A satisfying personal achievement, a learning experience on value and honor, a sense of sel worth, self discipline and duty of service for my country.
Infantryman/driver for armored vehicle, LAV111 (Current Employee), Petawawa, ON – September 25, 2013
Pros: good pay, with security, pleny of oppertunity for advancement
Cons: away from family, prone to injury for obvious reasons
a typical day at work would be early morning physical training with your platoon usually lasting about an hour, alternating different exercises on a daily basis, maintenance of weapons and military vehicle – more... is followed after physical training. recital classes are required, usually following up on previous courses taken, new courses are also available to you. your constantly working with a platoon size group of 15 to 20 each having an opportunity to take charge, learning all there is to know about leadership. the most rewarding part of the job is putting together all the skills and knowledge about the job and executing it when a situation is presented. – less
Avionics Technician, Flight line Supervisor. (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – August 25, 2015
Pros: Extreemely diverse work.
Cons: Sometimes limited promotions and postings.
They provided a wonderful world class adventure. There are a large variety of aircraft to work on so the experience gained is by far the best opportunity to learn aircraft. The hardest part is the sometimes difficult environmental work conditions. They can also be the most rewarding for personal pride of accomplishment.
always something new, I have learned all of what makes me today. Management never asked you to do something they were not willing to do or have done themselves. my co-workers; I would consider brothers. Hardest part of this job was leaving my family. The best part of this job was being able to help people and protect our freedom as Canadians.
Artillerymen (Private) (Current Employee), Woodstock, NB – August 5, 2015
Pros: THEY FEED YOU, AND YOU CAN RETIRE EARLY!
Cons: YOU COULD DIE!
IF YOU LIKE STRUCTURE, IF YOU LIKE BE YELLED AT, THEN THIS JOB IS FOR YOU! WANNA STAY UP TILL 2AM CLEANING YOUR RIFLE AFTER A DAY OF MARCHING AROUND LIKE AN IDIOT! THEN JOIN! WANNA SEE A BUNCH OF MASOCHIST – more... PUNISH THEMSELVES WHILE THEY PUNISH YOU! THEN JOIN! THIS JOB IS GREAT, I LOVE BEING A GRUNT IN THE MILITARY! I'M GOING TO BE A PRIVATE FOREVER! I LOVE GETTING THE SAME $90 A DAY WHETHER I WORK 6 HOURS OR 24 HOURS! – less
The life of working for NPF side of the CF is full of politics and disorganization. You get treated as if you are in the army and expected to commit your life to them, just as the soldiers do. There – more... is no end to your work day, as you are expected to eat, breathe and sleep about your work. Don't expect to have much of a family life, or work life balance. There are smoke and mirrors around this. Training and support is dismal at best. If you choose to work here, your eyes will be opened wide after you have been there at least 6 months. – less
Instructor for The Canadian Armed Forces (Current Employee), Borden, ON – June 29, 2015
Pros: 24+ paid days off per year
Cons: sometimes missions keep you away from family for long periods of time
The Candadian Forces is a demanding fast paced place to work. This institution is not for everyone. This Job requires you to have a sence of duty and honour and love of your country. The hardest part – more... of the job is leaving kids and wife and family when required to do missions the "average" person would never get out of bed for...takes courage and conviction of duty.
seeing the world, getting 24 days off + per year to spend with friends and family – less
Very good place to work with a lot of security and pride
Supply Technician (Former Employee), Oromocto, NB – May 21, 2015
Pros: Pride, job security, pension, very good benefits, seeing many parts of the world
Cons: extended periods away from family
As a member of the Canadian Forces my day varied all the time. Most mornings started with PT (Physical Training) but many days included other training, both domestic and also in preparation for upcoming – more... deployments. I could be working in one of many warehouses one day and be out on the ranges throwing grenades and firing weapons the next. What I learned is that every job I've ever experienced is most successful when you can 100% rely on the people around you that you work with. Management was critical. Most "managers" were very good at their jobs and learned to "lead by example". Most of my co-workers were incredible to work with and I trusted them completely with my safety in some very unsafe environments and situations. The hardest part of my job was the regular long periods away from my family and feeling like I was missing out on my kids lives. The most enjoyable part of the job was the feeling of pride. Feeling like I was a part of something bigger than myself, and the ability to "do my part" on the world stage to represent my country. – less
Clerk (Former Employee), Kingston, ON – May 20, 2015
Before my injury it would be an early morning run, followed by exercise either outside or at the gym. We would then learn new things daily and perfect other skills that we had already learned. All of this – more... was in a very high paced environment where you had to work well both as an individual and a team member. Once I was unable to perform the physical requirements of the career my work day consisted of filing content sensitive data, completing orders for the entire base in regards to all of the reading materials they used, banners, books, business cards, etc While I was unable to complete the physical requirements of the profession, my mind remains just as sharp as ever, if not better. This is not to say that I am handicapped in any way shape or form. – less
Armoured Recce Soldier (Current Employee), Toronto, ON. – May 6, 2015
Pros: Many life skills and disciplins achieved.
Cons: Difficult to make time for along with civilian life.
As an Armoured Recce Soldier within the reserves for just over a year i'v gained excellent leadership, ability to work with others, organisational, communication, ability to work under stress, and technical – more... skills. The average days at work can be from a mere evening parade night of 3.5 hours spent maintaining equipment and participating in in class theory and practical skills to living out in the wilderness up to a couple of weeks training within our units in high intensity, fast paced, extremily disciplined enviornments with little to no sleep from days at a time.I work with great people all equally driven to serve ones country who offer support. The hardest part of the job for me personally is balancing it with civilian life and going through schooling. The most enjoyable part of this job for me is being abe to fulfill a chidhood dream of serving my country and obtaining life long skills in the process. – less
Boatswain (Current Employee), Halifax, NS – May 1, 2015
There is no such thing as a typical day when employed by the Canadian Armed Forces which is one of the reasons for joining. A day could involve working on the ship alongside in Halifax or being deployed – more... to sea for any period of time. The hardest part of my employment within the Forces would have to be the long period away from loved ones when deployed, however, knowing that we are helping the world while representing Canada makes the sacrifice worthwhile. – less