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Challenging, very structured
Armoured soldier (Current Employee), Gagetown, NBNovember 13, 2013
Pros: serving our country, great benefits and good pay.
Cons: long hours, physicly and emotionaly demanding, no choice where/when you will go, dangerous deployments
Typical day begins at 05;30 with PT, then shower, dress, breakfast and begin the workday. Some days are learning in a classroom or practicing drill while other days (or weeks) are out in the field working long hours during the day/night. A soldier is always on call to deploy to anywhere there is a conflict/war or natural disaster.
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good experince
Infantry Rifleman (Current Employee), Toronto, ONOctober 23, 2013
this job is not for everybody,its more of a lifeystyle change than anything
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Corporal (Former Employee), EdmontonOctober 21, 2013
Pros: lots of action, rappel tower, ranges, travelling, pay and job security etc
Cons: long hours, politics, training in harsh conditions sometimes, but you deal with it, but mainly being away for long periods off and on again
Depends on the day and year, sometimes fast 1 day tarining excercises, with prep work and away we would go and execute our training plan for the day i e a range day or rappel tower etc And obviously for a three excercise it would involve way more prep work and a longer duration of orders and packing kit and actually doing the training for a longer excercise – more... or preping for an over seas deployment – less
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Military, environment
Officer (Former Employee), all accross CanadaOctober 20, 2013
Pros: security and many life experiences
Cons: politics
Many good opportunities, hard cultural component hard work, long hours,
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There was a war going on and they needed people so I joined up but now that the war is over it's time to move on.
Combat Engineer (Former Employee), EdmontonOctober 19, 2013
Pros: getting paid to further my education and work on my physical fitness.
Cons: not enough money to train more
A typical day at work involved physical training, working in a hazmat area, POL compound, in and around the regiment doing various tasks. I learned a lot in the army about teamwork, traditions and values and picked up a lot of skills when it comes to combat and stressful times and how to work through lots of difficult situations. Whenever we're training – more... we take turns in leadership positions organizing anywhere from 5 guys to 60 guys to get them to work together to accomplish the mission. I got to see what happens to people when they are pushed way beyond their comfort level and how to help them cope with it and at the end of the day succeed. The hardest part of the job was by far getting people to work together no matter how hard the situation presented to us was. The most enjoyable part of my job was when the mission was accomplished and we got to go home and see our families. – less
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Dynamic work environment with a variety of challenges
Intelligence Officer (Former Employee), Kingston, ONOctober 16, 2013
The CF had a dynamic work place but at times was unable to see other options. Very often there would only be one acceptable way to solve a problem when there were a variety of options that would have been more efficient or logical. At times communication would break down because there were very few people assigned to a task that was much too large for – more... them, resulting in a backlog of paperwork. This backlog could be anywhere from 6 months to 3 years resulting in non-payment of benefits to members. – less
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Great life skills
Infantry Soldier (Current Employee), North Bay, ONOctober 13, 2013
Pros: great tasking choices for part time summer employment
Cons: long hours, sleep deprivation
I enjoy serving with the Canadian Forces because it is both challenging and rewarding. Work will vary from day to day and you will be able to gain self integrity, respect and motivation to keep your drive. Learning all of the weapon systems as well as being qualified on all forms of military transport vehicles are just some key elements infantry soldiers – more... learn. Great environment to promote teamwork as well as fitness. – less
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Excellent
Aviation System Technician (Former Employee), Cold Lake, ABOctober 9, 2013
Excellent experience. The best 10 years of my life. Travelled the world while getting paid.
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Productive and Enthusiastic
Lifeguard Coordinator & Swim Training Coordinator (Former Employee), Gagetown, NBOctober 8, 2013
Responsible for supervision, training and administration; as well as supervising Lifeguards in the performance of their duties and prepares PERs accordingly. Manages a guard duty schedule for the lifeguards at pool and waterfront sites; Monitors instruction for improvement of instructional technique and adherence to the training plan. Coordinating pool – more... times and swim schedule times; and performs guard duty at pool or beachfront sites as required. – less
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Low pay, great benefits and job security
Marine Engineering Systems Operator (Current Employee), Calgary, ABOctober 3, 2013
Low pay, great benefits and job security.

