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Title: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CF File Manager on October 13, 2012, 16:31:57
Hello all applicants. I am a File Manager at CFRC Barrie and I am willing to answer your questions to the best of my ability. If I don't know the answer to your questions I shall do my best to find out an answer for you. I cannot speak of the details of your personal application unless you call a recruiter or manager to confirm your identity. So with that out of the way shoot! Also please be patient awaiting replays.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Jarnhamar on October 13, 2012, 17:10:30
Thanks for taking the time and effort to come here and try to help people out.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: estoguy on October 15, 2012, 13:09:17
Great idea for a thread!  [mountie]
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Kevindagul on October 15, 2012, 23:20:49
Hello all applicants. I am a File Manager at CFRC Barrie and I am willing to answer your questions to the best of my ability. If I don't know the answer to your questions I shall do my best to find out an answer for you. I cannot speak of the details of your personal application unless you call a recruiter or manager to confirm your identity. So with that out of the way shoot! Also please be patient awaiting replays.

I want to visit the CFRC here in Toronto soon, would they have a list of open trades?

I've also applied in the past, I'd like to start a whole new application as I kind of rushed the first one online. Will this effect my application?

Thanks, and that's great your offering your help  :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on October 15, 2012, 23:43:25
Thank you so much for doing this thread. It will be really helpful for a lot of the hopefuls that are trying to get into the CF.  :salute:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CF File Manager on October 16, 2012, 01:01:35
Hey all, I have had some great questions from a lot of you and I will compile a list of questions that I believe are important to all in the future. I still prefer to answer all your questions by personal replies and again please be patient, however a 12 hour return to questions is manageable for me. Again to all good luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: _Barca on October 16, 2012, 17:59:22
Hi,

Thank you for giving of your time on this thread! I saw on another thread that the pilot's trade (DEO) is closed for the actual fiscal year, could you confirm?

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Proud_Newfoundlander on October 16, 2012, 19:24:17
If I were to put my application in October 29th, how long would it take before I could expect a reply from the Canadian Forces ? I personally want to be out of here (my town)by March
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PMedMoe on October 16, 2012, 19:27:34
If I were to put my application in October 29th, how long would it take before I could expect a reply from the Canadian Forces ? I personally want to be out of here (my town)by March

Didn't you post a similar question here (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,107911.msg1181162.html#msg1181162) earlier today?  The answer you received is probably the best one you're going to get.  If you want to be out of your town by March, no one is stopping you.....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 16, 2012, 19:33:19
Didn't you post a similar question here (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,107911.msg1181162.html#msg1181162) earlier today?  The answer you received is probably the best one you're going to get.  If you want to be out of your town by March, no one is stopping you.....

I second this response....   :+1:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CF File Manager on October 16, 2012, 20:16:45
thanks for your feedback DAA
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Proud_Newfoundlander on October 16, 2012, 20:36:19
Didn't you post a similar question here (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,107911.msg1181162.html#msg1181162) earlier today?  The answer you received is probably the best one you're going to get.  If you want to be out of your town by March, no one is stopping you.....


I completely forgot about the other post, my apologies. A moderator can feel free to delete the post in question. Again, my apologies
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 17, 2012, 18:24:22
Hi,

Thank you for giving of your time on this thread! I saw on another thread that the pilot's trade (DEO) is closed for the actual fiscal year, could you confirm?

Thanks in advance!

At the moment, it is closed to new applications but that's not to say it won't reopen prior to 31 Mar 13.  So if you have completed your processing, it is now a waiting game.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sizzle on October 17, 2012, 19:39:49
Just a quick question: Say my selection date is November 27th for the trade I selected and I complete my interview around Nov 1st. Will I still have plenty of time to receive a response from Ottawa?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 17, 2012, 19:43:53
Just a quick question: Say my selection date is November 27th for the trade I selected and I complete my interview around Nov 1st. Will I still have plenty of time to receive a response from Ottawa?

What do you mean by "my selection date"?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sizzle on October 17, 2012, 19:55:57
What do you mean by "my selection date"?

I mean my as in my trade. Not specifically mine. The trade I have chose is ACISS.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 17, 2012, 20:06:04
Just a quick question: Say my selection date is November 27th for the trade I selected and I complete my interview around Nov 1st. Will I still have plenty of time to receive a response from Ottawa?

Okay, gotcha.  I believe that ACCIS selection is done locally, so if your CFRC is telling you the "selection date" is 27 Nov, then provided that all your processing and interview are completed prior to that, you should be merit listed in time.  I really don't think they would be processing your application if it wouldn't be finished and ready for the selection boards.  So if your interview is a go, then you should be okay...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sizzle on October 17, 2012, 20:11:04
Okay, gotcha.  I believe that ACCIS selection is done locally, so if your CFRC is telling you the "selection date" is 27 Nov, then provided that all your processing and interview are completed prior to that, you should be merit listed in time.  I really don't think they would be processing your application if it wouldn't be finished and ready for the selection boards.  So if your interview is a go, then you should be okay...

Appreciate the response DAA. Thank you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: cleanwind2005 on October 21, 2012, 19:49:34
Hi, thank you for being here and open to questions. I really appreciate the fact that I can find some help beside going to the recruitment centre.

I'm currently in my 4th year of university, and graduating in April. I plan to join the CF as soon as I graduate, and I was wondering what is the best time to start the application process? I was thinking of Jan. 2013 but will that be fine since I will not be receiving my degree until April or May.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MrRGoyer on October 21, 2012, 22:02:34
 Hey DAA Thanks for taking your own time to answer these questions. I have a couple.

I was reg force 0043 not QL3 qualified. and I Vr'd because of a girl..I know I know stupidest decision I ever made. I got out Sept,17,08. I am in a better situation now, married with a wife that supports my decision. I was told that I would have to do the enrollment all over is this true? Is it because I have been out for too long? Also I've developed kerataconus in my left eye, so I doubt it my left eye would pass for a combat trade. I was thinking RMS clerk, something different for me. Should I start my online application? Sorry for the novel I wrote you, I'm just real excited to get going! Thanks again!! :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Brihard on October 22, 2012, 00:27:12
Hi, thank you for being here and open to questions. I really appreciate the fact that I can find some help beside going to the recruitment centre.

I'm currently in my 4th year of university, and graduating in April. I plan to join the CF as soon as I graduate, and I was wondering what is the best time to start the application process? I was thinking of Jan. 2013 but will that be fine since I will not be receiving my degree until April or May.

Nothing happens fast. Apply now, get your name in the queue. My girlfriend has been in the process for a year for a pretty straightforward trade that she's well educated and qualified for.

You may be told your desired trade is full. If that happens, spots may become available again after April 1st. Do not, however, think of this as akin to any normal job where some manager makes a decision to hire you within the space of a month.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: cleanwind2005 on October 22, 2012, 01:24:23
Nothing happens fast. Apply now, get your name in the queue. My girlfriend has been in the process for a year for a pretty straightforward trade that she's well educated and qualified for.

You may be told your desired trade is full. If that happens, spots may become available again after April 1st. Do not, however, think of this as akin to any normal job where some manager makes a decision to hire you within the space of a month.

Thank you Brihard! This is really good news to me, and now I can sleep in peace.   ;D
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 22, 2012, 09:38:37
Hey DAA Thanks for taking your own time to answer these questions. I have a couple.

I was reg force 0043 not QL3 qualified. and I Vr'd because of a girl..I know I know stupidest decision I ever made. I got out Sept,17,08. I am in a better situation now, married with a wife that supports my decision. I was told that I would have to do the enrollment all over is this true? Is it because I have been out for too long? Also I've developed kerataconus in my left eye, so I doubt it my left eye would pass for a combat trade. I was thinking RMS clerk, something different for me. Should I start my online application? Sorry for the novel I wrote you, I'm just real excited to get going! Thanks again!! :)

Because you did not reach your OFP (ie; QL3 qualified) you may very well have to complete BMQ over again but that is at the discretion of the CFRC (but don't quote me on that).  Nevertheless, you will be processed in the same manner as a "new" applicant with no prior service.  I would start the application process NOW and see how it goes.  At least this will give you the chance to talk to a recruiter regarding your submitted application and how competitive it may be.  They can then provide you with advice on how to increase your possibilities for re-enrolment.  Good luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MrRGoyer on October 22, 2012, 13:36:39
Thanks for such a quick response DAA. I'm heading to CFRC Ottawa tomorrow morning to get this started!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 22, 2012, 18:48:56
Thanks for such a quick response DAA. I'm heading to CFRC Ottawa tomorrow morning to get this started!!

You can always apply "online" and get the same service.  Not sure if Ottawa will accept a paper application these days but it's up to you what you want to do.....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MrRGoyer on October 22, 2012, 21:50:17
I've heard that the online applications aren't the best way to go..now this is only here say, would I be better off doing it online?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 22, 2012, 22:12:33
I've heard that the online applications aren't the best way to go..now this is only here say, would I be better off doing it online?

Makes no difference...your going to receive the same level of service.  Eventually, "online" will be the only way to go.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on October 26, 2012, 05:37:04
Unfortunately, CF File Manager is no longer able to use unofficial means to respond to official queries and has asked for their account to be removed.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: 5talin on October 27, 2012, 19:26:48
Hi there. My situation is i started the process by applying online in march, did my cfat in august was told i did relly well and could have any trade my education could apply for. My interview was october second and medical on the fourth. I was told i did great on the medical and my interview went well. I had too get a form filled out by an optometrist wgich i did on the way home and brought it in the 12. I was last told it was on its way to ottawa last week. I have applied for infantry, artillery ground defence, artillery air defence. Only negative i heard throughout the process was my grades in high school were pretty low. I'm 19 and only have my diploma. Also my refrences went well. Just wondering if theres a chance i could be sworn in anytime soon and be shipped somewhere. Think about this everyday an can't wait?I'm in toronto by the way.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AlexSB on October 27, 2012, 22:11:55
Hi there. My situation is i started the process by applying online in march, did my cfat in august was told i did relly well and could have any trade my education could apply for. My interview was october second and medical on the fourth. I was told i did great on the medical and my interview went well. I had too get a form filled out by an optometrist wgich i did on the way home and brought it in the 12. I was last told it was on its way to ottawa last week. I have applied for infantry, artillery ground defence, artillery air defence. Only negative i heard throughout the process was my grades in high school were pretty low. I'm 19 and only have my diploma. Also my refrences went well. Just wondering if theres a chance i could be sworn in anytime soon and be shipped somewhere. Think about this everyday an can't wait?I'm in toronto by the way.

Well, I am on the merit list right now waiting for a job offer, and I used to be in the reserves 3 years ago, so  from my personal experience what I can say is that you better get used to waiting (there will be alot of it). As far as I know, once your file is back from Ottawa, you will be merit listed (if everything is good). Once you are merit listed, you wait for a job offer. How soon you will get a call depends on where you stand on the list and the amount of positions available for the job and some other things, there are plenty of threads regarding this topic so I wont go into it. As far as being "shipped" somewhere, if you mean deployed, then dont worry thats the last thing that should be on your mind, pass bmq, sq, etc... first.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Boothy663 on November 01, 2012, 12:13:16
Hey I am currently merit listed for DEO Mars officerand I heard selection will be sometime in November, can you tell me how many MARS officer positions are available and how competitive of a position MARS is? Thanks!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on November 01, 2012, 18:12:41
Unfortunately, CF File Manager is no longer able to use unofficial means to respond to official queries and has asked for their account to be removed.



Apparently you guys didn't read this, did you?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 06, 2012, 15:56:40


Apparently you guys didn't read this, did you?

Doesn't mean that you still can't get "unofficlal" responses to your queries...regretably, the individual identified themself and thus became an "official" source of info.  On top of that, CF File Manager refused to post any responses publicly, which doesn't provide a service to help anyone.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: capone75 on November 06, 2012, 16:45:31
Hello, Im new to this post and new applicant for the CF. I want to enter as a Medic in the reserves. I have university degrees and community college ect, but scared about my math.
I have  an file processed and an pre interview chat this evening with  a CO. HOw long after this pre interview this evening will I have before my cfat as I want practice? I am thinking of getting a math tutor to get me up to  speed so I alteast feel confident in math area.. english is np. Thnx
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 06, 2012, 17:29:20
Hello, Im new to this post and new applicant for the CF. I want to enter as a Medic in the reserves. I have university degrees and community college ect, but scared about my math.
I have  an file processed and an pre interview chat this evening with  a CO. HOw long after this pre interview this evening will I have before my cfat as I want practice? I am thinking of getting a math tutor to get me up to  speed so I alteast feel confident in math area.. english is np. Thnx

See this ---->  http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,23193.msg1278.html#msg1278
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mike Bobbitt on November 06, 2012, 17:44:20
Doesn't mean that you still can't get "unofficlal" responses to your queries...regretably, the individual identified themself and thus became an "official" source of info.  On top of that, CF File Manager refused to post any responses publicly, which doesn't provide a service to help anyone.

Actually, the individual in question was very willing to help, but given the official word to shut down from their chain of command. Official information must come directly from approved sources so the best advice is still 'contact your recruiter'.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on November 07, 2012, 02:25:27
Is the Infantry trade open at the moment?
Thanks..
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Johansen on November 07, 2012, 04:14:08
Is the Infantry trade open at the moment?
Thanks..
/quote]

Speaking with a recruiter would probably be your best bet for an accurate answer.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Johansen on November 07, 2012, 04:17:39
My mistake, I didn't read the OPs first post. Apparently not that competent at posting on my phone.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on November 07, 2012, 14:51:23
Is the Infantry trade open at the moment?
Thanks..


I'm not a recruiter, but, as far as i know Infantry is closed. At least thats what North Bay told me.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on November 07, 2012, 17:42:19
Okay thanks... guess I have to wait until the next time it opens next, which will be... April? Gahh.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on November 07, 2012, 18:58:49
I know how you feel dude. Hurry up and wait haha. In the meantime try to make your application as competitive as possible.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on November 08, 2012, 01:52:43
Yeah, I'm kinda stuck. The only fall back I have is to apply for a college next year if I don't get in by next October.
I might put in for an armoured soldier also, but from what I've heard, Infantry is worth waiting for.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Bewley61 on November 21, 2012, 00:28:29
So Today I just did my CFAT and scored well enough for every possible job as a NCM in the Canadian Forces, but I want to be an officer. Is it possible too just rank up through being a NCM or any other way, or would I need to retake my CFAT
Thanks Guys!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ModlrMike on November 21, 2012, 00:51:27
Did you even try the SEARCH function?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Bewley61 on November 21, 2012, 01:14:47
I cant seem to find it, i'm new on this forum. If you could help in any way that'd be awesome! thanks
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ModlrMike on November 21, 2012, 01:19:10
Go to the top of the page and look for the rectangle with the word SEARCH beside it. I wager that's the search function. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Shamrock on November 21, 2012, 01:50:39
So Today I just did my CFAT and scored well enough forevery possible job as a NCM in the Canadian Forces, but I want to be an officer. Is it possible too just rank up through being a NCM or any other way, or would I need to retake my CFAT
Thanks Guys!

Yes. There are multiple options available, each with their own requirements beyond CFAT threshold.

UTPNCM. University Transfer Plan NCM. Soldiers without degrees are paid to go to school and receive a omission at the end. Similar to ROTP.

SCP. Special Commissioning Plan. Soldiers who have degrees apply to comission. Similar to DEO.

CFR. Comission from the ranks. Unlike the previous two, which require application, this is offered by the CO to his SNCOs and WOs who show outstanding officer like qualities.  No immediate requirement for a degree.

CEOTP. Continuing Education Officer Training Plan. Identical to one available to civvies. Not always offered. Application is made with intent to achieve a degree during service.

SRCP. Special Requirements Commissioning Plan. Available to CWOs. Commission, usually acting lacking, into the rank of captain. I'm not entirely sure, but I believe this is typically accompanied by a release after 5 or so years- but most who get it already have 25+ years in.

There's probably a few I've missed, but there you go.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on November 21, 2012, 02:33:02
Congrats! How was it?
--
Ahh, I called in and instead of just infantry, im: 1-infantry, 2-armoured 3-combat engineer for occupation choices.
The CF aren't recruiting infantry, I know until next year, in the spring-summer area they said. Apparently there are thousands of applications to go through, but not enough jobs for the taking, which is what the recruiter said to me.

Does anybody know when armoured/combat engineer would be recruiting? Same time as infantry maybe?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Blackadder1916 on November 21, 2012, 03:44:57
So Today I just did my CFAT and scored well enough forevery possible job as a NCM in the Canadian Forces, but I want to be an officer. Is it possible too just rank up through being a NCM or any other way, or would I need to retake my CFAT
Thanks Guys!

I take it that you did not score high enough on the CFAT for officer occupations.  If you join as an NCM, there are in-service avenues to commissioning (the various plans already identified) but as part of the processing for in-service commissioning your existing CFAT score will be reviewed and, if it does not meet the cut-off for officer, you should be offered the opportunity to retake it.  If you don't meet the CFAT scores for officer, you don't get commissioned.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Bewley61 on November 21, 2012, 19:25:58
Yes. There are multiple options available, each with their own requirements beyond CFAT threshold.

UTPNCM. University Transfer Plan NCM. Soldiers without degrees are paid to go to school and receive a omission at the end. Similar to ROTP.

SCP. Special Commissioning Plan. Soldiers who have degrees apply to comission. Similar to DEO.

CFR. Comission from the ranks. Unlike the previous two, which require application, this is offered by the CO to his SNCOs and WOs who show outstanding officer like qualities.  No immediate requirement for a degree.

CEOTP. Continuing Education Officer Training Plan. Identical to one available to civvies. Not always offered. Application is made with intent to achieve a degree during service.

SRCP. Special Requirements Commissioning Plan. Available to CWOs. Commission, usually acting lacking, into the rank of captain. I'm not entirely sure, but I believe this is typically accompanied by a release after 5 or so years- but most who get it already have 25+ years in.

There's probably a few I've missed, but there you go.


I should metion that I didnt score high enough too be an officer is that a problem?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on November 21, 2012, 20:36:36
I should metion that I didnt score high enough too be an officer is that a problem?

"Rewrites
Rewriting the test is only allowed in certain conditions. If you do not pass, you can request to rewrite the test after 3 months. You will only be allowed to write the test a third time if you provide proof that you are registered in a college or university program, and that you are passing courses without difficulty."
http://www.forces.ca/en/page/howtoapply-106#step3-3
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 26, 2012, 22:35:07
Good evening everyone,

I recently applied to the Canadian forces on October 31 of this year. I applied for three trades 1. Military Police, 2. Supply Technician and 3. Artillery Soldier - Field. Could anyone possibly tell me how long the process takes to complete and also if these trades are open for applications?. Thanking all of you in advance.

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Zulu 95 on November 27, 2012, 00:20:10
Good evening everyone,

I recently applied to the Canadian forces on October 31 of this year. I applied for three trades 1. Military Police, 2. Supply Technician and 3. Artillery Soldier - Field. Could anyone possibly tell me how long the process takes to complete and also if these trades are open for applications?. Thanking all of you in advance.

Lostly

I submitted my application on Sept. 4 of this year and am only now going in for my interview and medical tests. As well I have been told that I likely won't get a 'yes' or 'no' until April.

Hope this helps
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Brihard on November 27, 2012, 00:40:19

I should metion that I didnt score high enough too be an officer is that a problem?

Yes. The short version is you're screwed. It's not 'Call of Duty' where you can 'rank up' to be an officer. There are some plans to commission non commissioned members, but they must be suitable for it, and that will almost invariably include a high enough CFAT score.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 27, 2012, 01:29:37
I submitted my application on Sept. 4 of this year and am only now going in for my interview and medical tests. As well I have been told that I likely won't get a 'yes' or 'no' until April.

Hope this helps

The information you gave me does help alot. What trades have you applied for?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on November 27, 2012, 02:21:24
Yeah, I applied mid-October, and haven't gotten dates or anything.. but the trades I chose are also combat related, which is not in need, and over-stocked..as you could say. I hope next spring brings good news.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: gpear on November 27, 2012, 07:44:45
Good evening everyone,

I recently applied to the Canadian forces on October 31 of this year. I applied for three trades 1. Military Police, 2. Supply Technician and 3. Artillery Soldier - Field. Could anyone possibly tell me how long the process takes to complete and also if these trades are open for applications?. Thanking all of you in advance.

Lostly

I also applied near the end of October and supply tech was one of my choices as well.  I haven`t heard anything yet so far.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: half-pint on November 27, 2012, 09:21:45
Good evening everyone,

I recently applied to the Canadian forces on October 31 of this year. I applied for three trades 1. Military Police, 2. Supply Technician and 3. Artillery Soldier - Field. Could anyone possibly tell me how long the process takes to complete and also if these trades are open for applications?. Thanking all of you in advance.

Lostly

Unfortunately, there is no A + B = C equation for how long the recruiting process will take.  Some people wait years; while others wait mere months.  I waited a couple of years, received a job offer two months ago and here I sit, waiting at home for a posting message, still not sworn in. :facepalm: The military motto, "Hurry up and wait" is very apt. Good luck and enjoy the ride.  :salute:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 27, 2012, 09:28:25
What trades did you apply for?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 27, 2012, 10:05:05
Hi everyone :-)

How many of you, after you apply online, check the website that can tell you the status of your application? and is it ever updated after you send in the photocopies of supporting documents?

Thank you all,

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hogie85 on November 27, 2012, 10:38:16
I applied about eight months ago and have gone through the CFAT, medical, and interview stages of my application. I am now waiting on a merit list to be loaded into MPAC. That is just a little bit of my application history for you Lostly. Now to answer your question. During those eight months my online status was only updated three times so it does happen. Just keep checking in on it and it will change. My suggestion, and this is only my opinion, take this time and research your trades, and study a GED book. This will only serve to help you in the future. A good motto to live by is "hurry up and wait". I do wish you good luck on the rest of your application process and hope to work with you in the future. Oh by the way I applied for MP as well.  :salute:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 27, 2012, 11:08:00
I applied about eight months ago and have gone through the CFAT, medical, and interview stages of my application. I am now waiting on a merit list to be loaded into MPAC. That is just a little bit of my application history for you Lostly. Now to answer your question. During those eight months my online status was only updated three times so it does happen. Just keep checking in on it and it will change. My suggestion, and this is only my opinion, take this time and research your trades, and study a GED book. This will only serve to help you in the future. A good motto to live by is "hurry up and wait". I do wish you good luck on the rest of your application process and hope to work with you in the future. Oh by the way I applied for MP as well.  :salute:

I have been hearing alot about the merit list. I guess it means you have been accepted and now just waiting to receive your bmq date. Congratulations on reaching that point in the process. Thank you for letting me know about MPAC. I only applied last month and just over anxious if that makes sense. I have been studying with books and online and I seem to be doing ok. I hope to work with all of you as well. I have always believed that the Canadian Forces have a strong sense of "family" when it comes to helping each other, and I think I have found that here :nod:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 28, 2012, 11:57:32
Morning all  :)

Just a quick question to anyone out there. Is it considered pushy if I call the CFNRCC and ask them for an update? I do not want to be seen as pushy or rude to them. I know thier are very busy. Am I just allowing my nerves to get the best of me?

Deepest thanks,

Lostly :D
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sizzle on November 28, 2012, 12:01:57
Morning all  :)

Just a quick question to anyone out there. Is it considered pushy if I call the CFNRCC and ask them for an update? I do not want to be seen as pushy or rude to them. I know thier are very busy. Am I just allowing my nerves to get the best of me?

Deepest thanks,

Lostly :D

I wouldn't call it pushy as long as you don't call more then once every couple weeks then it should be fine.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on November 28, 2012, 16:33:47
Hopefully this isn't a stupid question. I got an email the other day from the North Bay Virtual Recruiting Centre saying that my applicant file is now complete. What does that mean exactly?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: half-pint on November 28, 2012, 16:42:18
Morning all  :)

Just a quick question to anyone out there. Is it considered pushy if I call the CFNRCC and ask them for an update? I do not want to be seen as pushy or rude to them. I know thier are very busy. Am I just allowing my nerves to get the best of me?

Deepest thanks,

Lostly :D

From personal experience (both my husband and I have gone through the recruiting process successfully), the pushier the better.  They are dealing with a lot of files and sometimes things go unnoticed or slip through the cracks if its not brought to their attention.  Maybe CFRC Hamilton is just an exception, but they never seemed to mind when we called for an update.  Also, if I had not called back in March, I would not have known that I had to do an updated interview. You want the job? Well, the onus is on you to ensure you have your ducks in a row. Just my  :2c:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 28, 2012, 18:16:14
Hi Half-pint,

Thank you for all the information you and the others are giving me. I only applied on October 31 of this year, and my thinking is should I call the Toronto recruiting centre or the one in Northbay where we all send our applications?. I apologize for all these questions.

Deepest thanks,
Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 28, 2012, 18:18:39
From personal experience (both my husband and I have gone through the recruiting process successfully), the pushier the better.  They are dealing with a lot of files and sometimes things go unnoticed or slip through the cracks if its not brought to their attention.  Maybe CFRC Hamilton is just an exception, but they never seemed to mind when we called for an update.  Also, if I had not called back in March, I would not have known that I had to do an updated interview. You want the job? Well, the onus is on you to ensure you have your ducks in a row. Just my  :2c:


Hi Half-pint,

Thank you for all the information you and the others are giving me. I only applied on October 31 of this year, and my thinking is should I call the Toronto recruiting centre or the one in Northbay where we all send our applications?. I apologize for all these questions.

Deepest thanks,
Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 28, 2012, 18:40:57

Hi Half-pint,

Thank you for all the information you and the others are giving me. I only applied on October 31 of this year, and my thinking is should I call the Toronto recruiting centre or the one in Northbay where we all send our applications?. I apologize for all these questions.

Deepest thanks,
Lostly

Unless you received an email that your file was forwarded to Toronto, then I would suggest calling or emailing North Bay.  Better yet, I would suggest checking your online status on Monday to see if it has changed    ;D

If not, then call North Bay for an update...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on November 28, 2012, 19:10:06
Hopefully this isn't a stupid question. I got an email the other day from the North Bay Virtual Recruiting Centre saying that my applicant file is now complete. What does that mean exactly?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 28, 2012, 19:40:04
Hopefully this isn't a stupid question. I got an email the other day from the North Bay Virtual Recruiting Centre saying that my applicant file is now complete. What does that mean exactly?

Means that your documents were received, your file was updated and ready for processing.

The email should have also indicated whether or not your occupation choices were available and also whether or not you qualify for any of them...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on November 28, 2012, 20:06:40
I didn't send any documents, that's what's confusing me. Also, it didn't say anything about me qualifying for my chosen trades. So essentially does this mean that once my trades are opened, that my file will be processed? Forgive my ignorance and thank you for your patience.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 29, 2012, 00:17:05
Unless you received an email that your file was forwarded to Toronto, then I would suggest calling or emailing North Bay.  Better yet, I would suggest checking your online status on Monday to see if it has changed    ;D

If not, then call North Bay for an update...

Dear DAA,

Thank you for the information. I hope the news is good, and I am very excited just at the prospect of becoming a member of the Canadian Forces family. I will definately check the online status and follow the advice you and Half-pint have given me. I dream of becoming a Supply Technician and hope that dream will come true.

Do you think the Canadian Forces will be hiring this year or does it make sense to look forward to 2013?

Have a great day everyone  :salute:

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on November 29, 2012, 02:31:19
I didn't send any documents, that's what's confusing me. Also, it didn't say anything about me qualifying for my chosen trades. So essentially does this mean that once my trades are opened, that my file will be processed? Forgive my ignorance and thank you for your patience.

I'm not to far along, but from what I've heard from recruiters, etc...
Initially, the email should tell you what to send regarding documents... if it didn't, call a RC or even email them.
And when you take your CFAT im pretty sure it tells you by looking at the results what you're qualified to do or not. And, your file would be further processed after they receive your initial documents (for me it was educational transcripts and Birth Cirtificate COPY).
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 29, 2012, 22:20:33
I would give anything to find out my application was forwarded to the Toronto recruiting centre.  It would mean that my dream is finally starting to come true :yellow:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on November 30, 2012, 01:00:57
Yes, you and me both feel the same about ourselves.... with mine being forwarded to the Vancouver RC, I'd be so happy haha.  :nod:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 30, 2012, 17:29:13
Good evening everyone,

Another question for anyone out there. After you do your CFAT , do you learn of the results and what trades you qualify for right away or do you wait until you complete the medical and interview? Also for the regular force is there a physical test during the recruitment process or is that done at BMQ in St. Jean?

Many thanks  :D

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 30, 2012, 17:34:58
Once you have done the CFAT, you should be debriefed that same day, if not shortly afterwards.  The recruiters will then know whether or not you qualify for the occupations that you have selected and if not, they will see if your interested in something that you do qualify for...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 30, 2012, 18:08:53
Once you have done the CFAT, you should be debriefed that same day, if not shortly afterwards.  The recruiters will then know whether or not you qualify for the occupations that you have selected and if not, they will see if your interested in something that you do qualify for...

Hi DAA,

Thank you so much with your help. I am nervous about calling North Bay on Monday which is silly when only asking for an update. However if I don't ask I will never know and it won't hurt to ask :nod:

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 30, 2012, 18:16:07
Thank you so much with your help. I am nervous about calling North Bay on Monday which is silly when only asking for an update. However if I don't ask I will never know and it won't hurt to ask :nod:

If your already dealing with your local CFRC, then you should talk to them.  North Bay can provide you with info but if your file is already at a local Centre, then NB can only provide generic info...  The processing Centre can provide more...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on November 30, 2012, 18:43:01
If your already dealing with your local CFRC, then you should talk to them.  North Bay can provide you with info but if your file is already at a local Centre, then NB can only provide generic info...  The processing Centre can provide more...

Hi DAA,

I have not as of yet receive an email from North Bay regarding my application to see if it has been forwarded to the recruiting centre here in Toronto. Should I even call the RC here in Toronto as well regarding my application?

Many thanks,
Lostly
p.s. I am so sorry for all the questions :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: FlyingE on November 30, 2012, 21:56:02
Hi there,
First time RMC ROTP applicant,
 
Choices:
1. Pilot
2. Aerospace Engineering Officer
3. IntO

I have completed the CFAT in which I was told I did exceptionally well on, I have my interview on wednesday and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what to study and what to know.

All answers welcome,
Thanks in advance
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on November 30, 2012, 22:32:42
I have my interview on wednesday and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what to study and what to know.

Interview advice (merged)
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=12755.250
12 pages
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 03, 2012, 13:04:30
What happens if you have trouble finding your high school transcripts or if you never kept them, and the CFNRCC is requesting them for part of your file?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MusclesGlasses on December 03, 2012, 13:17:13
What happens if you have trouble finding your high school transcripts or if you never kept them, and the CFNRCC is requesting them for part of your file?

You contact the school board in which you attended high school and request, usually at a cost, new copies of your transcripts.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 03, 2012, 14:09:37
You contact the school board in which you attended high school and request, usually at a cost, new copies of your transcripts.

Does the school board send you a single complete transcript for your entire time at high school or just for one particular grade and then does that make you have to order from grade 9 - 12 individually?

Many thanks,
lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MusclesGlasses on December 03, 2012, 14:11:30
Does the school board send you a single complete transcript for your entire time at high school or just for one particular grade and then does that make you have to order from grade 9 - 12 individually?

Many thanks,
lostly

No idea what your board would send. I requested one from the Toronto Public board years ago and it was for the full time I was enrolled. I would imagine yours would do the same.

Call and find out...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 03, 2012, 23:41:12
No idea what your board would send. I requested one from the Toronto Public board years ago and it was for the full time I was enrolled. I would imagine yours would do the same.

Call and find out...

I called the school board today and I will have the transcript within a week. Very excited knowing everything is going well with the process thus far. Not sure what else to say because I am just happy  :nod:

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 04, 2012, 20:32:15
Hello everyone,

Hope this finds all of you well. Just another quick question for the board. I hear that there is an express test during the application stage (CFAT, Interview etc ) for the Regular force. Is this true or is it done once you are at St. Jean?

Many thanks,
Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: half-pint on December 04, 2012, 20:44:29
Hello everyone,

Hope this finds all of you well. Just another quick question for the board. I hear that there is an express test during the application stage (CFAT, Interview etc ) for the Regular force. Is this true or is it done once you are at St. Jean?

Many thanks,
Lostly

You will not do the express test until you get to St-Jean. 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 04, 2012, 21:53:25
You will not do the express test until you get to St-Jean.

Hi Half-pint,

Thank you for the answer. Is there any physical testing during the recruitment process. Sorry if I am asking the same question again. Been under the weather lately.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Brihard on December 04, 2012, 23:29:46
Hi Half-pint,

Thank you for the answer. Is there any physical testing during the recruitment process. Sorry if I am asking the same question again. Been under the weather lately.

Shockingly for Reg Force applicants there is not, which I don't think I'm alone in considering deplorable.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: half-pint on December 05, 2012, 11:29:28
Shockingly for Reg Force applicants there is not, which I don't think I'm alone in considering deplorable.

Agreed.  I think it is crazy that only those applying to the reserves have to do a fitness test during the application process. I had to do the step test (not a very physically challenging test, but better than nothing) when I first applied to the CF as a reservist and then again when I transferred into RegF. 

Lostly,

 During the first week at basic, you will be required to meet a 'threshold fitness standard'.  For example, men have to do 4 push ups and women have to do 2.  My husband, who just finished basic last summer, told me about this test and I did not believe him.  First of all, there were quite a few people from his platoon who were booted because they couldn't pass the minimum and I thought there is no way a person who joins the CF is unable to do at least 4 push ups, but I was wrong. This website proves my husband didn't lie to me :P : http://www.cflrs.forces.gc.ca/menu/ps/rec/ec-pf/index-eng.asp. 

Hope that helps Lostly.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 05, 2012, 12:03:31
Agreed.  I think it is crazy that only those applying to the reserves have to do a fitness test during the application process. I had to do the step test (not a very physically challenging test, but better than nothing) when I first applied to the CF as a reservist and then again when I transferred into RegF. 

Lostly,

 During the first week at basic, you will be required to meet a 'threshold fitness standard'.  For example, men have to do 4 push ups and women have to do 2.  My husband, who just finished basic last summer, told me about this test and I did not believe him.  First of all, there were quite a few people from his platoon who were booted because they couldn't pass the minimum and I thought there is no way a person who joins the CF is unable to do at least 4 push ups, but I was wrong. This website proves my husband didn't lie to me :P : http://www.cflrs.forces.gc.ca/menu/ps/rec/ec-pf/index-eng.asp. 

