the directions in paragraph 5.
  3. From Gatineau / Ottawa:
    1. Take Highway 417 East, which becomes Highway 40 East at the Quebec border
    2. Take exit #32 – Autoroute 540/Autoroute20/ON-401/Salaberry de Valleyfield/Toronto;
    3. Continue on Highway 30 East (toll road);
    4. Take Highway 10 East; and
    5. From Highway 10, follow the directions in paragraph 5.
  4. From Kingston:
    1. Take Highway 401 East, which becomes Highway 20 East at the Quebec border;
    2. Take exit Highway 30 East (toll road);
    3. Take Highway 10 East; and
    4. From Highway 10, follow the directions in paragraph 5.
  5. Once on Highway 10 East:
    1. Take exit #22 for Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Route 35 Sud);
    2. Once on Route 35, take exit Pierre-Caisse;
    3. At the lights, turn left on Rue Moreau;
    4. Keep right and turn right onto Rue Pierre-Caisse;
    5. At the lights, turn left on Grand-Bernier;
    6. Drive for approximately 4 km. The St-Jean Garrison will be located on your left after Rue Des Carrières; and
    7. Once at the gate, ask the Commissionaire for directions to the School Coordination Centre (SCC).

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Annex A: Maps

Annex B: Kit List

Civilian Clothing

Candidates must report to training with the following items:

QuantityCivilian Clothing - Men
1 Seasonal jacket
2 Casual dress pants or clean jeans without holes
3 Casual dress shirt or polo shirt
1 Casual sweater (fall to spring)
1 Pair of casual dress shoes (comfortable)
6 Underwear
4 Sports socks
1 Pair of running shoes (non-marking soles)
2 Athletic T-shirt
2 Athletic shorts
1 Bath towel


QuantityCivilian Clothing - Women
1 Seasonal jacket
2 Casual dess pants or jeans without holes (no leggings)
3 Casual dress shirt or polo shirt
2 Casual sweater (no transparency)
1 Pair of casual dress shoes (comfortable)
6 Underwear complete
4 Sport socks
3 Sports bras
1 Pair of running shoes
2 Athletic T-shirt
2 Athletic shorts
1 Bath towel
- Hair net and hairpins (optional)


QuantityOther articles
1 Water-resistant sports watch
1 Pair of shower sandals
1 Soap dish and toothbrush case (white)
1 Toothbrush
1 Toothpaste
1 Soap bar
1 Dental floss
1 Razor with blades (non disposable)
1 Shaving cream
1 Deodorant
1 Shampoo (max 750ml)
1 Hair brush (if required)
1 Back pack (plain coloured)
1 Water bottle

Miscellaneous Items

The following items will be purchased upon arrival, at the military store CANEX on the St-Jean Garrison. You will receive an pay advance and there will be time scheduled for this purpose. These items have to meet a strict standard; you must not buy them before your arrival.

QuantityItems purchased at Canex
1 Shoe shine kit
4 Combination padlocks
2 Key padlock
2 sets

Bands for combat pants

20 Plastic hangers
1 each Towels (face cloth, hand and bath towel)
1 Laundry detergent
1 Lint brush
1 Mouthwash


Military Kit

The following military kit will be issued upon arrival. Those that have already been issued this kit must have it in their possession for the course.

QuantityWork Dress
2 Beret
3 Combat trousers CADPAT
3 Combat shirt CADPAT
5 Combat T-Shirt
5 Combat underwear
5 Combat socks black
5 Combat socks green
2 Pairs of combat boots
1 Cold wet weather boots (Gore-Tex)
1 ICE jacket
1 Wind pants
1 Rain jacket
1 Rain pants
2 Thermal undershirt
2 Thermal underwear
1 Bush cap
1 Combat toque
2 Kit bag
QuantityFighting Order
1 Helmet with cover
1 Tactical Vest
1 Ballistic Eyewear
1 Combat gloves
1 Mortar gloves
1 Bayonet carrier
1 Gas mask carrier with shoulder strap
1 Gas mask
1 Water bottle 1 litre
1 Cup canteen water bottle 1 litre
1 Water canteen 2 litres with cover and sling
1 Flashlight
QuantityField Kit
1 Rucksack
1 Valise
1 Air mattress with bag
1 Utility sheet (groundsheet)
1 Bivy bag
1 Liner sleeping bag
1 Hood sleeping bag
1 Outer sleeping bag
1 Inner sleeping bag
1 Wash basin
QuantityWinter Kit (required 31 Oct – 1 May)
1 Combat parka
1 Parka bib pants
1 Boot, mukluk
2 Duffle socks, mukluk
2 Polar fleece shirt
2 Polar fleece pants
1 Suspenders
1 Insert arctic mitt
1 Shell, arctic mitt
1 Thermos canteen 1L
1 Balaclava white

 Specified items with asterisk (*) are required from 31 October to 1st May

QuantityDistinctive Environmental Uniform (DEU) (Not required for CHSC)
2 Oxford shoes (Officiers only)
1 CF tunic
2 CF trousers
3 CF shirt short sleeve
2 CF shirt long sleeve
1 CF sweater
1 CF necktie
1 CF belt black
3 CF black socks
1 Ankle boots
1 CF raincoat
1* CF gabardine
1* CF parka
1* CF gloves
1* CF scarf
1* CF wool toque


QuantityAir Force Personnel Only
1 Wedge
1 Jacket, wet weather, Gore-Tex blue


QuantityNavy Personnel Only
1 Peaked cap, white (men)
1 CF Hat, bowler, white (women)


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