In a digital age of sudden, shadowy threats, communication between troops and their commanders is more instant and urgent than ever. Signals Officers lead teams of Army specialists as they design, install and maintain satellite, wireless and cable links. Wherever the mission takes them, Signals Officers blend their technological high-tech training into a meaningful, challenging career.
Signals Officers are often required to carry out several physical and mental tasks simultaneously. They perform their duties in all climates, environments and circumstances, from an office on a base to a stressful and dangerous setting serving with an operational Army unit, in Canada or in an operational setting abroad. Signals Officers may be deployed overseas on operations, or be posted to an international headquarters or to an exchange or liaison assignment in an allied nation. To have a successful career, you must also have good knowledge and understanding of land operations.
Salary and Benefits
The starting salary for a fully trained Signals Officer is $51,000 per year, but may be higher depending on your previous experience and training. Once promoted to the rank of Captain, your annual salary will be approximately $73,000 per year.
As they advance in their career, these officers may be assigned to different operations, personnel-management or technical positions. Signals Officers who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression and advancement.
Professional Training and Development
As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, you have access to ongoing training. You also have the opportunity to travel the world and enjoy several other tangible services and benefits.
Basic Military Qualification
After enrolment, you start your basic training, which lasts approximately three months, at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, located 40 km southeast of Montreal. The subjects you study include general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the Forces, basic weapons handling, and first aid. You also have the opportunity to apply your newly acquired military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, navigation and leadership. In addition, you participate in a physical fitness and sports program. The Basic Military Officer Qualification training is provided in English or French, and successful completion is a prerequisite for further training.
Following your basic training, you may have access to official second language training. This training can take from two to nine months to complete, depending on your fluency in your second language.
Common Army Phase
After basic training, you will go to the Infantry School at the Combat Training Centre in Gagetown, New Brunswick.You will build on the leadership training you received in Basic Military Officer Qualification training and further hone the skills required by all Army Officers in areas including more advanced weapons-handling, field-craft, and section-level tactics.
You then learn the ins and outs of your profession at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics in Kingston, Ontario. During this period, you acquire the skills and knowledge needed to supervise and lead a troop in tactical operations in the field. Emphasis is placed on leadership, administration, and more advanced theory of communications and electronics and its application.
You may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training.
As they advance in their career, Signals Officers with the required skills and potential have access to advanced training.
To be eligible for this position, you must have a university degree.
The Forces pay successful recruits who do not have a university degree to complete a Bachelor’s program at a Canadian university as part of the Regular Officer Training Program. You receive a full-time salary, which includes medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay in exchange for working with the Forces for a specified period of time.
For more information, visit the “Paid Education and Training” page on the Forces website: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-paid-education/index.page
If you already have a university degree, the Forces will determine if your academic program meets the criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following your Basic Military Officer Qualification
Training. This basic training and Signals Officer training are required before being assigned.
To be eligible to apply to the Canadian Armed Forces, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen.
- Be 17 years of age (with consent from a parent or legal guardian) or older, except for junior candidates in the Regular Officer Training Plan, who must be 16 or older.
- Have completed at least Grade 10 or Secondary IV in Quebec.
- Certain entry programs and occupations require higher levels of education.
Join the Forces
Learn how you can become a Signals Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and discover over 100 other job opportunities at Canada.ca/forces-jobs, by calling 1 800 856-8488 or by visiting a Canadian Armed Forces Recruitment Centre near you.