Hope that helps Lostly.

Dear Half-pint,

I truly want to thank you for all the advise and information you are giving me. I really appreciate it. I have been practicing doing pushups and since loosing alot of weight it seems to help. With you permission, may I ask what element and trade you are in? Your insight has helped me have a better understanding of what I should expect. I received a call from NB and they want to send my file out to the rc in my area. The news sounds exciting and wonder what I should expect in the next few weeks or months to come. Any words of wisdom?

Deepest thanks,
Lostly :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: half-pint on December 05, 2012, 12:41:10
Dear Half-pint,

I truly want to thank you for all the advise and information you are giving me. I really appreciate it. I have been practicing doing pushups and since loosing alot of weight it seems to help. With you permission, may I ask what element and trade you are in? Your insight has helped me have a better understanding of what I should expect. I received a call from NB and they want to send my file out to the rc in my area. The news sounds exciting and wonder what I should expect in the next few weeks or months to come. Any words of wisdom?

Deepest thanks,
Lostly :)

Lostly,

Always happy to help :) As for my background, I started as an infantry soldier in the reserves, then became a Reg force infantry officer and was subsequently medically released.  I am swearing in tomorrow as a MARS officer. My insight may not always be right and I do appreciate being corrected when what I say proves to be wrong (there are many on here whose experience and knowledge far exceed my own)  As well, things have changed A LOT since I was released 6 years ago, therefore, I appreciate your need for information.  The application process is quite familiar to me as I have been through it 4 times; 3 times myself (once for the reserves and twice for RegF) and my husband has been through it.  I was very lucky because I already knew many of the people who worked at my RC and those I didn't, my husband and I made a point to get to know.  They are busy people who are trying to deal with more files than they have hours in the day, therefore, you have to be sure to know what is required of you and keep them informed of what is required of you.  If you need to update your interview, don't wait for them to call you to book (you'll probably be waiting a looooong time), call them and book an interview.  This is just from my own experience, every case is different.  From what I can remember, you need to get all your paperwork in as quickly as possible so that your background, reference and credit checks can be done.  You can't move forward without these (the credit and background/police checks are the most essential).  Some RCs will not book you into a CFAT unless the job you're applying for is open, others will, so again, that depends on your RC. Your RC will probably know around Feb or March what is opening up in the new fiscal year and if your trade choice is going to be open, they will most likely book you in for your CFAT, interview and medical if you haven't already done them. 

Don't compare your own experience with others you read on here.  There are always factors you are not aware of that will vary your results from the results of others.  I'm going to give the same condescending advice everyone always gives on this forum; relax and be patient, it will happen when it is supposed to happen.  Like myself and almost everyone else who has gone through the recruiting process, you will most likely not take this advice because it is so much easier said than done.  I kept telling my husband to relax and be patient leading up to and following his job offer and yet, the two months since my own job offer, I've been a terror to live with. The only way to lessen the stress is to make sure you've done everything you possibly could from your end, then its out of your hands.

 I truly wish you good luck and try to enjoy the process!!!!

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 06, 2012, 00:38:40
I find it extremely odd hearing about people not being able to do 4/2 pushups... but if people have a weight problem or another, then sorry to hear about it..
I hope I'd be okay for the fitness part, I can do 40+ pushups, 60+ situps, and around 15 chin-ups.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Wilder on December 06, 2012, 11:50:43
Half-pint,

I have some questions for you regarding your medical release and subsequent rejoining,  May I PM you for details?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: half-pint on December 06, 2012, 15:55:41
Half-pint,

I have some questions for you regarding your medical release and subsequent rejoining,  May I PM you for details?

Of course!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 07, 2012, 13:08:05
Half-pint,

Congratulations on your swearing in ceremony. How did it go? Very emotional probably. All of us are proud of you for obtaining your dream :nod:

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: S8W7 on December 10, 2012, 07:15:07
Is it reasonably safe to say that if a trade is listed as "in demand" on the forces.ca site, that they are currently processing applications for it? I just submitted an application for Marine Engineer (my other two choices were Hull Tech and E Tech) and I'm wondering if I should have looked into just how "in demand" the trade really is before I submitted my application.

Life will go on in the meantime, but it's nice to have an idea if I'll be processed smoothly or if my application will be floating around for years. From what I have been reading on these forums, and others, there seems to be a correlation between applicant suitability for the trade they applied for and whether or not that trade currently requires people, at least as far as application processing goes. At what stage in the application process to these hangups occur? Is it prior to CFAT or after?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on December 10, 2012, 10:47:36
Your file will be processed for Mar Eng and E Tech for this year and for next.  H Tech is currently not available...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 10, 2012, 12:45:43
I know I can wait and enjoy the process of applying. Just wish I did it last year lol  ;D Everything will happen when the planets line up and the stars align. Like everyone here, I really want this dream to come true.

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: S8W7 on December 10, 2012, 17:16:34
Your file will be processed for Mar Eng and E Tech for this year and for next.  H Tech is currently not available...

I went to my local CFRC and they said the same thing. It's definitely a good feeling! Hopefully I don't bomb my CFAT or interview and I can actually get a seat in BMQ next year. :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: secondchance on December 12, 2012, 14:04:07
I find it extremely odd hearing about people not being able to do 4/2 pushups... but if people have a weight problem or another, then sorry to hear about it..
I hope I'd be okay for the fitness part, I can do 40+ pushups, 60+ situps, and around 15 chin-ups.
about sit-ups.
You will need to do it during 1 minute.
Therefore you can count sit-ups only during one minute.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 13, 2012, 02:25:59
about sit-ups.
You will need to do it during 1 minute.
Therefore you can count sit-ups only during one minute.

Alright, thanks.
I thought itd be 2, but oh well.. I'd need to give it my all and hope for 50+.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 13, 2012, 09:51:56
I got an email yesterday stating that my file got transferred to my local RC (CFRC Edmonton) perhaps they got some new recruiting numbers for next year?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 13, 2012, 10:04:39
I got an email yesterday stating that my file got transferred to my local RC (CFRC Edmonton) perhaps they got some new recruiting numbers for next year?

When did you apply and for what trade?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 13, 2012, 10:08:01
I applied last February and I applied for Infantry, Combat Engineer and Arty.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 13, 2012, 10:20:30
I applied last February and i applied for Infantry, Combat Engineer and Arty.

When I applied in October it was for Arty, MP and Supply Tech. Heard all those you applied for were open. I hope it works out for you and good luck. If there was not an opening they wouldn't transfer your file, so I think it is good news  :nod:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 13, 2012, 10:41:06
Thank you Lostly. I couldn't wipe the grin off my face yesterday. In the E-mail they said they were transferring my file "in anticipation of forecasted openings in the new year" Where are you at in your application process?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 13, 2012, 10:52:41
Thank you Lostly. I couldn't wipe the grin off my face yesterday. In the E-mail they said they were transferring my file "in anticipation of forecasted openings in the new year" Where are you at in your application process?

Well, they needed a copy of my high school transcript, but it was mentioned that they wanted to send my file to the RC w/o it. However they wanted the transcript anyways. Just waiting for that email. Very nervous but hoping. It is a life long dream for me since I am starting a little later in life lol.  I really want that email, now there is a grin on my face lol. Just waiting is the hardest part of all.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 13, 2012, 11:15:07
Haha yeah waiting sucks but what can ya do?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 13, 2012, 11:29:52
Haha yeah waiting sucks but what can ya do?
Do my best and hope I get the email lol
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: S8W7 on December 13, 2012, 18:35:05
I've been looking through the recruiting process threads and there appears to be, on average, a six month delay between initial application submission (along with all supporting documents) and CFAT/medical/interview. In recent history there does not appear to be very many exceptions.

While I'd be happier to see shorter wait times, I will gladly utilize this time to prepare, upgrade some of my grades, get as fit as possible, continue with my civilian goals, and generally endeavour to make my application as attractive as humanly possible in the time provided.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on December 13, 2012, 18:45:45
I've been looking through the recruiting process threads and there appears to be, on average, a six month delay between initial application submission (along with all supporting documents) and CFAT/medical/interview. In recent history there does not appear to be very many exceptions.

From what I see there is a reason for this!  People who post to this forum have run into road blocks of some sort during the recruiting process and come here for help, so they should be considered the "exception" and not the norm.  If you applied and your file is processed, med, CFAT, interview and then enrolled, you would have no reason to even seek out assistance, which is what you are seeing in the posts.

Some factors that need to be considered if your contemplating joining the CF are:

a.  the time of the year when you apply;
b.  whether or not you have current and or prior medical issues;  and
c.  just what occupation you are applying for!!!  (ie; are there positions available)

There are many reasons why there is such a delay and these are only three of the more common ones.  Keep in mind, that the military should not be viewed as a last resort for employment, which regretably some people seem to perceive.  When in fact on average, only 1 out of every 10 people who apply, will actually receive an offer of employment....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on December 13, 2012, 21:06:16
Let me makes this rather blunt and clear...........

If you are an "applicant" to the CF and at anytime during the past year, you were told your application was CLOSED because "no positions were available" and a Recruiter recommended that you re-apply in the New Year (ie; Mar-Apr 13),  I would highly encourage you to resubmit your application on-line NOW!!!!!  Not March or April but NOW!!!

http://www.forces.ca/en/page/howtoapply-106#applynow-7

I would genuinely hate to see you apply in March or April based on the Recruiters advice to "re-apply in the new year", only to receive an email, phone call or letter at the end of April or shortly thereafter saying "Thank you for your interest in the CF but the occupations you have chosen are CLOSED for this year".....and it will happen!!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 13, 2012, 22:49:06
From what I see there is a reason for this!  People who post to this forum have run into road blocks of some sort during the recruiting process and come here for help, so they should be considered the "exception" and not the norm.  If you applied and your file is processed, med, CFAT, interview and then enrolled, you would have no reason to even seek out assistance, which is what you are seeing in the posts.

Some factors that need to be considered if your contemplating joining the CF are:

a.  the time of the year when you apply;
b.  whether or not you have current and or prior medical issues;  and
c.  just what occupation you are applying for!!!  (ie; are there positions available)

There are many reasons why there is such a delay and these are only three of the more common ones.  Keep in mind, that the military should not be viewed as a last resort for employment, which regretably some people seem to perceive.  When in fact on average, only 1 out of every 10 people who apply, will actually receive an offer of employment....


I have not hit any roadblocks. Just asking questions in general because I am a new applicant. I know I applied on halloween night of this year lol. So I just have to sit and wait my turn is all. Fingers crossed and see what happens. If my trades ( Military Police, Supply Technician and Artillery ) are open and the people at NB and my local RC want to select me for CFAT, Medical and Interview...wonderful  :snowman:

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on December 13, 2012, 23:24:38

I have not hit any roadblocks. Just asking questions in general because I am a new applicant. I know I applied on halloween night of this year lol. So I just have to sit and wait my turn is all. Fingers crossed and see what happens. If my trades ( Military Police, Supply Technician and Artillery ) are open and the people at NB and my local RC want to select me for CFAT, Medical and Interview...wonderful  :snowman:

So you applied in late October, which means that your application was processed in early Nov, so you fall into paragraph a. above of my "reasons for delay".

Regretably, positions for the occupations you selected were probably already handed out by the time you applied or your file was not "fully" processed in time for merit listing.

Application timing has alot to do with it!!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 13, 2012, 23:52:40
So you applied in late October, which means that your application was processed in early Nov, so you fall into paragraph a. above of my "reasons for delay".

Regretably, positions for the occupations you selected were probably already handed out by the time you applied or your file was not "fully" processed in time for merit listing.

Application timing has alot to do with it!!!

Oh well, if that is the case I will just wait to see what happens. Called NB for an update so will see what they have to say. I will not worry until they say thanks but no thanks. Positive attitude and hard work always pays off in the end.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on December 14, 2012, 00:06:07
Oh well, if that is the case I will just wait to see what happens. Called NB for an update so will see what they have to say. I will not worry until they say thanks but no thanks. Positive attitude and hard work always pays off in the end.

But don't fret.....  cause it is now "pre-processing" time, so your file will most likely be sent to your local CFRC for next years positions.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 14, 2012, 00:12:22
But don't fret.....  cause it is now "pre-processing" time, so your file will most likely be sent to your local CFRC for next years positions.
That would be wonderful. That time of year is usually around April? That will give me more time to get into shape and practice for the CFAT. I think it is April? lol
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 14, 2012, 02:07:16
Yeahhh I applied in October, early October..
Waiting on the dates for CFAT/Medical/Interview... etc...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: S8W7 on December 15, 2012, 00:06:12
Seems I missed the boat by about a month or two, since most of the people in the recruit process threads seemed to have gotten their offers mid-November. Since I applied the first week of December, it will be interesting to see how long it takes to receive word from North Bay.

I'm going to bet it will be six months before my local CFRC receives my file.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 16, 2012, 22:51:25
Seems I missed the boat by about a month or two, since most of the people in the recruit process threads seemed to have gotten their offers mid-November. Since I applied the first week of December, it will be interesting to see how long it takes to receive word from North Bay.

I'm going to bet it will be six months before my local CFRC receives my file.

Everything will work out in the end. Don't worry and keep doing what you are doing and it will happen. Think positive and enjoy the process. Without patience brings worry and worry brings heartache. You will make it.

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 17, 2012, 00:01:06
I applied last February and my file just got transferred on Thursday of this last week.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 17, 2012, 02:03:28
I applied last February and my file just got transferred on Thursday of this last week.

Which trade?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 17, 2012, 11:18:39
Infantry, Combat Engineer and Artillery.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 17, 2012, 11:32:49
Nice, but which specific trade are you looking to get into?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 17, 2012, 11:56:39
Infantry. Hands down. My file got transferred for "pre-processing in anticipation for the new year"
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 17, 2012, 13:50:41
Afternoon everyone,

I received an email from CFNRCC stating that they are reviewing my documents for competitiveness and eligibility. Also they will contact me with further instructions for the processing of my file once the review is complete. This sounds like good news to me. Any opinions are helpful from all of you.

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 17, 2012, 15:53:14
Infantry. Hands down. My file got transferred for "pre-processing in anticipation for the new year"

Congratulations Goodeman, Your face must be an ear to ear smile with that news.

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 17, 2012, 16:24:47
I was sick as a dog, hadn't slept for 2 days and was having a terrible day at work, and it wasn't even 9 am yet haha. After i got that e-mail I had a grin that no one could remove. It was a good day :D
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 17, 2012, 22:21:51
I was sick as a dog, hadn't slept for 2 days and was having a terrible day at work, and it wasn't even 9 am yet haha. After i got that e-mail I had a grin that no one could remove. It was a good day :D

That makes a great early Christmas present. You will do just fine. Congratulations. Now I am wondering what life at CFLRS is like. I hear different things but would love to see if they do an open house for possible new candidates.

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 17, 2012, 23:43:29
Im not out of the woods yet haha. One step at a time. From what I've heard, if you do what you are told, CFLRS isn't that bad.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 18, 2012, 00:01:28
Im not out of the woods yet haha. One step at a time. From what I've heard, if you do what you are told, CFLRS isn't that bad.

As long as you are a morning person than it should be ok...I personally am not a coffee drinker so am I in trouble? lol
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 18, 2012, 00:16:51
Mornings aren't bad. Its 18 hour days that are killer haha.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 18, 2012, 00:25:47
Nice, nice. I am jelous, because I got no such email  :-\

Congrats though  :nod:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 18, 2012, 12:31:38
Mornings aren't bad. Its 18 hour days that are killer haha.

Only 18 hours? well that is a walk in the park isn't it? or maybe it is dragging your sore tired feet after the first 15? We will all make it through. Getting that email will inspire you and others when they also get that message.

Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 19, 2012, 01:10:15
Only 18 hours? well that is a walk in the park isn't it? or maybe it is dragging your sore tired feet after the first 15? We will all make it through. Getting that email will inspire you and others when they also get that message.

Lostly :cdn:

It's true, every night I check my email, and every call to my house.. I wish it's the RC  :P
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sizzle on December 19, 2012, 06:25:12
Im not out of the woods yet haha. One step at a time. From what I've heard, if you do what you are told, CFLRS isn't that bad.

This. Just play the game. Its for 3 months and its in place for a reason.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 20, 2012, 14:14:55
Christmas is almost here  :nod:

Just a question. How long is the average time for the CFNRCC to send the file to your local RC?

Lostly
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays  :snowman:  :gottree:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 20, 2012, 16:01:49
It was 10 months for me.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 20, 2012, 16:47:11
It was 10 months for me.

I wonder when the CFNRCC and the local RC's close for Christmas?

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Artyman on December 20, 2012, 17:14:13
It was about 1 month for mine.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 20, 2012, 17:42:04
What trade tyler?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Artyman on December 21, 2012, 11:48:48
Artillery. Put the application in august 8th got a call within a month.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 21, 2012, 16:54:05
Artillery. Put the application in august 8th got a call within a month.
How did you get it so fast? lol and when would the CFNRCC and the RC's open after xmas?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: secondchance on December 21, 2012, 17:16:24
CFRC starts working January 7,2013
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Artyman on December 21, 2012, 22:50:40
Just did? Every application is different, I've waited longer for my interview because of the break for xmas. Not to mention I had already completed my CFAT from the co-op program. It also could be that the artillery trade at the moment is open, and whatever trade you're applying to is not.

Cheers,
Tyler.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: NathanKnell on December 23, 2012, 07:51:29
Hi,
I use to be in the reserves. I was released in '07.
I recently filled out an online application for the regular forces to become an officer.
I want to go through the ROTP route and hopefully become a pilot.
I'm just wondering what the application procedure is for rotp? Can I expect to start school at a certain time?
Or is there no way to really know? I applied a week ago and so I still need to send them
My transcripts and other paperwork.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: taylorwagner221 on December 24, 2012, 20:25:52
Hello,  I am going to apply for infantry when I turn 17 and go to post secondary in the meantime and leave the course if i am accepted into the Canadian forces. would the recruiters frown on me leaving post secondary for joining the military? I will graduate highschool in a few months and I still will be 16.  i have heard infantry is really compete so I decided it might help to get post secondary. but I have also heard when it comes to infantry post secondary does not matter is this true? If it is not true what post secondary course do you guys recommend? I would not want to spend a lot of cash and wouldn't want to stay long in post secondary as I just want to be in the military thanks.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 24, 2012, 21:06:44
If you are already going to post secondary, why not stay in the four years and get your degree and then apply to be an officer?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 25, 2012, 02:43:44
Hello,  I am going to apply for infantry when I turn 17 and go to post secondary in the meantime and leave the course if i am accepted into the Canadian forces. would the recruiters frown on me leaving post secondary for joining the military? I will graduate highschool in a few months and I still will be 16.  i have heard infantry is really compete so I decided it might help to get post secondary. but I have also heard when it comes to infantry post secondary does not matter is this true? If it is not true what post secondary course do you guys recommend? I would not want to spend a lot of cash and wouldn't want to stay long in post secondary as I just want to be in the military thanks.

I'm kind of in the same boat here...
From what I've read up on, asked for, and researched, there is pretty much no specific course that can perpare yourself for infantry.. so I've heard. I would consider taking subject courses that you are good at, or excel at. And I find it's quite odd to be graduating at age 16, oh well. (I think you need to be 17 with parental consent to apply, however 16 with parental for the OTP? I think...) Anyway...
And I doubt they would "frown upon" leaving post-secondary if you get accepted, because they'd see what you're willing to do to get into the military in the first place by "bettering yourself"..  Post secondary would be a good thing, and I'm looking to do the same if I do not get accepted by next september (I hope I do)..
Infantry is crowded with troops apparently, and I was told by a national recruiter "there are hundreds of applications, but not enough jobs," maybe even thousands. Infantry is a very tough, competative trade at the moment, and there is not much action for Canadian ground troops. Canada is also planning to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2013 I believe, but I doubt we'd totally be out... I heard Canada could move into Mali due to the situation there, but thats another rumour...
All in all, education cannot hurt, and would do good.. just make your application as competative as can be, so I've been told.. but you aren't alone in this situation, and there are many, many more people ahead of you however, respectfully.

Hope plans work out,

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on December 28, 2012, 16:02:37
I just tried to log onto the CF application website to check the status of my application and I read that there is authentication failure. Is that something everyone here has been having trouble with lately?

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on December 29, 2012, 03:39:16
I just tried to log onto the CF application website to check the status of my application and I read that there is authentication failure. Is that something everyone here has been having trouble with lately?

Lostly

Yep, I got the same thing..
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: RedLion on December 31, 2012, 09:30:04
Yep, I got the same thing..

Same here. My best bet is that since national CFRC is out until Jan. 3rd, it won't come online until sometime after Jan. 3rd. They may also be gearing up the network to handle increased traffic and storage capacity because I heard all applications after Feb. 4th will be initiated online.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on December 31, 2012, 09:52:41
I wouldn't worry about the deadline gentlemen. The website usually never works.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MMSS on December 31, 2012, 19:32:26
I wouldn't worry about the deadline gentlemen. The website usually never works.

The optimist in me would say maybe it's offline because they're fixing it? :) Like many others here I too was told that all applications will soon be processed online so to me it's a good thing that they're actively working on it.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: srvn2sv on January 02, 2013, 00:00:51
Quick question folks....I know the application process can take a while to get through, but my documents have been sent from North Bay to the Barrie Recruiting Centre.  Now that was back on December 6 2012.  Should I call that office on January 7 to find out if it was rec'd, are they processing Med Tech apps, etc?

The optimistic portion of me wants to get the process going.

The pessimistic portion needs more time on the track and in the gym....I am 43 years old.

Your thoughts?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on January 02, 2013, 01:29:36
It wouldnt hurt to give them a call.  Im planning on calling then as well.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 03, 2013, 17:32:54
Quick question folks....I know the application process can take a while to get through, but my documents have been sent from North Bay to the Barrie Recruiting Centre.  Now that was back on December 6 2012.  Should I call that office on January 7 to find out if it was rec'd, are they processing Med Tech apps, etc?

The optimistic portion of me wants to get the process going.

The pessimistic portion needs more time on the track and in the gym....I am 43 years old.

Your thoughts?

When did you first apply? It never hurts to call the local RC for an update. I am 40 years old and applied back in October of this year. You are never too old to apply. Take all the free time you have to become as physically and mentally prepared as possible.

 I am hoping at least one of the trades I applied for will become available this year. Hopefully there will be some BMQ courses after March of this year. If they sent your file to the RC would that not be a good sign in your favour?

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: srvn2sv on January 04, 2013, 10:27:34
That's what I'm hoping.  Gonna give them a call today and see how the process is proceeding. 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Bugsy0088 on January 04, 2013, 18:48:41
Hey just wondering if anyone else has been able to login to check out their profile at all. I keep getting an authentication error message and it doesnt let me move forward at all. Just chekcin to make sure I am not the only one
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 17, 2013, 17:12:43
Received an email that says my file was transferred to the local RC. Just hoping I hear soon for the testing.  I hear people saying I should email the person handling my file but the only email I have is from the CFNRCC in NB. Would they be able to help me with where I am in the process and how I measure up with other candidates?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on January 17, 2013, 17:35:54
Call the RC that north bay said they transferred your file to.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on January 17, 2013, 17:51:23
I hear people saying I should email the person handling my file but the only email I have is from the CFNRCC in NB. Would they be able to help me with where I am in the process and how I measure up with other candidates?

If your file has been transferred, then you already measure up.  Give it about 2 weeks from the date you received the email and then call your local RC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 17, 2013, 18:50:04
Any particular questions I should have? Sorry for this silly question DAA

If your file has been transferred, then you already measure up.  Give it about 2 weeks from the date you received the email and then call your local RC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on January 17, 2013, 18:54:20
Any particular questions I should have?

For starters....."Have you received my file yet from North Bay?"    ;-)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 17, 2013, 18:57:28
For starters....."Have you received my file yet from North Bay?"    ;-)

Well I kinda figured lol. Should I ask about test dates? Where I fall in compared to other candidates? lol Hope you had a great New Years DAA :-)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on January 17, 2013, 21:10:40
My RC phoned me and said i had some more paperwork to fill in and then once that was filled in a processed then they would contact me for test dates.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 18, 2013, 10:14:29
Well I kinda figured lol. Should I ask about test dates? Where I fall in compared to other candidates? lol Hope you had a great New Years DAA :-)

I got the email about the transfer on January 7th. Maybe I should call today or wait until Monday?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on January 18, 2013, 11:46:39
Call today, dont delay.  ;D
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on January 19, 2013, 14:48:26
Call today, dont delay.  ;D

Maybe that little quip could be part of the CF Marketting Campaign?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on January 19, 2013, 17:35:45
I might just be onto something DAA.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 21, 2013, 11:29:05
Trying to call my local RC but no one is picking up :-( maybe I will try later or go in person ???
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: secondchance on January 21, 2013, 12:19:42
Trying to call my local RC but no one is picking up :-( maybe I will try later or go in person ???
If you live not so far then go in person.It is much reliable way according my experience
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 21, 2013, 13:28:35
For starters....."Have you received my file yet from North Bay?"    ;-)

Gave the RC a shout and was told to simply wait. Normal response I guess :-)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: srvn2sv on January 23, 2013, 19:16:48
Well.....

Dec 6 got my email from North Bay that my file was sent to RC.

Dec 17 email from RC to me sent to wrong address.

Jan 23 took your advice and went to go see them, realized error, taking completed forms back tomorrow.

Moral of the story....never be afraid to drop in and ask.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: GonzoTheClown360 on January 23, 2013, 22:27:15
ok so today i got my phone call from DND MND 1-705-476-1179 sadly i missed this call should i phone back or what do i do  the number comes up as 705-476-1179 and says cannot be completed as dialed ?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 23, 2013, 23:12:00
Call the CFNRCC in North Bay and have them verify the number
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: GonzoTheClown360 on January 24, 2013, 01:11:10
lol my bad i just realized my mistake the two numbers are the same i just had to dial the 1 before the second one  :facepalm:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Jarnhamar on January 24, 2013, 08:32:22
What trade did you pick Gonzo?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Loachman on January 24, 2013, 10:14:57
lol my bad i just realized my mistake the two numbers are the same i just had to dial the 1 before the second one  :facepalm:

The missing "1" was probably hiding where all of your capital letters, periods, and commas are.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Bzzliteyr on January 24, 2013, 10:58:35
The missing "1" was probably hiding where all of your capital letters, periods, and commas are.

I came here to write this.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Loachman on January 24, 2013, 13:00:35
Sorry.

I'll wait a little longer and give you a chance next time.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: GonzoTheClown360 on January 24, 2013, 13:26:58
What trade did you pick Gonzo?
Infantry
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Jarnhamar on January 24, 2013, 13:27:55
Infantry

Atta boy.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: GonzoTheClown360 on January 24, 2013, 15:15:18
Atta boy.

i have been working my assets off too so i can exceed expectations
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Bzzliteyr on January 24, 2013, 16:14:00
i have been working my assets off too so i can exceed expectations

Good stuff.  Try perhaps touching up you writing skills.  As was eluded to above, the punctuation and capitalization of your posts could use some work.  In the event you have to interact digitally with the recruiting center (email, etc) it would be wise to look more professional.

Good luck.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 30, 2013, 10:27:10
Morning Daa,

Sent you a message regarding what the RC said. Think I should call again today?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on January 30, 2013, 11:14:48
Daa,

I resent the mesaage :-)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: GonzoTheClown360 on January 30, 2013, 13:18:20
Just an update on where im at here is the email i just recieved

Good Day Ivan,
 
Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Forces (CF).  Your online application has been reviewed at this office.
 
We have received your proof of citizenship and transcript.
 
However, as your education was from an institution outside of Canada, you will be required to provide proof that your academic credentials meet the requirements of the CF.
 
There are a number of organizations across Canada that evaluate foreign secondary and post secondary education.  Some of these organizations offer free services and others require a fee, which is not reimbursable by CF Recruiting. These organizations should all fall under the national accreditation organization called the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).  Fees associated with translation of the applicant’s educational documents into either English or French are also not reimbursable by CF Recruiting.
 
http://www.canalliance.org (http://www.canalliance.org)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: dent67 on February 02, 2013, 14:50:41
I was wondering if anyone else is having the same issues I am.  I applied online on the 10th and sent my photocopies of transcripts etc. on the 15th (of Jan.).   Having only received the email asking for my supporting documents (the email that is sent automatically when you submit your online app) I called north bay to check that what I had mailed in had been received, this was on Friday (Feb. 1st).  I was told that my online application had only been received by them on Jan 24th as they had some system issues and that they had still not received what I mailed in.  The recruiter on the phone told me that their mail room is backed up pretty bad, so I was wondering if anyone else has heard similar?

I now wish I had just done it the old fashioned way and gone to the recruitment office, I feel that there would be less delay in the paperwork as it would all be direct.  I'm just starting to get worried because right now there are openings in the three trades I want and I'm hoping to get my name in there before they close up.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mikmaq on February 02, 2013, 17:04:30
I now wish I had just done it the old fashioned way and gone to the recruitment office, I feel that there would be less delay in the paperwork as it would all be direct.  I'm just starting to get worried because right now there are openings in the three trades I want and I'm hoping to get my name in there before they close up.

After I (finally) received my University transcripts, I walked in the recruiting center with all of my paperwork. I was told that they were no longer accepting paper applications for my trade (I had called the day before and they were!!!)...but North Bay was. So I mailed it to them and received the automatic confirmation email. A couple of weeks later I was told that my trade was closed for the year, but that they'll hold on to my file until the next fiscal year. A couple of weeks after that I was told that my file was being transferred to the local RC in order to be processed for next fiscal year. In between these emails, I contacted them 2-3 times just to update certain things and ask if there was anything I could do in the meantime that could make me more competitive.

Moral of the story is: be patient and stay on top of things. You'll read about people breezing through the application process, and others waiting for months (even years). Every application is different. Don't dwell on what could have been. Good luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Proud_Canadian on February 05, 2013, 09:55:09
After I (finally) received my University transcripts, I walked in the recruiting center with all of my paperwork. I was told that they were no longer accepting paper applications for my trade (I had called the day before and they were!!!)...but North Bay was.

I can only imagine how frustrating this is.  Generally, CFRCs are not supposed to be taking paper applications anymore because the application submission process is supposed to go all online (with some exceptions).  As there can be problems with the online process, to no fault of North Bays (supporting websites, equipment etc) outages mean CFRCs start taking paper applications again for a short period than as soon as the website is back up, switch back to online only.

The flip flop has nothing to do with you are your particular application, although I am sure it feels like your getting the run around, it's just bad luck.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on February 05, 2013, 10:30:53
.............  Generally, CFRCs are not supposed to be taking paper applications anymore because the application submission process is supposed to go all online (with some exceptions). .........yada, yada, yada........

Please.  If you are going to give advice; give proper and correct advice.  Yes, you can submit your application electronically; but you must also print and sign the documentation and take it into the CFRC.  It is not a legally binding document without the "original signature" of the applicant or parent/guardian on it.   Signed documents ARE required (In BLUE ink).
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Proud_Canadian on February 05, 2013, 10:33:19
Please.  If you are going to give advice; give proper and correct advice.  Yes, you can submit your application electronically; but you must also print and sign the documentation and take it into the CFRC.  It is not a legally binding document without the "original signature" of the applicant or parent/guardian on it.   Signed documents ARE required (In BLUE ink).

That can be signed when you come in to write your CFAT.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on February 05, 2013, 10:39:20
That can be signed when you come in to write your CFAT.

So much easier if one plans ahead and comes prepared......Saves having Mommy or Daddy come in holding their hands.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mikmaq on February 05, 2013, 11:20:57
The flip flop has nothing to do with you are your particular application, although I am sure it feels like your getting the run around, it's just bad luck.

Thanks for your words of encouragement. The application process can be pretty disheartening, especially if you don't know what to expect. However to be honest I was fully prepared for certain 'setbacks'. I spent many hours on this forum looking at the 'Application Process' section and therefore sort of knew what to expect. Initial disappointment was replaced by delight at the mention that they were moving forward with my file. As the British say, 'keep calm and carry on'.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Proud_Canadian on February 05, 2013, 11:50:09
So much easier if one plans ahead and comes prepared......Saves having Mommy or Daddy come in holding their hands.

Applicants being able to show in person at a recruiting centre is not something that is universally expected across the country.  While most of southern Ontario is scattered with Recruiting centres, Many parts of the prairies and the West coast, for example, are extremely limited.  In Southern Ontario a large part of the population has a recruiting centre within an hour or two of there residence.  In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, theire are just 3 recruiting centres/Dets to service 2 large provinces resulting in drives that could take well over 4 hours for the simple purpose of handing in a duplicate Employment application that has been signed.  In BC, major cities like Kelowna, that twice the population of areas with recruiting centre such as Medicine Hat and more than Lethbridge, have no recruiting centre yet generate well over a hundred applications a year.  This is a 4-5 hours drive from the nearest recruiting centre.

Therefore it is not just due to a lack of planning and preparation that keeps many people from dropping off signed Employment application.In the end, we don't need everything signed until just before the CFAT anyways.

I will try and make more clear and concise posts in the future.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on February 11, 2013, 12:39:37
I am wondering if it is normal to get a service number during the time when your rc decides to proceed with your application ?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: 211RadOp on February 11, 2013, 12:59:21
I am wondering if it is normal to get a service number during the time when your rc decides to proceed with your application ?

Yes, my son received his when he was applying to the PRes three years ago (didn't accepted), and is still using it today for his current application for ROTP.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: estoguy on February 15, 2013, 13:54:56
I am wondering if it is normal to get a service number during the time when your rc decides to proceed with your application ?

Yup... because once the local RC has your application, that's how they identify you.  I got mine when I wrote the CFAT.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on February 21, 2013, 17:16:47
I wonder why some people become merit listed and some people have to re-apply after a period. If you are merit listed do you just have to wait until they call you? Is being merit listed a promise of a job offer?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: SeR on February 21, 2013, 17:32:03
Is being merit listed a promise of a job offer?

