Canadian Armed Forces

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Artillery Soldier

Various Locations, British Columbia
Entry Level

Job description

Artillery Soldiers are responsible for surveillance, target acquisition, and indirect fire to engage the enemy. The Artillery is part of the Combat Arms, which also includes Infantry Soldiers, Armoured Soldiers, and Combat Engineers.

As members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, the primary responsibilities of Artillery Soldiers are to:

  • Position, operate and maintain Field Guns and Air Defence weapon systems.
  • Provide fire-support advice to the Infantry and Armour units
  • Use and maintain personal weapons and section-level weapons up to and including machine-guns and anti-tank weapons
  • Operate technically advanced command-post computers, laser range-finders and fire-control computers
  • Operate and maintain surveillance and target acquisition equipment, Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III, Forward Observation Post Vehicle equipment, air defense weapons and radar systems


Working environment

Artillery Soldiers normally work outdoors, where they experience the unique challenges that come with extended periods outside.

Pay and career development

The starting salary for a fully trained Artillery Soldier is $49,400 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher.

Artillery Soldiers who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.

Related civilian occupations

Although this occupation has no direct related civilian job, the experience, skills and leadership abilities developed in this position are highly valued by employers. The training and experience they gain is related to such civilian jobs as:

  • Surveyor
  • Computer Network Operator
  • Firefighter
  • Heavy Equipment/Tractor Trailer Operator
  • Prison/Security Guard


Basic military qualification

The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

Basic military qualification land course

After Basic Training, Army recruits go to a Military Training centre for the Basic Military Qualification Land Course for approximately one month, which covers the following topics:

  • Army physical fitness
  • Dismounted offensive and defensive operations
  • Reconnaissance patrolling
  • Individual field craft

Basic occupational qualification training

Artillery Soldiers who speak English as their first language attend the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Artillery Soldiers who speak French as their first language attend the Centre dinstruction in the Secteur du Qubec Force Terrestre in Valcartier, Quebec. Training takes about 10 weeks and covers the following topics:

  • Gun-position duties and gun drills
  • Individual field/battle craft
  • Urban operations
  • Field communications, including use of radios and field telephones
  • Basic survival, including use of personal weapons, unarmed combat, and recognition of minefields and Army physical fitness
  • Dismounted offensive and defensive operations
  • Reconnaissance patrolling
  • Light and medium machine gun training

Specialty training

Artillery Soldiers may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training.

Entry plans

Required education

The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.

Part-time option

This occupation is available part-time within the following environment: Army

A career with the Reserve Force

This position is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time with a military unit in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.

Reserve Force training

Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. If additional training is required in order to specialize skills, arrangements will be made by the home unit.

Working environment

Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They are paid 85 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.