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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #150 on: January 05, 2016, 03:20:03 »
So since i was young, i have wanted to be in the army and now that im at the age of 20 and i have matured, i feel the time is now. I am wondering what are some essintals needed for joining the Canadian Reserves on what is needed.

-like for example is i will loose some weight but i dont already have a good bit of strength and workable cardio.

-Glasses, i wear them and will they discrougage the recruiter? i am near sited.

-upon joining the reserves will i need Restricted/non restricted and core first aid all completed? (also which first aid is needed)

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #151 on: January 05, 2016, 03:52:20 »
Welcome to Army.ca.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #152 on: January 26, 2016, 22:34:09 »
I am not quite sure if I can make it for this summer training ( shouldn't have anything holding me back next one though ) just wondering if I where better for me do it now to get a spot ( assuming its not to late?) and inform someone in a week or so prior if something is stopping me from attending? or sign up after?

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #153 on: January 26, 2016, 23:34:21 »
There's no issue with you applying and being sworn in now, you can parade with your unit and gain some basic drill, dress, and deportment skills. I opted out of full time summer training because I had just started a new job and couldn't get the time off for such a large block.

Your unit will ask you when and if you're available, and will nominate you for a course accordingly.
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #154 on: January 26, 2016, 23:38:50 »
This is bit of a relief but is this course only during summer or will there be an equal course that happens at other parts of the year?

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #155 on: January 26, 2016, 23:58:38 »
Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) and BMQ-Land are offered both full time during the summer and on a part time basis during the winter at your local armoury.

Your trade Qualification course will likely only be available full time over the summer, but that is only after you have done your Basic courses and Driver training.

During the local training year (Sept-June), you will parade (train) one night a weekend and one weekend a month. You will do various things like drill, weapon skills, map and compass etc.
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #156 on: January 27, 2016, 08:56:20 »
Application process normally takes quite a bit of time. If this is something you want, get in touch with the Reserve unit you want to join, and then go talk to the recruiter at the unit to get information on all requirements and to find out when the BMQ courses are. Then go through the (lengthy) application process with the local recruiting centre. With some luck, if you apply now, you may be able to start a part-time BMQ in the fall. Moral to take away from this: Talk to recruiter at the unit of your interest; start application process now.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #157 on: January 31, 2016, 18:05:45 »
Application process normally takes quite a bit of time. If this is something you want, get in touch with the Reserve unit you want to join, and then go talk to the recruiter at the unit to get information on all requirements and to find out when the BMQ courses are. Then go through the (lengthy) application process with the local recruiting centre. With some luck, if you apply now, you may be able to start a part-time BMQ in the fall. Moral to take away from this: Talk to recruiter at the unit of your interest; start application process now.

As someone on the other side of the application process - Absolutely start the process as soon as you are committed to being a reservist and what that entails.  Suprisingly, we have lots of people who apply to the Unit who, after making it through the lengthy application process, decide a few months in that they are no longer interested.  There is a lot of paperwork and administration that goes into recruiting individuals who then create a lot of paperwork as they release from the CAF. Paperwork that you as a new recruit likely don't see, but it influences how slow (or fast) the process is for the next guy or girl behind you.

Please don't toss in your paperwork if you aren't ready for the commitment that is expected of being a soldier (even a part time one!).
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #158 on: February 01, 2016, 12:20:03 »
As someone on the other side of the application process - Absolutely start the process as soon as you are committed to being a reservist and what that entails.  Suprisingly, we have lots of people who apply to the Unit who, after making it through the lengthy application process, decide a few months in that they are no longer interested.  There is a lot of paperwork and administration that goes into recruiting individuals who then create a lot of paperwork as they release from the CAF. Paperwork that you as a new recruit likely don't see, but it influences how slow (or fast) the process is for the next guy or girl behind you.

Please don't toss in your paperwork if you aren't ready for the commitment that is expected of being a soldier (even a part time one!).

On the flip side of that, there's nothing inherently wrong with changing your mind after a long wait. Life happens, things change over the course of a couple years. In your application and your time in the reserve, try to avoid planning things like weddings around army commitments. Dates and taskings change, and you don't need to set yourself up to be bitter. Get enrolled and go on courses and taskings when and if it works for you. Keep it relaxed and fun.

