Are you being medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces?

For more information on the key events and resources pertaining to the three phases of transition for medically-releasing Canadian Armed Forces members, please visit the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman's page Your Transition to Civilian Life The Three Phases of Medical Release.

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If you are being medically released, your transition to civilian life will take place over several weeks, months or sometimes years.

This can be a difficult time because there are many steps and key players involved. To assist you, we have outlined the three "phases" of transition :

  • Phase 1 covers the period of time between your injury or illness and the administrative decision that you will be medically released;
  • Phase 2 is the period of time between your receipt of the medical release decision and your actual release date; and
  • Phase 3 is the period of time between your release date and two years post-release.

Each of these phases involves its own key events, steps and resources, which we have laid out in a reference tool called Your Transition to Civilian Life – The Three Phases of Medical Release.

This tool is meant to support you by pointing out actions or services that you may not have considered.

For example: Did you know that medically-released members are eligible for priority hiring in the Federal Public Service? All you have to do is activate your priority status within five years of being released.

Or, did you know that your pension payments won't be starting immediately after your release?

In our reference tool, we have identified multiple contacts that will be able to assist you and your family. We also recommend that you keep your chain of command informed throughout this process.

If you encounter any issues, the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman and Veterans Ombudsman are always ready to help.