What is the Canadian Joint Operations Command?

Introduction

The Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC; French: Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada) is one of the two unified commands of the Canadian Armed Forces, the other one being the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. CJOC was announced in May 2012 as the result of the cost-cutting measures in the 2012 federal budget through the merger of Canada Command, the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command and the Canadian Operational Support Command under an integrated command-and-control structure. The command was stood up on 05 October 2012 to officially replace the three former organisations.

The command team is led by a lieutenant-general or vice-admiral and assisted by three deputy commanders, one for each of the three main components (Continental, Expeditionary, and Support). The team is further supported by a chief of staff and four senior non-commissioned members, an overall command chief warrant/petty officer, and a command chief warrant/petty officer for each component.

CJOC’s role is to “anticipate and conduct Canadian Forces operations, and develop, generate and integrate joint force capabilities for operations.”

The continental component consists of six regional joint task forces (JTF). In five of these JTFs, the commander also commands an army division or a maritime force. The five southern JTFs have no permanent operational units: units and detachments are temporarily assigned to them from the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force according to operational requirements.

Joint Task Force (JTF)HeadquartersRegionCommander
JTF NorthYellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesNorthern CanadaCommander JTFN
JTF PacificVictoria, British ColumbiaBritish ColumbiaCommander Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC)
JTF WestEdmonton, AlbertaPrairie ProvincesCommander 3rd Canadian Division
JTF CentralToronto, OntarioOntarioCommander 4th Canadian Division
JTF EastMontreal, QuebecQuebecCommander 2nd Canadian Division
JTF AtlanticHalifax, Nova ScotiaAtlantic CanadaCommander Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARPLANT)

On 01 April 2015, 1st Canadian Division was transferred from the Canadian Army to CJOC.

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