Very cohesive work environment with exploration geographically
Infantry (Current Employee) – Wainwright, Alberta – 9 January 2014
The Department of National Defence (DND) trains you from the ground up guiding you every step of the way. It allows for plenty of time to keep your body and mind in excellent shape. I have experienced many courses, cultures, and self realizations over my time in the military. The most enjoyable thing about DND is the people you meet and work with throughout your career and the connections you maintain with those people. One downfall to DND would be the time spend away from your family for very extended or even unknown periods of time.
All in all, the Canadian Armed Forces just ended up not being the career for me, but that doesn't mean it is not the career for someone else.
Infantry Soldier (Current Employee) – Petawawa, ON – 19 August 2017
A fast paced environment with tons of training. You will learn to be a competent soldier that can move, shoot, and communicate as a base line, and learn how to perform in a small and large team. You learn how to operate many different weapons and learn many tactics on defence, offence, and many other types of operations.
Communicator Research Operator (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 11 August 2017
This career was by far the most interesting. It took my to many places and I saw many things. Overseas deployment was tough, but that's part of the job. The camaraderie made you feel like you were part of a great family.
Great place to get an education and learn some life skills, ie leadership. But if you are not good at taking orders or find that you have to listen to people who outrank you but don't know their jobs very well, this may not be the place for you.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 8 August 2017
DND is a great place to gain experience - especially as a student. They teach you workplace skills that are essential to any student looking to expand their knowledge outside of the academic environment.
While I appreciate the education and qualifications I received through the Canadian Armed Forces, the lack of work life balance and negative impact the culture had on me made it difficult for me to stay in this career. I was very prepared for military life however the culture surprised and worried me, therefore I chose to pursue other avenues.
Respectable environment with opportunities for advancement
Records Management Specialist (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 4 August 2017
One of the best professional environment, where discipline and time management were high priorities. Every operation ran smoothly on time because each and every staff member was expected to perform their duties on strict schedules. Staff were all friendly and always helpful. What I enjoyed the most about this work experience was how everyday was a learning experience; there were a lot of career opportunities within Human Resources department so, senior staff/management encouraged me to exploit all the possibilities .
Collisions investigator (Current Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 4 August 2017
A great opportunity to learn a new trade and a great chance to travel the world. Excellent chance of advancement and pay. Start with 20 days paid leave to 25 days after 5 years. Medical and dental are paid.
A challenging and rewarding occupation that leads to personal growth as an individual and team leader.
Field Engineer (Former Employee) – Gagetown, NB – 2 August 2017
I completed 11 years and 162 days of eligible service with the CAF and obtained many courses that the civilian sector did not offer. Many of the skills do transfer well to civilian life with the right attitude.