Regiment Association


Resource Management Support Clerk

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What They Do

Resource Management Support Clerks (RMS Clk) provide administrative financial support to all military activities. This career field is one of the largest in the military. Consequently, it offers a wide scope of employment opportunities in a variety of environments :

  • Human resource administration and services;
  • Financial management support services;
  • Personnel support services;
  • Corporate and general purpose administration.

Qualification Requirements

Applicants must possess a high school or college diploma. RMS Clks must be responsible, tactful, discreet, mentally alert, and possess a good memory. They must be capable of accurately performing repetitive clerical and financial tasks and, in the early stages of their career, be willing to work long hours to meet deadlines. RMS CLKs should be interested in dealing with the public; therefore, excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

This occupation also involves working with numbers, drafting correspondence, and operating computers and other office equipment. Resource management support clerks must be attentive to detail and work in an organized manner. Reliability, honesty, and an ability to adapt to a variety of locations, conditions and management systems are also necessary attributes. Critical thinking skills are particularly important in the higher rank levels where RMS Clks perform management functions and are often responsible for supervising and managing large groups of people.


Basic Military Qualification

The first stage of training for a successful applicant is the Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course. 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 CF physical fitness standard, as a result, the training is physically demanding. BMQ covers the following topics :

  • Policies and regulations of the Canadian Forces;
  • CF drill, dress and deportment (the “three Ds”);
  • Basic safety;
  • First aid;
  • Personal survival in nuclear, biological and chemical conditions;
  • Handling and firing personal weapons;
  • Cross-country navigation; and
  • Personal survival in field conditions.

Basic Military Occupational Training

On completion of BMQ, Resource Management Support Clerks attend Basic Military Occupational (MOC) Training at the Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics (CFSAL) in Borden, Ont. Training includes:

  • Fundamentals of a central registry;
  • Fundamentals of military writing;
  • Familiarization with military publications;
  • Administration in support of operations;
  • Fundamentals of Financial Management Accounting Systems (FMAS);
  • Fundamentals of a pay system and basic accounting;
  • Fundamentals of personnel records;
  • Fundamentals of claims processing;
  • Fundamentals of personnel management;
  • Fundamentals of release processing;
  • Operation of automated personnel and financial systems (pay and cashier);
  • Keyboarding skills (30 words per minute, less than 2% error rate);
  • Computer fundamentals;

Working Environment

RMS Clks must be available for unrestricted postings as they encounter a wide variety of working and environmental conditions. When employed with army field units, they will experience operational living and working conditions and the same hazards as combat troops. Appropriate training, environmental clothing and equipment are provided, and Resource Management Support Clerks’ health, safety and morale are closely monitored.

Advanced MOC Training

Those who demonstrate the required ability and ambition may undertake advanced occupational training through formal courses or on-the-job training as they progress in their careers. Specialty training may also be available. Below are examples of training related to this occupation.

Advanced Military Occupation Courses

  • Budgeting and Business Planning;
  • Civilian Personnel Management;
  • Personnel Management.

Specialty Training Courses

  • Public Fund Cashier Functions;
  • Financial Accounting and Audit;
  • Release Clerk;
  • RMS Deployed Operations;
  • Non-Public Funds Accounting;
  • Flight Attendant Training;
  • Court Reporter;
  • Instructional Techniques.



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