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Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« on: March 21, 2020, 10:20:56 »
Now that most businesses are forced to close, employees working from home/remote, and people will start getting fined up to $1,000 for violating the emergency orders on social distancing, are there any talks about possible impacts on the selection process, training start dates etc for 2020?

Does anyone expect there to be now things are getting pretty serious?

What could change? Will training dates possibly be pushed back? Some canceled?
esp interested in timeline related to direct entry as an officer.


Extra question: If I were to be presented a job offer later, will it state when my training will start? Is it possible for me to request a delay of the training start date? How? and is it likely or unlikely to get approved? (new house closing in July)

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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 11:10:54 »
Now that most businesses are forced to close, employees working from home/remote, and people will start getting fined up to $1,000 for violating the emergency orders on social distancing, are there any talks about possible impacts on the selection process, training start dates etc for 2020?

Does anyone expect there to be now things are getting pretty serious?

What could change? Will training dates possibly be pushed back? Some canceled?
esp interested in timeline related to direct entry as an officer.


Extra question: If I were to be presented a job offer later, will it state when my training will start? Is it possible for me to request a delay of the training start date? How? and is it likely or unlikely to get approved? (new house closing in July)

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Most military courses are already canceled, which should include BMQ. The facility at St Jean would be a great environment for an illness to spread in.

If you aren't yet in the CAF, assume you won't be until this all wraps up.
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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 11:32:48 »
If you aren't yet in the CAF, assume you won't be until this all wraps up.

Thank you! This is great to hear.

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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 11:37:52 »
I can state unequivocally that questions of recruiting and training are top of mind for the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Military Personnel. They are working to ensure the safety of all involved in the processes and the preservation of the CAF's ability to respond in both the the short and long term.  The Surgeon General is also engaged in these discussions to ensure that decisions are made based on best available science and best available medical information.

They are not on streetcorners making announcements because the situation is dynamic and they need some sense of stability before they decide on how to proceed.

But to reassure you again: very, very senior personnel in the Canadian military are thinking about this and working on this, every day.
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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2020, 10:24:09 »
I've basically resigned myself to the likelihood that I won't be back in the CAF for a long, long time. Possibly never, due to this scenario.

If I actually get back into uniform some day I will consider that a blessing but I am not counting on it.

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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2020, 10:58:33 »
I've basically resigned myself to the likelihood that I won't be back in the CAF for a long, long time. Possibly never, due to this scenario.

If I actually get back into uniform some day I will consider that a blessing but I am not counting on it.
I wouldn't be quite that fatalistic. Things will come around and, at some point, life will return to normal.
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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2020, 11:25:39 »
I wouldn't be quite that fatalistic. Things will come around and, at some point, life will return to normal.
Especially since there is a massive strategic risk to the institution to stopping recruiting and enrollment for even just 3-6 months. I would expect things to move slow, but eventually courses will resume.

My wild guess is that anyone starting at CFLRS will have 2 weeks tacked onto their course and get to learn what restricted to barracks means so we can at least get back to business.

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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2020, 17:37:54 »
I wouldn't be quite that fatalistic. Things will come around and, at some point, life will return to normal.

Maybe saying I'll NEVER get in is a bit fatalistic, but I'm sure my recruitment process has at this point been delayed by years since I am applying for CIC which is already lowest priority, so it will be delayed the most. Most likely by the time to do finally get around to processing CIC applications again, it will have been so long since my medical that they will want another one due to my age (40 yrs old) plus new tests from my family physician as with my last medical to verify that I'm not going to keel over on them.

Further, I imagine that Cadets is the thing they will be the most cautious with and the slowest to return back to normal. I wouldn't be surprised if they take things to extreme. They have already talked about cancelling all summer training so I don't expect recruitment of new CIC officers to be off even the back burner for quite some time. Would they go to the extent of cancelling cadets altogether? Probably not ... I guess Cadets still operated during the Great Depression, even.

While I fully appreciate that the CAF as a whole has to carry on, just don't think CIC will be happening any time soon.

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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2020, 00:23:07 »
I feel you, brother. I applied in November 2018, and was waiting on an enrollment date (not for the first time). Now I've been asked to sit tight for 4-5 weeks and contact them again. I completely understand, of course, that there are more important things than recruitment. But situations like the one we are now is exactly why I wanted to join in the first place: To be useful to the country in national emergency situations!

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Re: Coronavirus Impacts on Recruiting Process etc
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2020, 17:39:10 »
Maybe saying I'll NEVER get in is a bit fatalistic, but I'm sure my recruitment process has at this point been delayed by years since I am applying for CIC which is already lowest priority, so it will be delayed the most. Most likely by the time to do finally get around to processing CIC applications again, it will have been so long since my medical that they will want another one due to my age (40 yrs old) plus new tests from my family physician as with my last medical to verify that I'm not going to keel over on them.

Further, I imagine that Cadets is the thing they will be the most cautious with and the slowest to return back to normal. I wouldn't be surprised if they take things to extreme. They have already talked about cancelling all summer training so I don't expect recruitment of new CIC officers to be off even the back burner for quite some time. Would they go to the extent of cancelling cadets altogether? Probably not ... I guess Cadets still operated during the Great Depression, even.

While I fully appreciate that the CAF as a whole has to carry on, just don't think CIC will be happening any time soon.

We'll be back when the schools go back. I can see the RCSU's moving mountains to try and get summer training happening but we'll have to wait until May.