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Very Demanding work environment,

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Canadian Military provides a platform for members to develop skills, receive in-depth training and opportunities not available within the civil community. Working within the military environment is high stress, physically and personally demanding with long hours and time away from family.The process for advancement is guarded by an old boys network where it is who you know, if you fit within their profile, whether you are liked or disliked.

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Develops Character, Honesty, Integrity, self esteem

Cons

Old Boys Group
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Unprofessional company

Was treated very unfairly by higher chain of command. Forced out and forced to retire early with no just cause. Pay should be better for what you do. Major backstabbing to get promoted. If you try your best they fail you at your job. You play their game but they dont play fair back, like to twist their own rules. Never will be apart of this government agency ever again. Do not bother joining unless you want a ruined life.

Pros

Nothing

Cons

The whole shimmazle
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Ok place to work

I wanted to switch trades after I didn't want my former job and it became a nightmare. They said the trade was lock. Some training course are fun and rewarding but can be a pain if you get a stick trainer

Pros

Free lunches once in awhile

Cons

On call all the time. Hour can vary from early to late
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Uhh

I got yelled at a lot? Not a big fan. The money and pension is nice but the strain on your mental health and body isn’t. I left because in reg force they talk to you and treat you like you’re the scum of the earth. Apparently once you’re out of training they’re nice to you.

Pros

Pension

Cons

Verbal and mental abuse
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Incredible place to work, lots of opportunities for advancement and higher learning

Working with the Canadian Armed Forces will give you back whatever you put into it. If you work hard and pay attention and constantly strive for better jobs/career advancement opportunities. They will then put you on the track to achieve your goals and help you along the way. It can be a very physically and mentally demanding job at times, but it is also extremely rewarding.

Pros

Great benefits, great pay, the best learning opportunities available

Cons

Long hours (especially during training), can be very physically and mentally demanding at times
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Bon

En général c'est de tres bonne expérience. L'experience est totalement différente entre la réserve et régulier. en temps que régulier, il faut faire pas mal de sacrifice.
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Helping environment

Great atmosphere. The people were very friendly and more than helpful when getting answers to questions. Highly recommend the work environment. Would return in a second if offered a contract.
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Good environment

It can be very colleaugial environment.Work is challenging therefore requires educated and knowledgeable individual.Management is very difficult to work with. Very demanding, not interested in help and assistance.

Pros

Collaborative work

Cons

Rarely being heared by management
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Great place to learn new skills and build lifelong relationships

Great place to learn new skills and build lifelong relationships. Working for the Canadian Armed Forces was one of the best experiences of my life. You participate in tactical army exercises, how do use weapons as well as how to be a part of an effective platoon.

Pros

Excellent life skills

Cons

Can take you away from home
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You get out of it what you put into it

I had no idea what to do with my life, Dad served, gave it a try. I made great lifelong friends, the pay starts low, but is eanough to buy booze and smokes. Great way t see the world, lots of opportunities, if you can stay out of trouble you have unlimited opportunities. It has gotten very PC, very woke, hopefully that will end and go back to being a fun place to work.

Pros

Free food, cheap booze

Cons

no personal life, no work life balance
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Challenging, rewarding, low stress followed by short periods of high stress

As long as you are not lazy or stupid, the work environment for the majority of the time is relaxed and fun. You work shoulder to shoulder with friends every day. Bmq and bmq L are stressful (theyre designed that way) but once youve completed them training falls more into the casual approach until they amp back up later on for leadership courses.

Pros

Lots

Cons

A few
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Enrichissant et traumatisant à la fois

Vous aurez acc√®s a des activit√©s vous ne pourrez faire nullepart ailleurs. Faire des tours d'h√©licopt√®re, avoir des cours et faire de l'escalade, tirer avec des armes automatiques, camping hivernal. Vous allez apprendre a travailler en √©quipe avec tr√®s peu d'heures de semaine (3-5 heures de sommeil parfois par jour.) Vous allez devenir plus travaillant, plus en forme et plus disciplin√©. Vous allez √™tre fier de r√©aliser des activit√©s difficiles.Point n√©gatif: trop d'emphase sur le cirage de bottes et les parades plut√īt que le combat . Forte chances d'√™tre harcel√© psychologiquement par des coll√®gues ou certains sup√©rieurs a un moment ou un autre de sa carri√®re. Beaucoup de gens immature. Les plus influents dirigent et non pas n√©cessairement les plus sage et les plus intelligent... Le gros bon sens n'est pas toujours appliqu√©.

Pros

faire des activités qu'il faut payer d'habitude. Escalade, Tirer armes a feu, hélicoptère, embarquer dans des véhicules lourdes

Cons

peu d'heures de sommeil (3-5h), possibilité d'harcèlement, immaturité
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Don't do it.

Find a job literally ANYWHERE else. I spent eleven years in this organization before I woke up and realized how poor our working conditions and compensation are (vehicle tech with multiple red seals). Most of the leadership is toxic and will work you into the dirt just to make themselves look good. Don't do it.

Pros

Job security

Cons

Surrounded by less than knowledgeable people who think they know everything, Toxic leadership, Zero accountability.
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A great first job or career.

A great first job, or career. The first 3 years are the hardest, after that you'll have a good idea if this is the right choice for you.During that time you'll be stretched as a person,. After that you'll find where you fit in and how you can contribute to the team. Your profession through the ranks is based on merit, ability, and potential depending on force structure.

Pros

Pay, benefits, vacation time, pension, travel

Cons

Time away from family, shift work
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Constantly learning

Canadian Forces is an excellent life like no other job. Travel and live in different provinces and countries. Always able to learn more . Constant stimulation of the mind and body depending on career choice. Easy to complete several years with a great pension. Low cost housing for both single and families.

Pros

Always learning new things

Cons

It is not a regular job
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Fun and advencheres

Taking part in activities was fun as a group effort.Learning new skills and working with people who can teach.Helping others in work-related skills to go that extra mile.
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Management was great just not enough to keep me busy

Dep of national defense was an ok place to work at . The pay was lower than expected and it was hard to keep up with the bills . There was also a lack of work and it became a game of show up and go hide .. I did not like that

Pros

Lots of activities and family time

Cons

Lots of activities and family tome
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Awesome

Life is an adventure in the CAF. Wear a uniform, lots of training, great friends, great managers, take care of their people. equal rights, hard work, play hard.

Pros

Career progression

Cons

Long wait times for training
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Great learning environment

Definitely an essential job in this uncertain time we live in! The military offers structure and independence and tools that can be used post military applied to every job.
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Parfait

J ai adoré mon expérience dans les fac , vraiment dommage que je n ai pas rester longtemps

Pros

Mise en forme, très bon esprit d équipe, bcp possibilité d emploi etc

Cons

Aucun
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Family is what it is, i have been in NAVY and Air Force...approx 25 year

Good pay, flexible jobs, something different with each posting, your a member of the entire family. With that families also have good and bad points. See the country through posting, see the world through taskings

Pros

Changing job descriptons, meeting and working with new people, job has a purpose
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