Bellus88 said:Hey I plan to join the Army Reserves in December, more specifically December 1st. Currently Im a high school graduate and 19 years old turning 20 on October 14. I turned down going to college and now my ambitions are set on University and Im going to Night School hoping to go into University when im 21 in 2009. I will also be taking a 1 day security course in October so I can get another Security job. So ill probably be going to Night School and having a job in December. My question is would I beable to fit joining the Army reserves into all this? How long is the Basic training phase? I heard once you have that all done you go once a week and stay in summers is this true? Ive realized my life needs more discipline as I can be lazy sometimes with completing tasks. Im hoping to make at least Infantry as I will be training in the months to come.
a_beautiful_tragedy said:CDN AVIATOR already mentioned it, but its true, thousands of people do this all the time. I taught on an SQ and infantry course this summer and i heard now the SQ is combined with your Infantry course,
Well, I guess you might be able to do that. Your best bet is to have a look at the training calendar for the Unit you are thinking of joining to get an idea of how busy they are. One week you might find yourself going to Parade night and doing a course or an exercise on the weekend. The other, you might only have one training night. Usually the exercises are every other weekend but depending on your Unit, it can get busy at times with dinners, parades, training, courses, and exercises. From what I have seen, and I am not a student, they are very understanding. As others have mentioned though, you wouldn't be the first student to join the Reserves; the majority are students. You should get a training schedule well in advance so it's all about setting priorities and organizing your schedule.I heard once you have that all done you go once a week and stay in summers is this true?
-Skeletor- said:In the Reserve, some courses can be run on the weekend, like BMQ and SQ, but you can also do them in the summer full time. With the weekend BMQ, your goto a local Reserve unit armoury and do your training there, than go home and wait untill your next training weekend. You would still be parading with your unit aswell on whichever night they parade.
Definitely. It just depends on what you are looking for. Opportunities are presented to you and others you may have to request and or work for. There is an education reimbursement for Reservists for post secondary studies. I believe it is up to $2000 to a maximum of $8000. With this, you have to keep in mind that not every course will be reimbursed.Are there opportunities for constant learning/skill development? One of the issues I have with my current employment is that it's not going anywhere from where it is now. I'm as far e up as I can get, with very little opportunity for advancement or learning anything new/challenging.
That depends; talk it over with your hubby. At this point, you would be looking at a summer course unless they can get all of your process completed before the winter course starts which could be in February. It could also be in the fall. It depends on how your process moves along, when your area is holding courses, and how many spots are available.When should I join? I'm in Nova Scotia, and I know different units have different training schedules, but is there a particular time of year that would be best?
There are some threads on the Winter vs. Summer BMQ courses on the site; you might want to do a search on those. Really it depends on your employer and what you and your husband decide. Personally, I saved my full time courses for when I really needed them to save having to work with my employer to get time off. Your BMQ and possibly your SQ can be on the weekend; your trades training however is full time. Something to consider.but is there a particular time of year that would be best?
...If that happens to be Fall/Winter, when does fitness tests/bmq take place?...I have completely altered my lifestyle since I started thinking about this, and I am running/doing weight training, etc. but I know I'm not ready for the requirements right now; realistically I think I'd be good in February.
It's natural to be nervous, but you get over it fast.Can I expect to be able to support myself? I'm employed, my husband's employed with a good full time job, so I'm guessing yes, but I'm nervous.
You do. Get into it and it will feel a lot more natural!Do I sound like someone who should actually be doing this at all? I'd really appreciate any responses I can get, and thanks kindly in advance.
You can always start out as a Reservist and do a component transfer to the Regular Force later on. Also, you can seek full time employment as a Reservist when your training is complete. If it helps, I was in a similar boat in terms of my personal life and trying to decide between the Regs and the Reserves. After joining the Reserves and spending some time in there, I knew I really enjoyed the Reserves but that I didn't want to go into the Regs. It really put that issue to bed and I am 100% happy about my decision. BUT that is just me; you may decide that you want to do it full time...I'm 29, have a fairly good job who will make accommodations for training. I've been thinking about it off and on for months....I'm fairly certain the regular forces are not for me, at least not at this point.
Messorius said:I'm in Nova Scotia, and I know different units have different training schedules
Eye In The Sky said:NS has alot of different units, including Army (which now includes Communications Reservists), Navy and Air Reserve units.
Eye In The Sky said:Do you have the number for the 36 Brigade recruiting office? They are the ones you'd be interested in talking to if you are in the HRM, they handle recruiting for all the Army Reserve units in HRM. Good folks over there with lots of experience. You can find lots of info, including units and recruiting, on the website.
36 Canadian Brigade Group Website
Aside from the units that fall directly under 36 CBG HQ that are listed on that website, there are 2 more Reserve units in the HRM you might be interested in checking out.
3 Int Coy (Intelligence Company)
30 MP Coy (Military Police).