I haven't had a chance to look into the details yet. Has anyone been able to confirm whether a RegF member could release, collect these benefits, and serve in the PRes?
If so, it would be a win-win for both the member (part time employment) and the PRes (NCO production)
At this time I feel comfortable confirming that as currently written, you could not:
C-42: "5.6 For greater certainty, the Minister is not permitted to pay an education and training benefit to a person who is a member."
"Member" is defined in current law as "an officer or a non-commissioned member of the Canadian Forces, as those terms are defined in subsection 2(1) of the National Defence Act"
When you go from Regs to PRes, that's a component transfer, not a release. You remain a member. So we will see regs who previously would have gone PRes will not do so in order to access that benefit. Now, I don't se any reason one couldn't release completely, access these benefits, then get back in- but how many will bother?
That's the first reading version of the bill. Much will remain to be done. I'm well connected with others doing advisory/advocacy work with VAC, and I will try to have this looked at. I don't know how it works for the Americans - If you can complete active duty, access GI Bill education benefits, and still train with the reserve/National Guard. I see no inherent reason this shouldn't be possible, and I think it would be better for the military institution if it is.
It's a generous benefit, and I'm very happy to see it. It will really help a lot of troops out. It will probably have a significant impact on Reg Force recruiting- join at 18 with the plan to get out at 24 or 25 and take the education. Some will, some will stay in and make a career out of it. It's just not going to do the reserve many favours. Not the end of the world if it stays as written, but it woul dbe nice if this were changed.