The Fort Garry Horse is recruiting now!

The Fort Garry Horse is an Armoured Reconnaissance unit in the Canadian Army Reserve. Members of the Army Reserve are citizens who are paid to take military training on a part-time basis to assist the Regular Force in meeting Canada’s military commitments.

In addition to their part-time work members of the Army Reserve can take full-time courses during the summer months, or apply for full-time positions once they have received sufficient training. Members can also apply for postings with Regular Force units engaged in overseas operations.

The primary trade in The Fort Garry Horse is Armoured Soldier (Reconnaissance) and Armoured Officer. We are also hiring for the trades of Human Resources Administrator and Financial Services Administrator.

The Canadian Forces Primary Reserve

The Canadian Forces Primary Reserve is the part-lime component of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The Primary Reserve assists the Regular Force (full-time military) in meeting Canada’s military commitments. Its training and equipment closely follow that of the Regular Force component, and its individuals or units are frequently called upon to assist.

The Army Reserve has three roles:

  1. Existing Reserve units are the framework or structure the Army would use to mobilize or expand the Army should the nation ever need to respond to a large crisis as in the World Wars.
  2. Located in over one hundred communities across Canada, the Army Reserve connects Canadians with their Army.
  3. The Army Reserve augments the Regular Force by providing soldiers, units or specialists to the Canadian Army.

General Army Reserve Information

The Army Reserve is a component of the Canadian Forces, generally training on a part-time basis. The Army Reserve has a long standing history with the CAF. In the earliest years of our country’s settlement, there were no regular force troops to defend the colonies of the New World. Rather, it fell upon the settlers themselves to form some sort of defence force to protect their families and their interests. This defence force was called a militia and was comprised of any able-bodied man between the ages of 16 and 60. These first part-time solders were also farmers, artisans, shopkeepers, and other professionals from within the community.

Today’s Reservist comes from many of the same walks of life, as did the soldiers of the early militia units. With the development of a Regular Force, the role of the Reservist has also expanded. Reservists serve right alongside their Regular Force counterparts on overseas operations. In times of natural disaster, the Reserve is often called in to provide assistance to civil authorities in restoring the necessities of life to stricken communities.

Training and Employment

Regardless of the type of occupation or trade in which you enroll, you will be required to undergo Basic Military Qualification and Basic Military Qualification(Land) courses before specializing in a particular occupation. This courses include such activities as:

  1. Drill and Discipline
  2. General Military History
  3. Basic Weapons Handling
  4. Navigation
  5. Military Law
  6. Physical Fitness

Upon successful completion of the BMQ and BMQ(L) courses, you will start training in the specific occupation in which you are enrolled.

Army Reserve units normally train one night per week and alternate weekends between September and June. Training is generally conducted at the unit but may be in the field, putting theory to practice.

During the summer months more extended periods of training are conducted with Full Time Summer Employment from 1 May to 31 August also available. Many soldiers are either employed or train full-time at CAF installations across Canada. Opportunities to serve with the Regular Force overseas may also be available in support of Canada’s NATO and United Nations commitments.

Basic Entrance Requirements

When we recruit we have four basic eligibility requirements: Age, Education, Legal and Citizenship.


  • Be 16 years of age or older (if you are under 18 years of age, you will require parental/guardian consent);
  • Have successfully completed at least 7 Manitoba Grade 10 credits or the equivalent;
  • Be clear of any judicial obligations for a period of at least 6 months prior to enrollment; and
  • Be a Canadian citizen.
  • Provide original transcripts for your level of education (high school, college, university)
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN) card
  • birth certificate (and those of all your dependants)
  • proof of marital status, if applicable

If you do not have these documents, you should request them as soon as possible, as it could take some time to receive them and such delays will slow your application.

Uniforms, Meals, and Accommodations

All uniforms and equipment are provided to you through the Army Reserve, During your service with the CAF, you will be responsible to ensure their maintenance and serviceability. Should your work with the unit require you to be away from home during the night , your meals and accommodations will be provided for. Further, should you be employed over the summer at any CAF base or facility, your meals and accommodations will be provided at no cost to you.


You will be paid for your service based upon your attendance and rank.

Non-Commissioned Member Rates of Pay

Officer Rates of Pay

For more Information, Call or Apply in Person

The Fort Garry Horse
Lieutenant-Colonel Harcus Strachan, VC, MC Armoury
551 Machray Ave
Winnipeg MB
R2W 1A8
TEL: 204-833-2705  extension 3841

Tuesday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm


38 Canadian Brigade Group Recruiting Centre
969 St. Matthews Ave
Winnipeg MB
TEL:1 866 GO-2-ARMY (462-2769) (recruiting for all units)
TEL: 204-786-4345

Tuesday to Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm
Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm