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FORCE Evaluation

One test, one standard

The Fitness for Operational Requirements of Canadian Armed Forces Employment (FORCE) Evaluation reflects the minimum physical employment standard related to common defence and security duties known as the Universality of Service principle.

The FORCE Evaluation

4 Components of the FORCE Evaluation

CAF members are tested annually to demonstrate their capabilities in four FORCE components. 

  • 20-metre rushes - Starting from the prone position, complete two shuttle sprints (1 shuttle = 20 m there, 20 m back) dropping to the prone position every 10 m for a total of 80 m.  To be completed in 51 seconds or less. 
  • Sandbag lift - 30 consecutive lifts of a 20 kg sandbag from the floor above a height of 1.0 m. The member alternates between left and right sandbags separated by 1.25 m.  To be completed in 3 minutes and 30 seconds or less.
  • Intermittent loaded shuttles - 10 consecutive shuttles (1 shuttle = 20 m there, 20 m back), alternating between loaded shuttles with a 20 kg sandbag and unloaded shuttles, totaling 400 m.  To be completed in 5 minutes and 21 seconds or less.
  • Sandbag drag - Carry one 20 kg sandbag and pull a minimum of four on the floor over 20 m without stopping. Number of sandbags being dragged depends on the type of floor.

6 Common Military Tasks

FORCE evaluation components reflect six common field tasks of the Common Military Task Fitness Evaluation (CMTFE), an aggregate of 400 routine physical tasks undertaken by serving CAF members in emergency situations. It is designed to capture the movement patterns, energy systems, and muscle groups recruited in the performance of the CMTFE.

  • Picking and digging 
  • Escape to cover 
  • Pickets and wire carry 
  • Vehicle extraction 
  • Stretcher carry 
  • Sandbag fortification 
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