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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.
Nine-year-old Aiden Wareham visited the open house at Beaumont Hamel Armory in Grand Falls-Windsor on Saturday before his birthday party.
Grand Falls-Windsor Mayor Barry Manuel sporting some of the gear available for the public to try on at the open house on Saturday.