The Canadian Forces Reserve Force Study 2008 – Focus group report


  1. McKee, B.
  2. Powers, S.A.
Corporate Authors
Director General Military Personnel Research & Analysis, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
The Canadian Forces Primary Reserve Study 2008 is a two-phase research project investigating and identifying issues and concerns among Reserve Force members. This study consists of two parts, the first of which is focus groups, the second being a survey. Researchers from the Director Military Personnel Operational Research and Analysis conducted focus groups in five locations across the country and spoke to Reserve Force members in a variety of locations, on a number of topics which were identified by key stakeholders in the project. Overall, Primary Reserve members felt they were doing much more then supporting the Regular Force, both at home and overseas. Most agreed that conditions were much better for Reserve members now than ever before in terms of conditions of employment and employment opportunities. In the main, participants voiced strong attachment to the CF and its mission. There were a number of irritants which participants felt could become critical if not dealt with soon. Main dissatisfiers included lack of adequate training opportunities and resources, and the pay inequity between themselves and their Regular Force counterparts. Information about pay and benefits was seen as inadequate. Administrative support was also seen as a major dissatisfier, especially when it came to pension and pay issues, and post-deployment screening and care. Further research in the form of a survey will assist with identifying the main problems surrounding these issues, and contribut

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TN-2008-051 — Technical Note
Date of publication
01 Dec 2008
Number of Pages
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