Form a Patrol

The Junior Canadian Rangers (JCR) Program capacity (number of JCR patrols) is determined by expansion authorized by the Vice Chief of Defence Staff (VCDS) and is based on business planning and available funding. The membership (number of JCR) is at the discretion of the Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (CRPG) in consultation with the community.

Phase One – Verification

The following shall be verified prior to visiting a community:

  • there is co-location of Canadian Rangers (CR);
  • the community is remote and isolated;
  • the expansion is in accordance with the national JCR Program expansion plan.
Phase Two – Preliminary Planning

During this phase, a community should have no expectation that a JCR patrol has been authorized to be established in their community. The process involved in setting up a patrol may span more than one year. Each CRPG will have to adapt a general process to meet both the needs of the community as well as their own.

CRPG shall do the following, in no particular order, in consideration for opening up JCR Patrols:

  • conduct visits to the community to present the JCR Program to the community leaders and CR;
  • determine there is a compelling reason to set-up the JCR patrol;
  • ensure the community understands the JCR Program and accepts what their role would be in implementing it;
  • consider options for the other cadet programs, and in the case that a cadet corps is already in that community, the CO CRPG will liaise with the CO RCSU to ensure that the community can support both the JCR Program and the Cadet Program;
  • ensure there are enough available youth to sustain a JCR patrol;
  • ensure there is support from the local CR patrol with at least two CR nominated to assist as the JCR Patrol Leader and JCR Patrol Second in Command. Nominations can be in consultation with the community, Band, and/or Municipal Council;
  • ensure there are enough interested adults that could comprise an Adult Committee (AC);
  • ensure there is a suitable training location at no cost to DND;
  • begin the screening process for those interested in working with the JCR patrol (CR, AC, volunteers) has begun;
  • ensure there is significant community support, such as a Band Council Resolution or official letter from the community stating their support for the JCR Program.
Phase Three – Formal Request to Director Cadets & Junior Canadian Rangers

The following may now occur:

  • CRPG CO may recommend;
  • Area Commander may recommend;
  • a request to form a patrol, detailing each item in Phases One and Two, as well as reference to the two recommendations, forwarded to D Cdts & JCR for authorization.
Phase Four – Authorization

Based on the recommendations received, D Cdts & JCR may authorize:

  • funding of the JCR patrol;
  • formation of the JCR patrol.
Phase Five – Registration

The following shall now occur:

  • establishment of an AC, completion of volunteer agreements and screening;
  • confirmation of the JCR Patrol Leader and JCR Patrol Second in Command by the CRPG;
  • registration of JCR and ordering of uniforms;
  • completion of screening for CR;
  • completion of volunteer agreements and screening for volunteers.
Phase Six – Stand-Up

The following shall now occur:

  • nomination of the JCR Sergeant /Master Corporal (usually by vote) under the supervision and with the confirmation by the CRPG;
  • formal stand-up parade.
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