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Okanagan Military Museum




The Reserves - a continuing Canadian Military Tradition

Joining the Canadian Forces reserves is a Canadian military tradition of the citizen-soldier that dates back to the origins of the Canadian Militia. This tradition continues today as Canadians continue to serve as reservists both here at home and in Canadian Forces overseas operations. Reservists have made a tremendous contribution throughout the history of Canada's military, air and naval forces and were the foundation for the massive expansion of the Canadian Forces during times of national emergency.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have volunteered for reserve service over our history both in times of peace and war. They have served quietly while also making contributions to society in myriad civilian occupations. They have responded to national emergencies in Canada and in Canada's response to international emergencies. They have served as soldiers, sailors and aircrew during war and peacekeeping actions. They continue to do so today. They are your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers.

Reservists participate in regular field exercises and training. In addition reservists may also serve in Canadian Forces missions overseas such as in Bosnia and Afghanistan or in domestic operations such as Operation Peregrine, the Canadian Forces operations in support of fighting the wildfires of 2003 in the Okanagan.

The British Columbia Dragoons, the Okanagan's Own Regiment, is the local army reserve force unit. It is an armoured reconnaissance regiment with its three squadrons based in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. The BCDs are in the forefront of major changes being undertaken within Canada's reserve forces associated with the overall transformation of the Canadian Forces to meet the military challenges of the 21st century. These challenges include operations in the "3 Block War". This concept means being able to conduct combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian tasks at the same time within a theoretical 3 block area of a city in war-torn parts of the world. This is part of Canada's 3D(diplomacy, development and defence) approach to our commitment to international efforts to bring peace and stability to failed states. The transformation of Canada's military forces also means being able to contribute to defence of Canada and Canadians at home from natural and man-made threats.

A career in the army reserves offers benefits beyond a part-time job such as leadership training, personal development and programs supporting students attending university or college. If you are interested in doing your part as a citizen-soldier and want to find out more about the reserves contact the BCDs at:


The majority of our training takes place at local armouries in Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton.

Below are the street and mailing address for these locations.
Kelowna - Regimental Headquarters
720 Lawrence Ave.
Kelowna, B.C., Canada
V1Y 6L9
(250) 712-4230

Vernon - "A" Squadron
1811 - 30th St.
Vernon, B.C., Canada
{Mailing Address: See Headquarters}
(250) 542-3893 - A Sqn
(250) 260-5056 - Recruiting
(250) 260-5054 - Recruiting (Alternate)

Kelowna - "B" Squadron (Regimental Headquarters)
720 Lawrence Ave.
Kelowna, B.C., Canada
V1Y 6L9
(250) 712-4246
(250) 712-4227

Penticton - "C" Squadron
South Okanagan Reconnaissance Troop
1101-3 Main Street
Penticton, B.C., Canada
{Mailing Address: See Headquarters}
(250) 497-5223

Training nights are held every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m.

Canadian Forces Recruiting/CF Roles web pages:


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