Being on the merit list only means that you have completed all of the steps in the application process and that you are placed on a list that compares how you scored with others. It is not a "promise" or guarantee since the ones placed higher on the list will get the positions first.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hax24 on February 25, 2013, 20:47:36
Does everyone who applies to the Reserves get merit listed? The Reserve unit i am applying to told me that there is a position available for me once I complete the application process, does this mean that I might still get merit listed, or am I being guaranteed a position once I finish the application process?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 26, 2013, 08:27:34
Does everyone who applies to the Reserves get merit listed? The Reserve unit i am applying to told me that there is a position available for me once I complete the application process, does this mean that I might still get merit listed, or am I being guaranteed a position once I finish the application process?

I don't believe the Reserves will use a Merit List process like the Reg F does, unless their are an inordinate number of applications for limited positions within the unit.

But something like that would be entirely up to the unit.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hax24 on February 26, 2013, 17:39:59
Alrighty, thanks.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Char546 on March 05, 2013, 11:14:37
Hey guys,

Just looking for a little insight with regards to my CF application. I applied as an aesop and am currently waiting for my medical to be processed in Ottawa, everything else has been completed. I was wondering roughly how long that would take? Also, I spoke with a recruiter yesterday and was told the selection for NCM trades will only begin after the end of the fiscal year 2012. Forces.ca says the aesop trade is "in demand" does this mean that by April there will be a high demand for aesops, or is the website referring to last years requirements? I'm just trying to get a better idea of whether or not it is realistic to believe that I have a possibility of getting a job offer this summer.

Your help is much appreciated,

-Charles
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Noctis on March 05, 2013, 11:34:42
Hi Charles,
The website was updated recently (a few months ago at most IIRC), so in demand means you're applying at the right time as it is a red trade and they will be hiring as much as possible for FY 2013 to bring the staffing up to standard.
Good luck!

Edit: Don't forget to ask your recruiter about a possible sign-up bonus!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 05, 2013, 11:37:03
The website is NOT reflective of "real time" requirements, so I wouldn't put much trust in that.

If you have done all your processing and are now just waiting for the Med results, then your file will not be Merit Listed until those are received.

As far as getting a job offer anytime soon, it is anyone's guess as there are never any guarantees.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Char546 on March 05, 2013, 12:02:45
So in the FY 2013 I'm guessing the bulk of the offers will be sent out in April-May? This is the first time I hear about a sign up bonus, how should I go about asking for it?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Noctis on March 05, 2013, 15:55:34
So in the FY 2013 I'm guessing the bulk of the offers will be sent out in April-May? This is the first time I hear about a sign up bonus, how should I go about asking for it?

Go see your recruiter and ask him if there would be any applicable signing bonus since you're applying for a ''in demand'' ncm trade. While you're at it, he can answer all other questions you  might still have.

Edit: From what I understand, you are eligible for a singing bonus if you have related expertise in the trade. Go see a recruiter to get the jist of it.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: SeR on March 05, 2013, 16:46:31
Quote
The Department of National Defence is no longer offering signing bonuses to recruits with special skills, a move criticized by a defence expert as being part of federal government cutbacks.

That quote is from the following link if anyone would like to read up on it:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/07/03/ns-dnd-signing-bonuses.html
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 05, 2013, 18:07:49
Go see your recruiter and ask him if there would be any applicable signing bonus since you're applying for a ''in demand'' ncm trade. While you're at it, he can answer all other questions you  might still have.
Edit: From what I understand, you are eligible for a singing bonus if you have related expertise in the trade. Go see a recruiter to get the jist of it.

Applying for an in demand occupation does not entitle you to anything.  Furthermore, there are NO more signing bonuses at the present time.

What you are referring to in your statement "you are eligible for a signing bonus if you have related expertise in the trade" is "recognition" of prior training (ie; actual certified civilian qualifications) that might be applicable to your chosen occupation.  All this will do, is possibly provide you a "time credit" towards future pay incentives and or promotion but there are no guarantees.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CadetJ on March 05, 2013, 21:31:06
If you want to apply for ROTP during high school, where does the application form come from? Online? Or Recruitment centres? And when you ARE applying for ROTP in RMC, does the ROTP and RMC have to be two different applications, or is the ROTP option avaiable in the RMC application form? Thank you very much
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 05, 2013, 22:34:36
If you want to apply for ROTP during high school, where does the application form come from? Online? Or Recruitment centres? And when you ARE applying for ROTP in RMC, does the ROTP and RMC have to be two different applications, or is the ROTP option avaiable in the RMC application form? Thank you very much

There are differences here but only because you can actually attend RMC as a civilian in some cases.  Nevertheless, you can apply to RMC at anytime during the year!  The sooner, the better!

If you want to be a member of the CF and attend RMC, you need to submit an application "online" to the CF under the "ROTP" program.  You will then get an email back providing you with detailed information on how to apply for acceptance into RMC, which is the next part of the process.  READ THAT EMAIL CAREFULLY!!!

RMC will assess your academic transcripts that you have submitted to "them/RMC" and they in turn will advise the Canadian Forces Recruiting system whether or not you are "admissable" to RMC.  If you are admissable, then Recruiting will automatically send your file to your local Recruiting Centre for continued processing.

The greatest problem being encountered today, is applicants NOT reading the instructions which are being provided to them!!!  If your told to upload your information to the RMC Website, then do that, don't send it to Recruiting because Recruiting can't do anything with it!!!

It's a no-brainer application process.  If you can't figure it out, you obviously didn't read the instructions which were provided!!!!  Provided not once but twice!!!

And calling your MP for help ain't going to help you one ioda!!!  Cause I am sure your MP will be doing this    :facepalm:   after he gets the response to the MINQUERY...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on March 14, 2013, 16:12:15
Just got back from the CFAT and I qualified for every trase they have to offer. Now I just have to go to an interview and medical lol. So far so good. Just happy this part is over. Now onto the hard parts lol :-)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: 12rezaiab on March 17, 2013, 15:55:59
Hello, thank you for taking the time and reading this message. I have a few questions.

Q1: I did an online application in October 13th 2012 and for some reason i did not fill in the reference part of the application. Is there any way i can add references by calling or emailing the Canadian Forces Virtual Recruiting Center?

Q2: Is it a good idea to fill in another application as it is almost 6 months from the last one?

Q3: Is there a difference on how fast they process applications between reserves and the regular forces? (NCM)

Thank you for your time have a great day.

Regards

 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 18, 2013, 09:22:00
I have a few questions.
Q1: I did an online application in October 13th 2012 and for some reason i did not fill in the reference part of the application. Is there any way i can add references by calling or emailing the Canadian Forces Virtual Recruiting Center?
Q2: Is it a good idea to fill in another application as it is almost 6 months from the last one?
Q3: Is there a difference on how fast they process applications between reserves and the regular forces? (NCM)

Q1 - there is no requirement for references when initially applying online.  References are only required once your file has been transferred to your local CFRC and once they ask you for them.
Q2 - If your file is still with North Bay, then I would send an email to  jobs@forces.ca  and ask for an "update" on your file status.  If your file is with your local CFRC, then you need to be contacting them.  You must have heard something from someone at some point during this process......
Q3 - Processing for Res F and Reg F are two different things.  Res F applications are "immediately" sent to your local CFRC once they are received and from that point on, it is their responsibility to manage your file.  So a Res F online application is reviewed and forwarded within 4-5 business days.  A Reg F application requires you to send in "COPIES" of your Birth Certificate, Proof of Citizenship and "all" your Academic Transcripts.  Once these are received, they are reviewed and you are notified of the results, this is usually done within 2 weeks, dependant upon the work load.

I would just ask for a "file update" at this point in time to see what your status is.  Be sure to include your "Applicant ID" and as I mentioned before, you do this through whom ever is currently managing your file.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on March 18, 2013, 14:28:29
Afternoon everyone,

     I have several weeks to prepare for an interview. I am very excited and nervous. I know that I have to study all the trades I have applied to, paying close attention to the trade I am being processed for. Are there any key words and/or phrases I should look for, or even pick up some books on the trades I applied to? Any advice would be grateful.

Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on March 18, 2013, 16:17:57
Hello, thank you for taking the time and reading this message. I have a few questions.

Q1: I did an online application in October 13th 2012 and for some reason i did not fill in the reference part of the application. Is there any way i can add references by calling or emailing the Canadian Forces Virtual Recruiting Center?

Q2: Is it a good idea to fill in another application as it is almost 6 months from the last one?

Q3: Is there a difference on how fast they process applications between reserves and the regular forces? (NCM)

Thank you for your time have a great day.



Regards

Take DAA's advise. He has helped me alot, and has never steered me in the wrong direction. He truly wants to help people!!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: dvaronam on March 19, 2013, 19:47:54
DAA,

I just got an email today from a recruiter and he said that as of March 8, all applications (including reserves), have to be made online. Have you heard about this?

Correct me if I'm wrong, how it used to work before is that the recruiter from the reserve unit would have an email distribution list and he would send out notifications in april with the trades available. One would apply and if everything went well, you would start in september.

Now that the application is made online first, before you ever get a chance to talk to the local recruiter, how does one know what trades are available? Also, how do they know what reserves units you want to apply for, I didn't see anywhere on the online application to indicate the unit?

In general, I am just confused as to the application process for the reserves. If I apply today and all the checks, etc go well, when could I expect to actually start?

Thanks.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: 12rezaiab on March 20, 2013, 00:17:25
Q1 - there is no requirement for references when initially applying online.  References are only required once your file has been transferred to your local CFRC and once they ask you for them.
Q2 - If your file is still with North Bay, then I would send an email to  jobs@forces.ca  and ask for an "update" on your file status.  If your file is with your local CFRC, then you need to be contacting them.  You must have heard something from someone at some point during this process......
Q3 - Processing for Res F and Reg F are two different things.  Res F applications are "immediately" sent to your local CFRC once they are received and from that point on, it is their responsibility to manage your file.  So a Res F online application is reviewed and forwarded within 4-5 business days.  A Reg F application requires you to send in "COPIES" of your Birth Certificate, Proof of Citizenship and "all" your Academic Transcripts.  Once these are received, they are reviewed and you are notified of the results, this is usually done within 2 weeks, dependant upon the work load.

I would just ask for a "file update" at this point in time to see what your status is.  Be sure to include your "Applicant ID" and as I mentioned before, you do this through whom ever is currently managing your file.

Thank you very much for the answers but no i have not heard anything from them so far. I am going to wait till April 15th then if i still don't get a reply i guess i am going to start my back up career as a welder. its kind of disappointing, but oh well you can't always have what you want in life eh. haha have a great day, and thank you again.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AlexDKDavis on March 21, 2013, 09:33:58
Hello forum, just a quick, general question if you don't mind.

I am currently in my 2nd Application with the Canadian Forces. In my previous application, I completed all the necessary steps( supporting document, references, tests, etc.).

I was concerned this time around though, because a recruiter at my CFRC informed me that I would not have to retake any of the tests that I had previously taken, because they were within a cut-off date of my last application.

my question is: I may not have to complete any tests this time around, but do I need to re-submit my supporting documentation?

thank you for your time.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 21, 2013, 09:44:24
To be on the "safe" side, I would re-submit everything that they are asking you for whether or not you provided it in the past.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Bart905 on March 21, 2013, 12:14:24
Quick Question.

I received a call first week of February from the recruitment in Hamilton, The recruter asked me to come in and write my CFAT, I'm currently attending Algonquin college in Ottawa for that reason I couldn't make it and I asked him if I could write it when I visit hamilton next week he said he would try to fit me in if someone did not show up, anyways I visited Hamilton and I guess no spots were open, 2 weeks later I get another call from the recruter informing me that he had no choice but to close my file. I'm only attending a one year program 3 semesters on going meaning summer time also and I was going to be back in Hamilton in February and I did not want my files to be transferred to Ottawa then transferred back to Hamilton which would even take longer. The recruter said when your back in Hamilton just visit the recruiting center and we will re-open your file.

My question is, since I applied A lot has change, Volunteer hours , Employment and I will receive a diploma for my course will they include these updates when they re-open my file? Also has anyone been through this process and if so how long was it before they called you back to write your CFAT
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Gizmo 421 on March 21, 2013, 12:17:54
Bart905, could you contact your recruitment centre in Hamilton and ask if you could arrange to write your CFAT in Ottawa vice Hamilton, and have the results forwarded to Hamilton upon completion.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Bart905 on March 21, 2013, 12:35:06
that's a good idea actually I'm going to give it a try
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 21, 2013, 14:27:52
Two points for you to ponder......

1 - You may want to bring the contents of the CF Employment Application to your Recruiters attention!   Particularily the first page, under "Instructions", para 2.

Employment Application Form - http://cdn.forces.ca/_PDF2010/CF_application_form_demande_emploi_FC.pdf

2 - You can't just walk into to the CFRC and have your file "re-opened" any more.  If it is CLOSED, then you have to resubmit a new application.

Hopefully, the Ottawa option works out, as that would be so much easier.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: 12rezaiab on March 21, 2013, 15:11:57
To be on the "safe" side, I would re-submit everything that they are asking you for whether or not you provided it in the past.
Well i did get a confirmation email saying they have received my application and my legal documents such as birth certificate, ect after i finished filling them in, and mailed my legal docs.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on March 27, 2013, 10:18:22
Wonder why so many people get upset when the question is asked about the timeline for the process. If you do not know, than people should just be polite when they respond, and not make people feel stupid when they do ask the question. I understand the question is asked a lot though. Many people are just excited to have applied and want to get started. So with that. Apply, be patient and enjoy the process. It will happen when it is your time.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on March 27, 2013, 10:41:39
Six days until my interview. Studying hard and making notes. Any final thoughts on preparation is appreciated.

Thanks,
Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on March 27, 2013, 10:52:42
Six days until my interview. Studying hard and making notes. Any final thoughts on preparation is appreciated.

This may help.

Interview advice (merged):
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,12755.0.html

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on March 27, 2013, 11:00:00
This may help.

Interview advice (merged):
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,12755.0.html

Thanks :) Deeply appreciate the help and information.
Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on March 27, 2013, 11:08:19
Six days until my interview. Studying hard and making notes. Any final thoughts on preparation is appreciated.

Thanks,
Lostly

Probably nothing I'll type that you don't already know, but just relax. (Easier said than done, I know.  It's very difficult when one has a lot emotionally invested in the process.)

I've been interviewed twice (main interview/update interview for new hiring standards). My first interviewer was polite, but very serious.  My second interviewer was rather jovial and upbeat.  During both I was composed, aware of my body language and tone.  I was nervous, but remained as confident as I could.

Don't feel rushed to answer questions. You're allowed to ponder them and think about your answers if need be.  Don't be afraid to ask if you need the question repeated. Give as many details as you can where your trade(s) knowledge, personal achievements and selling points are concerned.

All the best and good luck as you move forward!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CanadianBACONATOR on March 28, 2013, 19:51:09
I applied online and have not got any confirmation if my files been sent to my local recruiting centre or if they have even received my id and high school transcript its been about 2months what should i do?   
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on March 28, 2013, 21:00:06
I applied online and have not got any confirmation if my files been sent to my local recruiting centre or if they have even received my id and high school transcript its been about 2months what should i do?   

Have you gotten any confirmation that your online app. was received or are you just waiting for confirmation regarding your supporting documentation?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: SeR on March 28, 2013, 21:40:35
I applied online and have not got any confirmation if my files been sent to my local recruiting centre or if they have even received my id and high school transcript its been about 2months what should i do?   

Common sense would say to phone the recruiting centre and ask.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Yoshinkai on March 29, 2013, 22:07:18
Hi

Im in the process of reelisting after about 3.5 years.  I am curious to find out exactly what my entitlements are to retaining rank, and pay rate etc.  If anyone can direct me to the appropriate area I would greatly appreciate it.  I dont know whether its covered in the  DAODs, QR&Os etc

Cheers
Mike
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on April 01, 2013, 21:27:55
I applied online and have not got any confirmation if my files been sent to my local recruiting centre or if they have even received my id and high school transcript its been about 2months what should i do?   

Try calling the National RC to ask what's going on with your file.. maybe something got mixed up or something, who knows..
And about your file being transferred to your local RC, if it's been 2 months, good luck  :P ... it likely won't happen that quickly...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AERE on April 01, 2013, 23:58:04
Hello all applicants. I am a File Manager at CFRC Barrie and I am willing to answer your questions to the best of my ability. If I don't know the answer to your questions I shall do my best to find out an answer for you. I cannot speak of the details of your personal application unless you call a recruiter or manager to confirm your identity. So with that out of the way shoot! Also please be patient awaiting replays.

I would like to thank you for taking out the time in helping us out.

I am going to BMOQ on April 27th as an AERE and I am currently working as an engineer. Will my previous work experience count towards my rank after BMOQ? I was going through my draft paper and it didn't state my experience. Should I have this corrected?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KingofKeys on April 02, 2013, 01:56:25
Hey

Did you get sworn in yet? I got sworn in last week. I am also in your course April 29th BMOQ.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: seawolf on April 02, 2013, 15:00:53
I would like to thank you for taking out the time in helping us out.

I am going to BMOQ on April 27th as an AERE and I am currently working as an engineer. Will my previous work experience count towards my rank after BMOQ? I was going through my draft paper and it didn't state my experience. Should I have this corrected?


unfortunately, coming is as DEO like we are most of our work experience doesn't count for anything, except making us more attractive possibly in overall military potential score which got us picked.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Ryan jc88 on April 06, 2013, 08:48:44
Quit asking the same question around the boards. You've asked once http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,110086.msg1221209.html#msg1221209 (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,110086.msg1221209.html#msg1221209) and got your answer.

Asking again here won't change it.


---Staff---
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ForceOne on April 24, 2013, 04:44:02
Hey I checked my application status and it mentions a list of things like:
CFAT (Aptitude Test) Scheduled Date
Interview Scheduled Date
Medical Examination Scheduled Date
Physical Fitness Test Scheduled Date
Enhanced Reliability Submission Date
Merit List Date

What does the SCHEDULED DATE mean? Does it mean my application has been processed and a date has already been scheduled? Are they waiting for me to graduate in June before they can call me in for the test and things? What does the Merit List and Enhanced Reliability mean?

Thanks for the help. By the way I'm excited to join the military. I applied for Officer positions and hoping that joining the Canadian Forces will give me a serious life changing experience. I'm interested in the recon missions as well as UN Peace Operations which is part of the reason for me joining. Canada should continue increasing its combat capabilities as it is important, but should also maintain its image as a peacekeeping nation.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JM2345 on April 24, 2013, 15:41:08
Hey I checked my application status and it mentions a list of things like:
CFAT (Aptitude Test) Scheduled Date
Interview Scheduled Date
Medical Examination Scheduled Date
Physical Fitness Test Scheduled Date
Enhanced Reliability Submission Date
Merit List Date

What does the SCHEDULED DATE mean? Does it mean my application has been processed and a date has already been scheduled? Are they waiting for me to graduate in June before they can call me in for the test and things? What does the Merit List and Enhanced Reliability mean?

Hey, those parts on your online application don't mean anything right now, because the recruiting center doesn't use it at the moment. Before, they used to put a date beside them with the actual date that you were scheduled for your exams and stuff. I think it was just not being used by the recruiting staff, so they just don't use them right now. The only way to get an update on your application is to email or phone them, or wait until they email you.

Merit List I believe means you have passed all of your tests and you join a list of other people applying for the same trade who have also passed all the tests and meet all of the qualifications. They rank you based on your scores on everything, and put you on the list of people they will give job offers to. You don't need to worry about that until you have done all of your other testing.

Enhanced reliability is basically your background check where they check your criminal record and phone your references.

I'm not sure how recruiting works for people who haven't graduated high school yet, so I can't answer that. Did you send them the copies of your ID/Birth Certificate/Parent Signature depending on your age that they ask for when you apply? Also when did you apply? Because it takes them about 1-2 months to even get to your application to see if they will send it forward to the next step of testing.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CMPonG on April 24, 2013, 18:52:35
Hey everyone quick question,  I am currently applying online and I'm applying as a NCM, it then asks what kind of entry you want. Skilled, unskilled..etc, this is where I am a little confused.  I'm applying for infantry, im 20 with no experience in anything, so do I put unskilled down? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Pong
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on April 24, 2013, 18:59:26
Hey everyone quick question,  I am currently applying online and I'm applying as a NCM, it then asks what kind of entry you want. Skilled, unskilled..etc, this is where I am a little confused.  I'm applying for infantry, im 20 with no experience in anything, so do I put unskilled down? Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Pong

Ummm?   Really!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CMPonG on April 24, 2013, 19:02:07
Yes, sorry There was like 8 things, I was assuming unskilled but wanted to make sure.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on April 24, 2013, 23:07:13
Yes, sorry There was like 8 things, I was assuming unskilled but wanted to make sure.
Well.. if you're unskilled in everything there, you should put down unskilled..  :P
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on May 01, 2013, 23:39:34
Hi Everyone,

I heard recently that the Supply Technician trade is open. Has anyone else?

Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on May 07, 2013, 10:37:56
I heard recently that the Supply Technician trade is open. Has anyone else?

I think it has been open for awhile now...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on May 09, 2013, 10:42:59
I think it has been open for awhile now...

Wonder if I should ask my RC if I can be reconsidered for that trade, instead of Artillery since I am being processed for Artillery
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on May 09, 2013, 10:57:09
Wonder if I should ask my RC if I can be reconsidered for that trade, instead of Artillery since I am being processed for Artillery

If your local centre has your file, you can make any changes you like.  They will just check to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.  If you have already been interviewed and Merit Listed, it will most likely require a NEW interview, if they are willing to do that.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on May 09, 2013, 13:03:00
If your local centre has your file, you can make any changes you like.  They will just check to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.  If you have already been interviewed and Merit Listed, it will most likely require a NEW interview, if they are willing to do that.

If I were to do that, than there is a possibility of delay as well as making the process longer? I am good with artillery. I am just curious because my work experience is what that trade (Supply Technician) entails.

Lostly  :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hudyma on May 13, 2013, 20:38:51
I just applied for the Infantry reserve online,  I am currently only 17 so I require parental consent.  I am completely stumped on how to send this along with the rest of the application, any advice?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on May 13, 2013, 21:03:54
I just applied for the Infantry reserve online,  I am currently only 17 so I require parental consent.  I am completely stumped on how to send this along with the rest of the application, any advice?

If you are looking at joining the Reserve Force, you need to find units in your local area.  They are, for the most part, listed at the forces.ca website --->  http://www.forces.ca/en/centres/findarecruitmentcentre-110

Enter your Postal Code and then select the appropriate TAB at the bottom.  It is pretty much incumbent upon you to seek out and make contact with Reserve Units and speak to them first hand.  The online application is NOT geared towards the Reserves and never has been.  If you apply for the Reserves online, you application would more than likely be sent directly to your local CFRC and what they do with it after that, is anybodies guess.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hudyma on May 13, 2013, 21:50:59
Sorry, I should've mentioned.. I went into see a couple guys in the 2nd Irish last week.  From there I was directed to fill out the application.  I was told that they would send my name down to the local recruitment centre where I would be processed.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on May 23, 2013, 16:48:40
Frustrating not knowing what is going on with your file, even when you ask and not get a response. But that is part of the fun I guess.

Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on May 28, 2013, 15:11:35
Just wondering once all the processing is complete, are you merit listed and not contacted about that? Also can your application somehow be disqualified or not chosen after the 12 month period?

Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Ducam on May 28, 2013, 15:54:04
They don't let you know if you've been merit listed. You have to ask or just email the person who did your interview.
Not sure about your last question but I think once you've been merit listed you just sit on the list until they decide to call you and you are not removed from the list unless you ask to be.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on May 28, 2013, 17:04:08
Just wondering once all the processing is complete, are you merit listed and not contacted about that? Also can your application somehow be disqualified or not chosen after the 12 month period?

Lostly :cdn:

You'll need to contact your MCC/file manager to let you know whether or not you've been merit-listed.   Yes, you can very well be merit-listed and not offered employment.  Simply making the merit-list isn't enough.  It all comes down to how many positions are being filled for your trade and where on the merit-list you place.

More information here:

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,110601.msg1230327.html#msg1230327 (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,110601.msg1230327.html#msg1230327)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hudyma on May 29, 2013, 21:15:26
I ended up printing out the copy of my online application form, having my parents sign it and I faxed it to CFVRC North Bay.
This was a little over two weeks ago, when could I realistically expect a reply?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on May 29, 2013, 22:35:27
I ended up printing out the copy of my online application form, having my parents sign it and I faxed it to CFVRC North Bay.
This was a little over two weeks ago, when could I realistically expect a reply?

It varies greatly depending on multiple factors. But if you haven't heard anything either way regarding further processing of your application within 8 weeks, I'd give them a call.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Tralax on May 29, 2013, 23:22:55
That's true, I waited maybe 9 weeks from my last contact with North Bay until I got an e-mail one day saying that my application was proceeding to my local CFRC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Ra on May 30, 2013, 01:16:02
I'm merit listed.

A career counselor told me he was sure I would be selected.  Can I believe him? He probably knows how competitive is my file but does he also see my rank on the list?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on May 30, 2013, 16:16:31
Wondering how difficult it would be to do an occupational transfer after your initial trade choice did not work out the way you thought. Such as going from your first choice to your second choice?

Any advice?

Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on May 30, 2013, 16:36:37
Wondering how difficult it would be to do an occupational transfer after your initial trade choice did not work out the way you thought. Such as going from your first choice to your second choice?

It is possible but I wouldn't count on it happening.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: brianl1734 on June 02, 2013, 21:50:47
Hey, does anyone know if infantry officer is open?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on June 02, 2013, 22:05:23
Hey, does anyone know if infantry officer is open?

This is a good place to check or ask.

Trades OPEN / Closed ?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,88342.0.html
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: brianl1734 on June 02, 2013, 22:09:51
This is a good place to check or ask.

Trades OPEN / Closed ?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,88342.0.html

Thanks! I'll be checking this frequently.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on June 05, 2013, 01:05:59
Early morning everyone,

     Silly question for all of you. How many of you were nervous when accepting your CF offer? Also how did you overcome it?

Many thanks,
Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on June 05, 2013, 01:45:20
I was trying to sleep so I was going to tell whoever it was to eff off. Once I realized i was my rc I got excited and then fter I answered I started shaking. I still cant believe I got an offer! ;D
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on June 05, 2013, 09:58:32
I was trying to sleep so I was going to tell whoever it was to eff off. Once I realized i was my rc I got excited and then fter I answered I started shaking. I still cant believe I got an offer! ;D

Congratulations Goodeman :nod:

Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Noctis on June 05, 2013, 10:40:09
     Silly question for all of you. How many of you were nervous when accepting your CF offer? Also how did you overcome it?

Nervous?
How about down right excited!  If you really want it, when the call comes in you'll be ecstatic!
I can't imagine anyone would be nervous when they finally receive the call, given the lengthy selection process and the effort you put into getting that one, single, most awesome phone call of your life   ;D

My  :2c:
Noct  :cdn:

Edit: Congrats Goodeman!  What offer did you get?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on June 05, 2013, 11:55:22
NCM Infantryman. July 8 BMQ. I worked so hard to get that offer so it makes it that much nore sweet. Thanks guys  :salute:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Dias on June 05, 2013, 12:12:22
NCM Infantryman. July 8 BMQ. I worked so hard to get that offer so it makes it that much nore sweet. Thanks guys  :salute:

That's great! Congratulations!!!!!!  ;D 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Noctis on June 05, 2013, 12:23:12
NCM Infantryman. July 8 BMQ. I worked so hard to get that offer so it makes it that much nore sweet. Thanks guys  :salute:

Awesome!! As a future Infantry Officer, I do look forward to serving with you.  Please keep me updated about how you're enjoying your BFT and infantry training.

I wish you all the best for your career  :salute:
Noct  :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on June 05, 2013, 14:23:30
Just received the offer for BMQ on July 8 ;D

Lostly :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Noctis on June 05, 2013, 14:26:42
Just received the offer for BMQ on July 8 ;D

Lostly :cdn:

In regards to your previous question and my answer;
How did it feel??? :)
 :blotto:

Edit: Congrats :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Lostly on June 05, 2013, 14:27:32
In regards to your previous question and my asnwer;
How did it feel??? :)
 :blotto:

Edit: Congrats :)

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am shaking lol ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Tralax on June 06, 2013, 02:12:05
Congrats!!

I am still waiting on a phone call from my RC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: bauerthedog19 on June 25, 2013, 21:13:57
Hello everyone,

I am currently a grade 11 student and I am interested in attending RMC as ny father did. My grade 11 marks range from 70s-80s but next year I am taking classes that interest me and that I achieve better marks in. I have played many sports throughout my life. I currently play ice and inline hockey as I have since grade 1 but I also have played atleast 6 years of soccer, 2 years of basketball, and 2 years of lacrosse. I have emoloyment experience including coaching and reffing hockey, score keeping, being a counselour at camps, and odd jobs for neighbours. I have volunteered at Special Olympic basketbal practices and this summer I am going to Africa for a month to volunteer at charities and at work for free at a construction/trades company. I am planning on working very hard in grade 12 to improve my marks and will be continuing sports. Does this sound like what could be a competitive application? All feedback welcome.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: secondchance on June 26, 2013, 14:30:45
Hello everyone,

I am currently a grade 11 student and I am interested in attending RMC as ny father did. My grade 11 marks range from 70s-80s but next year I am taking classes that interest me and that I achieve better marks in. I have played many sports throughout my life. I currently play ice and inline hockey as I have since grade 1 but I also have played atleast 6 years of soccer, 2 years of basketball, and 2 years of lacrosse. I have emoloyment experience including coaching and reffing hockey, score keeping, being a counselour at camps, and odd jobs for neighbours. I have volunteered at Special Olympic basketbal practices and this summer I am going to Africa for a month to volunteer at charities and at work for free at a construction/trades company. I am planning on working very hard in grade 12 to improve my marks and will be continuing sports. Does this sound like what could be a competitive application? All feedback welcome.
Visit your local CFRC and get much fresh information .
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on June 26, 2013, 14:58:18
Hello everyone,

I am currently a grade 11 student and I am interested in attending RMC as ny father did. My grade 11 marks range from 70s-80s but next year I am taking classes that interest me and that I achieve better marks in. I have played many sports throughout my life. I currently play ice and inline hockey as I have since grade 1 but I also have played atleast 6 years of soccer, 2 years of basketball, and 2 years of lacrosse. I have emoloyment experience including coaching and reffing hockey, score keeping, being a counselour at camps, and odd jobs for neighbours. I have volunteered at Special Olympic basketbal practices and this summer I am going to Africa for a month to volunteer at charities and at work for free at a construction/trades company. I am planning on working very hard in grade 12 to improve my marks and will be continuing sports. Does this sound like what could be a competitive application? All feedback welcome.

No one here can, or will tell you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: SeR on June 26, 2013, 17:05:23
Does this sound like what could be a competitive application? All feedback welcome.

From what I've heard (from recruiters; friends; and other members on this site) an application is generally deemed "competitive" unless it is severely lacking in a certain area.

In your case, I would say that your application should be considered competitive. As for how competitive you really are? The only way you'll ever know is if you get called or not sometime in April/May next year.

Best of luck to you!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: sano558 on June 28, 2013, 21:56:25
Hi,
       I 'd like to ask a simple question. I sent my application for RMC around new year and gone through the recruiting process. But I havent heard anything from them at all so far.  Does that mean they rejected my application? Don't they send rejecting letter or email?  Thank you so much.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: secondchance on June 28, 2013, 22:40:54
Hi,
       I 'd like to ask a simple question. I sent my application for RMC around new year and gone through the recruiting process. But I havent heard anything from them at all so far.  Does that mean they rejected my application? Don't they send rejecting letter or email?  Thank you so much.
You can contact them to ask how is your application.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: SeR on June 29, 2013, 23:37:36
Hi,
       I 'd like to ask a simple question. I sent my application for RMC around new year and gone through the recruiting process. But I havent heard anything from them at all so far.  Does that mean they rejected my application? Don't they send rejecting letter or email?  Thank you so much.

I know a handfull of people who have applied in past years and have heard nothing until they finally phoned in (around June/July) to hear the bad news. One guy I know never bothered to follow up and didn't receive a call/email/letter of rejection.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on July 02, 2013, 10:05:24
Hi,
       I 'd like to ask a simple question. I sent my application for RMC around new year and gone through the recruiting process. But I havent heard anything from them at all so far.  Does that mean they rejected my application? Don't they send rejecting letter or email?  Thank you so much.

You need to contact your local CFRC to find out "why" they did not contact you!!!  Once you apply online, you are provided with a "link" to upload your documents directly to the RMC Portal to have your academic transcripts assessed for general "suitability".  The results from RMC are sent directly back to North Bay, who in turn immediately forward your original online application and academic results to your local CFRC.

From that point on, it is in their hands to contact you and start the processing.

If you are found "not suitable", then you would be contacted and re-oriented.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on July 21, 2013, 12:36:21
You need to contact your local CFRC to find out "why" they did not contact you!!!  Once you apply online, you are provided with a "link" to upload your documents directly to the RMC Portal to have your academic transcripts assessed for general "suitability".  The results from RMC are sent directly back to North Bay, who in turn immediately forward your original online application and academic results to your local CFRC.

From that point on, it is in their hands to contact you and start the processing.

If you are found "not suitable", then you would be contacted and re-oriented.

That is strange because I didn't get a "link to upload my documents :/
What is bugging me at the moment is that I've been told by my local recruiting center that I needed to send an email at jobs@forces.ca to ask them to modify my trades choices. I have no clue how long it takes for them to make the modification nor if they'll confirm me they did it :/ Should I call them Monday to verify the information?

The local CFRC said that as soon as the change would be made to my application, I should hear from them within the next 2 weeks for the aptitude test and medical test and might even start QMBO in September!  :) I'm so stoked!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mark1993 on July 30, 2013, 18:50:38
I have been trying to get into the reserves for a while now. I had to get a visual acuity test for my eyes and I submitted the results to the local recruiting centre. I successfully completed all the other testing. When I called them to ask for the results they told me they didn't know the results and that the application was in Ottawa and I will hear back in a month. Right now, it has been well over a month since then and I still haven't head anything. Does anyone know how I will be contacted when they contact me with the results? And what should I do if I still do not hear back from them?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on July 30, 2013, 18:59:59
I have been trying to get into the reserves for a while now. I had to get a visual acuity test for my eyes and I submitted the results to the local recruiting centre. I successfully completed all the other testing. When I called them to ask for the results they told me they didn't know the results and that the application was in Ottawa and I will hear back in a month. Right now, it has been well over a month since then and I still haven't head anything. Does anyone know how I will be contacted when they contact me with the results? And what should I do if I still do not hear back from them?

