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Hey folks I am need of some advice, I have for several years been considering enlisting in the military but have always put it off for one reason or another. But recently I have realized that things in my life need to change and I've looked at enlisting again but have decided to give it a lot more thought and I am hoping any one who has enlisted can give me some advice or at least tell me what life is really like in the military.I should start off with that I am Canadian and I am looking at the army at the moment rather than the navy. What I am hoping to get out of enlisting at the moment is first to get me out of my rut that my life seems in hopefully get some help in getting a better education.My only fear at the moment is that I may have waited to long and may be to old to enlist as I am turning 38 this year.
Just be ready to lose most of the control of your life, at least for a short time. And be ready to relearn how you do many things you thought you knew how to do already!
Make sure and try to get into a field that interests you as well, and one that has a civilian application if things dont work out in the forces. I think older people do well when enlisting as they have more life experience and can take things much easier.My biggest advice is that if you are considering making it a career to retire from go Officer, not enlisted. Better pay while in and retired, and youll get to give the orders not recieve them lol
Indeed. Many people mistakenly believe that after basic training you're sent to your regiment and begin your trade but that's wrong. For armoured after your basic training which is already approx 13 weeks, you're sent to the Armoured School at CFB Gagetown for your DP1 which is another 13 week course. Then, depending on how the rules have changed since I was there, you usually have to work at the school for a few months before being sent out to your regiment. I'm not trying to discourage your choice and each trade is different as far as how long it takes to get through your trades training. I'm just trying to present an honest picture.
I cannot speak for knowing the Canadian Military, as I was in the U.S.A.F., but make sure you are joining for the right reasons... that you want to serve your country. Too many times I saw or met people(in all branches) that were doing it for only the educational assistance and those people (a lot of times, not always) usually have the horrible attitudes that really ruin it for everyone else. All that being said, and like Maligner said, be ready to do 'as your told' and be 'voluntold' for things. Not neccessarily a bad thing, but I consider my entire time in an enriching experience and would not have changed any of my decisions. No regrets. Go into it with discipline, honor and respect and you will do fine.Whatever you choose to do, we support you. We have many to have served and still currently do serve./salute
For me I joined armoured because I was armoured in the reserve force so by staying in the same trade I was able to transfer more of my time served over to Reg. Now that I'm here though I've submitted an Occupational Transfer to Clerk. Since having a kid I don't think armoured is whats good for my family anymore so the option to request an occupational transfer to a different trade is there. But there is a stigma behind changing and you aren't guaranteed to get it. Its definitely better off to make sure you made the right choice the first time. I can't answer too many questions in regards to the Officer corps but I am friends with a few in my regiment. I know that you have some sort of degree and according to the recruiting site there are various options including the Royal Military College. http://www.forces.ca/en/page/paideducation-96
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