REPORT: The Royal Canadian Air Force Is Having Huge Recruiting Problems

Lack of spending for training and maintenance is just the latest example of Canada’s national defence being treated as an afterthought.

The Canadian Air Force is having a huge problem recruiting necessary personnel.

They are short 275 pilots from the target of 1,580. Additionally, the CP notes Brigadier General Eric Kenny saying the air force “is facing similar deficiencies when it comes to navigators and sensor operators who work onboard different types of aircraft as well as mechanics, he added.”

A big problem is the training system, which can only generate 115 new pilots every year. That’s not enough to keep up with attrition, meaning the air force is falling behind. A revised training program isn’t set to take effect until 2021.

A report from the Liberal-controlled Department of National Defence pinned the blame on “under-spending on maintenance for abuses and other infrastructure,” while also blaming budget cuts from the Conservative era.

Of course, the Trudeau Liberals have had three years in power, so blaming the previous government is absurd. Additionally, while the Conservatives certainly didn’t increase defence spending enough, they did increase it over what the Liberals had implemented.

Finally, there are deeper reasons why recruiting is difficult. The Trudeau government has shown a pathetic inability to get quality fighter jets to replace the aging CF-18s. The Liberals even sought to replace the old CF-18s with other old CF 18s that Australia didn’t need anymore (since they’re actually buying new planes for their air force).

When the federal government fails to give our pilots the newest and best equipment, why would anyone want to join the air force in the first place?

Spencer Fernando

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Don Taylor

Turdeau wants Canadians to become Globalists that is why he is doing so much harm to Canada,to the point where nobody wants to in vest in Canada,he is running Canada in so much debt it will be hard to recover ,this traitorous spoiled brat has to go and all his lemmings

Gary Hudson

The reason the government is having difficulty signing recruits is they don’t want white men.

Ron Shaw

The best way to get hands on experience and a full understanding of old worn out equipment is to have Todumb himself be put in a nice worn out cf18 then give him a few gallons of good old Alberta jet fuel , then send him off into the Atlantic , never to be heard from again . Problem solved , one old jet disposed of and one less liberal obstructionist removed from office .

shawn harris

A failure of this magnitude, by the Trudeau government is a total betrayal and undermines military moral, which sends a very encouraging message to our enemies, that Canada is weak defensively and to our allies that Canada can’t now or into the future be relied upon in battle. No fighter pilot would ever knowingly want to go into a fight with inferior or obsolete aircraft, such as the “so called ” interim replacement fighter planes from Australia. That is a horrendous insult and a slap in the face to our military pilots ; to knowingly put them in a complete… Read more »

Mike Allan

Everything the little socialist dictator comes into contact with turns ugly for all law abiding citizens of Canada.


Agreed. Why? Who would consider enlisting when there are old worn out helicopters and used fighters. Sure there are new helicopters and nice C-17’s, but many are old. For all other ranks, why join when you are likely going to be ignored or abused by the top-heavy system. All our Forces, including the Coast Guard, need a serious overhaul. Canada desperately needs to expand and modernize our Forces. Trudeau sending out people with a clean gun and a few bullets to a terrorist war zone like Nigeria or Mali just doesn’t cut it. New guns and lots of bullets, new… Read more »