As this is a Medical issue, it has to be sent for additional review.  In the mean time, I would suggest that you just maintain contact with your local CFRC every 2-3 weeks and ask if there is any update.  It sounds like there is nothing more that you can do at this point in time.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: rebeccag19 on August 01, 2013, 15:51:17
Just a quick question regarding my application. I am a female and I applied about a month ago, and have since completed my apititude test; and currently scheduled to do my medical on the 13th of August. I have applied as a medical technician, and unfortunetaly the trade has recently closed. Gathering I'm still in the application process (my file is at the reliability screening) and there are currently no openings, will my file be closed until a further date? Or will my file keep getting processed. As per my recruiter, he thinks I have a 98% chance of getting into this trade, but the trade has since closed?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Cyrius007 on August 01, 2013, 16:06:00
I have been trying to get into the reserves for a while now. I had to get a visual acuity test for my eyes and I submitted the results to the local recruiting centre. I successfully completed all the other testing. When I called them to ask for the results they told me they didn't know the results and that the application was in Ottawa and I will hear back in a month. Right now, it has been well over a month since then and I still haven't head anything. Does anyone know how I will be contacted when they contact me with the results? And what should I do if I still do not hear back from them?

only the medical technician at your CFRC can see your medical file. they sometimes accept to tell you where it is in ottawa and if there is an issue with it, sometimes they just tell you to wait...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Cyrius007 on August 01, 2013, 16:09:12
Just a quick question regarding my application. I am a female and I applied about a month ago, and have since completed my apititude test; and currently scheduled to do my medical on the 13th of August. I have applied as a medical technician, and unfortunetaly the trade has recently closed. Gathering I'm still in the application process (my file is at the reliability screening) and there are currently no openings, will my file be closed until a further date? Or will my file keep getting processed. As per my recruiter, he thinks I have a 98% chance of getting into this trade, but the trade has since closed?

I'm not sure, but a friend of mine (captain) told me when they "close" a trade, it means they do not accept any more application, but those who have a foot in the door can process and still get the trade. If they really closed your trade from any other enrolment, a MCC may offer you other trade they think you could like.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 01, 2013, 16:34:06
Just a quick question regarding my application. I am a female and I applied about a month ago, and have since completed my apititude test; and currently scheduled to do my medical on the 13th of August. I have applied as a medical technician, and unfortunetaly the trade has recently closed. Gathering I'm still in the application process (my file is at the reliability screening) and there are currently no openings, will my file be closed until a further date? Or will my file keep getting processed. As per my recruiter, he thinks I have a 98% chance of getting into this trade, but the trade has since closed?

Technically, if Med Tech is your only choice and the trade is closed, then they shouldn't be processing you.  Hence, 2nd and 3rd choices, now if one of those just happens to be OPEN, then the process continues on and Med Tech remains as your #1.

Nevertheless, it is entirely up to your RC as to just what they want to do with your file.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on August 01, 2013, 19:37:13
I'm not sure, but a friend of mine (captain) told me when they "close" a trade, it means they do not accept any more application, but those who have a foot in the door can process and still get the trade. If they really closed your trade from any other enrolment, a MCC may offer you other trade they think you could like.

I think you are correct about this. I've also been told, at least for the reserves, that after 2-3 applicants for a trade made their application, they "close" it or won't accept anymore applicants (don't forget it's works by reserve units).
I know, for example, that today, after I gave in all my paperwork/official documents, that the logistic officer trade will most likely be closed at the 35th BNS Canada, since I'm the second applicant. Recruiters usually tell people not to apply for a trade once they have 2-3 applicants or that they should try for another available trade rather than the one with 2-3 applications in process. Or at least that's what some people told me at the recruiting center in Quebec City.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: rebeccag19 on August 01, 2013, 19:49:15
I'm not sure, but a friend of mine (captain) told me when they "close" a trade, it means they do not accept any more application, but those who have a foot in the door can process and still get the trade. If they really closed your trade from any other enrolment, a MCC may offer you other trade they think you could like.

Thanks for your input. Apparently the recruiter said that I may be on a "top up" list for the trade, although he couldn't say for sure. Seems weird that I would be on a top up list if I still have to complete my medical and do an interview. Nevertheless, I hope I can get in this round, otherwise I will have to be patient for the next round of selections. Apparently being a female gives me double priority. Regardless, I will have to speak to the recruiter who is dealing with my file when he gets back from vacation..

Anxiously waiting for my dream to come true. Thanks again! I really appreciate it :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mark1993 on August 02, 2013, 03:07:44
As this is a Medical issue, it has to be sent for additional review.  In the mean time, I would suggest that you just maintain contact with your local CFRC every 2-3 weeks and ask if there is any update.  It sounds like there is nothing more that you can do at this point in time.

Thanks! I just found out that I am deemed fit for my trade. They told me now they are going to start the background checks. Do you know how long the background checks will take given that I am a Canadian who was born and raised in the country? Thanks!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on August 02, 2013, 17:02:10
Thanks for your input. Apparently the recruiter said that I may be on a "top up" list for the trade, although he couldn't say for sure. Seems weird that I would be on a top up list if I still have to complete my medical and do an interview. Nevertheless, I hope I can get in this round, otherwise I will have to be patient for the next round of selections. Apparently being a female gives me double priority. Regardless, I will have to speak to the recruiter who is dealing with my file when he gets back from vacation..

Anxiously waiting for my dream to come true. Thanks again! I really appreciate it :)


Was it for the regular or the reserves?

In the reserves, it usually means that according to the informations you filled in your application and from the answers you say in answer to the recruiter's questions, you accumulate a good score. I guess if the score is high, it means you are a really good potential applicant for the trade you like. It also seems that the earlier you hand in your paperwork, then you get somewhat of a priority over other applicants who hand in theirs after yours, but I also think your score has something to do with it.

They usually cumulate scores throughout the process, with the CFAT, Medical test, interview, etc. The higher your score is, then the higher are your chances of getting a job offered. :) They will put applicants in score order. So that the ones with the highest get the jobs.

Hope this helps! Don't take what I say for granted, as I'm about at the same step as you are in your application (though I sent mine for the reserves), but this is what I understood so far from the explanations I got.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on August 02, 2013, 17:10:53
Do you know how long the background checks will take given that I am a Canadian who was born and raised in the country?

Some discussion and answers here.

The Security Check/ Level Superthread- Check Here First
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=12875.0
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: rebeccag19 on August 02, 2013, 18:36:27

Was it for the regular or the reserves?

In the reserves, it usually means that according to the informations you filled in your application and from the answers you say in answer to the recruiter's questions, you accumulate a good score. I guess if the score is high, it means you are a really good potential applicant for the trade you like. It also seems that the earlier you hand in your paperwork, then you get somewhat of a priority over other applicants who hand in theirs after yours, but I also think your score has something to do with it.

They usually cumulate scores throughout the process, with the CFAT, Medical test, interview, etc. The higher your score is, then the higher are your chances of getting a job offered. :) They will put applicants in score order. So that the ones with the highest get the jobs.

Hope this helps! Don't take what I say for granted, as I'm about at the same step as you are in your application (though I sent mine for the reserves), but this is what I understood so far from the explanations I got.

I've applied for the regular forces. The only thing I'm waiting to complete is my medical, which is scheduled on the 13th, and an interview. The recruiter did say I have a good score. I'm rated the highest 5 out of 5. But like you said, I guess the forces will have to take my interview and medical scores into account as well. Anyways, I will definitely ask my recruiter and pass on the information if you are at all curious, considering you are at the same stage as myself.

Take care!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: s2184 on August 02, 2013, 18:49:28
Do you know how long the background checks will take given that I am a Canadian who was born and raised in the country? Thanks!

If you were born in Canada think it shouldn't take more than 1.5 months as for me I was born and raised in another country (but not holding dual citizenship) & I have immediate family members who live outside Canada & the check took around 1.5 months.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on August 03, 2013, 08:38:27
I've applied for the regular forces. The only thing I'm waiting to complete is my medical, which is scheduled on the 13th, and an interview. The recruiter did say I have a good score. I'm rated the highest 5 out of 5. But like you said, I guess the forces will have to take my interview and medical scores into account as well. Anyways, I will definitely ask my recruiter and pass on the information if you are at all curious, considering you are at the same stage as myself.

Take care!

That would be awesome!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 05, 2013, 21:03:20
Dear fellow Canadians,

I just registered in the forums, having applied to the Canadian army I think its a good idea to get to know of the current affairs in the military.

I have a question regarding my current recruiting status to start with.
I have applied as a logistics officer in 2012 summer, and as I have not lived in Canada for the last 10 years, my security clearance process has been taking a while (almost a year now).
Finally I had a security pre-assesment interview recently which I believe is supposed to be the last step of security clearance? The recruiter said that he will write the report in a week.

What I am wondering is if I am close to completing my security clearance if I just had the security interview?
Also when is the selection (and hiring decisions) made for CF this year and do I have a chance of making it in this year?

Any info greatly appreciates folks !!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: secondchance on August 05, 2013, 23:09:39
Dear fellow Canadians,

I just registered in the forums, having applied to the Canadian army I think its a good idea to get to know of the current affairs in the military.

I have a question regarding my current recruiting status to start with.
I have applied as a logistics officer in 2012 summer, and as I have not lived in Canada for the last 10 years, my security clearance process has been taking a while (almost a year now).
Finally I had a security pre-assesment interview recently which I believe is supposed to be the last step of security clearance? The recruiter said that he will write the report in a week.

What I am wondering is if I am close to completing my security clearance if I just had the security interview?
Also when is the selection (and hiring decisions) made for CF this year and do I have a chance of making it in this year?

Any info greatly appreciates folks !!!
selection for DEO LOG can be in November 2013.
So you will need to pass CFAT,medical, interview and be merit listed before November 2013.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 06, 2013, 01:18:04
selection for DEO LOG can be in November 2013.
So you will need to pass CFAT,medical, interview and be merit listed before November 2013.

I have passed Canadian Forced Aptitude Test Last year long time ago.
Is it possible to do all these steps before November?
Also when is the next selection?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: secondchance on August 06, 2013, 09:43:12
I have passed Canadian Forced Aptitude Test Last year long time ago.
Is it possible to do all these steps before November?
Also when is the next selection?
So you will need medical and interview.Nobody knows if it possible to do all these steps before November.It will depend on your personal case and plus your local CFRC. Next selection is November 2013.What is after that I don't know,sorry.Try to contact your local CFRC to clarify your file.Good luck!!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 06, 2013, 15:00:57
So you will need medical and interview.Nobody knows if it possible to do all these steps before November.It will depend on your personal case and plus your local CFRC. Next selection is November 2013.What is after that I don't know,sorry.Try to contact your local CFRC to clarify your file.Good luck!!!

Thanks for the good luck !!! :nod:
Yeah I contacted my local recruiting branch and they just told me when they receive security clearance interview results they will book me for other appointments.
Its a good thing though if it actually depends on my personal case and their approach to recruiting is individualistic to some extent because I believe I have a lot to offer them skills/qualifications wise !!!

BTW when you say selection do you mean that they make hiring decisions by November and let us know? Or making selection means something else?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Schopenhauer on August 06, 2013, 15:39:31
Hey Van Gogh,

After my pre-security interview they sent my file to Ottawa. After 6 weeks or so it came back and then they scheduled me for a medical and interview. I am also applying for logistics officer and they mentioned that there are very few spots for the November selection. My file manager told me that they would make a decision based on who are the most qualified candidates for the few spots.

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 06, 2013, 15:46:34
Hey Van Gogh,

After my pre-security interview they sent my file to Ottawa. After 6 weeks or so it came back and then they scheduled me for a medical and interview. I am also applying for logistics officer and they mentioned that there are very few spots for the November selection. My file manager told me that they would make a decision based on who are the most qualified candidates for the few spots.

Hope that helps.

Hey Man,

Maybe we end up serving together  ;D
Thanks for heads up, very kind of you.
You said only a few spots? Maybe they meant locally? because another recruiter told me they will be hiring quiet a few logis this year (26 or so).

So 6 weeks? Not too bad. When did they shedule the interview and medical though? Was it in like far future from your security interview or earlier? I just wonder if I may be done with all the steps before November thats why.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: secondchance on August 06, 2013, 17:22:18
BTW when you say selection do you mean that they make hiring decisions by November and let us know? Or making selection means something else?
Selection will be on November 4, after that day you can get a call if you were selected by CAF.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Schopenhauer on August 06, 2013, 17:43:28
Hey Man,

Maybe we end up serving together  ;D
Thanks for heads up, very kind of you.
You said only a few spots? Maybe they meant locally? because another recruiter told me they will be hiring quiet a few logis this year (26 or so).

So 6 weeks? Not too bad. When did they shedule the interview and medical though? Was it in like far future from your security interview or earlier? I just wonder if I may be done with all the steps before November thats why.

No problem bud..glad I could help.

Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my post. I meant to say they called me about a month after my pre-sec interview to schedule the medical and interview. Medical was 2 weeks after that call and interview 2 weeks after that - so 8 weeks from pre-sec interview to interview. They were pretty busy at the time so maybe you'll be able to schedule them sooner.

As for numbers I was told a limited amount during my interview in June. Maybe things have changed since? When were you told 26?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KyleAM on August 06, 2013, 23:29:30
Just a quick question since I can't get through to a recruiter at the virtual recruiting center. Are you suppose to get confirmation that they recieved your initial documents (transcripts and birth certificated)? I know I'm suppose to hurry up and wait but it just seems like I should have heard something about it, I was able to change my trades easily enough but I've been on the phone to get this question answered all last week. I appreciate your reply.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mark1993 on August 06, 2013, 23:58:38
I'm sorry to bother you guys, but I have a question regarding the background checks. So I recently found out that they started the background check for me to get into the reserves. I am currently an unemployed student and now I have a small debt on my credit card (around $100) and I am unable to pay off all of it. Will this affect me into getting the reserves? I am getting a little concerned right now. Thanks!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KyleAM on August 07, 2013, 00:05:27
I have close to $50,000 in debt and I'm not worried about it as long as you can tell them how you plan on paying it off.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 07, 2013, 00:23:56
No problem bud..glad I could help.

Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my post. I meant to say they called me about a month after my pre-sec interview to schedule the medical and interview. Medical was 2 weeks after that call and interview 2 weeks after that - so 8 weeks from pre-sec interview to interview. They were pretty busy at the time so maybe you'll be able to schedule them sooner.

As for numbers I was told a limited amount during my interview in June. Maybe things have changed since? When were you told 26?

Thanks this is exactly what I was wondering.
If your case is any indication as to what is gonna happen to me (I hope it is but I am not sure) than I guess I should know at least if its a yes or no for the army by this November.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 07, 2013, 07:37:10
Just a quick question since I can't get through to a recruiter at the virtual recruiting center. Are you suppose to get confirmation that they recieved your initial documents (transcripts and birth certificated)? I know I'm suppose to hurry up and wait but it just seems like I should have heard something about it, I was able to change my trades easily enough but I've been on the phone to get this question answered all last week. I appreciate your reply.

No, you won't get any confirmation that your documents were received.  If you want to check, just email them and ask.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 07, 2013, 15:33:32
No problem bud..glad I could help.

Sorry, I wasn't very clear in my post. I meant to say they called me about a month after my pre-sec interview to schedule the medical and interview. Medical was 2 weeks after that call and interview 2 weeks after that - so 8 weeks from pre-sec interview to interview. They were pretty busy at the time so maybe you'll be able to schedule them sooner.

As for numbers I was told a limited amount during my interview in June. Maybe things have changed since? When were you told 26?

Oh I was told 26 logis just a week ago (begining off august) they told they actually need logis this year, but u may never know, maybe the recruiter didn't know the reality.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Schopenhauer on August 07, 2013, 16:04:21
Thanks for the information! I'm hoping the numbers given to you are accurate.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Cbbmtt on August 07, 2013, 16:08:49
I have close to $50,000 in debt and I'm not worried about it as long as you can tell them how you plan on paying it off.

Finally, someone speaking about real debt. I laugh when people talk about the $3000 debt, even more at the $500 debt, and $100 debt(seriously)....

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KyleAM on August 07, 2013, 17:37:18
Ya my post secondary education cost a lot. Thanks DAA for the reply I have send an email to jobs@forces.ca and got no reply and I have been calling all week with no one picking up but they are probably just really busy. I know I have to be patient with this whole process but I'd just like to help it along in what ever way I can, I had changed my trades to ones I was told were vacant and that were on my list of preferred trades but I guess that still doesn't mean it will go any faster. Hurry up an wait eh!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 07, 2013, 18:53:59
Finally, someone speaking about real debt. I laugh when people talk about the $3000 debt, even more at the $500 debt, and $100 debt(seriously)....

 :nod:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: d_edwards on August 07, 2013, 19:16:43
I am wondering if there is any merit to van goghs post regarding 26 deo log spots he was apparently told about.  last information I had was only going to be limited openings in nov.   any change to this
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 07, 2013, 20:40:14
Oh I was told 26 logis just a week ago (begining off august) they told they actually need logis this year, but u may never know, maybe the recruiter didn't know the reality.

Here are the possible scenarios available.....a) your recruiter just wanted to get rid of you, so they told you that just to keep you happy and get your hopes up... or...b) your recruiter was being honest but just didn't bother to expand on those numbers so they could keep you happy and get your hopes up...or c) your recruiter told you there were 26 odd spots available but said recruiter either neglected to tell you that 90% of those 26 odd spots have already been filled or you missed that part of the conversation totally?

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KyleAM on August 07, 2013, 21:02:34
That sound like what I was told. An infantry officer friend told me that avs and veh tech had an intake plan of about 200 each not that they were mostly filled already.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 08, 2013, 10:00:14
Here are the possible scenarios available.....a) your recruiter just wanted to get rid of you, so they told you that just to keep you happy and get your hopes up... or...b) your recruiter was being honest but just didn't bother to expand on those numbers so they could keep you happy and get your hopes up...or c) your recruiter told you there were 26 odd spots available but said recruiter either neglected to tell you that 90% of those 26 odd spots have already been filled or you missed that part of the conversation totally?

What do you mean by "90% are already filled".
Also why do you think that the recruiting is so limited this year? Any basis for that?

Also another question. If say there are not enough spots to offer me employment, do they just reject me and close my file or I might get in next year or the year after that?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: STJ_Kierstead on August 08, 2013, 10:10:34
Van, did you give them more than one selection on your top 3 choices?
if it is full, and your an ideal candidate or potential for another department/selection - i would guess, maybe they give you a shot at one of them before your file is closed/rejected.

[i have read others who have "guessed" in trying to help out, i would like to make it clear this is not a for sure answer, just my  :2c:]
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 08, 2013, 10:52:10
What do you mean by "90% are already filled".
Also why do you think that the recruiting is so limited this year? Any basis for that?
Also another question. If say there are not enough spots to offer me employment, do they just reject me and close my file or I might get in next year or the year after that?

If your chosen occupation runs out of positions and your not selected in 2013/2014, they should notify you and ask what you want done.  If you wish to have your file remain open, they can and should do that and then "re-merit" list you for 2014/2015 but you would probably need to do a quick update Medical and Interview (15-20 minutes or less).
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 08, 2013, 16:17:53
Van, did you give them more than one selection on your top 3 choices?
if it is full, and your an ideal candidate or potential for another department/selection - i would guess, maybe they give you a shot at one of them before your file is closed/rejected.

[i have read others who have "guessed" in trying to help out, i would like to make it clear this is not a for sure answer, just my  :2c:]

No I have given them just 1 choice, logistics officer.
I wonder if they would consider me for other potential positions though ... (Wouldn't mind intelligence or military police officer positions as well)

Is it possible to contact them and add those positions do my list if it would increase my chances of getting into the army? Or is it too late?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 08, 2013, 16:24:47
No I have given them just 1 choice, logistics officer.
I wonder if they would consider me for other potential positions though ... (Wouldn't mind intelligence or military police officer positions as well)

Is it possible to contact them and add those positions do my list if it would increase my chances of getting into the army? Or is it too late?

You would just have to contact your RC and ask them if you can add two more occupations to your list.  It's never too late to make changes.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: STJ_Kierstead on August 08, 2013, 16:28:35
No I have given them just 1 choice, logistics officer.
I wonder if they would consider me for other potential positions though ... (Wouldn't mind intelligence or military police officer positions as well)

Is it possible to contact them and add those positions do my list if it would increase my chances of getting into the army? Or is it too late?

I actually just returned from my recruitment center, put a lot of thought into it and switched my #1 choice to artillery.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 08, 2013, 17:16:14
I actually just returned from my recruitment center, put a lot of thought into it and switched my #1 choice to artillery.

Wow man thats a huge change, what was your initial choice and what prompted you to change it?

My 1st and only choice was logistics. Now contemplating on adding other 2 options as well to increase my chances of landing an army offer, which ones would you guys suggest?

I am tempted to add the intelligence officer as #2 and military police officer as #3, any feedback about those 2 and if they are good choices for a person with commerce degree?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: STJ_Kierstead on August 08, 2013, 17:38:40
first choice was actually signals officer,
friend of mine who knows me pretty well suggested this as that is his trade.

after reading through the messages, one thing that stuck with me was "do something new, something completely new" - and then today after speaking with my recruiter, we got on the topic of artilary.  after asking some questions and him giving me his experience [it is his trade] - I decided i would be more interested and it would be a bit more along the lines of what i had in mind in the first place.

I did not really qualift for sig officer anyways, my degree did not fall into the required - it is in demand rite now, so he said i could still attempt to get in, but as i said i would be a little bit of a long-stretch to be accepted.

I am joining part time reserves, so i think for me to stay as interested as i can for years to come - something exciting is what i need, explosives, shooting, tactical planning etc. glad i made the switch allready, no cheap shots towards signals officers but noone knows me as good as me, and i feel artillery is a better fit. it was a great meeting with the recruiter, very helpful.

cheers
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 08, 2013, 18:17:58
first choice was actually signals officer,
friend of mine who knows me pretty well suggested this as that is his trade.

after reading through the messages, one thing that stuck with me was "do something new, something completely new" - and then today after speaking with my recruiter, we got on the topic of artilary.  after asking some questions and him giving me his experience [it is his trade] - I decided i would be more interested and it would be a bit more along the lines of what i had in mind in the first place.

I did not really qualift for sig officer anyways, my degree did not fall into the required - it is in demand rite now, so he said i could still attempt to get in, but as i said i would be a little bit of a long-stretch to be accepted.

I am joining part time reserves, so i think for me to stay as interested as i can for years to come - something exciting is what i need, explosives, shooting, tactical planning etc. glad i made the switch allready, no cheap shots towards signals officers but noone knows me as good as me, and i feel artillery is a better fit. it was a great meeting with the recruiter, very helpful.

cheers

Interesting choice but as far as the excitement goes (at least the type u seem to be looking for if I am not wrong) you should have really considered Infantry and Armoured Officer positions as well. They seem pretty exciting !!!

Anyone know if business background (commerce) is acceptable for intelligence or army police officers? I am thinking of adding them as my 2nd and 3rd choices respectively to increase my chances of getting into the army if possible.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 08, 2013, 18:26:44
first choice was actually signals officer,
friend of mine who knows me pretty well suggested this as that is his trade.
after reading through the messages, one thing that stuck with me was "do something new, something completely new" - and then today after speaking with my recruiter, we got on the topic of artilary.  after asking some questions and him giving me his experience [it is his trade] - I decided i would be more interested and it would be a bit more along the lines of what i had in mind in the first place.
I did not really qualift for sig officer anyways, my degree did not fall into the required - it is in demand rite now, so he said i could still attempt to get in, but as i said i would be a little bit of a long-stretch to be accepted.
I am joining part time reserves, so i think for me to stay as interested as i can for years to come - something exciting is what i need, explosives, shooting, tactical planning etc. glad i made the switch allready, no cheap shots towards signals officers but noone knows me as good as me, and i feel artillery is a better fit. it was a great meeting with the recruiter, very helpful.
cheers

I am confused!   Are you applying for Regular Force or Reserve Force?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JM2345 on August 08, 2013, 18:40:39
I am confused!   Are you applying for Regular Force or Reserve Force?

He is definitely applying for Reserves.

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,111471.msg1244893.html#msg1244893
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 08, 2013, 23:06:41
What do you guys think is it worth (and possible) adding 2nd and 3rd profession choices for my army application which is in progress to increase my chances of getting into the army?
Thinking of adding intelligence officer and military police officer to my 1st choice which is logistics officer ...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KyleAM on August 08, 2013, 23:19:34
Only add trades that you are willing to work at there is no point in putting them in if you don't see yourself doing that job no point in enrolling if you hate the job they give you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JM2345 on August 08, 2013, 23:47:49
What do you guys think is it worth (and possible) adding 2nd and 3rd profession choices for my army application which is in progress to increase my chances of getting into the army?
Thinking of adding intelligence officer and military police officer to my 1st choice which is logistics officer ...

It is definitely worth it to consider every option available to you. You shouldn't look to settle for something when there could be another trade that can potentially make you even happier. You should contact your local recruiting center and ask them which trades your degree qualifies you for. Then do as much research in to those trades as possible, so you can get a rough idea of what the day to day life is like, and then sit down with yourself, and maybe even your friends and family, and decide if you could see yourself doing that job for many years. Be realistic. It is easy to say "I will be happy in any job in the Army", but be honest with yourself. It is probably better for you to wait 1-2 years to have a better chance at getting a job you REALLY want, rather than accept something else you just put on to "get in the army."
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on August 09, 2013, 00:40:12
Yes you guys say only pursue a job u see yourself doing, but come on, unless u do it u may never know that u will or will not really like it.
Yes there is a big difference between the jobs of logistics officers, but I believe the fact of working in the army kind of evens out any job, ultimately you are a military person working in the army, no matter what particular job you do.

I do indeed have a preference for logistics and intelligence officer, and if I know that patience will pay off eventually than sure, I can wait a year or two. But i am not sure about this.
Is there a big demand difference between logistics officers and intelligence officers because if they are hiring few of intelligence officers than my applying there doesn`t even make that much sense anyways....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PrairieThunder on August 09, 2013, 01:21:56
Yes you guys say only pursue a job u see yourself doing, but come on, unless u do it u may never know that u will or will not really like it.
Yes there is a big difference between the jobs of logistics officers, but I believe the fact of working in the army kind of evens out any job, ultimately you are a military person working in the army, no matter what particular job you do.

I do indeed have a preference for logistics and intelligence officer, and if I know that patience will pay off eventually than sure, I can wait a year or two. But i am not sure about this.
Is there a big demand difference between logistics officers and intelligence officers because if they are hiring few of intelligence officers than my applying there doesn`t even make that much sense anyways....

Many people already make connections....

Construction Engineering/Combat Engineering... Can you see yourself building temp bases, FOBs, COPs, bridges, route clearance?

Logistics... Can you see yourself being an administrator, paper pusher?

MPO... Can you see yourself doing PR, maybe an investigation or two, mainly admin?

Intel... Can you see yourself sitting in a office type setting, intercepting radio commss?

I knew right from Grade 10, I'm not a desk person. So I became Armoured because I love the smell of diesel and get wood from explosions; but I hate carrying 100 pounds and... Desk work lol.

(This is just general, don't jack me up too much... I'm on a prescription of beer, oral, xMany)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JM2345 on August 09, 2013, 02:17:34
Yes you guys say only pursue a job u see yourself doing, but come on, unless u do it u may never know that u will or will not really like it.
Yes there is a big difference between the jobs of logistics officers, but I believe the fact of working in the army kind of evens out any job, ultimately you are a military person working in the army, no matter what particular job you do.

You definitely know more than we do about your career goals and interests, we are just trying to give you some advice from our outside look at things. Like I have said, your degree might not even qualify you for direct entry to any other trades you are considering. So your first step is to figure out if your degree will allow you to apply for direct entry, and then you can really put some serious thought and research in to other trade choices.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 08:25:55
Yes you guys say only pursue a job u see yourself doing, but come on, unless u do it u may never know that u will or will not really like it.
Yes there is a big difference between the jobs of logistics officers, but I believe the fact of working in the army kind of evens out any job, ultimately you are a military person working in the army, no matter what particular job you do.

I do indeed have a preference for logistics and intelligence officer, and if I know that patience will pay off eventually than sure, I can wait a year or two. But i am not sure about this.
Is there a big demand difference between logistics officers and intelligence officers because if they are hiring few of intelligence officers than my applying there doesn`t even make that much sense anyways....

Lose the  "MSN SPEAK"
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: STJ_Kierstead on August 09, 2013, 08:54:42
DAA - in my post i states "I am joining part time reserves" - did something i said in the post not make sense, little confused.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 09, 2013, 09:33:15
DAA - in my post i states "I am joining part time reserves" - did something i said in the post not make sense, little confused.

Nope, understood, I just wanted to be sure it was a Res F application.  Good luck!!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: STJ_Kierstead on August 09, 2013, 09:45:54
thank you sir :), the recruiter informed me yesterday the aptitude and medical could be as soon as 08/19-23 - heres to hoping!!

p.s little question - do they do the medical before the fitness, to ensure you are in fine shape before permitting you to take the testing?

and after you have the apititude, medical --> do the physical, they use all the information gathered, review - interview and go over everything and if successful offer you a position with reserves?

*i have read all kinds of threads and surely have seen this information, just kind of popped into my head figured i would ask :)*
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 09, 2013, 09:50:16
thank you sir :), the recruiter informed me yesterday the aptitude and medical could be as soon as 08/19-23 - heres to hoping!!
p.s little question - do they do the medical before the fitness, to ensure you are in fine shape before permitting you to take the testing?
and after you have the apititude, medical --> do the physical, they use all the information gathered, review - interview and go over everything and if successful offer you a position with reserves?
*i have read all kinds of threads and surely have seen this information, just kind of popped into my head figured i would ask :)*

As far as I know, the Recruiter from the Reserve Unit will forward your files to the local CFRC who in turn will arrange with PSP for you to be fitness tested.  Whether this occurs before or after the medical and interview, I have no idea.   I can only assume that the medical would or should be done prior to administering a fitness test.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 10:12:35
As far as I know, the Recruiter from the Reserve Unit will arrange for you to be fitness tested.  Whether this occurs before or after the medical and interview, I have no idea.   I can only assume that the medical would or should be done prior to administering a fitness test.

Unless things have changed recently, the CFRC was still conducting the Fitness Test to all Reserve applicants.  Individual Reserve units do not have the facilities, nor the staff, to do so.  As well, they do not 'own' the person yet, so do not administer them in way shape or form until the CFRC has completed all pre-enrolment documentation.  Only after the CFRC has completed all pre-enrolment documentation, will it send the documentation to the Reserve unit to enroll the person, and complete the final documentation.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PrairieThunder on August 09, 2013, 11:11:30
Unless things have changed recently, the CFRC was still conducting the Fitness Test to all Reserve applicants.  Individual Reserve units do not have the facilities, nor the staff, to do so.  As well, they do not 'own' the person yet, so do not administer them in way shape or form until the CFRC has completed all pre-enrolment documentation.  Only after the CFRC has completed all pre-enrolment documentation, will it send the documentation to the Reserve unit to enroll the person, and complete the final documentation.

In Calgary, applicants are referred to the PSP office at the ASU.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 11:44:26
In Calgary, applicants are referred to the PSP office at the ASU.

Yes.  The CFRC would book them there or in other cases, a YMCA; or whatever testing facility is available to that CFRC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PrairieThunder on August 09, 2013, 15:53:05
Yes.  The CFRC would book them there or in other cases, a YMCA; or whatever testing facility is available to that CFRC.

Sorry, should have clarified, the CFRC does not do the referral the referral and appointments of the pre-enrolment fitness testing is done through the unit to which you are applying. Mine was done in the weight room at the ASU and was booked through direct comms with the PSP coordinator.

It seems lately (can't confirm for other CFRCs) that the RCs are stepping out from the testing delivery and simply just receiving the results.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 16:32:05
Sorry, should have clarified, the CFRC does not do the referral the referral and appointments of the pre-enrolment fitness testing is done through the unit to which you are applying. Mine was done in the weight room at the ASU and was booked through direct comms with the PSP coordinator.

It seems lately (can't confirm for other CFRCs) that the RCs are stepping out from the testing delivery and simply just receiving the results.

This does not make any sense at all.  Until such time that the CFRC completes their pre-enrolment documentation and passes it to the Reserve unit for completion of enrolment, that person DOES NOT belong to the Reserve Unit.   So how can the CFRG pass on the expense (cost) of selection testing/screening, in this case the Fitness Test, to a Reserve unit.  If the person fails in any of the screening process, including the Fitness Test, they will not be eligible to be enrolled.  Unless it is now a new CAF policy to enroll persons who can not meet the Universality of Service, it should still be the CFRG who is responsible for this testing and screening of applicants.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 09, 2013, 16:40:26
This does not make any sense at all. 

Welcome to "recruiting"!!!  You ain't seen nothing yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg floating down stream, there is much more to come.......   :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 16:54:00
The CFRG is mandated with Recruiting and the selection process.  If they don't want to do it, I know a Trade that could use all those PY and up their manning establishments.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 09, 2013, 16:58:56
The CFRG is mandated with Recruiting and the selection process.  If they don't want to do it, I know a Trade that could use all those PY and up their manning establishments.

Actually, CFRG's primary function is the recruiting of "Regular Force" personnel.  Army PRes, Nav Res and CIC/COATS slipped in there on request.  ARAF still does their own thing.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 17:03:30
And the CFRG only deals with people off the street; not Component Transfers.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 09, 2013, 17:08:42
And the CFRG only deals with people off the street; not Component Transfers.

At one time, years ago, CFRG managed the whole kit and kabootal (External and Internal Intake).  Not sure when it happened but the entire CT process was transferred out of CFRG to DGMC (D Mil C 7) who now manage all the CT processing and where necessary they will direct someone to their local CFRC if needed.  Which brings up the next problem....  D Mil C 7, doesn't have enough people to process all the CT requests that they receive.

I believe there may have been discussions about pulling CT's back to within the CFRG umbrella but I don't think anything came of it.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PrairieThunder on August 09, 2013, 17:37:33
This does not make any sense at all.  Until such time that the CFRC completes their pre-enrolment documentation and passes it to the Reserve unit for completion of enrolment, that person DOES NOT belong to the Reserve Unit.   So how can the CFRG pass on the expense (cost) of selection testing/screening, in this case the Fitness Test, to a Reserve unit.  If the person fails in any of the screening process, including the Fitness Test, they will not be eligible to be enrolled.  Unless it is now a new CAF policy to enroll persons who can not meet the Universality of Service, it should still be the CFRG who is responsible for this testing and screening of applicants.

