http://www.forces.ca/en/page/applynow-100 says

To apply to the Forces, you must: Be a Canadian Citizen.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/cit/grant/cfa.asp says

This section is about granting citizenship to a person who is or was serving in or with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

So... what's going on here? (note: I am a Canadian citizen for ten months now, it's not like I am counting, just curious)

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Why, yes, you can [emphasis mine] !

According to Defense Administrative Orders and Directives 5002-1, Enrolment


3.3 An applicant is required to be:

a. Canadian citizen; or
b. a citizen of another country who has permanent resident status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and:
i. undertakes to become a Canadian citizen immediately when eligible to do so;
ii. provides service that satisfies a special need; and
iii.whose enrolment, in the opinion of the Commander (Comd) Canadian Forces Recruiting Group (CFRG), would not prejudice the national interest.

3.4 An applicant who is both a Canadian citizen and a citizen of another country may be enrolled.

  • Wait a minute so the army website is ... not exactly truthful? I thought all those years while I was a PR that besides running for office and voting for office army was the third difference between citizen and PR. Mind. Blown.
    – chx
    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:46
  • Gee whiz; the government is being cagey? :-) Note that you have to be special and the Comd has to let you join his forces.
    – Giorgio
    Feb 8, 2017 at 1:57
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    In the past, solely based on the CIC site, I was considering offering my services to the army as a software developer if no other route were available towards citizenship. And, if push comes to shove I am a special software developer.
    – chx
    Feb 8, 2017 at 2:22
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    You are special :-) Service in the US armed forces is also a path to citizenship.
    – Giorgio
    Feb 8, 2017 at 2:29

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