The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)

Unit Identification

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Location

Halifax Armouries
PO Box 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, NS  B3K 5X5

The Halifax Rifles, Halifax Armouries

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC), Halifax Armouries

Join Our Team

Looking for full-time or part-time work? We are hiring and provide excellent career opportunities. Please do not hesitate to call or email our recruiter who will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and provide direction on how to apply to our Regiment.

Our Team Recruiter

Name: 36 CBG Recruiting Office Halifax
Phone: 902-427-3085
Email: Hfx_Army_Recruiting@forces.gc.ca

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Phone: 1-800-856-8488
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When We Train

September to June:

  • Tuesday evenings
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • one weekend per month.

Full-time summer employment is available from May to August.

Trades In Our Unit

Equipment

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Mission Task

A number of Army Reserve units have been assigned specific Mission Tasks. Members within these units are trained in these specific capabilities and ready to be fully integrated, as a formed entity, into the Regular Force units that they reinforce.

The mission task for our unit is: Influence Activities – A company of 52 members, which is trained in the employment of population group influence techniques, including Psychological Operations and Civil-Military Cooperation, to provide behavioural and psychological effects on those populations in support of a Commander’s intent or mission.

Who We Are

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) is a Primary Reserve armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. The regiment headquarters is in Halifax, NS.

The Armoured Reconnaissance is the eyes and ears of the advancing friendly forces. Usually deployed 5 - 50 km in front of the main body. Their primary role is to obtain accurate information on the enemy and the ground in all phases of war and pass it back quickly to the higher command. Trained in observation and surveillance, Armoured officers are given the freedom to use their initiative and training to execute this task, normally while leading groups of 3 - 21 people. Armoured Soldiers operate and maintain armoured fighting vehicles, its weapon systems and its communication equipment. Members of armoured reconnaissance units are highly-adaptable decision makers trained to manoeuvre in enemy territory undetected, collecting and reporting information on the enemy.

Benefits of Joining

When you join our unit, you will receive competitive pay for your part time or full time work as well as be eligible for on the job training that could benefit you in civilian life. Also, there are medical, dental and educational benefits available to Army Reservists.

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Command Team

Commanding Officer - Lieutenant-Colonel G.A. Melville, CD
Regimental Sergeant-Major - Chief Warrant Officer J.R. Mills, CD

Contact Us

The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) Recruiting
PO Box 99000 Stn Forces
Halifax, NS  B3K 5X5

Phone: 902-427-3085
Email: hfx_army_recruiting@forces.gc.ca

News

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Our History

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Halifax Rifles is an Armoured Reconnaisance Unit of the Canadian Forces Reserve. The Halifax Rifles began as one of six independent volunteer rifle companies that formed on 23 December 1859. On 14 May 1860, these companies formed The Halifax Volunteer Battalion. Throughout the next century, the battalion’s name went through 5 iterations before finally settling on The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) in 1958.

The role of the armoured reconnaissance unit is to obtain timely and accurate information which both satisfies the commander’s information requirements and is received quickly enough to be incorporated in the commander’s operational planning process.

Members of armoured reconnaissance units are highly-adaptable decision makers trained to manoeuvre in enemy territory undetected, collecting and reporting information on the enemy.

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