There are many people waiting upwards of a year to be a class A reservist. Touch base with your unit, keep on top of your file on the CFRC side, and keep in touch. Best of luck to those applying.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #159 on: February 01, 2016, 12:38:51 »

On the flip side of that, there's nothing inherently wrong with changing your mind after a long wait. Life happens, things change over the course of a couple years. In your application and your time in the reserve, try to avoid planning things like weddings around army commitments. Dates and taskings change, and you don't need to set yourself up to be bitter. Get enrolled and go on courses and taskings when and if it works for you. Keep it relaxed and fun.

There are many people waiting upwards of a year to be a class A reservist. Touch base with your unit, keep on top of your file on the CFRC side, and keep in touch. Best of luck to those applying.

Concur with both comments. If your intent at the start of the application process is a part time career as a reservist that is honourable. A year long or more wait time for a full time student or someone with a full time job can most definitely change the applicant's mind and/or their circumstances may change.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #160 on: February 17, 2016, 14:49:32 »
Hi,

I am a first year University of Waterloo student looking to join the reserves as an infantry officer. There are two regiments nearby to my school (the Elgins and the Royal Highland Fusiliers) however I will be spending (at least my first) summer with my parents in Toronto and not in Waterloo.

Is it possible to join a regiment in Toronto and serve all of my time in the summers? Or is the one night a week, one weekend a month year round a hard requirement? I am willing and would love to spend summers training in and working with the army.

I know for sure that I will not be able to spend this summer in Waterloo, but I have signed a lease on a Waterloo place starting in the fall, and thus will be able to spend further summers there. Would it be possible to do BMQ this summer with a Toronto regiment and continue my career in a Waterloo region regiment?

Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my questions,

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #161 on: February 17, 2016, 15:15:41 »
Reserve units are generally inactive during the summer. Pers are either on full-time courses, supporting full-time courses or other activities, or off. Pick a unit where you are going to school.

I'll move this to a more appropriate thread when I have some time (or when mariomike tells me which one to go with), as it is not appropriate for this one, and then others can chime in and offer advice.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #162 on: February 17, 2016, 17:16:39 »
Pick a unit where you are going to school.

I'll move this to a more appropriate thread when I have some time (or when mariomike tells me which one to go with), as it is not appropriate for this one, and then others can chime in and offer advice.

I would just lock it.

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I have signed a lease on a Waterloo place starting in the fall, and thus will be able to spend further summers there.


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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #163 on: February 17, 2016, 18:28:00 »
Thank-you, mariomike.

Merged.
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #164 on: February 17, 2016, 19:29:25 »
I did exactly this a few years back and it isn't an issue at all.

Loachman is right pick a unit in Waterloo don't waste anyone's with attach or transfer postings (which would happen if you applied for a unit that was based in Toronto).

All you have to do is call/email the unit and I say hi, I currently live in Toronto but I will be studying in Waterloo as of Sept 2016 and I am/not available for summer employment should it arise. . I want to join trade X. Then they will tell you no problem. You will likely have to travel to Waterloo (especially because you are applying as an officer) to do an interview/information session. The unit will then give you a letter, You then bring said letter to CFRC Toronto and they process your application as normal. Once your file is complete or September is looming closely tell CFRC Toronto to Transfer it CFRC Kitchener/Waterloo (not sure which it is but they will tell you) and the unit will either swear you in or you continue with your application.

Other Points:
- You may get a call (like i did) saying "uhh yeah we have an information session in 3 days we need you to be in City X for 19h. It may or may not happen but it could happen.
- If you chose to go back to Toronto for future summers make sure you tell your unit. Your unit will assume that you are taking the bus to CFB XYZ for the trade course from Waterloo but you need to either make arrangements for a POMV (Personal privately [1] owned military vehicle) approval or see if ops can get you on a bus from Toronto.) Either way the world wont end, but I'd suggest leaving your kit in your apartment should you go back home for future summers and then just take the GO Train to Kitchener and get on the bus with your friends.  (1st 2 summers I went home to my parents place, first summer I paid a buddy all of his meals, a 60 of whiskey and a 24 of beer to drive me the base and got my mom to pick me up when the course ended, the 2nd summer I left my kit in my apt and went back to my parents, when I got the call I got on a train to the city where I was studying and then got on the bus with all my friends form my unit.)
- Likewise if your file is processed and they can load you on a course for this summer make sure they realize (tell them again) that you are in Toronto not Waterloo.

