The Air Reserve is an important part of the Air Force Team. Reservists are ordinary citizens who volunteer to devote a portion of their free time to military service.
In the Air Force, Reservists serve as partners with members of the Regular Force to accomplish the Air Force mission. Air Reservists are actively involved in the vast spectrum of Air Force activities including: surveillance and control of Canadian airspace; world-wide airlift of Canadian Forces personnel and material; support to the Navy and Army; support to other government departments; search and rescue; and humanitarian operations.
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The primary role of the Air Reserve, as stated in the 1994 White Paper, is to augment, sustain, and support deployed forces. The Air Reserve provides support to the Force in ongoing peacetime tasks as well as deployed operations. The Air Reserve also serves as a basis for national mobilization and acts as a military link to the community.
The Air Reserve is part of the Reserve component of the Canadian Forces and an integral part of the "Total Air Force". This means that most Air Force units are comprised of both Regular Force and Reserve Force personnel. See Organization for further details.
The Air Reserve is commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff.
The Air Reserve has a planning level of 3,400 and the current strength is approximately 2200 personnel.
The Mission of Canada's Air Force is to generate and maintain combat capable, multi-purpose, air forces to meet Canada's defence objectives.
Canada's Air Force: Proud, Professional and Combat Capable.
The Air Reserve will continue to evolve into a cost-effective entity of the Total Air Force Structure by: