Thanks for the input gents.
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Construction Technician (merged)
Thanks, that was a good read. I think I gleaned the differences between Combat Engineer and Construction Tech. In layman's terms it sounds like CT is the military's "handyman" (much more skilled than that but, in crude terms of being on base fixing things vs. overseas in the trenches) while the Combat Eng. is the guy more often out in the field with the troops building whatever's necessary ranging from landing pads to bridges to physical barriers impeding enemy progress. I got lost with all the acronyms but it sounds like CT does about 8 months of specific training after BMQ, often in Gagetown NB. Then its 2 years ojt, then 2 months more for certification.
If you really want to think outside the box - how can you get a legitimate civilian career without joining the military? Millions of people find lucrative and rewarding careers without joining the military. Assuming that a military career will lead to anything on the outside is also a bit of a gamble.
A fair point but I'm not looking to join the military just in order to quickly leave and find a path to civilian employment, I'm joining the military because I wish to serve, there's the pride factor, wearing the flag, and I'd also have stable employment to support my family, travel, a host of reasons. Plus, its generally accepted that military training is above what I could hope for in the civilian world. E.g., if I am interested in construction I feel like I'll learn more with the Armed Forces in a shorter amount of time, vs. going to a community college, plus I'm paid to learn from day 1. If I'm able to continue with the CAF after that until I retire, awesome. If I cannot and I have to re-enter the civilian world I'm farther ahead than if I'd never joined CAF. As I mentioned I'm just aware of the fact that sometimes people leave the military for X number of reasons, so all things being equal I was curious what life after the military looks like for AWS Tech. vs. Construction Tech. Both trades themselves strike me as interesting and rewarding as far as watching the recruitment videos goes. I could see myself doing both.
Construction tech. also sounds like you'd have more opportunity to get attached to more bases and locations, more flexibility, where as in the Air Force you're basically at and air base and that's it.