Days at work can be wildly different in different locations across Canada and the world. Can be spent in an office drinking coffee, or in a dark forest on patrol.
The chain of command manages everything.
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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, ONSeptember 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 is followed after physical training. recital classes are required, usually following up on previous courses taken, new courses are also available – more... 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
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exciting job, when you do more before 0900 am that some people do in a day.
Training Master Warrant Officer (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MBSeptember 14, 2013
After close to 38 years in the Army full and part-ime now, I have relly enjoyed my time. I has give me the opportunity to travel and serve my country around the world. the Army has provided me with with excellent disciplin nd work ethic that Iam sure are very valuable assets for a civilian organisation or company.
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Great job stability and benefits. But new experiences await.
Resource Management Support Clerk (Current Employee), Vancouver, BCSeptember 13, 2013
Working with the Canadian Forces has been a great experience. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and see things that I never would have been able to otherwise. The training that I have received was exceptional and highly useful in a multitude of different situations. I have learned how to be an effective leader, a reliable employee and a – more... skilled administrative professional.
Over the last five years, I have had the good fortune of working with some of the best, most dedicated soldiers in our forces and have made life long friends all over the country.
The hardest part of the job would be the long hours and the sometimes undesirable postings. The most enjoyable is having the ability to serve my country and help those who are not in a position to help themselves.
At this point, I feel that it is time for me to move on to a different challenge, and work with the Military on a more part time basis. – less
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Intense, challenging and multi-dimentional place to work.
Medical Assistant/Air Evac Specialist (Former Employee), Comox, BCSeptember 13, 2013
Pros: good holidays, good chances for training and good wages.
Cons: potential for emergency call out on a moments notice.
I learned a great deal about aero-medical evacuation, patient communications, patient assessment, presentations and providing ongoing training for superiors and peers alike.

The hardest part of the job was being on call and providing emergency response for the air field.

The most enjoyable part of the job was working with the patients and with the – more... other staff on site. – less
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Excellent experience, pleasure to serve
Major, Health Services Operations Officer (Former Employee), OttawaSeptember 11, 2013
Pros: outstanding experience, learning environment
Cons: moving often, family suffers when you are away
After a 26 year career where I started as a private and was sponsored through University to become and officer, I can honestly say that it is one of the best places to work in the world. Work life balance is almost impossible if you want to progress, and it gets worst as you move up in rank. Still, excellent employer overall.
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One of top 100 Employers in the country
Chief Instructor (Current Employee), Borden, ONSeptember 9, 2013
The Canadian Forces has provided me with a diverse and highly skilled ability to manage personnel, high-tech equipment and budgets. I have rounded of the experience with sponsored formal education programs in OH&S and Emergency Management.

My particular skills were in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defence training (CBRN) as well as – more... Navigation and Communications/cryptology. – less
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Good Place to work
Training Officer (Current Employee), Burlington, ONSeptember 5, 2013
I work with Cadets, they meet once a week and have summer training in the summer. I do the drill team, along with some weekend work.
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Challenging and rewarding work environment
Marine Engineer Technician (Current Employee), Halifax, NSSeptember 3, 2013
Pros: travel the world
Cons: not knowing your schedule from one day to the next
Looking for a position with the offshore sector to further my engineering knowledge
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Hardest thing I have done in my life so far.
Cook (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MBAugust 29, 2013
Pros: great pay and benefits
Cons: tendency to move around a lot, a lot of unknowns.
During my time with the military I have had the chance to work with great accomplished chefs. I have learned to make a lot of products from scratch due to the great development from my leaders. A typical day at work can range from feeding anywhere from 100 to 350 people on a busy day in a cafeteria style setting. Most enjoyable part of the job is putting – more... out great quality food for our diners. – less
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Fun
Naval W ENG Tech (Current Employee), Halifax, NSAugust 28, 2013
Best career out there. Have fun while working, stay in shape, very secure, awesome benefits.

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