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Environment for university students in reserves
« on: May 28, 2017, 00:04:00 »
Question regarding the environment for university students in the reserves:

I'm a mature student who has recently started going back to university, mid 20s. At the same time when I went back to university I started the process to join the military as I am used to a blue collar environment (worked as a lead hand in a steel factory out of high school until the plant was shut down) and generally perform well under pressure; the military may be greatly beneficial in helping me achieve my goals.

My largest concern is that am trying to compete for medical college. The studying required to get the GPA required is a large time commitment and I already have no personal time. I have already found that in the past, when I was working part time and commuting I was unable to get the grades I would need.  I recognise that joining the reserves is a commitment, time wise, emotionally and mentally. Does the reserves recognise the needs of university students in this way? I would hate to join and find that my mental energy is being drained to the point of hurting my GPA by mental conditioning.

I have other concerns which really are my own at the end of the day (age upon starting university to the end of residency, could be studying in the summer rather than training with the reserves so I'm not in my mid 30s when I'm done university) (toll on personal life with so much in my schedule already) (possible conflicting within an authoritarian environment) but am mostly wondering if being in the reserves can benefit studies or hurt.

I'm trying to join as a medical assistant and might be interested in the MOTP.

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Re: Environment for university students in reserves
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2017, 08:04:47 »
Question regarding the environment for university students in the reserves:

I'm a mature student who has recently started going back to university, mid 20s. At the same time when I went back to university I started the process to join the military as I am used to a blue collar environment (worked as a lead hand in a steel factory out of high school until the plant was shut down) and generally perform well under pressure; the military may be greatly beneficial in helping me achieve my goals.

My largest concern is that am trying to compete for medical college. The studying required to get the GPA required is a large time commitment and I already have no personal time. I have already found that in the past, when I was working part time and commuting I was unable to get the grades I would need.  I recognise that joining the reserves is a commitment, time wise, emotionally and mentally. Does the reserves recognise the needs of university students in this way? I would hate to join and find that my mental energy is being drained to the point of hurting my GPA by mental conditioning.

I have other concerns which really are my own at the end of the day (age upon starting university to the end of residency, could be studying in the summer rather than training with the reserves so I'm not in my mid 30s when I'm done university) (toll on personal life with so much in my schedule already) (possible conflicting within an authoritarian environment) but am mostly wondering if being in the reserves can benefit studies or hurt.

I'm trying to join as a medical assistant and might be interested in the MOTP.

You may find these discussions of interest,

QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=16735.100
9 pages.

University Student Interested in Joining Reserves (Med A/T)? 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=125747.0

Reserves and University ( A )
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=100312.0

Reserves and University. ( B )
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=107041.0

Joining the reserves during university  ( A )
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:cZwq5bwQKxYJ:https://army.ca/forums/index.php%3Ftopic%3D109686.0+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

Joining the Reserves in University  (B )
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=110615.0

Joining Reserves while being a fulltime University Student
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=94836.0

Med Tech in the Reserves 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=90164.0

Medical Assistant 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,4238.75.html

MEDICAL TECHNICIAN RESERVE?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=92991.0

Medical Assistant in Ontario 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=119320.0

Medical Technician versus Medical Assistant 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=111801.0

Curious About Joining Reserves 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=107418.0
OP: "I've been debating about joining the reserves as a Medical Technician."

Medical Officer Training Plan (MOTP) [MERGED]
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=111425.0

MOTP
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca+university+reserves&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=hrgqWa_nBsiC8QfamLa4CQ&gws_rd=ssl#q=site:army.ca+MOTP&spf=1495972729427

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of information.







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Re: Environment for university students in reserves
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2017, 09:52:02 »
Bottom line, a large majority of reservists are university students or were university students when they joined. Once you are qualified, I challenge you to find a more accommodating employer. The commitment that the reserves are going to want is a mere 1 night a week (fixed day, roughly 7pm - 10pm) and 1 weekend a month (no control over which).  The world won't end if you need a miss a training night or a weekend, but if this  sounds like too much of a commitment, do not bother joining. Technically you only need to show up 1 day every 30 days, but if you are showing up so little why bother staying in?

Personally at times the reserves has both aided and hindered my studies.

During my first year of University, I was put on a weekend basic course. It was a weekend course so I missed 11 weeks of studying/drinking. This meant that I had to use my limited free time to study, so I needed to make the most of my free time. All in all it wasn't too difficult to balance, but the worst was during my 2 second my semester. I had to work the first three weekends, then we had a 1 week break and after that it was our graduation. I had two midterms before my graduation weekend, and two the day the after. It was a miserable 5 weeks of university, but my marks were never higher.

I found that the more that I got involved, the more that I enjoyed the reserves. During 3rd and 4th year my marks slipped slightly. This can be attributed to me working more than 50% of my weekends with the army and working 15 hours a week at a job in my field of studies. I could/should of done less work, but I don't really regret doing what I did as still graduated with honours. Some of my peers have had difficulties juggling the army, social life and academics. It can be done, this just means that sometimes you are studying for Linear Algebra in -25c in a tent.  ;D

Regarding courses you only really "need" to do your BMQ, BMQ-L and your DP1. Some trades this can all be accomplished in one summer, and others require two. If you don't want to progress your career any further you don't have to, but there may be some pressure from your COC to advance it further. I've turned down PLQ twice and then they still loaded me on the DL :rofl:.

All in all, it was a blast and I'm glad that I joined.