Doesn't need to make sense, but that's what happened. After the rest of my process was complete and the final piece was the fitness results, it was actually the unit that gave me the contact info for the PSP guy and told be to book an appointment for Enrolment Fitness Test. Went and did the rest and he sent off the results to the CFRC.

At NO POINT did the CFRC have any involvement with the fitness except in the receipt and verification of results.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 17:45:20
Doesn't need to make sense, but that's what happened. After the rest of my process was complete and the final piece was the fitness results, it was actually the unit that gave me the contact info for the PSP guy and told be to book an appointment for Enrolment Fitness Test. Went and did the rest and he sent off the results to the CFRC.

At NO POINT did the CFRC have any involvement with the fitness except in the receipt and verification of results.

You having done the test is of no matter one way or the other.  You did the test.  What does matter is who is paying for you to be tested.  You do not belong to that Reserve unit until your pre-enrollment documentation is done at the CFRC, and sent to them.  Only after you have been enrolled, do you belong to that Reserve unit.  So, why then does the Reserve unit, who does not own you, have to do the administration and pay to have you tested?  That is the job of the CFRC under the CFRG.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PrairieThunder on August 09, 2013, 17:50:23
You having done the test is of no matter one way or the other.  You did the test.  What does matter is who is paying for you to be tested.  You do not belong to that Reserve unit until your pre-enrollment documentation is done at the CFRC, and sent to them.  Only after you have been enrolled, do you belong to that Reserve unit.  So, why then does the Reserve unit, who does not own you, have to do the administration and pay to have you tested?  That is the job of the CFRC under the CFRG.

How do you know that the unit paid for it? The PSP guys job is simply for that. He was mon-fri 9-4 and does nothing but fitness tests; pre-enrolment, expres, etc.

All I know is that the Recruiting NCO at the unit said the CFRC is in a mess with the new FORCE project and gave me the information to book the appointment. For all you or I know, the PSP guy probably just send the bill to the CFRC/G at the end of the month... Or maybe its already paid for?

Edit to add: don't know how this all of sudden became about cost...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 19:17:42
How do you know that the unit paid for it?
How do I know?  These services are not free.  They are budgeted within DND, so a transfer of money is made. 



The PSP guys job is simply for that. He was mon-fri 9-4 and does nothing but fitness tests; pre-enrolment, expres, etc.

Not every location has access to a Reg Force base and PSP personnel.  Places like the YMCA are often used.  There is a fee that has to be paid.

All I know is that the Recruiting NCO at the unit said the CFRC is in a mess with the new FORCE project and gave me the information to book the appointment. For all you or I know, the PSP guy probably just send the bill to the CFRC/G at the end of the month... Or maybe its already paid for?

If CFRC's are washing their hands of this testing, then they are not likely to pay as well.   

What this case may boil down to is:

1.  CFRG is no longer willing to hire Class B Reservists to run their CFRCs; or

2.  Someone is too lazy to perform their administrative functions/duties.

Whatever the cause, it is looking like the system is on the way to a major breakdown.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Teager on August 09, 2013, 22:54:59
If the unit is arranging for the fitness test could the recruiting centre be giving the reserve unit a fin code to use for any expenses? Thus no cost would come from reserve units budget. Also PrairieThunder said that the reserve unit simply provided him with contact info to set up his own appointment. I believe then PSP would have sent results directly back to CFRC. The only part played by the reserve unit in this case was providing contact info for PSP.

If other facility's are used such as the YMCA I would believe a group of recruits would do the testing at once. I am sure a proper fin code would be used to come out of recruitings budget and not the units.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 09, 2013, 23:02:20
If the unit is arranging for the fitness test could the recruiting centre be giving the reserve unit a fin code to use for any expenses? Thus no cost would come from reserve units budget. Also PrairieThunder said that the reserve unit simply provided him with contact info to set up his own appointment. I believe then PSP would have sent results directly back to CFRC. The only part played by the reserve unit in this case was providing contact info for PSP.

If other facility's are used such as the YMCA I would believe a group of recruits would do the testing at once. I am sure a proper fin code would be used to come out of recruitings budget and not the units.

If they did that, provide the Fin Code, then why could they not also make the bookings....or give the contact number to the applicant?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Teager on August 09, 2013, 23:28:31
If they did that, provide the Fin Code, then why could they not also make the bookings....or give the contact number to the applicant?

I'm guessing here but seeing that most reserve units have there own unit recruiters those recruiters are getting stuck with the arrangements. What I am seeing is that someone who wants to join the reserves comes to the reserve unit they want to join and a lot of the process is done with the unit recruiter. Maybe someone with reserve recruiter experience can weigh in and explain the current procedures.

I do see what your getting at though George.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on August 10, 2013, 11:47:43
Well, I missed a few posts since my last login, but here is what I know:

1) sig officer is a closed trade, at least so this recruiter told me via email because of my first application in the regular force (but that might have been because I never sent the diploma they needed because some recruiter at the local RC NEVER told me it took a engineering baccalaureate degree for this trade -_- ).

2) Fitness test is done before the medical test for the reserve applicants, or so my local reserve unit in which I applied told me. It will be administered by the local RC since they do not have the space/equipement for it. It might even take place at the Valcartier base (I'm in Quebec city).

What I still do not understand, and please, I do not intend to offend anyone working as a recruiter for the Forces, but how can they NOT say the same thing? I just don't understand how some recruiters tell me the trade that would fit me most, according to my studies and background, is logistic officer (i.e. one of the 2 recruiters I met at the RC in Quebec city and the 2 recruiters in charge of the 35e B. SNC reserve), while this other random person who called me to tell me my trade was closed (for my first application in the regular, which I had asked via email and phone to North Bay to cancel over a week ago), said to me I wasn't qualified for the trade after I briefed him up with my application process in the reserve.
How can people not agree on qualifications?  ??? I'm just a bit sad and upset about the whole thing, since the first recruiter told me about sig officer while knowing I wasn't even qualified for it... then this person saying I'm not qualified while 3 other people think I am? I just seem to keep losing time and energy over my application and it's just frustrating not to have a concensus.

Anyway, I will not let this stop my will to get into the reserves. :) I'm really determined and it's hard to change my mind with such little problems.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 11, 2013, 11:58:11
...What I still do not understand, and please, I do not intend to offend anyone working as a recruiter for the Forces, but...

Anyway, I will not let this stop my will to get into the reserves. :) I'm really determined and it's hard to change my mind with such little problems.

I can't help you with any of the "why's" regarding different information given to you.  But as a fellow applicant, yes, remain determined--Provided you know you have the necessary pre-reqs/qualifications for your trade. (Just throwing that in there, as sometimes individuals have fantastic attitudes, but lack what they actually need for the choices they selected, so simply being positive won't help.)  Unfortunately, throughout my own process I have also received conflicting information on more than one occasion, so I understand your frustration.

The following has worked for me; Don't be afraid to seek clarification/ask follow-up questions to the information given to you.  Take tips/advisement under consideration and make sure you're doing everything you can on your end to remain competitive.  If for some reason you feel things aren't being understood accurately through emails or phone conversations, go to your RC and have a sit-down. Remain persistent, but patient. (Trust me, the latter is something I struggle with regularly, naturally being an impatient person.) Always be polite.

Things will come together. Sometimes it takes longer than one would like, but they do eventually fall into place.  Good luck moving forward.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on August 11, 2013, 16:28:38
I can't help you with any of the "why's" regarding different information given to you.  But as a fellow applicant, yes, remain determined--Provided you know you have the necessary pre-reqs/qualifications for your trade. (Just throwing that in there, as sometimes individuals have fantastic attitudes, but lack what they actually need for the choices they selected, so simply being positive won't help.)  Unfortunately, throughout my own process I have also received conflicting information on more than one occasion, so I understand your frustration.

The following has worked for me; Don't be afraid to seek clarification/ask follow-up questions to the information given to you.  Take tips/advisement under consideration and make sure you're doing everything you can on your end to remain competitive.  If for some reason you feel things aren't being understood accurately through emails or phone conversations, go to your RC and have a sit-down. Remain persistent, but patient. (Trust me, the latter is something I struggle with regularly, naturally being an impatient person.) Always be polite.

Things will come together. Sometimes it takes longer than one would like, but they do eventually fall into place.  Good luck moving forward.

Thanks for the advices! :) Well according to the people in charge of the recruiting at the reserve, I have a very competitive application. I'll check with the lieutenant there to seek some more details as to why it seems so contradictory for my studies, but he had an accident on his way home and was on a sick leave for a few days.

I'm a hard-headed person, so it takes a lot to change my mind about some decisions I made. I guess in a way, it takes time and patience so that people who aren't so serious about it give up with the small contradictions.

I'll give a call this week to do a follow-up on my application at my local reserve unit. But really, I doubt I need to worry, because most people I talked to claimed I had what it took for the trade; both for my studies and my working experience.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hatchet Man on August 11, 2013, 19:30:20

1.  CFRG is no longer willing to hire Class B Reservists to run their CFRCs; or

2.  Someone is too lazy to perform their administrative functions/duties.

Whatever the cause, it is looking like the system is on the way to a major breakdown.

Both were valid when I left last year, CFRG downsizing and some CFRC's Det's not having the most motivated or competent staff.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Daggss on August 14, 2013, 19:17:03
Hey guys,
I don't know if I should make a thread about this or not its pretty basic couple of questions and it seems the
Right place to ask.
So basically as the old story goes around here I've been wanting to join since I was 16. I got my papers
For the reserves but took another direction in life and couldn't join. I always kept that goal and am almost 21 now, Over the last months I have been going to the gym almost daily and preparing for bt if the chance i have the opportunity to serve. i have lost 30 pounds and am physically fit enough to join. I recently applied to the reg force for this is something that I want to make a career of. I know its hard and competitive to get in but I will try till I succeed this is something I need to do or else I know I will die old and upset that I never did. I have some volunteering but not a whole lot and only stepped up my workout in the last 3-4 months so on the application I only put 3 days a week of physical activity. I am also on a Rec kickball team with my boss but I didn't want to pump myself up I guess because it asks over a Year and not last 4 months so I rounded down. When I was talking to the recruiter here in calgary he said that for every 100 applications he looks at he rejects 90, without an interview I assume from the way it sounded. I guess my question is. Would a young guy with 2-3 years construction experience. And some light volunteering expierience and (as I put on my application even though I stepped up a lot recently) average physical fitness have at making it to that phase of the process.
My step dad who was in the reserves in 2001 at 40 years old said i shouldn't have a problem and that it took up to a year for him to get sworn in. And also what is the average time it takes to receive any kind of information on where your application is? The recruiter also told me they might not even look at it out of CFVRC and basically has scared me and I feel like there's nothing that makes me stand out currently as a good candidate. Just too average or something...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 14, 2013, 19:53:30
Hey guys...

You don't know unless you try. Users here, even ones in Recruiting, can only offer an educated guess based on the info you provided.

It's my understanding that there are several variables/factors that make up how successful an applicant may be. What trade(s) are you interested in? Each trade has its own level of competitiveness. Hopefully you would be contacted to write the CFAT and complete the subsequent steps, in which case, how you score on those coupled with other elements earns you an overall 'applicant score' that may or may not be enough to get you merit-listed and put you in the running for the job you want.

Length of time for contact, time-frame between each step during the recruiting process etc., varies greatly. There are some terrific threads detailing what I've mentioned in length.

If you weren't 'thrilled' with the recruiter you spoke to, don't be afraid to try again at a different RC or simply a different member. I walked away feeling very discouraged when I initially spoke with a recruiter in 2006. You might feel better after giving it another shot. Best of luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Daggss on August 14, 2013, 20:07:54
You don't know unless you try. Users here, even ones in Recruiting, can only offer an educated guess based on the info you provided.

It's my understanding that there are several variables/factors that make up how successful an applicant may be. What trade(s) are you interested in? Each trade has its own level of competitiveness. Hopefully you would be contacted to write the CFAT and complete the subsequent steps, in which case, how you score on those coupled with other elements earns you an overall 'applicant score' that may or may not be enough to get you merit-listed and put you in the running for the job you want.

Length of time for contact, time-frame between each step during the recruiting process etc., varies greatly. There are some terrific threads detailing what I've mentioned in length.

If you weren't 'thrilled' with the recruiter you spoke to, don't be afraid to try again at a different RC or simply a different member. I walked away feeling very discouraged when I initially spoke with a recruiter in 2006. You might feel better after giving it another shot. Best of luck!

Thanks for the info. I applied for the boatswain position and sonar operator. I also however wanted to apply for armoured soldier but the online application only allows you to choose navy, air or army at one time. The recruiter told me however this is something you bring up during the interview and that your choices on the online don't matter too much until the interview. I was told boatswain and armoured soldier are both open as of right now as those would be my first 2 choices. So generally I just have to wait and see and hope?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 14, 2013, 20:19:42
Quote
...wait and see and hope?

Unfortunately, I'd have to say yes. That's about all one can do once they've submitted their application. Hopefully you know you have, at least, the minimum requirements for each--and of course, it always helps to have a little more than the minimum regardless of where one is applying. If you don't have the minimum requirements, you won't be processed further and depending on your trade, the minimum might not get you processed at all.

If you haven't heard anything within about 8 weeks regarding whether or not your application is moving forward, I'd give them a call. Absolute worst case IMO, is you might have to wait until next year (or next hiring for your trade(s)--whichever comes first) if for whatever reason you don't get processed this time around.  I submitted my app in the month of October and didn't hear anything until April. But I also applied when my trade wasn't open. Every file is different.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KerryBlue on August 14, 2013, 23:06:44
Howdy everyone,  I'm currently undergoing the recruiting process and would like to know what I can do with the situation I find myself in. I've applied for Reg Force, through CFRC Toronto. I've just received my email, telling me to come in and bring my paper work, book CFAT etc.. But, I've decided to finish my university education as I have three years left, and I'm moving to Ottawa in September. I would still like to join the forces, but I think for the time being as a reservist. I have looked into the units in Ottawa, and made my decision. My first question, to have my application changed from REG Force to Reserve do I simply call CFRC Toronto, or should I go in and do it in person. My second question being should I try and finish my application through CFRC toronto, i.e the CFAT and Medical or do I have the application changed to Ottawa and finish everything up in Ottawa in the fall. My third, after I finish school I would like to serve in the Regular Force, how difficult is it to transfer from Pres. Reserve to Reg. Force? I mean, I understand that's in a few years, assuming I'm even selected for the reserves but just wondering. Anyways thanks for taking the time to read and respond.

Alex
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Daggss on August 15, 2013, 00:41:23
Unfortunately, I'd have to say yes. That's about all one can do once they've submitted their application. Hopefully you know you have, at least, the minimum requirements for each--and of course, it always helps to have a little more than the minimum regardless of where one is applying. If you don't have the minimum requirements, you won't be processed further and depending on your trade, the minimum might not get you processed at all.

If you haven't heard anything within about 8 weeks regarding whether or not your application is moving forward, I'd give them a call. Absolute worst case IMO, is you might have to wait until next year (or next hiring for your trade(s)--whichever comes first) if for whatever reason you don't get processed this time around.  I submitted my app in the month of October and didn't hear anything until April. But I also applied when my trade wasn't open. Every file is different.

Well wish me luck and hopefully when I hear some good news one day ill be able to proudly post my join date
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on August 15, 2013, 10:12:34
Howdy everyone,  I'm currently undergoing the recruiting process and would like to know what I can do with the situation I find myself in. I've applied for Reg Force, through CFRC Toronto. I've just received my email, telling me to come in and bring my paper work, book CFAT etc.. But, I've decided to finish my university education as I have three years left, and I'm moving to Ottawa in September. I would still like to join the forces, but I think for the time being as a reservist. I have looked into the units in Ottawa, and made my decision. My first question, to have my application changed from REG Force to Reserve do I simply call CFRC Toronto, or should I go in and do it in person. My second question being should I try and finish my application through CFRC toronto, i.e the CFAT and Medical or do I have the application changed to Ottawa and finish everything up in Ottawa in the fall. My third, after I finish school I would like to serve in the Regular Force, how difficult is it to transfer from Pres. Reserve to Reg. Force? I mean, I understand that's in a few years, assuming I'm even selected for the reserves but just wondering. Anyways thanks for taking the time to read and respond.

Alex

Recruiting for the reserves is made only by the reserve unit you are applying to, not through CFRC. I think the best thing to do would be to go to CFRC Toronto and have a chat with them, tell them what you have decided. They will be able to tell you what to do about your application  (I've been through a similar process, but nobody seemed to be sure what to do... opinions were different from one person to another). They will also be able to tell you which units are recruiting in Ottawa, and what trades are open there. But you will have to meet the recruiters from the unit you choose in Ottawa, and from there, fill the application for the reserves. You will most likely have to call North Bay and cancel you application for the Reg Forces (or so I've been told to do in my case).

But really, CFRC can be of help when making such decisions, and they will be more than likely to be able to give you more informations about trades that are open in the reserve units in Ottawa. Hope this can help! Good luck!



Sorry if my English is crappy, I'm not used to explain such things about recruiting in English. :) 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BYFROMSCHOOL on August 20, 2013, 12:38:47
I write the CFAT next week, followed by the medical on the same day. Can anyone tell me if I should expect to meet with my file manager after these appointments? What I would like to know is when the interview is normally scheduled. Will it be the same day following my tests, or by phone sometime after?

Thanks
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Cbbmtt on August 20, 2013, 12:40:53
I write the CFAT next week, followed by the medical on the same day. Can anyone tell me if I should expect to meet with my file manager after these appointments? What I would like to know is when the interview is normally scheduled. Will it be the same day following my tests, or by phone sometime after?

Thanks

There is no correct answer to this question. Some have it the same day, some like myself have waited a month so far to be scheduled for an interview. They would of already told you if your interview was the same day I believe.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 20, 2013, 12:57:53
Perhaps, if you go back and read some of this thread, you will have a better idea.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BYFROMSCHOOL on August 20, 2013, 17:35:20
Thanks Cbbmtt and George,

I read back in this thread, and even used the search function! I do have a better idea now, which is to say I have no idea whatsoever. Seems Cbbmtt is right; interview scheduling is arbitrary. I'll just play it by ear.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 20, 2013, 17:39:50
I read back in this thread, and even used the search function! I do have a better idea now, which is to say I have no idea whatsoever. Seems Cbbmtt is right; interview scheduling is arbitrary. I'll just play it by ear.

There is NO rhym or reason as to why each CFRC does things differently.  Some people will have their CFAT, Medical and Interview on entirely different days, some will do the CFAT and Interview the same day and some will do all three on the same day.

Consider yourself lucky if you get all three done relatively quickly.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on August 27, 2013, 15:27:34
Hey everyone!
 I applied to the CF 2 weeks ago. I sent my paperwork in last week and I am waiting on the file to be transfered to my local CFRS here in london. I figure since I have been reading all of the stories on this thread - CONGRATS LOSTLY and everyone else who made it this year - I would post my story as it unfolds.

 My civi career is a heavy equipment operator with 2 years experience and a highly accredited college course in the HEO field.
 
 My only question thus far is do I print off and fill out the reliability screening forms on step 2 on the forces.ca website and send them in or do I wait until my file is received at my local CFRS and theyve contacted me?

 I hope to fast track this any way I can, even though its impossible to say how long it will all take. Enjoy my journey as it unfolds!

Trade choice 1- Armoured soldier
Trade choice 2- Artillery
Date applied - August 14, 2013
Documents at NB - August 23, 2013
File sent to CFRS - ...
Reliability screening - ...
Medical - ...
CFAT - ...
Interview - ...
Job offer - ...
Swearing in - ...
BMQ - ...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 27, 2013, 15:50:19
Hey everyone!
 I applied to the CF 2 weeks ago. I sent my paperwork in last week and I am waiting on the file to be transfered to my local CFRS here in london. I figure since I have been reading all of the stories on this thread - CONGRATS LOSTLY and everyone else who made it this year - I would post my story as it unfolds.
 My civi career is a heavy equipment operator with 2 years experience and a highly accredited college course in the HEO field.
 My only question thus far is do I print off and fill out the reliability screening forms on step 2 on the forces.ca website and send them in or do I wait until my file is received at my local CFRS and theyve contacted me?
 I hope to fast track this any way I can, even though its impossible to say how long it will all take. Enjoy my journey as it unfolds!
Trade choice 1- Armoured soldier
Trade choice 2- Artillery
Date applied - August 14, 2013
Documents at NB - August 23, 2013
File sent to CFRS - ...
Reliability screening - ...
Medical - ...
CFAT - ...
Interview - ...
Job offer - ...
Swearing in - ...
BMQ - ...

Once you local CFRC receives your file, they will contact you and then email you the forms that they need to have filled out.  In the mean time, it's a waiting game.

With an HEO Diploma/Crse, you might want to consider Cbt Engr?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on August 28, 2013, 20:33:02
Once you local CFRC receives your file, they will contact you and then email you the forms that they need to have filled out.  In the mean time, it's a waiting game.

With an HEO Diploma/Crse, you might want to consider Cbt Engr?

I considered it, but since my older brother who has been in service 10 years has a higher rank than I would is in the combat engineer trade, I would just rather not risk having to take orders from him. :p I know its not very practical that I would have to, I just dont want that to happen. He basically signed himself out of our family as soon as he married his current wife.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 28, 2013, 20:42:17
I considered it, but since my older brother who has been in service 10 years has a higher rank than I would is in the combat engineer trade, I would just rather not risk having to take orders from him. :p I know its not very practical that I would have to, I just dont want that to happen. He basically signed himself out of our family as soon as he married his current wife.

So what.  If he is of a higher rank and you are under him, he will give you orders; and you will carry them out.  Family relations/feuds have nothing to do with the performance of your duties.  You are already starting out with a "negative attitude". 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on August 28, 2013, 21:35:03
So what.  If he is of a higher rank and you are under him, he will give you orders; and you will carry them out.  Family relations/feuds have nothing to do with the performance of your duties.  You are already starting out with a "negative attitude".

I have a very positive attitude on joing the forces, in fact, I waited 2 years for my current girlfriend to go along with it.

The reason I dont want to have to take any order from him is he has an extreme superiority complex and infact tried to notion me not to join the forces because 'its not the life for me'. Ive been heart set on this decision for 14 years just couldnt carry it out until now due to physique and relationships. All of my family believes I am the smarter sibling and think a military career could bring me many years of happiness. We all also believe he doesnt want me to join because he is affraid of someone in the family having a more accomplished life than he.

Ive gone through college with honours, Graduated highschool before applying and Im a more dedicated personality than he. However, I feel is if he had any sort of command over me (I believe hes either a cpl or sgt by now since he doesnt really inform his REAL family on any sort of milestones), he would take the command too far.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on August 28, 2013, 21:41:52
If that is true....Again; So What.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Daggss on August 28, 2013, 21:46:12
I have a very positive attitude on joing the forces, in fact, I waited 2 years for my current girlfriend to go along with it.

The reason I dont want to have to take any order from him is he has an extreme superiority complex and infact tried to notion me not to join the forces because 'its not the life for me'. Ive been heart set on this decision for 14 years just couldnt carry it out until now due to physique and relationships. All of my family believes I am the smarter sibling and think a military career could bring me many years of happiness. We all also believe he doesnt want me to join because he is affraid of someone in the family having a more accomplished life than he.

Ive gone through college with honours, Graduated highschool before applying and Im a more dedicated personality than he. However, I feel is if he had any sort of command over me (I believe hes either a cpl or sgt by now since he doesnt really inform his REAL family on any sort of milestones), he would take the command too far.

You make it sound like a competition. I'm more dedicated then him, My family thinks I'm a better and smarter person, I've got a degree with honours.

It doesn't sound like a commitment to serving your country and to yourself and to bettering yourself as a person and helping society by paying it back.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on August 28, 2013, 21:49:13
If that is true....Again; So What.

Personal preference I suppose. Ill be sure t add Combat engineer to my list of jobs applying for when I call the North Bay office next week (2 weeks post documentation arrival.) assuming I didnt forget having put that in my application.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on August 28, 2013, 21:53:26
You make it sound like a competition. I'm more dedicated then him, My family thinks I'm a better and smarter person, I've got a degree with honours.

It doesn't sound like a commitment to serving your country and to yourself and to bettering yourself as a person and helping society by paying it back.

Its in no way a competition, I simply do not want to serve in my brothers footsteps. I want to be my own person and not give him the impression I am following him. Thats the reason I chose artillery and armour; very related fields, yet not the same.

Im not on here to argue, also. It would be nice if it came off as I was being spoken TO and not spoken AT.

Im sure saying that previous statement will make it seem like im not mentally prepared for BMQ however, Im not in BMQ so I still have a say in how Im spoken to.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Cbbmtt on August 29, 2013, 12:18:14
 It would be nice if it came off as I was being spoken TO and not spoken AT. [/quote]

I read this and felt like hiding under a rock and I didn't even say it.

So you don't want to take orders from him because he has a superiority complex? Or because you don't respect your brother? Because anyone in my opinion of a higher rank than you is going to be superior to you, but maybe not having a complex.

I'm just a recruit trying to get in like yourself so I couldn't tell you what it's going to be like, but you should listen to these guys on here and maybe go purchase some thicker skin.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Jon1919 on August 29, 2013, 21:07:32
I would simply like to have a general idea of the probability of acceptance into the military as either an infantryman, crewman or artilleryman as these are the trades I have applied for. ANY information would be helpful and appreciated. I applied less than a week ago so I'm not surprised I haven't received any sort of response but I am simply curious as to my chances. Thanks
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Teager on August 29, 2013, 21:32:22
I would simply like to have a general idea of the probability of acceptance into the military as either an infantryman, crewman or artilleryman as these are the trades I have applied for. ANY information would be helpful and appreciated. I applied less than a week ago so I'm not surprised I haven't received any sort of response but I am simply curious as to my chances. Thanks

 :facepalm: How is anyone suppose to tell you your probability of being accepted? You still have to pass the CFAT, medical, interview, and background check. No one here knows you or what your qualifications are. All you can do is go through the process and be prepared the best you can be to beat out other applicants. If you want info start reading the many threads that will give you an idea of what to expect.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 29, 2013, 21:46:12
:facepalm: How is anyone suppose to tell you your probability of being accepted? You still have to pass the CFAT, medical, interview, and background check. No one here knows you or what your qualifications are. All you can do is go through the process and be prepared the best you can be to beat out other applicants. If you want info start reading the many threads that will give you an idea of what to expect.

Jon1919: The above response is the most helpful that you'll receive. 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: lmc1987 on August 30, 2013, 12:44:43
I am trying to get information about LOGO recruitment 2013. I had my interview back in March at the Toronto CFRC and was told I would be merit listed. But it was requested at that time for me to submit some medical tests. All have been submitted except my allergy test which I have tried to expedite to the best of my abilities but it seems to be taking a long time - they will be submitted the first week of September. I am wondering what the selection date is for the Logistics Officer trade and if the late submission of this last test will compromise my chances. Also, if I miss the September selection, when will be the next for LOGO?

Thank you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: pbi on September 03, 2013, 09:39:57
I am trying to get information about LOGO recruitment 2013. I had my interview back in March at the Toronto CFRC and was told I would be merit listed.

OK...have you gone back to the CFRC to discuss this, or checked the CF Recruiting website? Your post doesn't say what digging you've done on your own.

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But it was requested at that time for me to submit some medical tests. All have been submitted except my allergy test which I have tried to expedite to the best of my abilities but it seems to be taking a long time - they will be submitted the first week of September. 

Until these tests are submitted and reviewed, there may not be much progress on your file. The CF is (understandably) reluctant to accept people with potential medical liabilities without checking out each case.

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I am wondering what the selection date is for the Logistics Officer trade and if the late submission of this last test will compromise my chances. Also, if I miss the September selection, when will be the next for LOGO?

I wouldn't get worked up over course dates if your medical situation hasn't been clarified yet. Once your file is approved, the CFRC will get it back, and should then, if you're suitable in all other respects, indicate a likely course date. At this point you should know that course dates do sometimes change, for a whole host of reasons. Be patient and stay in touch with the CFRC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: glahaye on September 03, 2013, 17:32:51
Yes.  The CFRC would book them there or in other cases, a YMCA; or whatever testing facility is available to that CFRC.

Hi,

Would you happen to know more about how to take the EXPRES at a civilan location?  I live in Vancouver and am trying to join as a reservist.  My application was going along pretty well until I was told the Vancouver / New Westminster recruiting center lost their former person responsible for physical testing.  I was also told they just put in a request to Ottawa to find a new one but that it might take a while before they are granted the funds for a new member or contractor.  The next BMOQ is coming fast and I don't want to be rolled to the following one because of this.  I'm willing to go to Esquimalt (where I assume they have the personnel to perform the physical) or pay for my own test at a civilian center approved for giving the EXPRES.  I did mention that at the recruiting center but got various and sometimes contradictory and confused responses to my statement.  I'm thinking if I offer a clear solution, I might be able to ensure my file is processed in time for the next BMOQ.

Any information is appreciated.

Thanks.



Recruiting Centre: New Westminster
Regular/Reserve: Reserve
Officer/NCM: Officer
Trade Choice 1: ENGR
Trade Choice 2: SIGS
Trade Choice 3: LOG
Application Date: 2013-03-19
First Contact: 2013-06-14
CFAT: 2013-08-27
Medical: 2013-08-29
Physical: TBD
Interview: TBD
Position Offered: TBD
Enrollment/Swearing In: TBD
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: RoyalCG on September 03, 2013, 17:58:59
Hello I'm planning on joining the reserves with the intent to eventually become an intelligence officer, I have a few questions though, I have looked on every post on here for anything involving these questions and have found nothing. It would be nice if someone could shed some light on these.    :)

1. What classes would you suggest I take for grade 12 to improve my chances at becoming an intelligence operator/officer?

2. When should I apply? Considering I am planning on getting a B-COM the following year I was wondering when would be best so I could do basic training over the summer.

3. Where do I apply?

4. How long does it take between signing up and being sent to basic training?

5. Can I do my basic training on the summer between highschool and university and then do my job specific training the next summer?

6. What is the process after requesting to join the reserves at a recruitment office? Do I get some paper work or a “we’ll call you when we can”?

7. What kind of paperwork and activities are involved between requesting a job at the recruitment center and being sent to BMQ?

8. While at university will I be able to become an officer during my education or would I have to wait until completion of my education to take the step from operator to officer?
Any tips on preparation for joining? (workout, food, education, things to buy etc.)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Michael O'Leary on September 03, 2013, 18:53:15
1. What classes would you suggest I take for grade 12 to improve my chances at becoming an intelligence operator/officer?

English and math courses, the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT) has components on language and math/spatial concepts, it doesn't matter what else you know if you don't pass the CFAT.

2. When should I apply? Considering I am planning on getting a B-COM the following year I was wondering when would be best so I could do basic training over the summer.

Go visit the loval unit you want to join. Talk to the Recruiter, tell him or her that you want to join. Choose either officer or operator tracks and commit to it, you're wasting everyone's time by think you'll join as an operator and switch tracks after a year. In any case, switching isn't just a matter of asking for it.

3. Where do I apply?

Start with the local unit. They will tell you what process to follow with the Recruiting System. If the unit doesn't have any vacancies, starting a file with the Recruting System will not create one for you.

4. How long does it take between signing up and being sent to basic training?

The usual routine it to swear someone in shortly before their training starts. There is no defined timeline, it varies.

5. Can I do my basic training on the summer between highschool and university and then do my job specific training the next summer?

That will depend on when the local units/ brigade conduct Basic training. You may not start it until during your first year of university (assuming and officer track) with the intent that your first summer of occupational training will be the summer after your first year of university.

6. What is the process after requesting to join the reserves at a recruitment office? Do I get some paper work or a “we’ll call you when we can”?

Start by talking to your local unit. They will explaian the process to you.

7. What kind of paperwork and activities are involved between requesting a job at the recruitment center and being sent to BMQ?

You will be given forms to fill out and appointments for tests, medical,e tc. There is much detail on that art of the process on these forums. You will be kept informed by your recruiter, be prepared to meet all timings and return all paperwork promptly. Start reading the recruiting threads for a nauseating amount of detail.

8. While at university will I be able to become an officer during my education or would I have to wait until completion of my education to take the step from operator to officer?

Reserve officer are commissioned during their training while still in university. See above for comments regarding operator vs officer at this stage.

Any tips on preparation for joining? (workout, food, education, things to buy etc.)

site:army.ca BMQ AND tips (https://www.google.ca/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=site:army.ca+memorial+cross&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=7VUmUq2jCMrtrQGPn4CQCw#channel=fs&q=site%3Aarmy.ca+BMQ+AND+tips&safe=off)

Those links should take care of all your BMQ questions.

