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 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
Unit Operations Warrant Officer (Current Employee), Canadian Division Training Center Wainwright – December 30, 2014
Engineers trained at Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering are trained through their Engineering career, skills that progress from basic laborer to worksite supervisor. I am responsible for the planning, support and supervision of Military and Domestic operations in accordance with all safety and environmental directives regulated by the Federal and Provincial Government.
Electrical Generator Systems Technician (Current Employee), Trenton Ont – December 29, 2014
It is a great place to learn and be exposed to many different situations. It is a well oiled machine as far as structure and management. The hardest part of the job is not being able to plant roots, as you are subject to short notice deployments and moves. The most enjoyable part of the job would have to be the new experiences almost everyday.
ATIS Technician (Current Employee), Cold Lake, AB – December 10, 2014
Gave me the tools I needed to move forward, completed my contract. Personal values such as Family, relationship do not matter to the Military. they are important to me. I have to move on for my family and values and am pleased with my time served.
I am grateful of the training, and the experience. Personal circumstances dictate that I move closer to my daughter to maintain the relationship. The CAF continued to move me farther away without attempting to resolve the issue with me.
Infantry soldier (04-13) , Fire Fighter (Present) (Current Employee), Edmonton, AB – December 8, 2014
Pros: gym, full kitchen to cook your own meals
Cons: it can be long days when theres no calls...but no calls means its a good day for everyone.
My typical day at work is everyone knows there task and perform them on your own.If i'm not sure about the given tasks my co-workers are always there to help me out.The hardest part of my job is when theres a medical call you never know whats the situation of the patient before you arrive.The most enjoyable part of the job is the gym when you feel like working out.
Co-Driver (Current Employee), London Detachment – December 7, 2014
Pros: great working enviroment
Cons: being away from home for extended days.
While working for the forces as a co-driver i learned how to be a team player and how to grow as a team. in the forces we learn that it is not a individuals job the only way to have a strong forces is to work together in all aspects. When on duty i would go in and sit in a briefing room to learn the task at hand for the day. then i would group up with my section and find out what everybody strengths are and work in that manner. the management was great because everybody new what needed to be done and it was clearly communicated. the hardest part of being in the forces is the being away from home from time to time for weekends. The best part of being a member of the forces is the brotherhood bond that is made its one big happy family.
I have enjoyed my career in the Canadian Forces. I was fortunate to be employed as a reservist full time for over a decade. Due to recent cutbacks by the Federal Government, many reserve members of the Forces were scaled back to a part time status for half the year. This simply is not stable enough to live off of. Why not go into the Regular Force?. My wife has a very good career and it would not be fair for me to expect her to pack up every 3-4 years and search for another job in another area.
traveling the world serving my country has been a great expirence
Navel Weapons Tech and Fire Control Tech (Current Employee), Halifax, NS – November 19, 2014
Pros: seeing the world for free
Cons: 300+ days away from home most years
During my 11 years in the Canadian Forces I have been to 15 countries and over 100 cities in those countries. this has given me the ideal that Canada is the best place to live from the places I have been. It is time for me to move on, I am finding it harder to keep the same sailing schedule and see my children more. Having a fly in fly out job will allow me to spend more time with my kids.
Armored Crewman (Former Employee), Gagetown New Brunswick – November 14, 2014
Great career, great people and a great chance to make something out of yourself even with minimum education. Would recommend to anyone who wants a change of life and to see the world, as well as learn a trade on the governments payroll.
Productive and full of experiences that are enjoyable
Mechanic/Shop Supervisor (Current Employee), Comox, BC – November 6, 2014
Pros: the ability to run my own section, benefits and pension
Cons: cost of living versus the salary
A typical day of work would start with 1 hour of physical exercise. After this we would move into working on vehicles, organizing workloads and ordering parts. The management above me was very observant and would take recommendations on how to improve work safety and how to decrease downtime of a vehicle. We would have weekly meetings to discuss all of these points and give updates. My co-workers were dedicated to getting the jobs completed in a safe and timely manner. The hardest part of the job was being deployed to the field and waiting on parts to arrive but this was usually the funnest time as you did other things to allow an individual grow into a leader.
Corporal - Tank Crewman (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – November 2, 2014
Pros: paid time off in the summer and winter
Cons: away from home
Most of the people you work with are like family. Unfortunately the pay isn't great for your commitment to training and the field. Family life was great when home, but I was away for most of the year on training.