Created in 2003, the RAVEN program is designed to give young people an idea of the careers available in the Armed Forces while putting them through a challenging training regime. Canadian Press photographer Chad Hipolito spent time with this summer’s students.
When the RAVEN trainees arrive in Victoria, they are sworn into the Canadian Forces, and then spend three days in a Culture Camp, guided by elders from several First Nations. Then they dive into six weeks of military training by experienced instructors.
Although there is no obligation, those who complete the program have the option to go on to a career in the reserves, regular forces or civilian side of the Department of National Defence.
The program is open to those have completed Grade 10 and are at least 16 by the beginning of July, but there is no upper age limit.