How can you serve Canada? How can you become a better citizen?
Maybe you are unemployed or need a second income?
Why haven’t you joined the Canadian Armed Forces Army Reserve? It is no ordinary job.
Maybe you have thought about it BUT have excuses…
- “I don’t like “taking orders” or being told what to do.”
In reality, regardless of your position in any company, there is always somebody telling you what to do. It may be a supervisor, manager, company policy, provincial/federal regulation, law, etc. The list is endless. “To be a good Leader, you need to be a good Follower.” The Leader leads by following the various rules, regulations and drills that have been established. Once you receive the military Trades and Leadership training, it will be you that ensures that your soldiers are following the rules.
- “I couldn’t take somebody “yelling at me”.”
What you see on TV or the movies is simply for drama. Not that it never happens but this isn’t Hollywood.
- “I can’t meet the fitness requirements.”
The Canadian Armed Forces Reserve follows the same Physical Fitness Standard as the Regular Force however, as the Reserve are a part-time organization, the onus is placed on you to maintain a level of fitness. The new FORCE Test (look it up on U-Tube) has been created to better match the types of movements that a soldier will most often be required to perform. It is not easy but it certainly isn’t difficult. Challenge yourself.
- “I cannot live on that pay.”
You aren’t meant to. As with any new job, the pay is proportional to your amount of experience and position. The more Trade and Leadership Courses that you complete, the more likely that you will be promoted and provided with additional responsibilities and expectations. As you increase your experience and rank, you will receive additional pay. The Reserve are meant to be an income in addition to your regular Monday to Friday job and often the income is used by students to offset tuition and living expenses throughout their education. There are also Dental Benefits, Provincial Health Care Premium reimbursements, Education Allowances, no cost accommodations & meal allowances, field pay, temporary duty allowances and more.
Plus! We can guarantee that for the first 4 summers that you are a member of the Reserve, you will be provided with full-time employment (if you are available) completing training or assisting with courses for other soldiers. It is not mandatory at all but if you are attending University, College or a Technical School, we can help you with the costs by providing you with employment, meals and accommodations.
- “I don’t want to go to war.”
The Canadian Armed Forces are a voluntary organization meaning that you are not forced to serve. As a Reservist, you will not be relocated (posted) to another province or city and you will not be deployed (domestically or internationally). To be involved with a Domestic Operation, you can participate according to your availability (civilian employment, family commitments, etc.). To participate in an international operation (UN, NATO and Humanitarian Relief), you apply for a position and are screened for compatibility. If you meet the criteria, you receive training and are deployed accordingly.
Then why join?
Every soldier had their own reason for joining the Reserve Forces. Some may have been simple like needing a second income or to throw hand grenades. Some may have been more detailed like to receive free Trades Training (Vehicle Technician, Cook, Mobile Support Equipment Operator, etc.) that could be used toward their education or full-time income. Maybe an Uncle or Father or Grandmother served in uniform at some period and they wanted to share that experience or to experience a military deployment in a faraway country. There are a multitude of reasons but you need to find your own. Besides the income & benefits, besides the comradery & friends you will make, besides the training & experience, many join the Armed Forces to be a part of a very large and proud community that has been serving to protect Canada and her interests for over 100 years. To represent Canada in uniform is not something that can be described. It needs to be experienced.
The Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve is an organization that will train and push you beyond the limits that you are used to or comfortable with. It is not like what you see on TV or in the movies. Your body and mind will naturally resist but a large portion of the training is to help you adapt and adjust to the new challenges. The Basic Training Course is developed for you to succeed but you have to want to be successful. To assist civilian emergency services during a crisis (eg, floods, forest fires, ice storms, etc.) and to prepare for more dangerous environments (eg, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ukraine, etc.), it is critical to your safety and the people around you that you understand the drills and are able to execute them without question by improving your technical physical skills and by strengthening your mental capacity.
“Why not join?” should be the question. Challenge yourself. Challenge your limits.
41 Service Battalion, based in Edmonton and Calgary, is Alberta’s Army Reserve Combat Service Support (CSS) Unit. We provide inter-Unit support to all the Reserve Units in Alberta in Transport (Mobile Support Equipment Operators), Food Services (Cook), Pay & Human Resources Administration (Resource Management System Clerks), Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance (Vehicle Technicians), Firearms Maintenance (Weapons Technician), and Supply & Warehousing (Supply Technician). CSS provides all Logistics Management (Logistics Officer) and Equipment Maintenance Management (Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Officer). We are also active members of the Alberta community, supporting youth and veteran organizations through voluntary fundraising and participation (Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Youth Empowerment Support Services/Youth Emergency Shelter Society, Habitat for Humanity, Dianne and Irving Kipnes Centre for Veterans, Valour Place, etc.).
Positions Currently Open:
Mobile Support Equipment Operators
Cook (only a couple of spots left)
Supply Technician (only a couple of spots left)
Want to know more? Please visit our website at www.41service.com. We are conducting our next Information Brief on the 7th of Feb 2018 at 7:15 p.m. at the LCol Philip L. Debney Armoury at 8403 Roper Road in Edmonton, AB (just off the Whitemud Freeway). You are free to see the presentation and ask any questions. Please message me with your name, e-mail address and phone number if you would like to attend. Attendance is not mandatory however, if you are truly interested, it is very highly recommended.
This is the first of many steps. This is real. If you are not really interested, then please do not complete the Application. If you aren’t ready to fulfill the enrolment requirements, then please do not do anything. If you are not prepared to wear a uniform, work a part-time job and continuously train and work toward becoming a Reserve soldier, then this is not for you and please move on. The Reserves is not looking for people that do not want to put any effort into anything or have a low desire to succeed. If that is you, please do not apply.