Pros: free lunchs, range days where you get to learn to shoot weapons, wages plus bonuses, garuenteed full time summer employment every summer
Cons: long hours, occassional silly or down right odd instructions, mental and physical stress
When working with the Canadian Forces - you are a soldier/sailor or airman first. This means that you are taught how to shoot, throw grenades and do all other manner of fun things while getting paid for it.
On top of this you can select a trade such as cook, vehicle or weapons technician, clerk etc. This means you will be taught your trade (which can – more... transfer over into civilian life) and be paid for it!
As the Canadian Forces is run by the Department of National Defense, the management can sometimes be an issue but for the most part your higher ups will ensure that you are taken care of.
There are all kinds of people that work in the military and although you may not like each other or generally get along you are taught how to work as a team and push your own biases aside.
The hardest part of the job for me was pushing my limits both mentally and physically. I ended up releasing due to an injury that occurred while working with the military and it still causes me issues today.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the fact that I was being trained to do all of this and was not having to pay for it but was being paid to learn it. In addition to that it is one of the few jobs a 16 year old can get and make more than minimum wage. – less