The Ideal Length of Tour – Perceptions of Canadian Forces Members Returning from Deployment


  1. Peddle, S.
  2. Koundakjan, K.
Corporate Authors
Director General Military Personnel Research & Analysis, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis (DGMPRA) was tasked to provide research and information to support a review of the policy on operational tour lengths. Two key questions were raised by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS): (1) What are the current policies related to length and frequency of deployment in other nations?; and (2) What research does the Canadian Forces (CF) or other militaries have, or could they conduct, to support a review of current policies? The Operational Tempo Working Group was established to address these questions. The Working Group engaged the Director Military Personnel Operational Research and Analysis (DMPORA) to gather data on the opinions of CF personnel regarding deployment duration and frequency. Using the Human Dimensions of Operations (HDO) Survey, DMPORA gathered the relevant data from a sample of CF personnel who had recently returned from a deployment in Afghanistan with the aim of answering the second question posed by the CDS. Quantitative and qualitative results showed that most CF personnel preferred to serve on a six month deployment with Home Leave Travel Allowance (HLTA). More specifically, it was the preferred option across all rank and occupation groups. Based on this research, it is recommended that the CF maintain the current standard of six month deployments with HLTA.

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Report Number
DGMPRA-TM-2009-007 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jun 2009
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