Joining the Canadian Force

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    Jun 07, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    Hey guys icon_smile.gif

    I've been seriously thinking about joining the Navy and was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions, comments, anything at all. I love the idea of protecting my country, helping people, having an adventurous career and making life-long relationships. I'd be going through the Regular Officer Training Plan, studying at the Royal Military College, and hopefully ending up in the Navy.

    So yeah, if anyone has any advice please share!
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    Canada has a Navy?

    http://www.satirewire.com/news/feb02/warship.shtml

    Does Canada know?

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    Jun 07, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    LIEV saidCanada has a Navy?

    http://www.satirewire.com/news/feb02/warship.shtml

    Does Canada know?



    gross.
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    Jun 07, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    Sup Lash,icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm 20 and have been in the US Marines. I have been in the service two years now, and can say that it is very very hard work, but it is a great experience. YES!!! GO the officer route. It is harder, but it has much better benefits and rewards later on. Officers get respected and treated much better than the enlisted. I know a few Royal Marines (officers) that work here on my base, and they are very tough but good people.
    I am finishing up my BA degree now, and am planning a career as an officer in
    my future.


    I know the British Military, and Royal Navy is very different from my experience as a United States Marine but, ask me any questions and I'll do my best to answer from my experience.
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    Jun 07, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    Lash saidHey guys icon_smile.gif

    ... I love the idea of protecting my country, helping people, having an adventurous career and making life-long relationships.


    You forgot the part about killing people - both citizens and other aggressors, advancing capitalist profiteering under the guise of war, and interfering in citizen responsibilities to shape their own political realities -- and then the part about being wounded or killed yourself and living off taxpayer-funded pensions and medical services the rest of your life. Of course the cushy paid-for education (taxpayers) and ridiculous retirement with pension at 50yo (taxpayer) lures a lot of people in to be cannon fodder. I don't want or need you to feel like a hero on my behalf, thank you very much.

    Go join a volunteer org and be of use to people who struggle to live despite the horrors being waged by guys who think joining the war machine is cool.

  • mynyun

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    Jun 07, 2012 4:11 AM GMT

    The officer way could be a good way. When I enlisted I was too old to go into officer school and didn't have a degree to join str8 as an officer. There is possibly still one way for me to get there or otherwise I may just make it to a Chief before I get tired of it.
    But either that way or just going active is a good idea. Do not join the reserves unless you like playing soldier for 2 days of the month. It is really boring and yeah it's the most you make of it but it is still limiting.
    My advice is go active or don't go at all.
    And from what I have seen in the U.S. the Navy has the most relaxed PT standards of all the military (unfortunately).
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    Jun 07, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    mynyun said
    The officer way could be a good way. When I enlisted I was too old to go into officer school and didn't have a degree to join str8 as an officer. There is possibly still one way for me to get there or otherwise I may just make it to a Chief before I get tired of it.
    But either that way or just going active is a good idea. Do not join the reserves unless you like playing soldier for 2 days of the month. It is really boring and yeah it's the most you make of it but it is still limiting.
    My advice is go active or don't go at all.
    And from what I have seen in the U.S. the Navy has the most relaxed PT standards of all the military (unfortunately).



    Definitely agree on the active duty issue. reservists literally do nothing, and take money from the corps.
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    Jun 07, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    Arrrrr.... so ye want to be cornholed at sea Sonny
  • calibro

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    Jun 07, 2012 8:24 AM GMT
    Lash said

    I love the idea of protecting my country, helping people, having an adventurous career and making life-long relationships.


    then become a teacher
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    Jun 07, 2012 8:35 AM GMT
    Good luck and have fun with it! I always enjoyed visiting canadian ships they are SO much more fun than Aussie Ships! icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 07, 2012 9:20 AM GMT
    The services are a great way to see the world, build and develop a great network of friends and learn new skills.

    As a defence force, you will learn how to defend yourself and the people that you are working with. When looking at the role of the world defense forces - they are generally defending those people who are not able to do so themselves, and to uphold the peace.

    Canada, like NZ has a good reputation for supporting both local and international aid efforts - and in NZ's case is our main role along with peacekeeping.

    Learning how to live and work with people from so many cultures and places has been a privilidge and I am grateful for the time thatI have spent in the military... sooo

    GO FOR IT!

    Choose a trade - Officers Corps is a great place to learn leadership skills that can be translated into the real world as well.

    Good luck!

    Kia Kaha - Be Strong!
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    Jun 07, 2012 9:54 AM GMT
    calibro said
    Lash said
    I love the idea of protecting my country, helping people, having an adventurous career and making life-long relationships.

    then become a teacher

    I like this.