Westmount, Quebec – 19 March 2023: Five RMR’s graduated from Basic Military Qualification course 2301, with two of them taking the top candidate spots: Private Popp (1st) and Second-Lieutenant Volcov (2nd). The Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course is a mandatory training program for all new Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recruits, including reservists. The BMQ course is designed to provide new recruits with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be effective members of the CAF.
The BMQ course for reservists typically consists of a 10-week training program that is conducted on weekends and evenings, over a period of several months. The training is divided into two main phases: Basic Military Qualification – Land (BMQ-L) and Basic Military Qualification – Common (BMQ-C).
The BMQ-L phase focuses on basic military skills and knowledge related to ground operations. The training covers topics such as military drill, navigation, weapons handling, fieldcraft, first aid, and physical fitness.
The BMQ-C phase builds on the skills and knowledge acquired during the BMQ-L phase and covers more advanced topics such as leadership, military ethics, human rights, and the role of the CAF in Canadian society.
Throughout the BMQ course, reservists are expected to maintain high standards of discipline and conduct, and are subject to strict military regulations and routines. The training is physically and mentally demanding, and recruits are required to pass a series of tests and evaluations in order to successfully complete the course.
Upon completion of the BMQ course, reservists will have acquired the basic skills and knowledge necessary to serve as effective members of the CAF, and will be eligible to pursue further training and career opportunities, typically the Basic Occupational Qualification Training as the next step.