Financial Services Administrator
Canadian Armed Forces
Financial Services Administrators provide financial assistance and budget resources support to all military activities.

The primary duties of a Financial Services Administrator are to provide:

Financial administration and services
General office bookkeeping
Accounts payable and accounts receivable support
Budget management services
Basic Military Qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding but achievable.

Learn more about Basic Training here.

Basic occupational qualification training
Financial Services Administrator attends the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre in Borden, Ontario. Training takes approximately 12 weeks and includes:

Briefing on financial authority, regulations and financial structure
Accounting 101
Processing vendor invoices, payables and receivables
Initiating, processing and finalizing claims
Administering support to operations
Assisting members with credit card and reconciliation
Reconciling departmental travel expenditures
Providing support to personnel management
Maintaining budgets and business plans
Available specialty training
Financial Services Administrators may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and/or on-the-job training, including:

Non-Public Funds Administration
Aviation Petroleum, Oil, and Lubrication Financial Administration
Deployed Operations
Compliance and Verification
Available advanced training
As they progress in their career, Financial Services Administrators who demonstrate the required ability and potential may be offered advanced training. Available courses include:

Verification Manager
Policy Analyst
Business Planning
Civilian Personnel Management
Required education
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec with Grade 10 applied math (math 426 in Quebec) and Grade 10 (Secondaire IV) English or French. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.

Serve with the Reserve Force
This position is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or subject to a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.

Part time employment
Financial Services Administrators may serve with the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Navy, or the Royal Canadian Air Force and experience the unique challenges associated with these environments. They can be employed providing financial support to military activities. When they are employed on a part-time or casual full-time basis they usually serve at a Canadian Armed Forces headquarters, home port or unit located within Canada.

Reserve Force training
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. Following basic training, occupational training for Financial Services Administrators takes about 15 weeks and may be conducted at the Canadian Forces Logistics Training Centre in Borden, Ontario.

Reserve Working Environment
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They are paid 92.8 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.