The Naval Experience Program (NEP) is a major shift in how the Canadian Armed Forces are recruiting people to join.
“People can now join the Regular Navy for a ONE-YEAR contract,” says David MacPherson, Recruiter with HMCS Queen Charlotte and the Canadian Armed Forces.
“During this year they will get to do their Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course, Naval Environmental Training Program (NETP) and experience time at sea to determine what occupation they would like to pursue. After the program they can choose to continue in the Regular Navy, join the Reserve Navy, or end their time with the Canadian Armed Forces.”
The Naval Experience Program (NEP) will provide you with exposure to life in the Royal Canadian Navy and help you decide if life in the Navy is the right fit for you.
Following a streamlined enrollment, eight-week basic military training and four-week naval training, you will join the Naval fleet on either the East or West coast. Over the course of several months, you will learn the ropes of being a sailor by shadowing a variety of jobs and gaining exposure to several skills and opportunities. The program will include time at sea, giving you a sense of the adventures to be found in a naval career.
Pay, compensation and benefits
When participating in the Naval Experience Program, you will receive the same pay, compensation and benefits entitled to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
What you will experience
Over the course of a year, participants will get training and be exposed to life as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy. As a recruit, you will be introduced to military life by completing the Basic Military Qualification Course, and then learn the skills required to work as a sailor during the Naval Environmental Training Program on either coast. After completing these courses, as a trained sailor, you will have the ability to complete common tasks on a ship such as seamanship and damage control and will shadow different jobs at sea and ashore. You will have the opportunity to experience:
- The camaraderie to be found in the Navy
- A variety of naval jobs
- Life at sea aboard a Royal Canadian Navy Ship
- Different shore-based units and the work they do
If this is not the right fit for you, an option to release from the Canadian Armed Forces before the end of the contract will be available.
Once participants complete the program, they will be offered a selection of trades and may continue to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy. All training completed during the program will be credited for further service.
How to apply
Successful applications must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
- Be at least 17 years old
- Have completed Grade 10 or 24 credits of Québec Secondaire IV
- Meet the Canadian Armed Forces common enrolment medical standard.
To apply to the NEP, you must fill out the application online. When filling out the “Program Choices” field, choose “NEP”.
Applicants under the age of 18 must obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate. If you’re in Grade 10, you can send a letter from your high school outlining the courses you are taking and your potential to complete them successfully. Make sure to send your proof of completion as early as possible.
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