Bonus reply:

site:army.ca intelligence AND officer (https://www.google.ca/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=site:army.ca+memorial+cross&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=7VUmUq2jCMrtrQGPn4CQCw#channel=fs&q=site%3Aarmy.ca+intelligence+AND+officer&safe=off)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: RoyalCG on September 03, 2013, 22:46:14
Thank you SO MUCH I've spent the last three days looking for those answers!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Daggss on September 05, 2013, 18:14:29
so i applied a bit ago to for the boatswain and Armour soldier position.
i am a physically fit 20 yr old male, high school diploma who works out 5x a week and has 3 hrs of volunteering a week. that scores me a 15 which equals a 3.
both of the trades i applied for require a 5 and i found this out when i went in and talked to a recruiter. he told me basically i have no chance at joining any combat arms and now i hang my head in shame and am pretty upset about it. i want to make myself good enough to earn  the 20 points for a 5, but i want to spend the next few years of my life in the military not at school to earn the next points i need. i just so i could hopefully join the combat arms. he told me to look at support roles because they are lower scored and are in high demand apparently so out of all the other roles the only ones that made me excited and i think would be cool trades would be the air weapons system tech and the mobile support equipment operator.

so after doing a little research and deciding its go time for round 2 on my application i go back to the apply now website and find out i am locked out of my account. thinking maybe its cause the other one failed i got a new gc key. it then gave me the option of bring my old information up from my other account with a confirmation code i did all that and took the confirmation code and put it in annnnd it locked me out again. what am i doing wrong?

what is the next step do i make a new gc key again and just forget about the last application. whole new one or am i too just wait. I've called the office and i got nothing as no one answered but i just don't know what to do at this point.

i feel like i would make a great soldier and am sad that i am just not smart enough to be able to qualify for combat arms. but am happy that i found roles in the support area that i feel i could benefit the forces in and enjoy my time serving, if i get the opportunity too. i will try to raise my number but it feels with what i can do the only way to raise it to a 20 will take years.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 05, 2013, 18:23:04
so i applied a bit ago to for the boatswain and Armour soldier position.
i am a physically fit 20 yr old male, high school diploma who works out 5x a week and has 3 hrs of volunteering a week. that scores me a 15 which equals a 3.
both of the trades i applied for require a 5 and i found this out when i went in and talked to a recruiter. he told me basically i have no chance at joining any combat arms and now i hang my head in shame and am pretty upset about it. i want to make myself good enough to earn  the 20 points for a 5, but i want to spend the next few years of my life in the military not at school to earn the next points i need. i just so i could hopefully join the combat arms. he told me to look at support roles because they are lower scored and are in high demand apparently so out of all the other roles the only ones that made me excited and i think would be cool trades would be the air weapons system tech and the mobile support equipment operator.

so after doing a little research and deciding its go time for round 2 on my application i go back to the apply now website and find out i am locked out of my account. thinking maybe its cause the other one failed i got a new gc key. it then gave me the option of bring my old information up from my other account with a confirmation code i did all that and took the confirmation code and put it in annnnd it locked me out again. what am i doing wrong?

what is the next step do i make a new gc key again and just forget about the last application. whole new one or am i too just wait. I've called the office and i got nothing as no one answered but i just don't know what to do at this point.

i feel like i would make a great soldier and am sad that i am just not smart enough to be able to qualify for combat arms. but am happy that i found roles in the support area that i feel i could benefit the forces in and enjoy my time serving, if i get the opportunity too. i will try to raise my number but it feels with what i can do the only way to raise it to a 20 will take years.

Couple of questions......

1.  Can you put a definition on your term of "I applied a bit ago"?
2.  Was your original application CLOSED and if so when was it closed and were you told to "reapply"?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Daggss on September 05, 2013, 18:29:27
Couple of questions......

1.  Can you put a definition on your term of "I applied a bit ago"?
2.  Was your original application CLOSED and if so when was it closed and were you told to "reapply"?

1. A month and a half ago
2. i don't know if it was closed they just told me i was deemed uncompetitive and he told me to reapply asap, today if i wanted to. I wasn't going to today because its a little soon but i wanted to look at what i put and just add in the recent volunteering i have done. and then just talk to one of my brothers friends who is serving. see if maybe he could help me on some possible trade choices and maybe something that i missed that i might enjoy
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 05, 2013, 18:38:28
1. A month and a half ago
2. i don't know if it was closed they just told me i was deemed uncompetitive and he told me to reapply asap, today if i wanted to. I wasn't going to today because its a little soon but i wanted to look at what i put and just add in the recent volunteering i have done. and then just talk to one of my brothers friends who is serving. see if maybe he could help me on some possible trade choices and maybe something that i missed that i might enjoy

Scoring levels changed about a month ago, so chances are the recruiter you spoke with probably isn't aware of this.  As a result, you probably do qualify for the occupations you have chosen.  They should have gone through your application with you and then just "updated" your application "on site".       :facepalm:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Daggss on September 05, 2013, 18:53:32
Scoring levels changed about a month ago, so chances are the recruiter you spoke with probably isn't aware of this.  As a result, you probably do qualify for the occupations you have chosen.  They should have gone through your application with you and then just "updated" your application "on site".       :facepalm:

that's good and bad to hear at the same time. he seemed very helpful to talk too but no mention of updating my application while i was there. i told him i did have stuff to add but he just told me to go and reapply online. i also wanted to apply across branches and the online application doesn't allow that. as in i wanted to apply Armour and boatswain but could only put boatswain on my application but he said Armour is at a 5 as well so i still had no chance. ill have to book a day off work next week and go talk to him for awhile i guess. i managed to talk to someone from Det Edmonton about the gckey and they told me that tomorrow i will have to call Ontario and have them reset it. he gave me the PPP scoring sheet but even with my updated stuff i am still only at a 3 (15) with my stuff and i don't wanna lie just for the 1 extra point to get to a 4 cause I'm sure it would bite me in the ***.

should i reapply for the same trades along with a support role? is there the chance that i qualify now even with such and average score? below average maybe even? i don't know what the general score is for people. all i know i want to do this so badly. i recently was given an article from a Regina newspaper about how new recruits are unmotivated and not as physically fit as the army wants them to be but i have been working out hard to be ready and am so ready to commit myself. i feel like getting rejected was a blow but at the same time shows that i have to work hard to get in.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 05, 2013, 19:28:48
Most applicants to the CF, when they are applying online, have a tendancy to "under value" themselves, which is not uncommon even when applying for a civilian job.  This is why Recruiters need to go over the application with you, if you're given the chance.  When you are applying, if you "think" it counts, then just go ahead and put it in!!!!  Your not going to be burnt at the stake for it and it won't be held against you.  I say "Tomato" you say "Tomatoe".

For a Recruiter to tell you to just go ahead and "reapply" online to update your application, is passing the buck, when they can just update it right there on the spot!!!

I am sure you have something to offer to the CF and at this point in time the only thing that comes to mind is "piss poor service" to start with.

To answer your other questions,........

1. The online application has NOT been updated in years, so it is painful  (how hard is html programming these days?)  So you have to follow up with an email to make your occupation changes.
2.  GCKey is beyond the control of Canadian Forces and is managed by the Government of Canada.  So even if you ask the CF for help in this regard, there is nothing that the CF do. (thanks for Partners)

To make the process simple.........Just "re-apply".
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Daggss on September 05, 2013, 20:20:05
Most applicants to the CF, when they are applying online, have a tendancy to "under value" themselves, which is not uncommon even when applying for a civilian job.  This is why Recruiters need to go over the application with you, if you're given the chance.  When you are applying, if you "think" it counts, then just go ahead and put it in!!!!  Your not going to be burnt at the stake for it and it won't be held against you.  I say "Tomato" you say "Tomatoe".

For a Recruiter to tell you to just go ahead and "reapply" online to update your application, is passing the buck, when they can just update it right there on the spot!!!

I am sure you have something to offer to the CF and at this point in time the only thing that comes to mind is "piss poor service" to start with.

To answer your other questions,........

1. The online application has NOT been updated in years, so it is painful  (how hard is html programming these days?)  So you have to follow up with an email to make your occupation changes.
2.  GCKey is beyond the control of Canadian Forces and is managed by the Government of Canada.  So even if you ask the CF for help in this regard, there is nothing that the CF do. (thanks for Partners)

To make the process simple.........Just "re-apply".

Thank you for all the information I appreciate you taking the time to talk and answer these questions, Just wanted to throw that out there,

Would I email the CFVRC with the changes or is that something I should Email Det Calgary if it makes it there again?
And I know for a fact I under valued myself because I was nervous about it. There is lots of things Ive done that I thought maybe would make me desirable that I put in my application like Police Cadets and such. Do you know if they look at the type of activities you do or is it just the numbers and scores they look at regardless of activities?

It sucks to know that he could have updated it then and there and it would have been nice too have gone over it with him as well. Seeing as I took the afternoon off work for the sole purpose of going there, and got there with plenty of time left in the day, Just in case the opportunity to stay awhile to talk arose just to see what was happening, And I did tell him that as well.
I definitely will apply again. I will apply with the support roles as the first jobs and re apply for Armour as you said the standards have changed and IF, Hopefully by everything that is good and great in the world, I get to the medical and even the interview I can bring it up there?
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Post by: DAA on September 05, 2013, 20:27:34
Would I email the CFVRC with the changes or is that something I should Email Det Calgary if it makes it there again?
And I know for a fact I under valued myself because I was nervous about it. There is lots of things Ive done that I thought maybe would make me desirable that I put in my application like Police Cadets and such. Do you know if they look at the type of activities you do or is it just the numbers and scores they look at regardless of activities?

I would email both CFVRC and also Calgary once you have re-applied.  But do yourself a favour and take your time filling out the application and consider "everything and anything".  I am sure there is alot you missed the first ime around!
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Post by: AUstin168100 on September 08, 2013, 11:02:55
Hello everyone i'm new to this site and i'm only 15 , I turn 16 in December and was planning to join the reserves , is this a good choice?
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Post by: mariomike on September 08, 2013, 11:12:02
Hello everyone i'm new to this site and i'm only 15 , I turn 16 in December and was planning to join the reserves , is this a good choice?

I joined the Reserves when I turned 16. Can't say for others, but I found it worthwhile.
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Post by: jeffb on September 08, 2013, 11:14:51
I did as well. The one caution I would give you is that it can be quite demanding managing training time and school work if you are not used to multitasking. Just make sure you have a good plan going in otherwise you may find your grades slip and depending on what you want to do after High School, this can be a problem.
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Post by: AUstin168100 on September 08, 2013, 20:11:13
Ok thanks everyone , also is there usually a long wait for them to respond to your application for reserves? and also how many times a week would I have to go ? and do I have to complete full soldier training before I get paid?
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Post by: Teager on September 08, 2013, 20:29:34
Ok thanks everyone , also is there usually a long wait for them to respond to your application for reserves? and also how many times a week would I have to go ? and do I have to complete full soldier training before I get paid?

All of your questions have been asked and answered before. Read and search the forums.

This has much of the info your looking for.

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,109795.0.html
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Post by: AUstin168100 on September 08, 2013, 21:12:12
thanks that link helped a lot !
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Post by: NorthWinds on September 09, 2013, 17:15:28
Hi there, I applied back in February (was told to by the recruiter that came to the high school) for regular force infantry. Last I heard from anyone was July 20th that my file was waiting to be processed and I should be contacted shortly. I haven't been able to get ahold of anyone since then. Is this normal? I have this terrifying mental image of my application buried and forgotten somewhere and I don't want to miss my shot. Trying to get the rest my life together and it's a little nerve wracking. And there's only so many push-ups I can do in a day for stress relief.  :P
Thanks for tolerating another concerned hopeful.
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Post by: DAA on September 09, 2013, 17:18:02
Hi there, I applied back in February (was told to by the recruiter that came to the high school) for regular force infantry. Last I heard from anyone was July 20th that my file was waiting to be processed and I should be contacted shortly. I haven't been able to get ahold of anyone since then. Is this normal? I have this terrifying mental image of my application buried and forgotten somewhere and I don't want to miss my shot. Trying to get the rest my life together and it's a little nerve wracking. And there's only so many push-ups I can do in a day for stress relief.  :P
Thanks for tolerating another concerned hopeful.

Who did you hear from on 20 Jul, your local CFRC?
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Post by: avn3466 on September 09, 2013, 19:30:36
Hello I'm new to the forum. I am applying for UTPNCM and want to be an Aerospace engineering officer. Acadia offers an engineering option where you complete the first two years at Acadia and go to Dalhousie for the remaining two years. Anyone know if they would accept this program for UTPNCM. My other option is to go to Dalhousie in for the entire degree. I am currently posted to Greenwood, ns. Would Dalhousie count as the geographical area or would it be denied? Would it be a cost move?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: NorthWinds on September 09, 2013, 20:31:09
It was North Bay, I was told the applications were all online this year and that I HAD to apply through the CFVRC.
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Post by: steiner0400 on September 09, 2013, 23:40:00
It was North Bay, I was told the applications were all online this year and that I HAD to apply through the CFVRC.

I'm basically at the same step as you. My best advice is to just relax, give them a call.. call. call. call. call... Other than that, best of luck, Hopefully BMQ next spring/summer.
As you can see I applied a month ago and sent my files in 2.5 weeks ago. I'm calling for an update tomorrow, however, I do not expect to get through to a recruiter.
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Post by: NorthWinds on September 10, 2013, 00:44:34
Yeah... I called Edmonton 4-5 times and North Bay the same. Never got an answer. Might have to drive (7 hours) to Edmonton and go knock on the front door. Heck, I'll camp outside the door if that's what it takes. I'm going back to work though so phoning is out. Might try a few (polite) emails...
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Post by: Cbbmtt on September 10, 2013, 12:03:34
I'm basically at the same step as you. My best advice is to just relax, give them a call.. call. call. call. call... Other than that, best of luck, Hopefully BMQ next spring/summer.
As you can see I applied a month ago and sent my files in 2.5 weeks ago. I'm calling for an update tomorrow, however, I do not expect to get through to a recruiter.

It can take a couple months to go from the online application to the recruitment center. In my opinion "give them a call call call" is not the answer. If the application hasn't hit the recruiting center within a month I would suggest 1 email to confirm that your application has been received online.

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Post by: NorthWinds on September 10, 2013, 23:42:47
With all do respect, it has been more than a "couple months"... I don't even know where it is, but I will remain patient and pleasant on the phone as I track it down.
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Post by: Pat.Sim on September 11, 2013, 00:19:22
Quote
that scores me a 15 which equals a 3. both of the trades i applied for require a 5
  Can someone please explain this to me? I just applied, all for combat arms, and the guy that originally posted this quote seems to be a bit more competitive then me. And apparently he isn't even competitive enough. Can someone please explain how this scoring system works what it is and how to raise "my level" if need be.  Sorry if this has been posted previously I couldn't find anything on google.
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Post by: ERR on September 11, 2013, 00:24:07
Trying to get the rest my life together and it's a little nerve wracking. And there's only so many push-ups I can do in a day for stress relief.

They are currently in the process of changing the physical requirements. The new test is called the FORCE test. It's quite a bit toned down from before- not that I've personally done it.  :P

Seriously, it's always better to go in person, you'll be able to get some one on one time with a recruiter and whine  :boring: - not too sure if that'll speed up the process from thereon. You should call ahead and schedule an appointment as they can be busy - don't give up on getting someone on the phone. In the mean time, make sure to have your last 10 years in detail; past residences; work history and family contact information ready to go.If you do,  the application paperwork they give you will be a breeze. If you've had a multitude of jobs, request your records of employment. Also, prepare for the CFAT which used to see if you qualify for a given trade and get fit!

Good luck!
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Post by: mariomike on September 11, 2013, 00:28:20
  Can someone please explain this to me? I just applied, all for combat arms, and the guy that originally posted this quote seems to be a bit more competitive then me. And apparently he isn't even competitive enough. Can someone please explain how this scoring system works what it is and how to raise "my level" if need be.  Sorry if this has been posted previously I couldn't find anything on google.

Hope this helps.

New online application and 1-5scale 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,111016.0/nowap.html
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Post by: Pat.Sim on September 11, 2013, 00:31:32
Thanks mariomike, I guess I wasn't using the right key words for search!
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Post by: mariomike on September 11, 2013, 00:46:59
You are welcome.

You may also find this topic of discussion useful.

new scoring system?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=100759.0
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: NorthWinds on September 11, 2013, 23:19:24
I can't go in person: I live 7 hours from Edmonton and 14 from Vancouver, 9 from Calgary. I can't phone either as I'm working 7-7 every day for the next two months. I will be able to get away to do an aptitude test ect but not for anything else.
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Post by: Flavus101 on September 12, 2013, 08:37:54
If you cannot find time to make a phone call how will you have time for the other parts of the process?  :-\
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Post by: ERR on September 12, 2013, 14:41:55
I can't go in person: I live 7 hours from Edmonton and 14 from Vancouver, 9 from Calgary. I can't phone either as I'm working 7-7 every day for the next two months. I will be able to get away to do an aptitude test ect but not for anything else.

I thought you were willing to camp outside the CFRC if the need be. Your previous statement was very misleading and contradictory to the one posted just above.  :facepalm: :(
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Post by: Cbbmtt on September 12, 2013, 15:34:54
I can't go in person: I live 7 hours from Edmonton and 14 from Vancouver, 9 from Calgary. I can't phone either as I'm working 7-7 every day for the next two months. I will be able to get away to do an aptitude test ect but not for anything else.

Send an e-mail? I only deal with my recruitment center through email and I've had a ton of correspondence.

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Post by: NorthWinds on September 12, 2013, 16:35:53
"Willing" and "able" are unfortunately two different things.  :-\ Sorry for the confusion.
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Post by: NorthWinds on September 13, 2013, 02:04:12
To answer the above queries, push comes to shove I'll find a different line of work if that's what it takes. I don't particularly like what I'm doing now, but the pay is fantastic for someone with a highschool diploma and little training. I need the work experience and the money currently; ideally I'll have an RRSP started in a month with a few grand in the bank. The main reason I'm pipelining is because financially it'll set me up for later in life (ideally with a Forces career starting in the near future). It's not that I don't have TIME to call, it's that I start before the offices open and end the day after they close. I'm trying my luck with more emails currently, but I remember reading something about nation-wide training until the 16th (can anyone verify this?) so I don't expect a quick response. Sorry if I sounded snappy or impolite, not trying to flame anyone for trying to help. I shall be more cautious in the future.
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Post by: Pat.Sim on September 14, 2013, 23:11:13
OK, so a quick question, I have done a little research and nothing popped up (kind of expecting mariomike to make me seem a little technologically illiterate  ;D). My application was sent to my local RC last week from north bay. My RC was closed for the past week and a half and opens again on Monday. Now I don't expect to hear from them for a little while, but what would you consider an "appropriate" amount of time to wait before giving them a call for a status on my application?

(I did find posts on "contacting your recruiter" but this question itself was never brought up)

Any idea's are appreciated.
Thanks in advance, Patrick
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Post by: DAA on September 16, 2013, 09:06:58
OK, so a quick question, I have done a little research and nothing popped up (kind of expecting mariomike to make me seem a little technologically illiterate  ;D). My application was sent to my local RC last week from north bay. My RC was closed for the past week and a half and opens again on Monday. Now I don't expect to hear from them for a little while, but what would you consider an "appropriate" amount of time to wait before giving them a call for a status on my application?
(I did find posts on "contacting your recruiter" but this question itself was never brought up)
Any idea's are appreciated.
Thanks in advance, Patrick

Alot depends on which RC you are dealing with.  Them contacting you depends on their volume of traffic/applications, so if you are dealing with a large Centre, it could be awhile.

Nevertheless, if you don't hear anything within two weeks, then it wouldn't be unreasonable for you to contact them first.
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Post by: Pat.Sim on September 16, 2013, 22:14:35
Thanks for the reply DAA! Does anyone have any experience the Calgary RC? Just excited to get the ball rolling!
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Post by: NorthWinds on September 16, 2013, 23:36:36
I know the feeling Pat I got a call finally today and am about to start round 2 with the paperwork! Thanks for the help everyone and for the awesome recruiter who took the time to track down my application even though it wasn't his job.  :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: prhray on September 17, 2013, 05:02:50
Hello. I am an applicant to the army reserve. My application process has been marred by obstacles/mishaps etc that were only recently sorted out, which prolonged the application process. I checked the application status today, which is drafted and awaiting for signature from Captain XXX. The file has not been sent to Ottawa yet. So given my situation, how likely is it that I can start basic training at the end of September?
Thanks.
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Post by: PMedMoe on September 17, 2013, 08:24:13
If it hasn't been sent to Ottawa yet, I'd say your chances are slim to none, and slim just walked out the door.
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Post by: Hudyma on September 20, 2013, 12:29:15
Ouch,
Unfortunately I am in a similar position.  I submitted my application to CFVRC North Bay around March and as far as I know, no progress has been made.
I have gone to visit the local recruitment center to inquire about it, but every time I've gone, they've said that they have yet to receive it.  They told me two weeks ago that they would call me when they finally received it.  I don't think it's going to happen unfortunately, and I wouldn't be surprised if they're just getting sick of my face.
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Post by: DAA on September 20, 2013, 12:37:32
Ouch,
Unfortunately I am in a similar position.  I submitted my application to CFVRC North Bay around March and as far as I know, no progress has been made.
I have gone to visit the local recruitment center to inquire about it, but every time I've gone, they've said that they have yet to receive it.  They told me two weeks ago that they would call me when they finally received it.  I don't think it's going to happen unfortunately, and I wouldn't be surprised if they're just getting sick of my face.

Which local CFRC have you been talking to?
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Post by: steiner0400 on September 20, 2013, 15:09:46
It can take a couple months to go from the online application to the recruitment center. In my opinion "give them a call call call" is not the answer. If the application hasn't hit the recruiting center within a month I would suggest 1 email to confirm that your application has been received online.

 It has now been 1 month (4 full weeks) since my paperwork has been received (according to canada post (express postage)) I have since called at the 2 week mark, 3 week mark, and today, the 4 week mark. I am yet to actually get through to anyone at the north bay office - using both the 1-866 and 1-705 numbers as well as my local RC - including 2 e-mails - to the address which asked for my paperwork - within the 1 month period, all of which regarding whether or not my paperwork has actually been received at their office and attached to my file. All I'm looking for is comfirmation that my file is being assessed or at least lined up for assessment.

Does anyone know the CURRENT process inwhich they take to contact the applicant about documentation received and application status.
Or does anyone have a more direct e-mail that I could use to contact a recruiter at the North Bay office?

Any assistance on the matter would be appreciated as I am at my whits end at this point.
I may go to the recruiter physically here today to check with them for myself.

Thanks, all.
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Post by: DAA on September 20, 2013, 15:13:09
It has now been 1 month (4 full weeks) since my paperwork has been received (according to canada post (express postage)) I have since called at the 2 week mark, 3 week mark, and today, the 4 week mark. I am yet to actually get through to anyone at the north bay office - using both the 1-866 and 1-705 numbers as well as my local RC - including 2 e-mails - to the address which asked for my paperwork - within the 1 month period, all of which regarding whether or not my paperwork has actually been received at their office and attached to my file. All I'm looking for is comfirmation that my file is being assessed or at least lined up for assessment.

Does anyone know the CURRENT process inwhich they take to contact the applicant about documentation received and application status.
Or does anyone have a more direct e-mail that I could use to contact a recruiter at the North Bay office?

Any assistance on the matter would be appreciated as I am at my whits end at this point.
I may go to the recruiter physically here today to check with them for myself.

Thanks, all.

Based on your application date and given the fact that your emails are not being returned, my guess would be that it has already been sent to your local CFRC.

You may want to check with them!!!
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Post by: steiner0400 on September 20, 2013, 15:19:44
Based on your application date and given the fact that your emails are not being returned, my guess would be that it has already been sent to your local CFRC.

You may want to check with them!!!

Thanks for the extremely PROMPT and I do mean quick response.

I believe I will get my butt in gear and go talk to them today before 4 and see if they can help me in any way.

Ill keep everyone posted with what I know.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 20, 2013, 19:06:12
Thanks for the extremely PROMPT and I do mean quick response.

I believe I will get my butt in gear and go talk to them today before 4 and see if they can help me in any way.

Ill keep everyone posted with what I know.

It seems after goin in person to my Local RC here in London, that My file was sent to my RC shortly after being received at North Bay.

I will be bringing in my forms to the RC on Monday and with any luck be scheduled for an APT test then or soon after!

Keep following this journey... Can't contain my excitement for what my future holds. ;D
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hudyma on September 21, 2013, 17:31:00
Which local CFRC have you been talking to?
I have been talking to the people at CFRC Sudbury.
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Post by: Pat.Sim on September 21, 2013, 17:52:37
Another thing I would like to add.. When emailing, or even leaving a voice message, be sure to give them sufficient information about you. If your message is simply something like "Hi this is John Smith, I was looking for some information regarding my application. Give me a call at *** *** ****." You are probably not going to receive a reply. There could be 10 John Smith's especially in a larger center. Things you might want to add (this goes for all employer's not just the CF) is your DOB, the city your applying from and postal code, Application # (if you have/is one) and anything that might help you stand out from the rest of them!

Just my  :2c:

Cheers,

Patrick Simoneau
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Post by: MitchS on September 22, 2013, 21:10:12
Hey, I have started my application to the Canadian Forces. I want to do ROTP and have began the application on the National Defence and the Canadian Forces website, is this the right website to start my application for ROTP, or should I have gone into my local CFRC to receive paperwork for my application first?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Pat.Sim on September 22, 2013, 22:23:49
Im sure someone will correct me on this but just by doing a little research this is what I have come up with.

1. Fill out your online application.
2. Send your supporting documents
3.You will be contacted by your recruiter once they receive it from north bay
4.Then your recruiter will give you all the information/forms/documents that you need
5. Wait for acceptance into ROTP
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 23, 2013, 09:57:09
Im sure someone will correct me on this but just by doing a little research this is what I have come up with.

1. Fill out your online application.
2. Send your supporting documents
3.You will be contacted by your recruiter once they receive it from north bay
4.Then your recruiter will give you all the information/forms/documents that you need
5. Wait for acceptance into ROTP

Close but not quite.  Here is the current process for applying ROTP:

1.  Fill out your application online through  www.forces.ca
2.  You will be sent an email with a "link" to the ROTP Portal where you will have to both "complete the RMC Academic Questionnaire" AND "scan and upload your academic transcripts"

Then you wait until you are contacted again.  If you DO NOT hear anything within 2-3 weeks, then email whom ever currently has your application and ask for an update.  No need to submit any documents, as you have already "uploaded" these.  But if you feel so inclined to do so, it itsn't going to hurt...

Good luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 23, 2013, 09:59:20
Ouch,
Unfortunately I am in a similar position.  I submitted my application to CFVRC North Bay around March and as far as I know, no progress has been made.
I have gone to visit the local recruitment center to inquire about it, but every time I've gone, they've said that they have yet to receive it.  They told me two weeks ago that they would call me when they finally received it.  I don't think it's going to happen unfortunately, and I wouldn't be surprised if they're just getting sick of my face.

So when you say "they've said they have yet to receive it" do you mean the CFRC has NOT received anything or was it received but now your CFRC is possibly waiting for the paperwork to come back from your local Reserve Unit?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hudyma on September 23, 2013, 10:55:30
So when you say "they've said they have yet to receive it" do you mean the CFRC has NOT received anything or was it received but now your CFRC is possibly waiting for the paperwork to come back from your local Reserve Unit?

Actually what happened according to the guys at the CFRC is that North Bay marked the paperwork as "sent", but they never received it from the CFVRC.
I went in a few weeks ago and talked to a PO there (I am not sure if I am allowed to say names here), he said that there was likely a filing error on North Bay's end and that he would communicate with the file manager there and see where it is.
I haven't had any sort of communication with them since, and I don't want to come across as impatient or annoying so I've been hesitant to go in again.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 23, 2013, 16:22:00
Alas! I went in with my reliability screening forms and I have a CFAT scheduled for Oct 1st. 1 week tomorrow.
I'm told I should brush up on my long division. I have a super technical mind so I'm not worried about that part. Anything I might need to practice more for an excellent score?

Getting so close! hoping for a spring BMQ date!

In other news, I am now a legal hunter in all of ontario! Going to bag my first buck sometime this fall!
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Post by: mariomike on September 23, 2013, 16:28:31
<snip> I have a CFAT scheduled for Oct 1st. 1 week tomorrow.
I'm told I should brush up on my long division. I have a super technical mind so I'm not worried about that part. Anything I might need to practice more for an excellent score?

A few discussions about CFAT math.
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,109763.msg1214925.html#msg1214925

For general CFAT advice,

Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT) FAQ
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=23193.0
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 23, 2013, 17:23:44
A few discussions about CFAT math.
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,109763.msg1214925.html#msg1214925

For general CFAT advice,

Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT) FAQ
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=23193.0
well, thanks.

The second link Ive already scanned, No real help there. The first one however, has several links with it and those links just scare me further. Im going to stick with my gut and advice of the recruiters and practice division and multiplication. everything else will be left to chance and instinct.. It is an aptitude test after all...
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Post by: Van Gogh on September 23, 2013, 22:17:22
Applied to logi officer, finally got results for pre-security interview (this process took over a year) and they said there are no security objections and they will book an interview and medical very soon.
Hopefully I have a yes or no by November selection.
Having been through all this process for this long I have a good feeling that I will get in, hopefully....

One question guys.
BTW as far as foreign deployments go do we soldiers have a choice or we have to go wherever we are deployed? I remember that a recruiter said we have to be willing to go wherever we are deployed but I am not 100% sure on my memory, just want to double check.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 23, 2013, 22:27:18
Applied to logi officer, finally got results for pre-security interview (this process took over a year) and they said there are no security objections and they will book an interview and medical very soon.
Hopefully I have a yes or no by November selection.
Having been through all this process for this long I have a good feeling that I will get in, hopefully....

One question guys.
BTW as far as foreign deployments go do we soldiers have a choice or we have to go wherever we are deployed? I remember that a recruiter said we have to be willing to go wherever we are deployed but I am not 100% sure on my memory, just want to double check.

Glad to hear your almost there.

From my understanding, soldiers are chosen and given a deployment date. From what my brother told us (my mother and I) he was told no sooner than 2 weeks before his deployment, so I wouldnt expect any real notice or 'offer' for deployment...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ERR on September 23, 2013, 22:50:06
One question guys.
BTW as far as foreign deployments go do we soldiers have a choice or we have to go wherever we are deployed? I remember that a recruiter said we have to be willing to go wherever we are deployed but I am not 100% sure on my memory, just want to double check.

I think the Forces personnel do not have a choice. In the regular force, deployment is not voluntary, whereas in the Reserve Force deployment is voluntary. There are many things that can influence one's deployment: i.e Personnel Evaluation Report (P.E.R), fitness operational deployment standards, military occupation and length of Terms of Service (contract) circumstances etc. However, following Canada's peacekeeping motto, a soldier needs to be prepared and ready to go wherever in somebody's hour of need.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 23, 2013, 23:16:57
Glad to hear your almost there.

From my understanding, soldiers are chosen and given a deployment date. From what my brother told us (my mother and I) he was told no sooner than 2 weeks before his deployment, so I wouldnt expect any real notice or 'offer' for deployment...

Thanks bud

Yeah really excited. Have wanted a forces career since forever, even now when I have a decent job I will stop it for the CF thats how much I want it.
So If I got what u told right than I will receive a job offer only 2 weeks before deployment? Or I will receive a deployment notice only 2 weeks before deployment?

I think the Forces personnel do not have a choice. In the regular force, deployment is not voluntary, whereas in the Reserve Force deployment is voluntary. There are many things that can influence one's deployment: i.e Personnel Evaluation Report (P.E.R), fitness operational deployment standards, military occupation and length of Terms of Service (contract) circumstances etc. However, following Canada's peacekeeping motto, a soldier needs to be prepared and ready to go wherever in somebody's hour of need.

Well than I hope that by than I am ready to be deployed mentally and physically  :salute:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 23, 2013, 23:42:38
wait a minute. You arent referring to the actual term "deployment" youre referring to the time you get sent to BMQ. They will tell you when your BMQ date is, but you have to accept the job offer in order to be given a date.

Deployment is when you go over seas to WAR.

BMQ is when you get trained to be a soldier. You then have your trade specific training and so on and so on until youre a fully qualified individual for your field.

I wouldnt even be thinking about any type of deployment right now since its unlikely that we (canada) will be in any MAJOR conflict for a while... Unless there is something serious in the near future.

Get your training first, then worry about being in the front.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 24, 2013, 08:42:04
wait a minute. You arent referring to the actual term "deployment" youre referring to the time you get sent to BMQ. They will tell you when your BMQ date is, but you have to accept the job offer in order to be given a date.

Deployment is when you go over seas to WAR.

BMQ is when you get trained to be a soldier. You then have your trade specific training and so on and so on until youre a fully qualified individual for your field.

I wouldnt even be thinking about any type of deployment right now since its unlikely that we (canada) will be in any MAJOR conflict for a while... Unless there is something serious in the near future.

Get your training first, then worry about being in the front.

Ok thanks for the notes.
I think BMQ is at set dates 4 times a year no? So from there I can kind of know when my BMQ will be even now (given I get in).

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 24, 2013, 10:29:41
Ok thanks for the notes.
I think BMQ is at set dates 4 times a year no? So from there I can kind of know when my BMQ will be even now (given I get in).

There are a set number of courses per year, but they start (normally) at 1 month intervals. Here's a link to a post which has this years dates as a general guideline for what to expect.

http://forums.milnet.ca/forums/index.php?topic=110133.0
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 24, 2013, 19:36:44
There are a set number of courses per year, but they start (normally) at 1 month intervals. Here's a link to a post which has this years dates as a general guideline for what to expect.

http://forums.milnet.ca/forums/index.php?topic=110133.0

Thanks for the link.
According to that dates the last course in this year 2013 begins on July 15th and ends on October 17th.
Well as its already October does it mean that I will not be in the army until next year when the first course is started on say April 2014 (based on 2013 estimate of April 15h?)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 24, 2013, 19:44:48
Thanks for the link.
According to that dates the last course in this year 2013 begins on July 15th and ends on October 17th.
Well as its already October does it mean that I will not be in the army until next year when the first course is started on say April 2014 (based on 2013 estimate of April 15h?)

Its quite likely that the current group of applicants will not be in BMQ until at least spring of 2014.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ERR on September 24, 2013, 21:13:24
Its quite likely that the current group of applicants will not be in BMQ until at least spring of 2014.

Negative.

BMQ (recruits) in the near future:

September 30, 2013
October 14, 2013
October 28, 2013
November 18, 2013

CAF have moved their specifics, data & material/instructions website for CFLRS to the following index page > http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-establishments/recruit-school.page (http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-establishments/recruit-school.page)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 24, 2013, 21:17:23
Negative.

BMQ (recruits) in the near future:

September 30, 2013
October 14, 2013
October 28, 2013
November 18, 2013

CAF have moved their specifics, data & material/instructions website for CFLRS to the following index page > http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-establishments/recruit-school.page (http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-establishments/recruit-school.page)

I stand corrected. however, I dont think that any of the people who are in the beginning stages (no further than first contact and cfat) will be in these set course dates
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 24, 2013, 22:47:19
Negative.

BMQ (recruits) in the near future:

September 30, 2013
October 14, 2013
October 28, 2013
November 18, 2013

CAF have moved their specifics, data & material/instructions website for CFLRS to the following index page > http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-establishments/recruit-school.page (http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/training-establishments/recruit-school.page)

Well so there is a selection in fall too?
I believe there was so too n November !!!
So I have a chance to get in this year.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PrairieThunder on September 24, 2013, 23:37:07
You have to be given a job offer before you get a Course Date for BMQ. Some will get on this fall/winter, some won't. There are only a handful of positions available and many many applicants. It's a tight race.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 25, 2013, 08:39:31
You have to be given a job offer before you get a Course Date for BMQ. Some will get on this fall/winter, some won't. There are only a handful of positions available and many many applicants. It's a tight race.

