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This career will help you discover yourself
Warrant Officer (Former Employee) –  Canada16 August 2018
I joined when I was 18 years old and went through basic training with no previous military experience. This job took a young boy and turned him into a man with learning discipline, organization, teamwork, confidence, service to Canada. You will learn to live in austere conditions and also have the opportunity to travel the world in both service and when you get time off. The pay and benefits are very good and the pension is also very good. I would highly recommend the Canadian Armed Forces to any young person looking to start out in their lives. The Forces also has many military to civilian transition careers as well (dentists, doctors, firefighters,) and will also pay for your education and all you have to do is give some service time back for repayment.
This is one of the best jobs going!
Pros
Leadership, Loyalty, Travel, Confidence, benefits, stabiltiy
Cons
Overseas deployments, long training days and away from home a lot
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Great Co-op experience
Service Desk Analyst (Current Employee) –  Borden, ON15 August 2018
I had the pleasure to work with the national desktop support team for the CJRC, working within the RCSU, over the summer of 2018. During my Co-op placement with this team, I had the opportunity to be involved in several projects that made a difference for the rollout of one of many summer camp programs for the Cadets. All while learning about the structure and best practices used to assist in the maintenance of this enterprise level organization. I am very grateful to the team as a whole for their patience, time and guidance through this learning process.
Pros
Great look into the support structure of a national level government organization.
Cons
None worth mentioning.
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Overall a Good Place to work
Infantry Officer (Current Employee) –  Hamilton, ON15 August 2018
There is not necessarily a typical day because every job in the Forces is different. As an Infantry Officer there was a mix between office and field work. All of the courses it requires to join are tough and rquire you to be fit.
Pros
Time to workout, good pay, benefits, pension
Cons
Extended periods away from home, long hours
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lost but not forgotten
Army Communications and Information Sys Spec (Former Employee) –  Various14 August 2018
Plagued with nepotism and continuity problems within career management; issues with restructuring of the trades; inability to create a comprehensive and efficient training program; and poorly managed procurement and implementation of new technologies, what was once a great trade within a proud Corps (Royal Canadian Corps of Signals) is now suffering from retention and recruiting issues.

Overall the CAF has seemed to have lost its way thanks to the meddling of politicians and bureaucrats alike. Fortunately, it's the soldiers that keep things running and maintain the reputation of the CAF amongst NATO and Coalition allies.
Pros
great benefits, above average salaries, opportunities to live and work abroad, experience new cultures
Cons
lack of institutional direction, increasing lack of funding, obsolete equipment, terrible procurement practices, top heavy leadership...
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Great place to work at but horrible bosses
Human Resources Assistant (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON14 August 2018
walk into work excited and enthused to have a great day at work and the first person to greet you is a mad boss who just dumps aton of work on your desk and the only positive thing about that is you don't have to see him until you're done the work.
Pros
Good co workers
Cons
terrible head boss
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Everyone should do this at some point.
Infantry Soldier (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON13 August 2018
Whether it's a Reserve position or a Regular Force position, I recommend everyone join at some point in their lives. My time so far (although short), has been a blast. Learned many new skills, tons of discipline, and made new friends.
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Excellent Organization!!!!
Tasks domestic/ Tasks overseas missions (Former Employee) –  Canada10 August 2018
A military is a place where you get to know yourself, weakness, strengths, loyalty to the service and most of all, teamwork.
Lessons are hard but in the long term, they will serve you well.
Pros
Promotion, diversity, teamwork, time off when needed.
Cons
Long hours sometimes.
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A fun place to work at, with a lot of learning potential
Vehicle Technician (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB8 August 2018
i enjoy every moment of my work place, it is the best place to work in terms of being a technician. there is so much knowledge and experience to take from, i cannot thank all my co workers enough.
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Great place to work
Reservist Officer Sea Cadets (Former Employee) –  Kingston, ON6 August 2018
As a former officer of Sea cadets and Commanding |Officer and attending 22 summer camps, it is awesome place to work. Recommend this life to anyone and everyone.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Long Hours
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Great if you can put up with the lies and hypocracy
Infantryman (Former Employee) –  Canada6 August 2018
Your a mushroom, kept in the dark and fed manure. You'll continually be lied to about everything and will receive entitled benefits only once you've exhausted every possible reason for them not to give them to you.
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Great Place to Learn
Officer Cadet- Saint Jean, Quebec (Former Employee) –  Québec City, QC2 August 2018
you need to be good with taking criticism, especially during the start of your career here as you will be called out on your mistakes again and again. After you finish training it is better.
Pros
Not Boring
Cons
Long Hours
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Excellent opportunities
Health Services Operations Officer (Current Employee) –  Borden, ON1 August 2018
The CAF is an excellent choice for young Canadians and I would recommend it as an option to family. There is ample opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience and an education.
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Work Hard
Boatswain (Former Employee) –  St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC1 August 2018
Hard working job. Need to be mentally prepared for a job like this. Great place for finding new skills and meeting new people. Travelling is also fun.
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loved it
Crewman (Former Employee) –  Canada/ world29 July 2018
My career in the military was a great experience. It taught me about hard work, responsibility, using enitive, and leadership. I recommend this career path to anyone who doesn't know what they want to do in life yet.
Pros
No two days are the same
Cons
Your not going to make a million dollars.
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great
Corporal (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB26 July 2018
work is fun I learn everyday spend time with my friends and get great training value on a regular basis. the physical demand is very competitive which makes it fun
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Join the Army
Soldier (Former Employee) –  Various24 July 2018
If you are planning on joining the military make sure you do your research so that you can have some kind of related career after you get out. It wasn't a job it was an adventure
Pros
meet new and exotic people from other countries
Cons
And learn how to kill them.
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Challenging
Recruiter (Former Employee) –  Canada18 July 2018
Great benefits and salary but a lot of time spent away from home leading to poor quality of life outside of the workplace. A lot of exciting opportunities were missed out on because of this.
Pros
Salary and benefits
Cons
time away from home
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Every you can ask for in a job.
Facilities Assistant (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON18 July 2018
They really watch out for you and do their best to give you opportunities if you show any interest. Unfortunately, you can only get further in the career path if you are bilingual.
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Service Desk Analyst (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON18 July 2018
Get into work, take calls and leave for the day. Supported over 10,000 users who were mostly professional. Pleasant place to work and would recommend it.
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Great Experience
NAVAL COMMUNICATOR (Former Employee) –  Halifax, NS16 July 2018
Great experience, great benefits, a wonderful way to travel and see the world. Fast-paced and demanding, but rewarding. Management lacks, clear and concise communication is less, great job for someone starting out to gain discipline, independence (if done properly) and self-sufficiency.
Pros
free lunches
Cons
time away from home
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