Lastly, make sure INF O is the trade you want to do, transferring trades once you are in the reserves is a pain, and you have much more mobility as a civilian. (Nothing wrong with INF-O, just make sure that it is what you want)

If you have any other questions post here (if i don't reply pm me).

Cheers

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #165 on: February 17, 2016, 23:53:26 »
Your unit will assume that you are taking the bus to CFB XYZ for the trade course from Waterloo but you need to either make arrangements for a POMV (Personal owned military vehicle) approval or see if ops can get you on a bus from Toronto.)

I thought POMV stood for Privately Owned Motor Vehicle?
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #166 on: February 18, 2016, 00:00:13 »
I thought POMV stood for Privately Owned Motor Vehicle?

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #167 on: February 19, 2016, 16:59:16 »
So I just swore in to my reserve unit a week ago, and will probably be going to BMQ this summer as I missed the spring course. Now what I'm wondering is I have applied to some universities in out of province and want to go if I get in. But would still like to stay a part of my unit. Would I be able to parade with another unit during the school year(4 years) and then come back to train with my hometown unit over summer? During my interview, the military career counsellor said not a problem but I feel bad joining my unit and then telling them I that I want to pursue a degree outside of town. Would I be able to get some insight on the process and how to pursue it.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #168 on: February 19, 2016, 17:03:50 »
Would I be able to parade with another unit during the school year(4 years) and then come back to train with my hometown unit over summer?

You may find this discussion of interest,

QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES 
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,16735.0.html
"Is it possible to join a regiment in Toronto and serve all of my time in the summers?"
"Would it be possible to do BMQ this summer with a Toronto regiment and continue my career in a Waterloo region regiment?"
See reply #104 to reply #108.



 

« Last Edit: February 19, 2016, 17:10:51 by mariomike »
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #169 on: February 19, 2016, 17:39:55 »
And merged again.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #170 on: February 24, 2016, 09:26:14 »
Lol!!! I know it's just a slip, but it's FUNNY!!!

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #171 on: February 25, 2016, 14:21:19 »
I did exactly this a few years back and it isn't an issue at all.

Loachman is right pick a unit in Waterloo don't waste anyone's with attach or transfer postings (which would happen if you applied for a unit that was based in Toronto).

All you have to do is call/email the unit and I say hi, I currently live in Toronto but I will be studying in Waterloo as of Sept 2016 and I am/not available for summer employment should it arise. . I want to join trade X. Then they will tell you no problem. You will likely have to travel to Waterloo (especially because you are applying as an officer) to do an interview/information session. The unit will then give you a letter, You then bring said letter to CFRC Toronto and they process your application as normal. Once your file is complete or September is looming closely tell CFRC Toronto to Transfer it CFRC Kitchener/Waterloo (not sure which it is but they will tell you) and the unit will either swear you in or you continue with your application.

Other Points:
- You may get a call (like i did) saying "uhh yeah we have an information session in 3 days we need you to be in City X for 19h. It may or may not happen but it could happen.
- If you chose to go back to Toronto for future summers make sure you tell your unit. Your unit will assume that you are taking the bus to CFB XYZ for the trade course from Waterloo but you need to either make arrangements for a POMV (Personal privately [1] owned military vehicle) approval or see if ops can get you on a bus from Toronto.) Either way the world wont end, but I'd suggest leaving your kit in your apartment should you go back home for future summers and then just take the GO Train to Kitchener and get on the bus with your friends.  (1st 2 summers I went home to my parents place, first summer I paid a buddy all of his meals, a 60 of whiskey and a 24 of beer to drive me the base and got my mom to pick me up when the course ended, the 2nd summer I left my kit in my apt and went back to my parents, when I got the call I got on a train to the city where I was studying and then got on the bus with all my friends form my unit.)
- Likewise if your file is processed and they can load you on a course for this summer make sure they realize (tell them again) that you are in Toronto not Waterloo.

