National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces
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Interview process included a physically demanding exercise to become eligible. There was also a hearing test, eyesight test, and intellectual computer test. During training you will learn a lot. Basic training camp was a great experience. Meeting many new lifelong friends, learning a lot, and challenging you.

Pros

friendships, a lot of learning and training, rewarding experience.

Cons

may be required to travel for training.
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Good or bad its how you make it

Depending on your chain of command, it can be the best job or the worst. Once you learn how the system works it is less stressful.

Pros

Good training

Cons

Work schedule can be all over the place
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good first job to get you on your feet

You get to work with a lot of different types of people, the connections are great and some of the best people you can meet. not a great place to work during peacetime.

Pros

Long lunch, good pay, great benefits, lots of time off. you start with 20 days vacation.

Cons

Can be hard to plan your life around the job
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It is government work so expect a lot of bureaucracy. There are all different kinds of people so you will likely find people to get along with.

Don't expect to change the world, but it is a challenging job.Your supervisors and managers will typically be good, but do not expect it to be like a civilian job...it isn't.The amount of time that you will be doing nothing is sometimes just as frustrating as the amount of time that there will be to much work. The CAF is significantly under-staffed, but there is not likely going to be better hiring practices with the current management practices.

Pros

pay and benefits

Cons

time away from home and feeling of futility
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worked with caf for 6+ yrs. would gladly sign up again if i could

after 6 yrs, i am getting medically released. this employment is by far the most stable and easily the most secure. benefits and advancement are attainable for anyone. training is provided out the door. you do have to follow basic orders and use your brain, but overall the employment here has not been difficult. be a team player
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An overall good experience that leads to many career opportunities

Good career but not much transferable experience in the civilian side of work. Go into a trade that has more transferable skills once you get out and ready to pursue another career.

Pros

Travel Decent pay

Cons

Long hours Stressful at times
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Great place to work but not for someone that is looking to be challenged

Good place to work for people looking job security, good salary, and settling down. I don't recommend it if you want to be challenged. Overall, the pros outweigh the cons.

Pros

Good place to work for people looking job security, good salary, and settling down.

Cons

I don't recommend it if you want to be challenged.
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Informative, supportive, and enjoyable.

It can be stressful sometimes, but it is full of information to use daily, enjoyable, and they really support their members financially, physicaly, and emotionally.
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Unique opportunities

Offers unique opportunities that you wouldn't be able to get elsewhere. The type of opportunities available to you is entirely dependent on how proactive you are at seeking them out.
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Satisfying Career

You have the ability to make a serious difference both domestically and internationally. Requires a good degree of physical fitness and resilience. The ability to travel the world is there as long as you can find personal life and work balance.

Pros

Travel and excitement

Cons

Long hours/ time away from family
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It's the military.

As you expect, it's the military. But most times while working it feels like working for any normal company. The senior leadership are all dinosaurs, and they are just people promoted to leadership positions than leaders. That is not to say there isn't good people here; those are the ones you stay for.

Cons

Long hours, field.
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Nice and helpful workplaces

It is great place to work with great people. The work env is relax, any ideal can be submitted and team will have a discuss meeting, and people happy to help implement the function.
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It's all about the protection of our rights and freedom.

It's not about war and discipline, it's all about the protection of our collective and individual rights and freedom in a threatening world. The fact that this all seems very "remote" to our daily routines is nonetheless the real and striking reality. The resources management is first class and so are the opportunities for advancement, development, exploration, and meaningful employment.

Pros

Social security, meaningful job, work with professionally trained people.

Cons

Lots of moving around which can affect some families.
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Great fast paced environment.

A job in the Canadian Armed Forces would be at a job I recommend to anyone who thrives in a fast-paced environment who can handle collective criticism, as well as someone who is physically fit enough and can handle some physical training.

Pros

Fast, Team environment

Cons

Lots of yelling
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Good place

Good place and good people I liked working here everyone was amazing I recommend everyone to apply one in a lifetime experience. Definitely will be here forever
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Friendly environment.

Very friendly environment. The guys you get to know will be your buddies for the rest of your life. Very challenging job at times but we'll worth the effort.
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Excellent job security and lots of training

Working in the Canadian Armed Forces is a rewarding experience, although you have to be willing to give your entire life to the organization. Excellent benefits for you and your family are a huge plus, and the ironclad job security is nice to have. Quality of management varies widely depending on where you go and what you do, although you will move around frequently enough that if you do have a bad manager you can rest assured you won't be with them for more than a couple of years.

Pros

Excellent Benefits

Cons

Move a Lot
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Best job ever

The best employer is the government.You will get yelled but you are in the armyWe all know what we signed up for.I love my unit and everyone. Hope you do too

Pros

You are defending your country

Cons

Hard work
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Not a dead-end job but will be treated like an animal

I worked in the infantry back in 2008 and I was treated like a dog constantly by my superiors. It's funny for a time then you want to move on to something where there's a basic level of human respect. If you stay long enough you get to be the one who treats others like garbage.

Pros

Free clothes, food, place to stay, advancement opportunities

Cons

Will transfer you across the country on small notice, treat you like a dog, and constantly humiliate you
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General laziness and contempt all around

this is a place you could come to work as long as you have goals in mind. Extract what you can from the system so you can take your valuable education and "experience" somewhere you are valued. A lackluster vision of "people first, mission always" is not something you will actually find here
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Good Career Option

-Learned a lot. You'll get out of it what you put into it. Many opportunities to travel both domestically and internationally. Opportunities for progressive leadership experience.
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