Ca­reer op­tions aplenty with air force re­serves

South Shore Breaker - - Local - DAN HEN­NESSEY md­hen­nessey@out­

143 Con­struc­tion En­gi­neer­ing Flight (143 CEF) has been op­er­at­ing in Lunen­burg County for more than 20 years and on Satur­day, Sept. 29, they opened their doors to the com­mu­nity for an open house held at 391 Harold Whynot Rd. in Pine Grove. 143 CEF is an Air Re­serve unit with the Cana­dian Armed Forces train­ing and em­ploy­ing mem­bers in Con­struc­tion trades, states the 143 CEF Face­book page.

The day gave the pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the unit and the Royal Cana­dian Air Force Re­serve and the tremen­dous em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties it holds for those will­ing to take a closer look. The re­serves give peo­ple a chance to get world­class train­ing while also earn­ing an in­come. Job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Royal Cana­dian Air Force Re­serve can range from var­i­ous trades and po­si­tions such as plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal, car­pen­try, heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing, just to name a few.

Many mem­bers of the com­mu­nity that came out to the open house were amazed at the pos­si­bil­i­ties that the Royal Cana­dian Air Force Re­serve has to of­fer. Once an ap­pli­cant passes the ini­tial test­ing, the new re­cruit re­ceives their BMQ (ba­sic mil­i­tary qual­i­fi­ca­tion) train­ing ,which im­merses them in the world of the Cana­dian Mil­i­tary. Once this is com­pleted, and the trade of choice is es­tab­lished, the new mem­ber’s trade train­ing com­mences. Once the train­ing is com­pleted, the re­servist will be as­signed to a unit and may be able to work right at home. The unique as­pect of the Royal Cana­dian Air Force Re­serve is that once ac­cepted, the new re­cruit be­gins to get paid and that con­tin­ues through all phases of their train­ing.

Mem­bers of 143 CEF were on hand to an­swer a va­ri­ety of ques­tions at the open house and to ex­plain the process. A Royal Cana­dian Air Force Re­serve re­cruiter were also in at­ten­dance and met with sev­eral peo­ple who showed an in­ter­est in what the next step would be for them. Re­cruit­ment mem­bers also had on dis­play equip­ment that is used in their day-to-day work, along with set­ups of con­struc­tion mock­ups.

Speak­ing with many of those in at­ten­dance, the sen­ti­ment was that a ca­reer in the Royal Cana­dian Air Force Re­serve can def­i­nitely be a great op­tion for those will­ing to take a chance. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact a 143 CEF mem­ber at 902-527-2154 ext. 3005.

Dan Hen­nessey

Mem­bers of the 143 Con­struc­tion En­gi­neer­ing Flight in Lunen­burg County held an open house on Satur­day, Sept. 29 at their Pine Grove head­quar­ters to talk to the pub­lic about ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties with the Royal Cana­dian Air Force Re­serve.

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