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Joining The Canadian Army  
User currently offlineWJV04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 582 posts, RR: 4
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

Hello, im 17 years old, and to make it short and sweet, i love the military. Im i have a huge interest in ww2 history and stuff like that. I served in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and loved it.

However, right now in my life, i need to get away, (i have major girl problems, and other problems) and its the only way for me to do something positive and also kinda escape every weekend and get my mind off of things.

I got to thinking one day that i should join the army, well the army reserves (as im pursuing a carrer in flying). So i have all the forms filled out, and im applying to be a armoured soldier, but i also got to thinking, is it for me?
Im doing it because i want a job where i can have lots of fun, with out being exposed to close minded teenagers as there are so many where I live. I know that if needed i would serve my country, but doing it for fun, is it the right thing to do?.

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29693 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

Well I can't speak for Forces Canada but I would say that if you aren't sure what you want to do right out of high school, there are a lot worse choices then joining the services of your respective country.




OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineRai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

I’m looking at your profile and see that you were born in California. So, are a Canadian citizen or not? I don’t know if you have to be Canadian to serve in the Canadian military, but for the U.S. armed forces you don’t have to be.

Anyways, when I was living in Canada I was in the Army Cadets for a short time while in high school. I guess my experience wasn’t like yours and I didn’t like it to much. My friend loved it and I think he’s in the military right now.

Going into the military is a big decision because you’ll be sent to places where you don’t want to go. You might end up in, say, Northern Ontario or Northern Alberta when you do your service rather than a big city. Don’t forget that you might even be stationed somewhere where there’s a lot of conflict, especially with all the tension going on in the world today.

I’ve never been in the military, but I know people who have served (both the U.S. and Canadian). Boot camp is no joke and is serious right from the get go. Most people who have served have told me that it’s really only worth it if you seriously love your country otherwise it can be pretty miserable. A lot of people go pay for their college education, which isn’t a bad idea, but you usually have to commit for a few years after you complete your degree. My dad’s friend did that with the Air Force and he couldn’t wait to get out of the military after he was done his PhD. That was him though.

If you’re looking to get flight training through the military, bare in mind that you might not necessarily be chosen for that role. Remember, you’re under their control after you enlist and if they thing scrubbing toilets is for you, then you’re gonna have to do it and do it with a smile.

I thought about joining the military after college (both U.S. and Canadian), but decided against it because I just don’t like that kind of discipline and don’t respond too well to authority. Also, if I joined the Canadian military, I would have lost my U.S. citizenship. You might want to look into that (I’m assuming you’re a U.S. citizen as well). Maybe things have changed since then, but I don’t know.

If this is something you really want to do, then do the research on your own and don’t let some recruiter pester you into joining. They’re annoying and won’t stop harassing you until you give them a firm answer either way.


User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

As I told Sam who joined the IDF this week- serve honorably and safely.

Give em hell!


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29693 posts, RR: 59
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

I had asked the question earlier if service in Forces Canada led to Canadian citizenship, like service in the US military lead to US citizenship.

Never really got a clear answer on that.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

"Going into the military is a big decision because you’ll be sent to places where you don’t want to go."

"Boot camp is no joke"

Nah, he's just going into the Reserves. Big grin

LY744.



Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineOH-LZA From Finland, joined Jun 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

I think you're lucky NOT being forced to national service.

In Finland we have it, and most people choose the military.

There is a Civilian Service alternative, but most Finns are so narrow-minded that they probably consider you a very bad person. Another thing is that Civilian Service takes 395 days, military service, on the other hand, will only take 180 day, unless you choose to specialize.

Also, the army in Finland is tougher than in other countries due to our cold climate.

Some employers may even decide to reject your application, even though it otherwise would be the best, because of you being a civilian servant!

In my opinion, Finland isn't fully integrated to the western world yet...

Alex


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

Canada has an army???????
To defend what?
 Smile

Canada=the loft above the US
(but we love you guys...)


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

Good choice in taking the Canadian Army over the Canadian Navy. I think the slots for there 3 steamers are all full anyway.  Big grin

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

" I think the slots for there 3 steamers are all full anyway."

There should be plenty of slots opening up in the leaky, previously enjoyed subs once (if) they get back to port.

LY744.



Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13044 posts, RR: 78
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Be aware that it may not all be training in Canada, troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Kosovo.

User currently offlineWJV04 From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 582 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

keep in mind guys im joining the reserves, not full time active status.

User currently offlineUSAir767 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

It seems to me like i am the only one on this website in the US military so I will give you the truth short and sweet, I'm not gonna bullshit you allright I was like you 17 and I joined the navy straght out of high school went to boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill then i went to school in Pensacola, FL now I am stationed in Bremerton, WA on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 well first of all if you are looking to travel you will get plenty of it and plenty women, if you are looking for money dont even think about it me as an Seaman Recruit (E-1) soon to be Seaman Apprentace (E-2) after deductions I make $800 a month, think about this for risking your life 24/7/365 for 4 years this money aint worth it so dont do it for the money and its hard work, out to sea you work over 12 hours a day for 7 days straght but it gets better when you make petty officer, it is worth signing up for the 4 years its been hell of a experience even with the little they pay us I am loving every minute of the Navy.


P.S if anybody has questions about the Navy or my experiences dont hesatate to ask, or e-mail me at rkasior@yahoo.com


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