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From CANFORGEN 012/17 CMP 009/17 De-linking of Medical Condition from Promotion Criteria (also attached in case link doesn't work):Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who have medical conditions and are up for potential promotion, no longer have to feel that they need to choose between the two. Ill and injured members can now be promoted while undergoing medical care.
In the past, ill and injured members may not have sought the care they needed, to avoid an impact on their career. With this positive shift, if a CAF member has a condition that is preventing them from achieving fitness or training promotion prerequisites, they can be promoted in an acting capacity with no time pressure for meeting these conditions. Once their medical treatment has been completed, a member can be fully promoted to their new position.
In recognition of the talents and dedication of ill and injured CAF members, as well as their expected future contributions, a CAF member’s posting and appointment to the next rank will take into account his or her employment and deployment limitations. The CAF encourages those in need of medical care to take advantage of resources available, without stigma or worry of possible impacts on career advancement.
The removal of medical health from promotion criteria, demonstrates one of the ways the CAF is working to improve how administration and support is provided to our members and their families.
“When you’ve earned your promotion, it shouldn’t be denied to you just because you’re treating a medical condition. For too long, people have avoided seeking help for fear of professional implications. We need people who can reach their full potential now and in the future. Get the help you need: your promotion will not suffer.”
General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff
“This is a significant change for the CAF. Our hope is that it will encourage members to get the support they need right away, allowing them to focus on both their health and career.”
Colonel Rakesh Jetly, Mental Health Advisor, Canadian Forces Health Services.
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CANFORGEN 012/17 CMP 009/17 181340Z JAN 17
DE-LINKING OF MEDICAL CONDITION FROM PROMOTION CRITERIA
REFS: A. AFCX 13 JAN 17
B. QR AND O11.02, CONDITIONS GOVERNING PROMOTIONS
C. CFAO 11-6, COMMISSIONING AND PROMOTION POLICY - OFFICERS - REGULAR FORCE
D. CFAO 49-4, CAREER POLICY - NON-COMMISSIONED MEMBERS - REGULAR FORCE
E. CFAO 49-5, CAREER POLICY - NON-COMMISSIONED MEMBER - PRIMARY RESERVE
F. CFAO 49-12, PROMOTION POLICY - OFFICERS - PRIMARY RESERVE
G. DAOD 5023-1, MINIMUM OPERATIONAL STANDARDS RELATED TO UNIVERSALITY OF SERVICE
H. CANFORGEN 087/06, NEW DAODS ON UNIVERSALITY OF SERVICE, MINIMUM OPERATIONAL STANDARDS RELATED TO UNIVERSALITY OF SERVICE, AND CF PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM
THE PURPOSE OF THIS CANFORGEN IS TO ANNOUNCE THAT CAF MEMBER ASSIGNED A TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT MEDICAL CATEGORY, THAT IS LOWER THAN APPLICABLE MINIMUM REQUIRED, WILL REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR PROMOTION, SUBJECT TO THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE
A FULL-DAY ARMED FORCES COUNCIL EXECUTIVE (AFCX) MEETING FOCUSING ON CAF PERSONNEL SUPPORT WAS HELD AT REF A. THE CDS AND L1S EXPRESSED THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT TO FUNDAMENTALLY REVAMP THE WAY ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT IS PROVIDED TO CAF MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. MORE DETAILS ON A NUMBER OF RELATED INITIATIVES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THE COMING MONTHS
CAF SENIOR LEADERSHIP IS CONCERNED WITH THE HEALTH OF ITS MEMBERS AND WISHES TO INSTILL AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE MEMBERS WILL SEEK MEDICAL SUPPORT WITHOUT STIGMA OR APPREHENSION OF IMPACTS ON PROMOTION. AS WELL, THEIR PURPOSE IS TO RECOGNIZE MEMBERS� MERIT AND THEIR FUTURE CONTRIBUTION WHILE THEY REMAIN IN THE CAF. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, CAF MEMBERS, WHO WOULD OTHERWISE BE PROMOTABLE, WILL BE PROMOTED AS MERITED NOTWITHSTANDING THEIR TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT MEDICAL CATEGORY, SUBJECT TO THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE. MEMBERS MUST STILL MEET ALL OTHER PROMOTION CRITERIA TO RECEIVE A SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTION. IF A MEMBER LACKS ONE OR MORE OTHER PROMOTION PREREQUISITES THE MEMBER MAY BE PROMOTED IN AN ACTING CAPACITY AS PER CURRENT POLICY (REFS B TO F). MEMBER WILL HOWEVER BE REQUIRED TO BE SUBSTANTIVE BEFORE BEING PROMOTED TO THE NEXT RANK
THERE MAY BE INSTANCES WHERE A MEDICAL CONDITION WILL ALSO PREVENT A MEMBER FROM ACHIEVING OTHER PROMOTION PREREQUISITES, SUCH AS ATTENDING A MANDATED CAREER COURSE, OR COMPLETING THE FORCE EVALUATION. IN SUCH INSTANCES, SET PERIODS TO MEET CRITERIA WILL NO LONGER BE IMPOSED ON MEMBER. HE/SHE WILL THEREFORE REMAIN PROMOTED IN AN ACTING CAPACITY UNTIL ALL PREREQUISITES CAN BE MET. NOT ATTENDING OR COMPLETING A MANDATED CAREER COURSE OR THE FORCE EVALUATION DUE TO A MEDICAL CONDITION WILL NO LONGER RESULT IN A REVERSION FROM ACTING RANK TO PREVIOUS SUBSTANTIVE RANK. FURTHERMORE, MEMBERS PROMOTED TO AN ACTING RANK WHO ARE RETAINED WILL NOW BE EMPLOYED AT THEIR ACTING RANK
THAT SAID, THE FORCE EVALUATION IS STILL A PREREQUISITE FOR SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR PROMOTION, MEMBERS WHO ARE PERMANENTLY UNABLE TO MEET ONE OR MORE OF THE MINIMUM OPERATIONAL STANDARDS RELATED TO THE UNIVERSALITY OF SERVICE PRINCIPLE WILL BE RELEASED FROM THE CAF UNDER REF G.
A MEMBER�S POSTING AND APPOINTMENT AT THE NEXT RANK WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT HIS OR HER EMPLOYMENT AND DEPLOYMENT LIMITATIONS, AS DICTATED BY THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE
THIS CHANGE IN POLICY TAKES EFFECT IMMEDIATELY, AND IS NOT RETROACTIVE. TO RE-EMPHASIZE, THE OVERALL INTENT IS THAT A POTENTIAL DENIAL OF PROMOTION SHOULD NO LONGER BE A BARRIER TO CARE. OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, MPC, THROUGH DGMC, WILL MONITOR THE EXECUTION OF THIS INITIATIVE TO DETERMINE POTENTIAL IMPACTS AND ADJUSTMENTS THAT COULD BE REQUIRED, AND WILL AMEND ACCORDINGLY AS NECESSARY. CAF PERTAINING POLICIES, INCLUDING CANFORGEN AT REF H, WILL ALSO BE FORMALLY AMENDED IN DUE COURSE. THIS ORDER SUPERSEDES OTHER ORDERS OR DIRECTIVES TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY CONFLICT WITH DIRECTION IN THIS CANFORGEN