How do you know there are a lot of applicants?  (specifically for logi). I would take the word of recruiters with a grain of salt.

So even if u make it to the final interview and medical it still doesn't mean that there is a good chance u will get the job offer?
Seems kind of unlikely after so much recruiting time/effort they themselves put into my file. My way of thinking is they must have thought I am a good match to do all this for me so far. Might be wrong though and it might just be a procedure....

Even if there is a lot of competition I think I will have a decent shot at the position from my degree (UofT Commerece accounting) as well as very good work experience. Damn I make more now in my position than I will in the army, they must realize that I want to join the army because I myself actually want it. You guys know what I mean? 8)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PuckChaser on September 25, 2013, 09:55:17
How do you know there are a lot of applicants?  (specifically for logi).

Because if there wasn't, people here who applied for it would have gotten job offers already. If they're running merit boards that means they have more applicants than positions.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 25, 2013, 12:46:53
Because if there wasn't, people here who applied for it would have gotten job offers already. If they're running merit boards that means they have more applicants than positions.

Pretty much what this guys said, Van Gogh... Expect to be merit listed. Depending on how high you score amungst everyone else, you could get a call next month, or in a year or two... It all depends on how you 'WOW' the CF. It doesn's only depend on your education, and it also has nothing to do with 'how bad' you want to be in the army VS anyone else's want for being in the army.

Im not trying to burst any bubbles, just trying to keep your feet on solid ground.

Are you strictly interested in LOGI? If you just want in, why not check with your recruiter to see what other related positions are availible and you're a little more competitive for.

Best of luck still.

N
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 25, 2013, 20:56:25
Thanks for the good luck !!!

I want strictly the logi, not only because I am most competitive in for that position but also I want that type of job as my career as well.

Don't know what merit listed is. Can you explain?
I am in no rush whatsoever and as long as I get in th army (even in say 3 years  ;D ) than thats enough for me.

So whats merit listed? Is it like they want to hire you but no positions available so you have to wait until one opens? Are u considered hired when you are merit listed?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on September 25, 2013, 21:03:55
So whats merit listed?

This explains the Merit List.

The Merit List Mega Thread of Questions 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=12776.0
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PMedMoe on September 25, 2013, 21:57:59
[nit-picking on]

Can you type Log O or even Loggie instead of logi?  It hurts my head and my eyes keep reading it as yogi (as in basket stealing bear)...

[nit-picking off]
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Pat.Sim on September 25, 2013, 22:14:21
Way off topic from the original topic but here it is. I just got a letter from my cfrc stating that I was deemed uncompetitive and my file has been closed. I have not gone for my cfat or anything yet. I am kind of confused because I have extensive work experience, am reasonably fit, have a decent education, have had leadership roles and iv been in many team sports. Any ideas on what else I can do? I know I can call and ask a recruiter but I don't exactly have time for it throughout the day at this very moment.

Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Patrick Simoneau.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 25, 2013, 23:14:52
Way off topic from the original topic but here it is. I just got a letter from my cfrc stating that I was deemed uncompetitive and my file has been closed. I have not gone for my cfat or anything yet. I am kind of confused because I have extensive work experience, am reasonably fit, have a decent education, have had leadership roles and iv been in many team sports. Any ideas on what else I can do? I know I can call and ask a recruiter but I don't exactly have time for it throughout the day at this very moment.

Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Patrick Simoneau.

Can u give more info?
What position did you apply for, did the letter say why you were uncompetitive?

Did you make sure you meet all the basic requirements before applying? Education, etc....

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ERR on September 25, 2013, 23:20:44
Way off topic from the original topic but here it is. I just got a letter from my cfrc stating that I was deemed uncompetitive and my file has been closed. I have not gone for my cfat or anything yet. I am kind of confused because I have extensive work experience, am reasonably fit, have a decent education, have had leadership roles and iv been in many team sports. Any ideas on what else I can do? I know I can call and ask a recruiter but I don't exactly have time for it throughout the day at this very moment.

Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Patrick Simoneau.


Not competitive enough thread.. >
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,109604.0.html (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,109604.0.html)
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,86089.msg841522.html#msg841522 (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,86089.msg841522.html#msg841522)

Best advice you'll get is to speak with a recruiter at your local CFRC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Pat.Sim on September 26, 2013, 01:51:12
Thanks for the links, I for some odd reason didn't even think to search! I know the recruiter is my best bet, only they are open from 10-4 and I'm in course from 9-4 and I don't have a cell phone. Ill try to figure something out tho! and Van Gogh I applied for artillery, armored, and asiss. I did meet all the basic requirement, recent High school equivalency diploma with pretty good marks, decent fitness level etc. No the letter did not say why I was uncompetitive all it stated was that the military is very competitive and my application wasn't competitive enough
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Thanks for the direction!

Patrick Simoneau
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 26, 2013, 08:55:14
Thanks for the links, I for some odd reason didn't even think to search! I know the recruiter is my best bet, only they are open from 10-4 and I'm in course from 9-4 and I don't have a cell phone. Ill try to figure something out tho! and Van Gogh I applied for artillery, armored, and asiss. I did meet all the basic requirement, recent High school equivalency diploma with pretty good marks, decent fitness level etc. No the letter did not say why I was uncompetitive all it stated was that the military is very competitive and my application wasn't competitive enough
t
Thanks for the direction!

Patrick Simoneau

Its all very simple than, if you really want to get into the army than find out what will make you a competitive candidate than do it.
If you were uncompetitive in 3 trades,  it means its not evn the fact that there are too many applications for positions, its yur application instead.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Pat.Sim on September 26, 2013, 10:08:15
Okay thanks I will give them a call today.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 26, 2013, 10:27:09
Its all very simple than, if you really want to get into the army than find out what will make you a competitive candidate than do it.
If you were uncompetitive in 3 trades,  it means its not evn the fact that there are too many applications for positions, its yur application instead.

You want to be a Logistics Officer?  There is even a spell check function available to use before you post.

 :facepalm:

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PMedMoe on September 26, 2013, 10:57:15
You want to be a Logistics Officer?  There is even a spell check function available to use before you post.

 :facepalm:

I'm guessing English is not Van Gogh's first language:

I have passed Canadian Forced Aptitude Test Last year long time ago.

And spell check won't change "than" to "then"....   ;)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 26, 2013, 11:41:36
Okay thanks I will give them a call today.

You might want to ask them "why" you were not found competitive enough for ACCIS?  Based on your previous comments and the way you describe yourself, I think something is amiss...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 26, 2013, 11:54:02
I'm guessing English is not Van Gogh's first language:

And spell check won't change "than" to "then"....   ;)

for responses like these I wish there was a like button and not just the MP system. Cant believe anyone went through basic or aspires to go through basic without acknowledging that there will be flaws in peoples writing and speach... we are a multicultural society afterall...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 26, 2013, 12:05:40
 :bla-bla:

Try that excuse when you submit a memo up the CofC sometime. 

What is the minimum education requirement to get in the CF?  That is the minimum writing ability applicants should have in 1 or both of our official languages.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ERR on September 26, 2013, 12:12:25
for responses like these I wish there was a like button and not just the MP system. Cant believe anyone went through basic or aspires to go through basic without acknowledging that there will be flaws in peoples writing and speach... we are a multicultural society afterall...

OKAY! The like button.. ."THE LIKE BUTTON - Share the things you like.'' THIS IS NOT FACEBOOK!  :facepalm: >:D
I think you meant "speech".
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 26, 2013, 12:26:20
OKAY! The like button.. ."THE LIKE BUTTON - Share the things you like.'' THIS IS NOT FACEBOOK!  :facepalm: >:D
I think you meant "speech".

I did, yes. You got me :p.  Being facebook or not, that doesn't change whether I like something or not.

I have been known as a keyboard warrior from time to time and I admit, sometimes I slip. . .

What is the minimum education requirement to get in the CF?  That is the minimum writing ability applicants should have in 1 or both of our official languages.

If I'm not mistaken, you need a speaking and basic ability of writing in english. At least they have legible sentences and I know plenty of people whom have graduated from highschool, and college who still dont know the difference between words like; to/too, there/their/they're, your/you're, then/than, etc. . .

For some people thats not exactly an easy part of our language to understand. For me it's fairly basic, but that's besides the point.

Glad to see concern for our majority language, however your statement was ignorant and intolerant. Not to mention unfair due to the fact that you don't know Van Gogh on any kind of personal level and to attack someone who aspires to be in our countries armed forces based on their writing ability is down right rude.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 26, 2013, 12:38:40
Attack?  Ignorant and intolerant?  Please.  Be serious.  Or grow some thick skin; the real world isn't going to be all mamby-pamby and say "ooops, did I offend you, sorry let me wipe your tears away".

 ::)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: peterpan on September 26, 2013, 12:44:32
Wow, a little comment turning a bit testy....At least it is not me this time.... :argument:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Cbbmtt on September 26, 2013, 12:47:43
Meanwhile back at the ranch.

When your references were checked, how many of them were checked? They called one of mine 2 weeks ago and no one else has received a phone call.

My security back round check has taken over 2 months so far. So tonight I can do one of two things, go get some beer when I go over the border tonight to get gas or work out a way to put a like button on an army forum and a grammar checker too/to/two or as well for people that should of learned this in grade 5-7.......
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on September 26, 2013, 12:49:59
Attack?  Ignorant and intolerant?  Please.  Be serious.  Or grow some thick skin; the real world isn't going to be all mamby-pamby and say "ooops, did I offend you, sorry let me wipe your tears away".

 ::)

You didn't offend me personally. I just find it ignorant how you made it seem as though misspelling one single letter of a word is going to completely destroy the point of a memo in a CofC.

Again with this thick skin crap from someone else.

This has nothing to do with my feelings or how they appear to have been hurt (which they weren't). I didn't take anything written here personally, Just find it rude how you just hopped in only to attack the poor guys writing. . . Which actually wasnt bad. I understand clearly what he's trying to say. You obviously did too. If you're here to be an english teacher, you're in the wrong place, bud.

Either way, this has nothing to do with the thread, so I'm done with the whole thing.

I'll continue posting about my application for those that have been reading.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 26, 2013, 13:08:15
Yup, that's me in the wrong place, suggesting that spelling is important for a Logistics Officer.  My bad.

 :rofl:

I realize you're not in the CF yet (and may never be for that matter) but if you DO make it in, you will learn just like everyone else.  Example, your pay gets screwed up or something.  You have to submit a memo to your CofC.  You staff it using your own personal standard of spelling and grammar (which is lacking by the way).  They will hand it back to you with red ink on it and tell you to resubmit it.  Meanwhile, your pay problem continues to be unresolved.  All because of stupidiots like me and our "rude ignorant attacking ways" your spelling is at a grade 3 level.

Wait for it. :nod:


Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on September 26, 2013, 14:36:43
Way off topic from the original topic but here it is. I just got a letter from my cfrc stating that I was deemed uncompetitive and my file has been closed. I have not gone for my cfat or anything yet. I am kind of confused because I have extensive work experience, am reasonably fit, have a decent education, have had leadership roles and iv been in many team sports. Any ideas on what else I can do? I know I can call and ask a recruiter but I don't exactly have time for it throughout the day at this very moment.

Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Patrick Simoneau.


I experienced something similar, though they did not close my file. I was told my application wasn't as competitive for Logistics officer cause I studied 1 year in management instead of 3, so other candidates would be offered the job before me.

Hope this might enlightened (sp?) a possible reason?



As of my case, I finally got a call today to schedule the appointments for the tests. It'll be on October 15th. I applied as a supply tech instead. After all the troubles with my application I am finally seeing the end. :) I applied at the beginning of August, officially, in the reserve. So now it has been 2 months since and I just got my appointments scheduled.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Cbbmtt on September 26, 2013, 16:12:30
Unfortunately, I thought I was near the end after the testing and medical only to realize it might not even be close.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: peterpan on September 26, 2013, 16:20:51
This conversation is getting very entertaining! :pop:        Although you are good at defending someone, eye in the sky does have a point. I don't think initially came out to blast someone for their spelling mistake, he was merely making a point about a spelling mistake made by a person trying to get into logistics. He was giving some sound advice on always checking your spelling, because believe me, memo's are a pain in the A$$ and the will check spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization etc. So in conclusion, he was stating a fact, you got offended, he responded back with a witty comment, you got offended again and responded by saying you were not offended. O.K. so now lets all just hug and get along shall we. :geek:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on September 26, 2013, 19:57:11
Hey special thanks to Steiner 04000 for being more open minded, positive thinking and for supporting me. :bowing:

A little background on who I am so that people understand why I might have (or even right now am) misspelling.

English is my 3rd language i would say, after my mother language Armenian and Russian. But wait a minute. It has very little to do with why i make grammar errors while I write. In fact I would say I am very very good in English, otherwise I wouldn't be able to get A+'s while writing my political science essays while at the University of Toronto.
It just so happens that I just suck at spelling of some words (even at my own language). It just simply is my weak point, I make spelling errors (again, even in my home language) from time to time. We all have weaknesses no? :facepalm:

As for the application and how spelling errors would affect it there is the Microsoft word for it which helps. I have never done any spelling error while applying to job positions (and I have applied to many places and got job offers, no less attractive than the army) so you dn't have to worry about me.
And even than, I just don't concentrate (as it doesn't come naturally to me) on writing properly on somewhere like a forum where it really doesn't matter .

Yup, that's me in the wrong place, suggesting that spelling is important for a Logistics Officer.  My bad.

 :rofl:

I realize you're not in the CF yet (and may never be for that matter) but if you DO make it in, you will learn just like everyone else.  Example, your pay gets screwed up or something.  You have to submit a memo to your CofC.  You staff it using your own personal standard of spelling and grammar (which is lacking by the way).  They will hand it back to you with red ink on it and tell you to resubmit it.  Meanwhile, your pay problem continues to be unresolved.  All because of stupidiots like me and our "rude ignorant attacking ways" your spelling is at a grade 3 level.

Wait for it. :nod:

Hey man, don't worry about my spelling capabilities, i assure you i wouldn't have had a minor degree in Political Science (when you have to write 50 page long essays) if my spelling was at 7th grade level.
And I work on Bay Street, business environment, and send about 20 e-mails to clients and co-workers every day, so I assume I will be fine.

You are very naive to assume that a person who is realistically attempting to get into the army logistics is at 7th grade grammar level.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Pat.Sim on September 27, 2013, 02:11:35
Wow, and I thought that I was way off topic.. ::) All kidding aside, DAA, I was thinking the same thing. Nonetheless I will assume that it may be fact that I only have an equivalency diploma. From what I understand they (as with any employer) look for initiative so before reapplying I am going to do some upgrading in some of my classes. Get some volunteer work under my belt and use the time to even better my physical fitness. Maybe this is actually a good thing for my career in the long run.

And a little add, I understand that your CofC may make you resubmit a form for improper spelling, grammar, etc. But especially to people who's native language isn't English, we do have some pretty annoying homophones. I have seen multiple times even university students skrew up on "simple" one's such as were and we're. Now this is one annoying thing of the internet, there is no tone. So you could have really been trying to be helpful in the long run but it is easy to misinterpret.

Thanks again,

Patrick Simoneau
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: d_edwards on September 27, 2013, 06:22:05
Judging by the plethora of emoticons above the text box, a person new here might think was an informal forum, and people posting here may expect to excercise a little less care in editing than they may otherwise make.  As mentioned the spell check included here has its limitations. I think these threads can stay on topic more effectively if off topic criticisms, contructive or otherwise can be sent in a personal message.

Will likely keep the moderators from having to stepping in as well.
  :dontfeedmods: 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Eye In The Sky on September 27, 2013, 07:57:30
Ohkay I gess if u cant beet em joyne em.  I wizh u boyz the best of lukk in ure aplycashuns I ur rite knowone will prolly cair if you rite how u feal.  Knowwun wil cear how u rite!

 :blotto:

 :peace:,



Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: peterpan on September 27, 2013, 08:12:52
 :rofl:  :irony:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PMedMoe on September 27, 2013, 08:48:41
Can we get back to this being a "general questions" about application and leave the other stuff out? 

For updates on your application, post here: Application Process Samples (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,13064.0.html)

And for personal stories, post here:  Personal Stories (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/board,37.0.html)

No wonder people hate wading through these threads for info....   ::)

(Glad that's off my chest.  You'd think it was Monday...   ;))
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: b.m.r. on September 29, 2013, 10:49:29
Hi,
I sent in my application for naval reserves about a month and a half ago and my file/application is now in the process of trying to be moved from Ottawa to Hamilton (closer to where I live). Once my application has been received by Hamilton how long of a wait am I looking at? All my supporting documents have already been sent, as well as the security forms. Also, as a duel citizen how much of an extra wait should I expect? Is it likely that if I were pass all the tests and be offered a position it would happen before May 2014? (about 8 months from now?) And last question, does being female have any impact on the selection process?

Thanks so much for offering your help!

bmr
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on September 29, 2013, 11:02:38
Once my application has been received by Hamilton how long of a wait am I looking at?

This may help.

How Long Did You Wait?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=108575.0

TIMINGS - ESTIMATED TIMES FOR_______________ 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,81054.0.html

Also, as a duel citizen how much of an extra wait should I expect?

Dual Citizen
http://www.google.com/cse?cx=001303416948774225061%3Aqhcx9pz3dku&ie=UTF-8&q=dual&sa=Search#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=dual%20citizen

also,

The Security Check/ Level Superthread- Check Here First 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=12875.0

And last question, does being female have any impact on the selection process?

You may find this discussion of interest.

Diversity in recruitment 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=106927.0

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: david587 on September 29, 2013, 15:38:05
Hey!

I am wondering if I would be required to go through PRESEC if I hold dual citizenship with Brazil, but I have not been out of Canada in 11 years except to go on a week long vacation in Mexico?
I know presec can take 6-18 months, so I would be applying sooner if I know I will be required to go through it.

Thanks!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on September 29, 2013, 17:53:27
I am wondering if I would be required to go through PRESEC if I hold dual citizenship with Brazil, but I have not been out of Canada in 11 years except to go on a week long vacation in Mexico?

It says it may be necessary if the applicant has dual citizenship.

http://cdn.forces.ca/_PDF2010/pre_secur_en.pdf

Best bet is to contact a CFRC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 30, 2013, 10:36:37
Wow, and I thought that I was way off topic.. ::) All kidding aside, DAA, I was thinking the same thing. Nonetheless I will assume that it may be fact that I only have an equivalency diploma. From what I understand they (as with any employer) look for initiative so before reapplying I am going to do some upgrading in some of my classes. Get some volunteer work under my belt and use the time to even better my physical fitness. Maybe this is actually a good thing for my career in the long run.
Thanks again,
Patrick Simoneau

Gr 12 Diploma or Sec V Quebec or Equivalent (ie; GED) = counted as all the same.....

So my suggestion would be to take a closer look at the application you submitted, the "check" boxes you "ticked off", then think about where you can improve?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ERR on September 30, 2013, 20:08:58
Gr 12 Diploma or Sec V Quebec or Equivalent (ie; GED) = counted as all the same.....

So my suggestion would be to take a closer look at the application you submitted, the "check" boxes you "ticked off", then think about where you can improve?

Grade 12 Higher Secondary Diploma does not necessarily  = Sec V Quebec in all cases

Grade 12 Higher Secondary = Sec V Quebec + at least 1 of 2 years of college studies from an accredited CEGEP in Quebec

When I went to U of Waterloo, my collegiate prerequisites from CEGEP studies counted from Montreal - same manner they would have if someone was applying at RMC in Kingston.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 30, 2013, 21:15:13
Grade 12 Higher Secondary Diploma does not necessarily  = Sec V Quebec in all cases
Grade 12 Higher Secondary = Sec V Quebec + at least 1 of 2 years of college studies from an accredited CEGEP in Quebec
When I went to U of Waterloo, my collegiate prerequisites from CEGEP studies counted from Montreal - same manner they would have if someone was applying at RMC in Kingston.

"Specific" to the CF Application, the option available is "High School Diploma (or equivalent)/ Secondary V (Quebec)".  In the OPs post, he has indicated a GED, therefore, he gets full credit, same as anyone else.

The information you are providing, for whatever reason, is probably more applicable to ROTP/RMC applicants and how it applies to Jr and Snr year applicants and their assignment.  And yes, the CF application does have a column for CEGP Studies (both 1 and 2 year) which are taken into account.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Wilmot on September 30, 2013, 21:37:17
Hi,

So I submitted my application for an Officer position months ago, I think it was in May. I eventually somewhat forgot about it as I got full-time employment elsewhere, but I still am not where I would like to be in life.

Anyway, I got a call a couple of weeks ago from a recruiter at the CFRC here. He said that the choices for officer I had selected were closed, however if I would like to be processed with either pilot or Aerospace Control Officer (AEC) as selections, then they would move forward with processing my file. I agreed to add AEC, and he said he would add that and process my file.

I have not heard anything since then. I emailed him today so hopefully he will reply within the next couple of days. I'm just kind of wondering since from all I have read from this thread and others, it does not seem typical for the recruiter to ask if you would like to add a selection if the ones you applied for were closed. I guess I'm asking if this means my chances are pretty good, or if it just means that I may or may not hear back again.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on October 01, 2013, 15:50:24
What caused my previous posts today to be deleted? I did not post anything specific about the CFAT or much specifics for that matter.  ???

Assistance on why would be appreciated.

Otherwise, for those that missed what was said.

It's October 1st, I had a CFAT, Passed it, Eligible for all trades. yay.  :boring: :facepalm:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: amills990 on October 01, 2013, 16:08:26
it was switched to personal stories, not deleted.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 01, 2013, 16:23:17
What caused my previous posts today to be deleted? I did not post anything specific about the CFAT or much specifics for that matter.  ???

Assistance on why would be appreciated.

You have created your own following..........

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,112328.msg1260502/topicseen.html#new
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: scampbell on October 05, 2013, 00:46:51
Hello All,

I recently put in an application for the reg force as Infantry.  However I have progressed through to the final stages in a job competition at the House of Commons. 
Am I permitted to apply as a reservist while I have an open application with the regs? reason being I want a military life but I can't pass up the opportunity the Parliament might be offering. 

Secondly, and I don't want to clog this wall with it as well ( I know how to use the search function) but I have a question about the credit check. I currently only work part time(trying to find more), and previous to that while working full time I was building a new life as I had been a street kid until about 21 when I walked into college. As a result, I have a student loan in default that I would love to get out of default but just can't afford to. Its about 18k total.
Will the point that its in default make it a showstopper right off the bat or will they take into consideration individual circumstances?

Thanks for the input!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Grewal on October 05, 2013, 12:50:41
Hello everyone!

I am in the midst of pursuing a military career. My application is on its way, I have handed in all my paper work and have scheduled for my CFAT later this month. My question is a concern I have in regards to my Credit. I am applying for Tank Tech, and my credit is bad. I have about 10 grand in Debt. After I graduated from college, I just haven't been able to take care of my student loan and it ended up getting defaulted. I have every intention to pay my debts and aspire to one day buy a home and have a family, but up to now it's been difficult. Is this going to really affect my chances? I know the army checks credit and I would really hate if this screwed me over. Any insight would be greatly appreciate!


Thank You

B
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Grewal on October 05, 2013, 12:52:58
Whoops ... my bad, should've read the above comment prior to mine and just waited for an answer ... regardless i guess we both have the same concern
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on October 06, 2013, 10:28:27
Hello everyone!

I am in the midst of pursuing a military career. My application is on its way, I have handed in all my paper work and have scheduled for my CFAT later this month. My question is a concern I have in regards to my Credit. I am applying for Tank Tech, and my credit is bad. I have about 10 grand in Debt. After I graduated from college, I just haven't been able to take care of my student loan and it ended up getting defaulted. I have every intention to pay my debts and aspire to one day buy a home and have a family, but up to now it's been difficult. Is this going to really affect my chances? I know the army checks credit and I would really hate if this screwed me over. Any insight would be greatly appreciate!


Thank You

B

What kind of loan was it because if it was OSAP it shouldn't have been defaulted. You just freeze the loan payment if you have no means and government pays for you until you get a job ...

Another question for anyone who can answer. Very surprising for me not to know, but when we start the army service, where do we live?
Do we have to rent a place or the army provides a place and if it does how are the accommodations there?

Any difference for officers?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: B.Grewal on October 06, 2013, 18:22:47
Well that's where I kind've screwed up. I did not send the paper and request form in time to keep the loan from defaulting, it then got split into an Ontario and Federal account, and now I owe money to both of them separately. Any income tax return I have gotten has gone right back into paying for whatever I could for the loans but its been nothing substantial. That being said it has affected my credit and I know they're going to see that when they do my credit check ...

Any insight would appreciated in regards to how a badly this will screw me over for my application



Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on October 06, 2013, 18:31:37
Am I permitted to apply as a reservist while I have an open application with the regs?

"Think long and hard if this is the route you want to take since you cannot have a current application to the regs and reserve at the same time."
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,105360.msg1131538.html#msg1131538
Reply #9.

Do we have to rent a place or the army provides a place and if it does how are the accommodations there?

This explains Rations and Quarters.
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=33594.0

That being said it has affected my credit and I know they're going to see that when they do my credit check ...

Any insight would appreciated in regards to how a badly this will screw me over for my application

Recruiting > The Credit Check Superthread- Merged Topics 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,13319.0.html?PHPSESSID=m5d0n83o13c6oncdiau1t8lia3

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on October 06, 2013, 22:36:28
Another more question guys, any help appreciated !!!
My application to the army (logistics officer) was submitted 1 year ago. I have reached the stage when my security check is done and I will very soon be called for an interview appointment.

My question is since when I first applied, a lot of things have changed, I have gained some relevant work experience, learned a language, etc...
Should I somehow let them know about this to make myself more competitive or just tell about it all during the interview?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on October 07, 2013, 10:54:08
My question is since when I first applied, a lot of things have changed, I have gained some relevant work experience, learned a language, etc...
Should I somehow let them know about this to make myself more competitive or just tell about it all during the interview?

"It never hurts to contact the Recruiter and offer new information that may be relevant to your file."
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,99916.msg1026822.html#msg1026822
Reply #1.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on October 07, 2013, 19:14:40
"It never hurts to contact the Recruiter and offer new information that may be relevant to your file."
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,99916.msg1026822.html#msg1026822
Reply #1.

Ok thanks, I guess I will just e-mail him and let him know that I am working now.
Don't think I will send the resume though as I don't recall them ever wanting one ...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ERR on October 07, 2013, 19:24:47
Don't think I will send the resume though as I don't recall them ever wanting one ...

They ask for one but it's not mandatory.
From the "DND Personal Data Verification" form - CFRGHQ//R3 Stds – PVF 2012- : "Please include a copy of your resume (if you have one)."

http://cdn.forces.ca/_PDF2010/PersonalDataVerification.pdf (http://cdn.forces.ca/_PDF2010/PersonalDataVerification.pdf)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on October 07, 2013, 23:33:50
They ask for one but it's not mandatory.
From the "DND Personal Data Verification" form - CFRGHQ//R3 Stds – PVF 2012- : "Please include a copy of your resume (if you have one)."

http://cdn.forces.ca/_PDF2010/PersonalDataVerification.pdf (http://cdn.forces.ca/_PDF2010/PersonalDataVerification.pdf)

Maybe, i probably forgot about the fact that they asked me of my resume. not unlikely considering I submitted it over 1 year ago. :P

Than I guess I can send them my updated resume in that case.

Thanks for help nn1988 !!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CanadianKeystone on October 11, 2013, 00:35:44
Hello. I skimmed through several threads, but perhaps this is too general.

I'm graduating University this Spring. I'll have a degree. I'm hoping to join the Army Reserves ASAP (and if possible as an officer), this way I can confirm a spot for summer BMQ training.

My issue is I don't know where I'll be living once I'm done summer training (apparently I can do another, advanced course immediately after?).

Assuming I MUST have be a member of a regiment to do BMQ, does anyone know where I can find a recruiter in the general GTA? Is that considered Southern Ontario?!

I'm hoping to join either Intelligence or something related to vehicle tech.

Thank you for your time, any assistance would be appreciated.

   - RJVK



Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on October 11, 2013, 00:44:59
Assuming I MUST have be a member of a regiment to do BMQ, does anyone know where I can find a recruiter in the general GTA?

I'm hoping to join either Intelligence or something related to vehicle tech.


"32 Canadian Brigade Group (32 CBG) is an Army Reserve Formation of the 4th Canadian Division and is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario."
http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/32-cbg/index.page?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CanadianKeystone on October 11, 2013, 00:51:15
"32 Canadian Brigade Group (32 CBG) is an Army Reserve Formation of the 4th Canadian Division and is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario."
http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/32-cbg/index.page?

Thanks. I was told to do this, and did. I've left 2 messages with 2 different people. No returned calls yet. Then again, that's not a big concern. I can keep calling or go directly.

EDIT: All sorted out.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on October 11, 2013, 02:08:36
Hello. I skimmed through several threads, but perhaps this is too general.

I'm graduating University this Spring. I'll have a degree. I'm hoping to join the Army Reserves ASAP (and if possible as an officer), this way I can confirm a spot for summer BMQ training.

My issue is I don't know where I'll be living once I'm done summer training (apparently I can do another, advanced course immediately after?).

Assuming I MUST have be a member of a regiment to do BMQ, does anyone know where I can find a recruiter in the general GTA? Is that considered Southern Ontario?!

I'm hoping to join either Intelligence or something related to vehicle tech.

Thank you for your time, any assistance would be appreciated.

   - RJVK

Talk about last minute decisions.

Let me put it to you as gently as possible.  It is now mid-October.  It is about this time last year that you should have been applying to be accepted to a Reserve Unit and loaded onto a BMQ Crse that is now into its third or fourth week.  The current timeframe would only see you, at your current position in the process, being enrolled in time for a Summer BMQ if you are lucky and all the stars align right.

Your first hurtle now is to find a Reserve unit that is hiring, and get an acceptance letter from them to take to the CFRC to get your application process started. 

Once you have a Reserve unit that will accept you, and you get enrolled, you will have to meet their criteria in what they want in the form of officers, if they have a vacancy for one, and that is the route you want to take.

As you say you are graduating in the Spring, and your future residence is going to be up in the air, you may find that you are not a suitable candidate.   No one wants to go through the trouble and expense of hiring someone who may not stay and do the job.

To become an officer in the Reserves, should you be selected to become one, is a fairly long process.  You will have to do BMQ, BMOQ, most likely CAP (DP1), and then a Trades Crse.  That means approx. two to three years minimum before you are employable as a trained officer in that Trade.  Availability of courses may lengthen that guestimate.

As an officer hopeful, your initiative to contact and get the information from the Toronto Reserve units will be your first step in your quest, that will have many hurtles to overcome.

Good luck.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: CanadianKeystone on October 11, 2013, 18:59:15
Thank you for the advice. Just we're all clear, I've done a decent amount of research, I just wanted more info.

I most certainly wasn't hoping for BMQ right now though, I heard the summer course is better anyway.

The officer info is good to know. It's not my highest priority but  a friend in the service recommended I try and put my degree to use within the armed forces, so why not?

As for the residence situation... Im assuming as long as I remain in the GTA (as planned), I can stay in a unit within the GTA?

This is good. Thanks again.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on October 14, 2013, 18:39:48
Well guys I received an e-mail about a month ago saying that there were no security objections after my pre-security interview and that I will be contacted soon for the interview and the medical. (The security clearance process lasted over 1 year for me !!!)

Well still no news although it has been almost 1 month since that e-mail. Considering the e-mail said "You will be contacted soon" I am worried...
Is this normal? How long does it usually take to get to the interview after the security check is complete?
Any estimates?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on October 14, 2013, 19:51:30
How long does it usually take to get to the interview after the security check is complete?

Some examples here.

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=001303416948774225061%3Aqhcx9pz3dku&ie=UTF-8&q=security+interview&sa=Search#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=%22Security%20Check%20Completed%22%20interview
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on October 14, 2013, 20:45:00
Well guys I received an e-mail about a month ago saying that there were no security objections after my pre-security interview and that I will be contacted soon for the interview and the medical. (The security clearance process lasted over 1 year for me !!!)

Well still no news although it has been almost 1 month since that e-mail. Considering the e-mail said "You will be contacted soon" I am worried...
Is this normal? How long does it usually take to get to the interview after the security check is complete?
Any estimates?


There is no clear answer to that... They often told me they'd contact me soon but never did so I called them or went to meet with them only to realise someone, somewhere, didn't do what he/she was supposed to do so it was a good thing I contacted them otherwise my file would have been stalled at the same point.

I know I'm not the first one, nor the last one who has had trouble with recruiting centers/recruiters, so my best advice would be that you make some follow-up on your file. :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on October 14, 2013, 21:33:19

There is no clear answer to that... They often told me they'd contact me soon but never did so I called them or went to meet with them only to realise someone, somewhere, didn't do what he/she was supposed to do so it was a good thing I contacted them otherwise my file would have been stalled at the same point.

I know I'm not the first one, nor the last one who has had trouble with recruiting centers/recruiters, so my best advice would be that you make some follow-up on your file. :)

Well I e-mailed my file manager about a week ago, that should bee enough no?

Some examples here.

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=001303416948774225061%3Aqhcx9pz3dku&ie=UTF-8&q=security+interview&sa=Search#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=%22Security%20Check%20Completed%22%20interview

Well my file is a little bit different from most of them (been in Canada for less than 10 years) considering my security clearance lasted for over a year.
I was just looking for some kind of estimate ...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on October 14, 2013, 22:01:37

I was just looking for some kind of estimate ...

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,81054.0.html
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: l.viita on October 14, 2013, 23:23:28
Well I e-mailed my file manager about a week ago, that should bee enough no?

I realised e-mails were the worst form of communication with most people working in recruiting offices. I think speaking on the phone would be better. I never got replies for my emails, but always did when I called.

Sometimes you get emails from certain clerks who are there part-time so that might be why you didn't get a reply quickly. If you are applying for the reserve, ask your local unit (or recruiting center) which caporal is in charge of the reserve recruiting at the local recruiting center. They are generally there full-time so it's easier to get in touch with them.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on October 14, 2013, 23:44:39
I realised e-mails were the worst form of communication with most people working in recruiting offices. I think speaking on the phone would be better. I never got replies for my emails, but always did when I called.

