Look­ing for new re­cruits across Canada.

Units across coun­try open doors in search of new re­cruits

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Ap­prox­i­mately 50 peo­ple showed up to Satur­day’s open house at the Beau­mont Hamel Ar­mory in Grand Falls-Wind­sor to learn more about the Cana­dian Army Re­serves.

In an ef­fort to at­tract new re­cruits, open houses were held at all re­serve ar­mories across Canada on Sept. 30.

The goal was to show­case to the pub­lic what the army re­serves do on a day-to-day ba­sis. Army re­serves train and pro­vide pro­fes­sional per­son­nel who can con­trib­ute to the army’s ca­pa­bil­ity to achieve its roles and mis­sions.

New re­cruits are re­quired to com­plete weekly train­ing from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Thurs­days, and one week­end of train­ing per month.

Train­ing is paid — a re­cruit just start­ing out will re­ceive about $50 for Thurs­day evening or half day train­ing, said 2 Lt Paulette Fi­field. Pay varies based on rank and years of ser­vice.

The re­serves also of­fer an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram for peo­ple seek­ing a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion, den­tal cov­er­age for part­time em­ploy­ees and sum­mer em­ploy­ment, which in­volves reg­is­ter­ing to take a course or task­ing. Through task­ing, mem­bers can be sent any­where in the world to pro­tect and serve, said Fi­field.

Grand Falls-Wind­sor’s re­serves cur­rently has 16 mem­bers, in­clud­ing one fe­male. The re­serves are try­ing to at­tract a di­verse range of peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly women and in­dige­nous peo­ples.

“Any­body can do this — you can bal­ance a ca­reer and still have a part-time job with the re­serves,” said Fi­field.

Any­one be­tween the ages of 16 and 55 who is in­ter­ested in the Cana­dian Army Re­serves can ap­ply on­line at www.gc.forces.ca or visit the lo­cal ar­mory on Thurs­day evening be­tween 7 and 10:30 p.m.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Nine-year-old Ai­den Ware­ham vis­ited the open house at Beau­mont Hamel Ar­mory in Grand Falls-Wind­sor on Satur­day be­fore his birth­day party.

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Grand Falls-Wind­sor Mayor Barry Manuel sport­ing some of the gear avail­able for the pub­lic to try on at the open house on Satur­day.

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