Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP)

What is the ROTP?

Please note that the choice of ROTP at a Canadian civilian university has been suspended for the academic year 2020/2021. Please contact your local Canadian Forces Recruiting Center for more information at 1-800-856-8488.

The Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) gives young Canadians an opportunity to obtain both an officer’s commission in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and an undergraduate degree. The aim of the ROTP is to develop selected young men and women as officers in the CAF in a variety of career occupations.  Successful ROTP candidates enroll in the CAF as Officer Cadets and attend the Royal Military College of Canada, or the Royal Military College St-Jean, or an approved Canadian University.

Under the ROTP, the Department of National Defence pays for all costs of tuition, uniforms, books, instruments, and other essential fees. Officer Cadets are also paid a monthly salary (from which mandatory room, board and mess dues are deducted), undergo military occupation training, and if required, second language training during the summer months, and receive full medical and dental care at no cost. Annual vacation with full pay is granted according to CAF regulations.

Officer Cadets are obliged to maintain satisfactory academic performance throughout the programme. Those who do not maintain a suitable level of academic performance may be permitted to repeat up to one year at their own expense and, if successful, be reinstated to full pay and allowances.

Upon successful completion of the ROTP, Officer Cadets are awarded a university degree, receive their commission, and become officers in the Canadian Armed Forces. Normally, graduates are obliged to serve for a minimum of five years in the CAF; most pilots are required to serve seven years after graduation.

Officer Cadets enrolled under the ROTP may apply to release from the CAF prior to the commencement of the second academic year without incurring any obligatory service or financial penalty. Officer Cadets enrolled under the ROTP seeking release after the commencement of their second academic year are required to reimburse The Crown for all expenses incurred while attending RMC or another university.

The Advantages of the ROTP

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in Arts, Sciences or Engineering;
  • Professional military training in a military occupation;
  • Costs of tuition, uniforms, books, instruments and other essential fees are paid for by the Department of National Defence for the duration of a candidate's education; 
  • A monthly salary, less deductions for your room and meals: 
  • A pension plan;
  • Free medical and dental care;
  • Annual vacation leave with full pay; and
  • On graduation, guaranteed employment for at least five years as an officer in the CAF.

What do I choose?

How to apply for enrolment in the CAF under the ROTP (admission to RMC):

All students interested in pursuing full-time undergraduate degree programmes offered at RMC must start their applications online through the Canadian Armed Forces’ website by selecting ‘Apply Now.’ Applicants are encouraged to start their application in September of their final year of high school. The deadline for applications is January 31st of the year of enrolment. Depending on availability and screening requirements, applications submitted after this date may still be considered.

Information concerning the application process can be obtained from any Canadian Forces Recruiting Center (CFRC) at 1-800-856-8488 or at the Forces' website  by selecting the ‘Find a Recruiter’ tab.

  1. Applicants should indicate when they apply that they are interested in the ROTP.
  2. Applicants will receive an email from CAF Recruiting confirming the application has been received and is being processed.  Candidates will receive further instructions with the next steps of their application process. 
  3. Applicants are encouraged to check your spam folder on a regular basis for information from Recruiting.
  4. The deadline for application for ROTP is the 31st of January.   For further information please contact Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting or call 1-800-856-8488.

Application Deadline - January 31 - Depending on availability and screening requirements, applications submitted after this date may still be considered.

ROTP Selection Process

By submitting their application, applicants are applying for full-time employment with the CAF, and attendance at RMC becomes part of their professional development as future officers in the CAF. The goal is to provide exceptional education while developing students to refine their leadership capabilities in a holistic approach to military education.

Eligibility and Selection

Since an application to the ROTP is also an application to RMC and RMC Saint-Jean, a candidate must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Be 17 years of age, by the 1st of January of the year of enrolment;
  • Possess the necessary academic prerequisites for admission;
    • an assessment of a candidate’s top six most recent marks related to the requirements of his or her chosen programme; or,
    • gain unconditional admission at a Canadian university.

All ROTP candidates are required to complete the following at their local CFRC:

  • An aptitude test
  • A medical examination
  • An interview

Applicants are evaluated on two fundamental criteria:

  • Military Potential. The Military Potential score is based on the assessment of an applicants’ Aptitude Test, Personality Traits, and the choice of the proper occupation.
  • Academic Performance. This will be assessed by the Admissions Office at RMC. This is an assessment of a candidate’s top six most recent marks which adhere to the admission requirements for their academic programme of choice.
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