Reg­i­ment opens doors to pub­lic

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - SEAN CHASE

The gun­ners of 42nd Field Reg­i­ment took time out of their busy train­ing sched­ule re­cently to open their doors to the pub­lic.

The open house on Oct. 1 was part of a national re­cruit­ment ini­tia­tive in­tent to pro­mote aware­ness in each com­mu­nity about their lo­cal re­serve unit. While the venue gave the unit a chance to demon­strate its equip­ment and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, it also in­formed po­ten­tial re­cruits about the type of oc­cu­pa­tions of­fered, em­ployee ben­e­fits, and the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

“If you are a per­son that wants a chal­lenge, to serve your coun­try, or wants sim­ply has an in­cli­na­tion to join the Cana­dian Armed Forces Reg­u­lar Force but is not con­vinced that the mil­i­tary lifestyle is right for you then the Pri­mary Re­serve is a bet­ter suited op­tion,” ex­plained re­serve unit re­cruiter Sgt. Ge­off Nick­elo.

Formed in 1866 as an in­fantry bat­tal­ion, 42nd Field Reg­i­ment, pre­vi­ously known as the La­nark and Ren­frew Scot­tish Reg­i­ment, is a com­bat arms unit whose mis­sion fo­cuses specif­i­cally in sur­veil­lance, tar­get ac­qui­si­tion and in­di­rect fire to en­gage the en­emy. Their pri­mary weapon is the C3 105-mil­lime­tre How­itzer, a long range sup­port weapon that can fire a round to a max­imun range of 18.5 kilo­me­tres.

The Cana­dian Armed Forces re­serves of­fers part-time and full-time em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties; guar­an­teed em­ploy­ment in your lo­cal com­mu­nity; an in­de­ter­mi­nate term of ser­vice; com­pet­i­tive health and den­tal ben­e­fits; and ed­u­ca­tion re­im­burse­ments for stu­dents at­tend­ing post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. Re­cently 42nd Field has un­der­taken a high school co­op­er­a­tive pro­gram that al­lows stu­dents,16 years of age, to join the Cana­dian Armed Forces Pri­mary Re­serve and earn high school cred­its while train­ing.

Sgt. Nick­elo added it is quite nor­mal for peo­ple to have cold feet about join­ing the mil­i­tary, at first. As a de­mand­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, the Cana­dian Armed Forces is a type of or­ga­ni­za­tion that is dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine if it’s right for you un­less you try it, he noted.

“With the Pri­mary Re­serve this un­cer­tainty is a per­fect op­tion be­cause as a pri­mary re­serve mem­ber you are not ob­li­gated to sign a term con­tact with our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he ex­plained. “You have the op­tion to re­lease from the Pri­mary Re­serve im­me­di­ately after enrolment.”

When he joined at the age of 19, Sgt. Nick­elo said he had an in­ter­est in the mil­i­tary but didn’t want to com­mit. How­ever, the in­fantry­man is still serv­ing 10 years later be­cause of all of the ex­pe­ri­ence, per­sonal growth, and pure en­joy­ment he has re­ceived from be­ing a mem­ber of the mil­i­tary.

To meet the ba­sic el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria, you must be 16 years of age (with parental con­sent), a Cana­dian Cit­i­zen, and have com­pleted an aca­demic level of Grade 10. Once you’ve de­ter­mined you have met that ba­sic el­i­gi­bil­ity all you need to do is apply on­line at Forces.ca and sub­mit an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion. After com­plet­ing an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion you will be con­tacted by your lo­cal Pri­mary Re­serve re­cruiter and then you will be­gin the ap­pli­ca­tion pro­cesses. The ap­pli­ca­tion process in­volves a Cana­dian Forces Ap­ti­tude test (CFAT), fit­ness eval­u­a­tion, med­i­cal ques­tion­naire and ex­am­i­na­tion, var­i­ous types of back­ground checks, an in­ter­view, and fi­nally the enrolment into the Pri­mary Re­serve.

If you’re a per­son that is cur­rently look­ing for an em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity that of­fers com­pet­i­tive ben­e­fits, min­i­mal com­mit­ment, and is a per­son that en­joys a chal­lenge then you should con­sider sub­mit­ting your ap­pli­ca­tion to the Cana­dian Armed Forces Pri­mary Re­serve,” Sgt Nick­elo added.

For more in­for­ma­tion, you can con­tact Sgt Nick­elo at (613) 732-4470, ex­ten­sion 252 or by e-mail at: 42FdRegt.Re­cruit­ing@ forces.gc.ca.

SEAN CHASE/DAILY OB­SERVER

Gun­ner Erich Good­win shows Kaylee Ma­jer, 11, how to han­dle a C-6 Gen­eral Pur­pose Ma­chine Gun, while her sis­ter, Me­lanie, 14, (right) goes through the weapons drills on the C-9 Light Ma­chine Gun dur­ing an open house at 42nd Field Reg­i­ment in downtown Pem­broke. Me­lanie is also a master bom­bardier in the 2677 Royal Cana­dian Army Cadet Corps.

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