The Courses

There are three courses that a reservist must complete before being considered a trained soldier. The first two (BMQ and SQ) can be taken part time on weekends during the school year or full time in the summer. They are both around 13 weekends long if taken part time and 4 weeks long if take full time. The third course is your trade course and is only offered full time in the summer. The combat engineer course is 6 weeks long and given only in Gagetown, New Brunswick.


The Basic Military Qualification course focuses on teaching you the necessary skills to succeed in a military environment. In addition to the fitness training, basic training for non-commissioned members ensures that each recruit has the potential, motivation and ability to work as an effective team member. To ensure that you have the general skills necessary to work in small teams during simple operations, there will also be opportunities to apply your military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, and navigation. Topics include:

Policies and regulations of the Canadian Forces;
CF drill, dress and deportment (the “three Ds”);
Basic safety;
First aid;
Personal survival in nuclear, biological and chemical conditions;
Handling and firing personal weapons;
Cross-country navigation; and
Personal survival in field conditions.


This course completes the basic military training, including basic familiarity with the other weapons in an infantry platoon such as the C6 and C9 machine guns, the M72 rocket launcher, the fragmentation hand grenade, as well as advanced field training, military law and general military knowledge. Topics:

Army physical fitness;
Dismounted offensive and defensive operations;
Reconnaissance patrolling;
Advanced weapons-handling (working with grenades, machine-guns and anti-tank weapons);
Individual field-craft.

Trade Course

The combat engineer course covers the following material:

Construction of field defences and obstacles;
Construction of roads, airfields and helicopter landing sites;
Construction of rafts and bridges
Operation and maintenance of water points;
Radio communications for combat arms operations;
Mathematics, military writing, basic military organization, and military history;
Personal camouflage and camouflage of section positions;
Operation of troop weapons and section defensive tasks and procedures;
Basic procedures of rigging and firing of explosive charges, minelaying and booby-trapping; and
Use and care of section tools and safety equipment.

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