Lastly, make sure INF O is the trade you want to do, transferring trades once you are in the reserves is a pain, and you have much more mobility as a civilian. (Nothing wrong with INF-O, just make sure that it is what you want)

If you have any other questions post here (if i don't reply pm me).

Cheers

Édit [1] : thanks Mario and George

So I would bring this letter from the Waterloo Regiment to CFRC Toronto, and then do BMQ in Toronto this summer? That would be ideal for me. I am currently in Waterloo because I am in first year university already, but I will only be going back to Toronto for April-August, then I will be back in Waterloo.

Thank you for the help and detailed post, much appreciated.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #172 on: February 25, 2016, 14:59:52 »
So I would bring this letter from the Waterloo Regiment to CFRC Toronto, and then do BMQ in Toronto this summer? That would be ideal for me. I am currently in Waterloo because I am in first year university already, but I will only be going back to Toronto for April-August, then I will be back in Waterloo.

Thank you for the help and detailed post, much appreciated.

Sorry I didn't realize you were already in Waterloo (I thought you were in Highschool) . You can bring it to CFRC Waterloo right now, the problem lies in  ''What happens if you don't get processed before you leave Waterlooo?'' In which case you could transfer it to CFRC Toronto or depending what is left it might be just ''easier'' to travel back to Waterloo for your remaining appointments (I haven't been in the recruiting system since they put it all online so I'm not sure how easy it to transfer these days).

If you get processed in time and there are spots for a basic, you will do basic with your unit in Waterloo (though likely not in Waterloo). This would be something to bring up to the recruiter when you go in.

''I'm available and would like to work this summer, assuming I am processed in time and there are spots on basic how would transportation work for me as for this summer I will be living in Toronto with my parents''.

You may run into similiar logistic problems that I did but once you get an apartment just leave your equipment in Waterloo should you go to Toronto for future summers. I'm not sure what the actually policy is on WRT to reservists taking a POMV or other transportation to and from and course because they don't currently live in the city where they parade during the year.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #173 on: April 17, 2016, 20:21:52 »
Hi,

I am currently completing an university undergrad in Computer Science and I am thinking of going for the reserve once I graduate (in about 1.5 year). I am thinking about applying as a Signal Officer (reserve) as their is a unit in my town (Ottawa).

As I am not (yet) ready to apply I have a few questions, but I don't really want to bother a recruiting office just yet. I'll wait until my graduation before "starting the process". I just thought I could get a few answer here for the time being.

So first, I was wondering what the training route for a signal officer. As I currently have a job lined-up after graduation, it will be unlikely for me to be able to leave for an extended period of time for training. Is it possible to do all the training during the week-end?

Is there any period of time that is better to apply? (early in September / after new year...)?

I was in the air cadets for 5.5 year (I left in December 2010) and reached the rank of staff sargent (equivalent to warrant officer). I have a good record of service (I have it it a sealed envelope as the CO told me to hold on it if I want to join the CF). I've heard from a friend (former cadet now in the CF) that it could give seniority & faster promotion. Is it still the case? (I've say a post on that before from this forum but it's dating & based on old DFAOs order).

How does the promotion work out in the reserve? Can I expect to be Lt. within 2-3 years, and captain within 6-7 years, or I have more chances getting a CD before making captain? (given I am not intending to be Mr. no show / 2Lt. ScrewUp)?

I have an amateur radio license (have working knowledge of Radio comms. / HF Radio / making antennas / currently learning morse / ...) is it something worth mentioning during hiring process?

Thank you,
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #174 on: April 17, 2016, 20:48:47 »
Welcome to Army.ca, TangoFoxtrot

I see by your profile that you have already begun to explore older threads. You should soon, if you have not already, stumbled across  http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,16735.0.html - into which I shall merge this thread shortly. Please continue to read through older threads, especially those stickied at the top of each forum, prior to asking more questions. Almost everything that you could think to ask has already been answered, often many times. As a bonus, you will likely find answers to questions that have not even occurred to you yet.

And speaking of stickied topics, note "READ FIRST" http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,115341.0.html in the "Ask a CAF Recruiter" Forum:

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