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Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« on: April 04, 2017, 22:04:07 »
Hi Folks,

I will be done my Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto in about a weeks time. As I begin to ponder my next steps and embarking on my job search, I noticed the Canadian Forces are recruiting Social Work Officers. This sounds like a very interesting and rewarding position to be in. It would be an opportunity to build greater experience in my profession, and help support our country's service men and women.

The only snag I see that is preventing me from applying is my concern I may not meet the vision requirements. I have been legally blind since birth which means I'm nearsighted. My impression is this role is mostly clinical so I personally wouldn't see this as a barrier to meeting the requirements of the position. However, I've done a bit of digging around in the search (I did my due diligence after all :P), it seems that a Social Work Officer is "a soldier first, and a social worker second". I may not meet the vision requirements, however, I have a talent for counseling and think I would be an awesome Social Worker. So, given that I cannot see very well, I'm wondering if that would bar me from this position.

Thank for reading and I look forward to your response!

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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2017, 22:28:00 »
You'll still need to pass BMOQ like everyone else and whatever other phase training social workers would be required to do. Social Work officers require V4 vision.

Medical standards can be found here:
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-policies-standards-medical-occupations/officer-ncm-minimum-medical-standards.page

Medical Acuity Instructions on what the vision requirements mean:
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-policies-standards-medical-occupations/cf-visual-acuity-testing-instructions.page

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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2017, 22:37:20 »
I would be an awesome Social Worker.

For reference. perhaps,

Applying to be a Social Work Officer

will be merged with,

Social Work in CF 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=26465.0

Social Work Applicants 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=99895.0

Social Worker
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=52503.0

ROTP Bachelor of Social Work 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=107180.0

Couple of questions about a couple of trades 
"I have been hearing that the military is really short on Social Workers at the moment. But, they aren't willing to pay for you to get your bachelor of Social Work. Does anyone know why? Or if this might ever change in the future?"
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=99642.0

etc...

I have been legally blind since birth which means I'm nearsighted.

Vision Questions Megathread, Categories, Problems etc.
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=432.0
31 pages.

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of information.


« Last Edit: April 04, 2017, 22:42:44 by mariomike »
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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2017, 23:04:54 »
You'll still need to pass BMOQ like everyone else and whatever other phase training social workers would be required to do. Social Work officers require V4 vision.

Thanks for the clarification. My prescription/visual acuity would put me in V5 for certain.
Is there any precedent for taking V5's on for a clinical role like the Social Work Officer?

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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2017, 23:10:05 »
There are civilian clinical social workers at most clinics, working alongside uniformed social work officers.

Also, VAC is hiring (please join us..........)


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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2017, 00:41:50 »
Is there any precedent for taking V5's on for a clinical role like the Social Work Officer?

Unfortunately, if you do not meet the required standard you will not be accepted. Standards exist for valid reasons.

See ArmySailor's advice.

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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2017, 00:57:24 »
There are civilian clinical social workers at most clinics, working alongside uniformed social work officers.

Also, VAC is hiring (please join us..........)


Unfortunately, if you do not meet the required standard you will not be accepted. Standards exist for valid reasons.

See ArmySailor's advice.

Thanks for the information and suggestions folks. I'll definitely put in an application at VAC in addition to my other job applications. Thank you for your service as well!

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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2017, 01:43:19 »
Also look to see if DND is hiring.  I suspect there are several vacancies, because the news media has reported a few time on hiring shortfalls in this area of supporting soldier welfare.

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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2017, 08:55:26 »
And feel free to keep participating here. I don't think that we have any other social workers. You could be helpful.

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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2017, 11:49:14 »
Thanks for the clarification. My prescription/visual acuity would put me in V5 for certain.
Is there any precedent for taking V5's on for a clinical role like the Social Work Officer?
The bona fide medical requirement for Social Worker is V4 and above, so if you did not meet this requirement the CAF would be unable to continue your application process.

On top of the suggestion of working for VAC there is also working as a civilian within DND, hiring as a civilian is done:
(1) through http://jobs.emplois.gc.ca/; and
(2) through a civilian contracting company, which at the moment is Calian Services (https://www.calian.com)

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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2017, 14:51:59 »
Are you a candidate for laser eye surgery?  I had PRK done about 17 years ago and went from almost V4 to V1.  I have since dropped down to V2.
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Re: Applying to be a Social Work Officer
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2017, 16:45:01 »
Are you a candidate for laser eye surgery?  I had PRK done about 17 years ago and went from almost V4 to V1.  I have since dropped down to V2.

Unfortunately no, a shame too as one of my heartfelt wishes is to drive a car but I'm too near sighted for that.  Good thing self driving cars will be a thing in the future :) It's no biggie though, we all have our own challenges in life, this is just mine.

Cheers for all the advice folks!