Support to Operations via the Road to High Readiness

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The Canadian Army (CA) prepares soldiers who are well-trained, well-led and well-equipped to support our operational commitments.  The CA's ability to be both effective and successful on missions at home and abroad is a testament to the effectiveness of the Road to High Readiness (RtHR) training program, its flagship training regime.  

During the RtHR, 3rd Canadian Division (3 Cdn Div) assumes the responsibility for preparing soldiers to be deployed on international and domestic operations. 3 Cdn Div is committed to generating and sustaining an agile, capable force, able to react on short notice. The CA Reserve Force is continually integrated with the Regular Force both in training and operations.

Training is held for all CA Regular and Reserve Force soldiers and officers: including Infantry, Armoured, Combat Engineer, Artillery, Combat Service and Support, Mortars and Influence Activities elements. This enables joint, full spectrum operations in any environment throughout the High Readiness cycle.

The following military training exercises are conducted annually:

  • Exercise VIRTUAL RAM
  • Exercise COUGAR READY
  • Exercise ORNERY RAM
  • Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE

Following RtHR training, 3 Cdn Div is responsible for CA’s High Readiness commitments. Possible deployments may include:

  • Operation REASSURANCE – Poland and Latvia;
  • Operation UNIFIER – Ukraine;
  • Operation IMPACT – Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Jordan;
  • United States of America-led counter terrorism missions in the Middle East; and,
  • United Nations peacekeeping missions throughout Africa.

The ultimate goal of the RtHR training program is to ensure our soldiers are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. Our One Team - Regular Force, Reserve Force, Canadian Rangers and Civilians - does not deploy anywhere in isolation. Rather, all members of the team do their part to achieve operational excellence at home and abroad.

Recognizing that the CA’s first responsibility is to Canadians at home, whether engaged in High Readiness or not, 3 Cdn Div supports an enduring Immediate Response Unit (IRU) task and other domestic operations:

  • Operation LENTUS – IRU response to natural disasters;
  • Operation PALACI – winter avalanche control supporting Parks Canada; and,
  • Operation NANOOK – up to five deployments each year in YT, NT and NU for Regular and Reserve Force members, supported by Canadian Rangers, to improve coordination with Indigenous, federal and territorial governments, and partner agencies to best respond to safety and security issues in the North.

On 2018’s Road to High Readiness - Colonel Bob Ritchie, Commander 1 CMBG


All soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based in western Canada, augmented by Army Reservists, have embarked on the 3rd Canadian Division’s Road to High Readiness. As highlighted in Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Road to High Readiness demonstrates the Canadian Army’s commitment to providing Canada with an agile, scalable, and responsive land force.  Progressive and challenging training will occur at Canadian Armed Forces training areas in Wainwright, Alberta and Shilo, Manitoba from now until June 2019.

Initially, training activities will be decentralized to cultivate the fundamental soldier skills, by day and night, for success in full-spectrum operations. We will then converge in April and May 2019 for combined arms live fire training followed by dynamic force-on-force scenarios using instrumented simulation. We are undertaking this journey to deliberately prepare Canadian Army soldiers to deploy on international operations during the period 1 July 2019 to 31 August 2020 in support of the foreign and defence policy objectives of the Government of Canada.

Our Road to High Readiness will culminate on 1 July 2019 when 3rd Canadian Division soldiers are fully trained, certified by the appropriate Canadian Army authorities, and oriented to their specific international theatres of operation. Recognizing that the decision to deploy members of the Canadian Armed Forces always rests with the federal government, Canadians can expect 3rd Canadian Division Regular and Reserve soldiers to deploy next summer to:

  • Latvia, in support of NATO defence and deterrence measures;
  • Ukraine, for training and capacity-building of the Ukrainian Armed Forces;
  • The Middle East, in support of the international coalition to degrade and defeat ISIL;
  • And finally Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of South Sudan in support of UN stabilization missions in Africa.

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group is committed to providing the Government of Canada with a professional and well-trained military force.  Our Way of War will arm and unite our leaders and soldiers with a common philosophy of how we will conduct ourselves on field training and deployed operations.   

I expect all members of our team to adhere to our shared Soldier Standards which will enhance our mobility, survivability and sustainability against peer adversaries. We will also make deliberate investments in our readiness, resilience and growth over the next year, including training tactically and realistically in an austere environment.  And in the interim, the Canadian Army remains ever Strong, Proud and Ready for concurrent operations at home and abroad on behalf of the Government of Canada.


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