Sometimes you get emails from certain clerks who are there part-time so that might be why you didn't get a reply quickly. If you are applying for the reserve, ask your local unit (or recruiting center) which caporal is in charge of the reserve recruiting at the local recruiting center. They are generally there full-time so it's easier to get in touch with them.

Well my file manager is pretty quick in replies and always replies.
He told me just to wait for now. He said you will be contacted soon.

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,81054.0.html

My case is a little different, I wonder how long it takes after a pre-security interview (when all the background checks are done) to the interview day.
I don't really see people saying in these threads "my background check completed on this day and interview say after 2 months of background check completion"
Maybe some have posted in that format, will continue reading, hopefully I find a similar case ...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: vdignard on October 15, 2013, 15:22:05
When I went in for a update on my file, the recruiter told me they were going to call in 2-3 days. They actually called me 3 weeks after to book for the interview and medical. I would just suggest to call them or go see them and ask about you file.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KerryBlue on October 15, 2013, 18:16:35
Just a quick question, when your file is sent to the scheduling department of the Recruiting center how long does it take them to book a CFAT/interview/medical. Thanks for the help
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on October 15, 2013, 18:19:41
Just a quick question, when your file is sent to the scheduling department of the Recruiting center how long does it take them to book a CFAT/interview/medical. Thanks for the help

See Reply #536.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on October 15, 2013, 18:23:44
Just a quick question, when your file is sent to the scheduling department of the Recruiting center how long does it take them to book a CFAT/interview/medical. Thanks for the help

Unfortunately, there isn't a set time frame. It can vary greatly due to many factors such as; trade(s) selection/availability, which CFRC one is applying through, time of year applicant applied, etc., etc. 

You might find some examples of applicants who applied with the same trade as you among the Application Process Samples thread.

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,13064.0.html (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,13064.0.html)

Edit: mariomike's reply is especially helpful.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KerryBlue on October 15, 2013, 18:43:31
mario and beyondthenow, I've looked into both those threads multiple times and the only reason I'm asking this time is when I applied for RMC a few years ago I was the one in control of the booking for my test dates. When I brought in my source documents they sent me over to speak to a recruiter in charge of scheduling and I was given the choice of dates and was confused as to why this time around I wasn't given the option of choosing the dates.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 15, 2013, 18:59:36
mario and beyondthenow, I've looked into both those threads multiple times and the only reason I'm asking this time is when I applied for RMC a few years ago I was the one in control of the booking for my test dates. When I brought in my source documents they sent me over to speak to a recruiter in charge of scheduling and I was given the choice of dates and was confused as to why this time around I wasn't given the option of choosing the dates.

Different CFRC this time around?  Different level of customer service.  Based on your previous posts, you need only think about who you are dealing with now.  Sorry for saying that......but you can include yourself in with the post below and why calls/emails are not being returned and I guess now we can add to the list, "Why appointments are not being made"...lol

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,112496.msg1263455.html#msg1263455
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on October 15, 2013, 19:00:22
mario and beyondthenow, I've looked into both those threads multiple times and the only reason I'm asking this time is when I applied for RMC a few years ago I was the one in control of the booking for my test dates. When I brought in my source documents they sent me over to speak to a recruiter in charge of scheduling and I was given the choice of dates and was confused as to why this time around I wasn't given the option of choosing the dates.

I see. Sorry, I can't be of much assistance into the RMC processes. Hopefully another user will come along who can offer some insight.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KerryBlue on October 15, 2013, 19:14:39
I see. Sorry, I can't be of much assistance into the RMC processes. Hopefully another user will come along who can offer some insight.

Not RMC this time but RegF, I'm two years into civi university and bored to tears. I've always felt that school wasn't for me, and i've finally matured enough to explain that to my parents and friends.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KerryBlue on October 16, 2013, 11:26:14
Different CFRC this time around?  Different level of customer service.  Based on your previous posts, you need only think about who you are dealing with now.  Sorry for saying that......but you can include yourself in with the post below and why calls/emails are not being returned and I guess now we can add to the list, "Why appointments are not being made"...lol

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,112496.msg1263455.html#msg1263455

DAA, would It help to call and remind them that I exist....they said about 1-2 weeks to hear back and were into week 3 now...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 16, 2013, 11:36:56
DAA, would It help to call and remind them that I exist....they said about 1-2 weeks to hear back and were into week 3 now...

Can't hurt.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on October 16, 2013, 11:53:24
DAA, would It help to call and remind them that I exist....they said about 1-2 weeks to hear back and were into week 3 now...

My first tip is to call. If calls don't get returned - which often happens - go in person.

I called (and e-mailed) numerous times after sending my support documents to North Bay but no one responded back. After much time I went to my local CFRC and lo-and-behold my file was sitting there for almost a month. That day I got my background check documents and returned 3 days later (after a weekend.) The day I returned, I was given a CFAT date.

Search up my thread "steiner's story" since it goes into deeper detail which might help.

EDITED** heres a link http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,112328.0.html
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: airmax on October 18, 2013, 15:59:08
I've been looking for an update on my file as my interview was just over a month ago and I had some medical paperwork to drop off (which I did 4 weeks ago tomorrow). I emailed the MCC who interviewed me, called and left a message, emailed the main recruiting center email address and was told to contact my MCC. I don't want to be annoying anyone, so I've done all of the above over the past week and have still had no response from anyone. I know selections for my trades are not until mid November, however I would just like the peace of mind in knowing if I'm medically cleared or merit listed.

Any advice available to know if there's more I can do to find this out?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on October 18, 2013, 16:08:45
I've been looking for an update on my file as my interview was just over a month ago and I had some medical paperwork to drop off (which I did 4 weeks ago tomorrow). I emailed the MCC who interviewed me, called and left a message, emailed the main recruiting center email address and was told to contact my MCC. I don't want to be annoying anyone, so I've done all of the above over the past week and have still had no response from anyone. I know selections for my trades are not until mid November, however I would just like the peace of mind in knowing if I'm medically cleared or merit listed.

Any advice available to know if there's more I can do to find this out?

Maybe an airplane flying over our nations capital, towing a banner that says "CFRC, please return my calls and emails!"

Other than that, keep calling and keep emailing.  If you are relatively close by, then try and stop in.  Kind of hard to be ignored when your standing at their counter.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ERR on October 18, 2013, 16:09:31
Any advice available to know if there's more I can do to find this out?

Your file is most likely sent for Air Factor review in Toronto after RMO assessment. Air Factor review can take any where from 1 week to a month or two. Then, if everything goes well, comes selection.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on October 18, 2013, 16:22:47
I emailed the MCC who interviewed me, called and left a message, emailed the main recruiting center email address and was told to contact my MCC.

In addition to the above advice, you may find this topic helpful.

Tips on contacting "your" Recruiter 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,88358.0/nowap.html
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ERR on October 18, 2013, 16:42:06
Just saw you don't have any aircrew trades.
\If you weren't medically cleared, you would have received a mail-letter from the RMO after his review.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ZeiGezunt on October 25, 2013, 13:02:51
So I'm just about to save my questionnaire and upload it, when the computer says it can only save a blank copy of my form and all the info I've typed in will be lost. Thus, I can't upload it, and thus, I can't apply.

Is there any way out of this?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on October 25, 2013, 13:07:57
So I'm just about to save my questionnaire and upload it, when the computer says it can only save a blank copy of my form and all the info I've typed in will be lost. Thus, I can't upload it, and thus, I can't apply.

Is there any way out of this?

There is a gadget called a "printer".  Use it.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ZeiGezunt on October 25, 2013, 13:10:08
The website asks you to print it, which I have done already. The problem is, it also asks for a copy to be saved and uploaded to the online portal. As you see, I can neither save nor upload it, which is why I asked the question.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on October 25, 2013, 13:11:43
There is a gadget called a "printer".  Use it.

The issue is uploading it to the portal. The questionnaire needs to be saved before this can be done.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on October 25, 2013, 13:13:35
So I'm just about to save my questionnaire and upload it, when the computer says it can only save a blank copy of my form and all the info I've typed in will be lost. Thus, I can't upload it, and thus, I can't apply.

Is there any way out of this?

I would recommend copy and pasting your information to a Word document then try saving and see what actually happens. This way you can see if it actually goes blank and if it does you do not lose all your work in the process.

If it does go blank take that information on the Word document and try saving it to the questionnaire on another computer.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on October 25, 2013, 13:24:23
Did you try "Save as" and save it under a different name?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ZeiGezunt on October 25, 2013, 14:02:46
It doesn't even let me do that. When I try to save it as a PDF, all it says is "Data typed into this form will not be saved. Adobe Reader can only save a blank copy of this file".

I'm at my wit's end here. If anyone can suggest anything...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on October 25, 2013, 14:19:48

It doesn't even let me do that. When I try to save it as a PDF, all it says is "Data typed into this form will not be saved. Adobe Reader can only save a blank copy of this file".

I'm at my wit's end here. If anyone can suggest anything...

Is your adobe up to date?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: dapaterson on October 25, 2013, 14:25:17
If you're on a Windows computer, install one of the free "print to PDF" print drivers, and print to there.  You'll get a PDF copy of the PDF form filled out.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ZeiGezunt on October 25, 2013, 14:47:37
Is your adobe up to date?

Yes, it is.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ZeiGezunt on October 25, 2013, 15:10:31
If you're on a Windows computer, install one of the free "print to PDF" print drivers, and print to there.  You'll get a PDF copy of the PDF form filled out.

dapaterson, you are a LIFESAVER. I followed your instructions, and now have saved a filled-out PDF copy of my form. Thank you very much for your help.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Okanagan Guy on October 31, 2013, 14:36:28
Anyone have any experience getting credit/criminal record checks in England. I spent 8 months there a few years ago and now need the checks done. Most website (ie, equifax) need a current UK address which I obviously don't have. I've got emails into the companies but just thought I'd see if anyone has gone through the process.

thanks.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mudshuvel on October 31, 2013, 18:03:03
Contact the British Consulate in Vancouver at (604) 683-4421. They should be able to direct you the best.

Good luck.

Cheers
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Nobody_Important on November 08, 2013, 00:30:09
Hello!

I sent in an online application for the Primary Reserves about a week ago and yesterday I received a letter in the mail telling me that I needed to contact the reserve unit I was interested in joining and find out if the occupation I requested was available for enrollment (Combat Engineer). I called, left a message, and they got back to me earlier today and let me know that every occupation apart from Weapons Tech and Combat Engineer was available. So, I will have to choose another occupation to apply for and have decided to try for Army Communications and Information Systems Specialist.

My question is, how? My application and all source documents have already been submitted, so how do I go about applying for ACISS now? Do I have to resubmit my application? Do I go into my reserve unit? I'm quite confused about this, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on November 08, 2013, 12:19:16
Hello!

I sent in an online application for the Primary Reserves about a week ago and yesterday I received a letter in the mail telling me that I needed to contact the reserve unit I was interested in joining and find out if the occupation I requested was available for enrollment (Combat Engineer). I called, left a message, and they got back to me earlier today and let me know that every occupation apart from Weapons Tech and Combat Engineer was available. So, I will have to choose another occupation to apply for and have decided to try for Army Communications and Information Systems Specialist.

My question is, how? My application and all source documents have already been submitted, so how do I go about applying for ACISS now? Do I have to resubmit my application? Do I go into my reserve unit? I'm quite confused about this, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

You should be able to just contact a file manager at the CFRC and if they can't do anything for you then they will likely redirect you where you need to go.

Nothing regarding the application is really that complicating, don't make it complicated for yourself.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 08, 2013, 15:44:34
Hello!

I sent in an online application for the Primary Reserves about a week ago and yesterday I received a letter in the mail telling me that I needed to contact the reserve unit I was interested in joining and find out if the occupation I requested was available for enrollment (Combat Engineer). I called, left a message, and they got back to me earlier today and let me know that every occupation apart from Weapons Tech and Combat Engineer was available. So, I will have to choose another occupation to apply for and have decided to try for Army Communications and Information Systems Specialist.

My question is, how? My application and all source documents have already been submitted, so how do I go about applying for ACISS now? Do I have to resubmit my application? Do I go into my reserve unit? I'm quite confused about this, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Don't worry about what is on your current application.  Just go into the Reserve Unit that you contacted and they will take it from there.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MsRobynHood on November 10, 2013, 13:56:06
Hello,
 I'm having issues accessing my online application; It's giving me a message saying "your application has been disabled". I've tried calling the recruiting office but realized it's closed today and tomorrow on Remembrance Day. So how do I know my application has been submitted properly? I am planning to go to the Barrie recruiting office on Tuesday to talk to a recruiter in person and officially apply; but I want to make sure everything is okay on my application and I'm ready to enter the office on Tusday. What will I needed to bring? (Applying for Military Police), What will be done at the office?
Thank you very much,
Robyn
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on November 10, 2013, 14:02:18
I'm having issues accessing my online application; It's giving me a message saying "your application has been disabled".

Virtual application disabled?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=110969.0

Whats this mean ?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=105159.0
"Your access to the Canadian Forces Recruiting Online Employment Application has been disabled"

access disabled ?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=110905.0

Online application 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,106792.0/nowap.html
"When I try and access my applicaton online it tells me, "Your access to the Canadian Forces Recruiting Online Employment Application has been disabled"
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on November 10, 2013, 14:37:41
Hello,
 I'm having issues accessing my online application; It's giving me a message saying "your application has been disabled". I've tried calling the recruiting office but realized it's closed today and tomorrow on Remembrance Day. So how do I know my application has been submitted properly? I am planning to go to the Barrie recruiting office on Tuesday to talk to a recruiter in person and officially apply; but I want to make sure everything is okay on my application and I'm ready to enter the office on Tusday. What will I needed to bring? (Applying for Military Police), What will be done at the office?
Thank you very much,
Robyn

On your application, is MP the only thing you applied for?

If so, do you have a Police Foundations course completed and passed? Did you add that?

If you do not have a police foundations and you only applied for MP you will not be looked at.

I am eligible for all aspects of the CF according to the CFAT. However, many trades are blocked off unless you have a CIVILIAN cridential for said trade. MP was one of those trades as you are basically a cop on base so they want to simply have you trained as a soldier with a knowledge of law. The CF does not want to train you from scratch on the laws.

I would suggest if you do not have a civi Police foundations course you get one before applying for MP again.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MsRobynHood on November 10, 2013, 15:08:14
On your application, is MP the only thing you applied for?

If so, do you have a Police Foundations course completed and passed? Did you add that?

If you do not have a police foundations and you only applied for MP you will not be looked at.

I am eligible for all aspects of the CF according to the CFAT. However, many trades are blocked off unless you have a CIVILIAN cridential for said trade. MP was one of those trades as you are basically a cop on base so they want to simply have you trained as a soldier with a knowledge of law. The CF does not want to train you from scratch on the laws.

I would suggest if you do not have a civi Police foundations course you get one before applying for MP again.

I do have Police Foundations, I'm not 100% sure if I've added it to my application.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on November 11, 2013, 17:44:26
I do have Police Foundations, I'm not 100% sure if I've added it to my application.

If you didn't have it as part of your application then, that is why I would  assume it closed. If you did, then I have no clue as to why it wouldn't be continued. Perhaps MP is currently closed.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PrairieThunder on November 11, 2013, 19:54:31
On your application, is MP the only thing you applied for?

If so, do you have a Police Foundations course completed and passed? Did you add that?

If you do not have a police foundations and you only applied for MP you will not be looked at?

I am eligible for all aspects of the CF according to the CFAT. However, many trades are blocked off unless you have a CIVILIAN cridential for said trade. MP was one of those trades as you are basically a cop on base so they want to simply have you trained as a soldier with a knowledge of law. The CF does not want to train you from scratch on the laws.

I would suggest if you do not have a civi Police foundations course you get one before applying for MP again.

So Mr.I'm-not-even-in-the-CF. What makes you an expert in what the MPs want and don't want?

You do realize that whether you have knowledge of the laws or not, regardless if its a diploma degree or a Doctorate, they break you down, start from a clean slate, and re-teach it to you by the Canadian Forces standards. This is to break old habits and false learnings.

The education requirement is more of a "maturity check" if you will. Those with the education are less likely to misuse authority or force and tend to actually want the job and not just the gun and badge. Then the MPAC further assess your integrity, character, honesty, etc and if you don't fit the bill even with the education, they send you elsewhere.

It's really no different than any other police service... Except that you're trained as a soldier first, police officer second. Hence, big M big P not little m big P; if you catch my drift.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on November 13, 2013, 20:38:00
Got the call for the interview this week, really excited !!!
There was no mention of the medical during the phone call though, don't medicals and interviews happen the same day usually? Or are they on following day?

As far as the interview preparation,  I have found these threads so far, any other useful notes/threads you would recommend me to read through?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=101073.0
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,12755.250.html

P.S. Interview is for logistics officer position if that matters.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on November 13, 2013, 20:56:20
...
There was no mention of the medical during the phone call though, don't medicals and interviews happen the same day usually? Or are they on following day?...

It can vary. When I was at that stage, my interview and medical were originally scheduled the same day. I attended the RC prepared to do both. I was informed after my interview that the medical had been rescheduled, because medical personnel weren't available. I did it about a month later. There are many who have them together, but some don't.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: marinemech on November 13, 2013, 20:58:01
Got the call for the interview this week, really excited !!!
There was no mention of the medical during the phone call though, don't medicals and interviews happen the same day usually? Or are they on following day?

As far as the interview preparation,  I have found these threads so far, any other useful notes/threads you would recommend me to read through?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=101073.0
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,12755.250.html

P.S. Interview is for logistics officer position if that matters.

Wear pt clothes just in case they do a medical, better safe than not, 99% they happen the same day for Regular Forces, unsure about PRes but would assume the same
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on November 13, 2013, 21:33:38
Wear pt clothes just in case they do a medical, better safe than not...

An addition to the above suggestion if you decide to, I'd recommend bringing a change of clothes not "wearing" them. (Although I'm sure that's what 'marinemech' intended.) It is your interview after all.

As well, it might not be a bad idea to just give your RC a call in advance to check whether one has been booked for you or not. Sometimes contact to the applicant for certain things can fall through the cracks. It has happened.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on November 13, 2013, 22:23:21
What are the pt clothes? Sports clothes you mean?

Ok guys so you advice me to take sports clothes for medical alongside business attire in case they also do the medical?
The interview is at the CFRC at Yonge Sheppard. I am wondering if they even can hold medicals at recruiting centers?

P.S. Yes I should and will call the CFRC to know if I actually have medical or not for that date.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on November 13, 2013, 22:30:43
What are the pt clothes? Sports clothes you mean?

Ok guys so you advice me to take sports clothes for medical alongside business attire in case they also do the medical?
The interview is at the CFRC at Yonge Sheppard. I am wondering if they even can hold medicals at recruiting centers?

P.S. Yes I should and will call the CFRC to know if I actually have medical or not for that date.

My CFRC is Hamilton. My medical was basically held across the hall from where I interviewed. I can't speak for the layout of other centres, nor where they conduct the medicals for applicants. I can only assume.

Yes, when you DO have your medical you'll be instructed to wear something comfortable/easy to move in. I wore a T and sports shorts. Others wore sweats. They will give you instructions on what you'll need.

There are also some really great threads discussing the medical and what takes place.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on November 13, 2013, 23:24:19
My CFRC is Hamilton. My medical was basically held across the hall from where I interviewed. I can't speak for the layout of other centres, nor where they conduct the medicals for applicants. I can only assume.

Yes, when you DO have your medical you'll be instructed to wear something comfortable/easy to move in. I wore a T and sports shorts. Others wore sweats. They will give you instructions on what you'll need.

There are also some really great threads discussing the medical and what takes place.

Thanks for the help.
Yeah I will look into those threads, meanwhile I will e-mail my file manager asking him if he know when my medical is and if it is possible that it happens on the same day !!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on November 13, 2013, 23:38:33
Kind of somewhat sad right now. :crybaby:
Just got this e-mail from my interviewer

The e-mail says that only Pilot is open for this year that i can apply, all Logi's have been filled.
He wrote I can resume my application with pilot or cancel the interview. (at least for now, thats what I didn't really get)

This is the e-mail
"You are scheduled for an interview with me on 20 Nov 13.  Your file states that you are currently applying for a position as a Logistics Officer (LOG).  Unfortunately, all of the LOG positions have been filled for this year.  The only available officer occupation with positions remaining that your degree makes you eligible for is Pilot.
Than he lists some non-officer positions I am not interested in....
 If you are not interested in other positions, that is ok, but I will cancel your interview and we will contact you in the spring when we are ready to process applicants for LOG again"

So, with last sentence, what does it mean? If I continue with my application, will I have to re-apply all over again or he will just take off from interview spot where I ended? (Will I be one step forward of other applicants if I have my interview on Spring? If I have a head start, would that mean lower chances of not getting offered the positions next year?

Really confused. Not really into piloting and NCM positions are a no-no for me  :crybaby:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on November 14, 2013, 01:21:51
You should be able to carry on in the Spring from where you paused the process. If you're not interested in what's available right now, that's okay. (I'd personally recommend sticking with only the trade(s) you have your heart set on anyway.) Your file manager can answer more specific questions on what will take place once your trade opens again.

Why are NCM trades such a "no-no?"
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on November 14, 2013, 08:19:53
You should be able to carry on in the Spring from where you paused the process. If you're not interested in what's available right now, that's okay. (I'd personally recommend sticking with only the trade(s) you have your heart set on anyway.) Your file manager can answer more specific questions on what will take place once your trade opens again.

Why are NCM trades such a "no-no?"

It would make no sense to not capitalize on my over 4 years of university education.
I am looking at the army as a lifelong career, that's why I want to go the commissioned road.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Nobody_Important on November 14, 2013, 18:24:14
You should be able to just contact a file manager at the CFRC and if they can't do anything for you then they will likely redirect you where you need to go.

Nothing regarding the application is really that complicating, don't make it complicated for yourself.

I called a file manager at the CFRC, but was unable to get a hold of him, so I left a message stating my predicament and asking what else I needed to do. I left my name and number. That was four days ago and I've received no call back. So, I contacted my primary reserve unit and, once again, I was unable to get a hold of anyone, but to be fair, it was late at night and they were closed, so I left another message explaining the same thing and asking what to do about and if they wanted me to come in to see them. That was last night and I haven't received a call back yet. I don't expect them to call back right away, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to clear all this up soon, seeing as my file will be closed on the 6th if my application doesn't begin processing.

All I want to do is change my selected occupation from Combat Engineer to ACISS and to get my application to my reserve unit. I must have made this process much more complicated than it needs to be.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 14, 2013, 18:42:53
I called a file manager at the CFRC, but was unable to get a hold of him, so I left a message stating my predicament and asking what else I needed to do. I left my name and number. That was four days ago and I've received no call back. So, I contacted my primary reserve unit and, once again, I was unable to get a hold of anyone, but to be fair, it was late at night and they were closed, so I left another message explaining the same thing and asking what to do about and if they wanted me to come in to see them. That was last night and I haven't received a call back yet. I don't expect them to call back right away, but I'm hoping that I'll be able to clear all this up soon, seeing as my file will be closed on the 6th if my application doesn't begin processing.

All I want to do is change my selected occupation from Combat Engineer to ACISS and to get my application to my reserve unit. I must have made this process much more complicated than it needs to be.

Deal with the Reserve Unit/Brigade Recruiter, first and foremost in a case like this.  Don't worry about your local CFRC or what is on your application, as your application will be driven by the Reserve Unit that you have been dealing with and they will look after it for you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Nobody_Important on November 14, 2013, 18:52:47
Deal with the Reserve Unit/Brigade Recruiter, first and foremost in a case like this.  Don't worry about your local CFRC or what is on your application, as your application will be driven by the Reserve Unit that you have been dealing with and they will look after it for you.

Should I just go in and see him? I feel like a total and complete goof for even getting in this situation.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 14, 2013, 18:59:12
Should I just go in and see him? I feel like a total and complete goof for even getting in this situation.

Today is Thursday, so they may very well be around tonight!  Can't hurt to wander on by and stick your head in and say "Hey, just wanted to check things out, see what goes on and by the way, how's my application coming?"
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Nobody_Important on November 14, 2013, 19:05:04
Today is Thursday, so they may very well be around tonight!  Can't hurt to wander on by and stick your head in and say "Hey, just wanted to check things out, see what goes on and by the way, how's my application coming?"

I'd swing by if I could, but I'm expecting company and it's a decent distance from me. Calgary is getting to be a big city. Will they be around tomorrow?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PrairieThunder on November 14, 2013, 19:10:30
Just disregard this, I wasn't reading properly again.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 14, 2013, 19:12:19
I'd swing by if I could, but I'm expecting company and it's a decent distance from me. Calgary is getting to be a big city. Will they be around tomorrow?

Thursdays are "normally" Parade Night........

If you can't make it, don't sweat it.  Contact the Unit Recruiter who you have been speaking with and or Brigade Recruiter for your area.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Nobody_Important on November 14, 2013, 19:21:30
Thursdays are "normally" Parade Night........

If you can't make it, don't sweat it.  Contact the Unit Recruiter who you have been speaking with and or Brigade Recruiter for your area.

The problem is, I haven't been in contact with any recruiters, really. I think I'll go down to Mewata Armoury tomorrow and talk to someone there. If I remember correctly, the recruiter's name is [NAME GOES HERE], or something along those lines. I'll see if he or someone else is around and just ask them about my predicament.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Eye In The Sky on November 14, 2013, 19:23:49
The problem is, I haven't been in contact with any recruiters, really. I think I'll go down to Mewata Armoury tomorrow and talk to someone there. If I remember correctly, the recruiter's name is XXXXXXXXXXX, or something along those lines. I'll see if he or someone else is around and just ask them about my predicament.

Recruiter might not like his/her name on a public forum without their knowledge....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Nobody_Important on November 14, 2013, 19:25:52
Recruiter might not like his/her name on a public forum without their knowledge....

Good point. Fixed it.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 14, 2013, 19:53:25
The problem is, I haven't been in contact with any recruiters, really. I think I'll go down to Mewata Armoury tomorrow and talk to someone there. If I remember correctly, the recruiter's name is [NAME GOES HERE], or something along those lines. I'll see if he or someone else is around and just ask them about my predicament.

Here is the current status of your application to the CF....


Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on November 14, 2013, 20:12:12
One question guys.
So I have applied to the Canadian army as a logistics officer. By the time I was done my security clearance I guess they have conducted all the interviews already.
I know that because while one corporal called me to arrange the interview my interviewer later e-mailed me saying that all positions have been filled already for this selection.
He recommends me to either wait till the coming spring and then I will be called for the interview (if they call me will be priority based based on my CFAT/ and other test scores) or apply to pilot position, another officer position that's actually in demand.

I am leaning towards sticking with my logistics officer choice waiting for spring for interview call again. That said, is it possible that next spring they hire very few candidates so I don't make it in again? What happens in that case? Wouldn't having the fact that i have already passed my security clearance/tests as well as being on their waiting list for so long give me any advantage/head start over other applicants?
Also if I don't make it in for some time do they keep my file, and I just wait for the right moment when they need logistic officers?

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Nobody_Important on November 14, 2013, 20:26:12
Here is the current status of your application to the CF....

I know. It's disheartening to have messed up this bad. I just hope that the recruiter won't laugh in my face when I explain it all.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: dvuong on November 15, 2013, 17:24:00
Hello everyone,

I have just finished my online application for infantry regular force and was wondering what is the next step?

Do I wait until I get an email back from CF before sending in my documents or just send it off as soon as possible?

What type of documents do I send and to what address?

How long will I have to wait until they get in touch with me after my online application?

Thanks  :salute:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mudshuvel on November 15, 2013, 17:32:50
Please use the search function as it would answer most of those questions.

In short form (in order) answers to your questions.

1) Wait until they call, email you.
2) Wait until they call, email you.
3) They'll tell you when they call, email you.
4) You'll find out when they call, email you.

Sorry I can't be more help, but when it comes to that, we know as much as you do.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on November 15, 2013, 17:36:35
Hello everyone,
I have just finished my online application for infantry regular force and was wondering what is the next step?
Do I wait until I get an email back from CF before sending in my documents or just send it off as soon as possible?
What type of documents do I send and to what address?
How long will I have to wait until they get in touch with me after my online application?
Thanks  :salute:

They will probably get in touch with you by the middle/end of next week by email.  You don't have to send anything in now but rather just wait for the email which has more instructions on what to do next.

Good luc!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: d_edwards on November 22, 2013, 18:25:06
The selection board for DEO applicants has sat and some messages have been sent out already for Jan BMOQ intake. My question is that I have been granted a bypass for the first half of the course , the IAP I think is what they call it.   Is this likely to have any impact on when I may get a call. Or is it normal for a call to be recieved months in advance of swearing in.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on December 04, 2013, 23:11:15
Things don't look too promising.
Went to write the TSD today, and before the test started I talked with other applicants writing it as well.

Some of them said they have been in the process for over 2 years (with reasons being as bad as their application being closed)

:(
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on December 06, 2013, 00:10:48
Things don't look too promising.
Went to write the TSD today, and before the test started I talked with other applicants writing it as well.

Some of them said they have been in the process for over 2 years (with reasons being as bad as their application being closed)

:(

Don't let it get to you. There will be ups and downs during your process, guaranteed. Practically everyone experiences them to varying degrees. Just keep plugging away. Everyone's process is different, but even some of the stories which seem impossibly frustrating for the applicant have worked out in the end. Best of luck.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: jayemsee on December 06, 2013, 00:23:57
First off, I apologize if this application comes off as stupid.

So I spoke to a reserve recruiter who gave me a list of the available trades I can apply for in Hamilton and I chose my trade. Don't care what unit I end up in but I do prefer Army. The recruiter told me to then apply online at forces.ca which I did. Not a problem at all.

My question is what's next? I know I have to do a reliability screening as stated on forces.ca but it doesn't tell you how to get that done. I saw the forms I have to fill out but when I fill them out, where do I send them. How do I move on to the next step?

Again, I'm sorry if this comes off as stupid but I'm actually pretty lost right now. Could any of you be so kind as to push me in the right direction? It would be greatly appreciated :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Marchog on December 06, 2013, 00:50:02
Were you given a set of paper forms to fill in, in addition to the online form?

When I filled in the paper forms I made an appointment to physically hand them in to my recruiter (along with ID, birth certificate, transcript etc). The recruiter told me that the reliability screening would be done automatically behind the scenes during the application process.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on December 06, 2013, 03:48:37
First off, I apologize if this application comes off as stupid.

So I spoke to a reserve recruiter who gave me a list of the available trades I can apply for in Hamilton and I chose my trade. Don't care what unit I end up in but I do prefer Army. The recruiter told me to then apply online at forces.ca which I did. Not a problem at all.

My question is what's next? I know I have to do a reliability screening as stated on forces.ca but it doesn't tell you how to get that done. I saw the forms I have to fill out but when I fill them out, where do I send them. How do I move on to the next step?

Again, I'm sorry if this comes off as stupid but I'm actually pretty lost right now. Could any of you be so kind as to push me in the right direction? It would be greatly appreciated :)

The reliability screening is basically your references, which is done by a third party company. You generally wait until they [the cf] asks you to fill out these forms unless someone who will be dealing with told you otherwise..
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on December 06, 2013, 08:53:55
Don't let it get to you. There will be ups and downs during your process, guaranteed. Practically everyone experiences them to varying degrees. Just keep plugging away. Everyone's process is different, but even some of the stories which seem impossibly frustrating for the applicant have worked out in the end. Best of luck.

Thanks for the encouraging words !!! 
I have been in the process for over 2 years myself (Over 1 year security clearance process as I was in Canada for less than 10 years) and as such, I guess what I heard in the recruiting center is maybe even good (that I am not the only one in the process for a while).

If most applications eventually work out, than its more than good for me.
As long as I eventually make it in I will be a happy camper  ;D

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Smart Bomb on January 09, 2014, 20:39:15
First some background. I'm an engineering student who graduated last August (2013) and applied about mid September. I sent my forms out that same week. I was never notified if they had arrived. About late October I e-mailed my local centre with a question and it was then that they told my forms had been received. In December, I e-mailed inquiring whether I could still make a change to one of the occupation preferences. I was informed that my file had been closed. The Canadian Forces website indicated that my preferred occupation was open, so I'm wondering what would some reasons be for my file being closed?

Thanks.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on January 09, 2014, 20:50:28
First some background. I'm an engineering student who graduated last August (2013) and applied about mid September. I sent my forms out that same week. I was never notified if they had arrived. About late October I e-mailed my local centre with a question and it was then that they told my forms had been received. In December, I e-mailed inquiring whether I could still make a change to one of the occupation preferences. I was informed that my file had been closed. The Canadian Forces website indicated that my preferred occupation was open, so I'm wondering what would some reasons be for my file being closed?

Thanks.

Not surprising.........so here is my guess which is probably right.

You applied online, North Bay processed your application and sent it to your local CFRC.  Your local CFRC in turn emailed you a bunch of unecessary junk forms to fill out and send back to them and when you didn't do that within "30 days", they just close your file and say "No further contact.  File closed."

So they tried to contact you by email ONLY and got no response back.  Have a look at the email account you used when you applied and check your "Junk" email folder.

On the dumb side, the next thing they will probably tell you is to re-apply online, when they already have your file.    :facepalm:

Don't tell me you are dealing with CFRC Ottawa?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Smart Bomb on January 10, 2014, 03:28:18
Not surprising.........so here is my guess which is probably right.

You applied online, North Bay processed your application and sent it to your local CFRC.  Your local CFRC in turn emailed you a bunch of unecessary junk forms to fill out and send back to them and when you didn't do that within "30 days", they just close your file and say "No further contact.  File closed."

So they tried to contact you by email ONLY and got no response back.  Have a look at the email account you used when you applied and check your "Junk" email folder.

On the dumb side, the next thing they will probably tell you is to re-apply online, when they already have your file.    :facepalm:

Don't tell me you are dealing with CFRC Ottawa?

I was actually dealing with Vancouver. I checked my junk mail folder and nothing. Every e-mail I got from them was sent to my inbox. I had no contact from anyone about anything. Neither North Bay nor Vancouver even confirmed that my documents even made it. I only found out they made it to Vancouver when I asked them a question. The only occupation I had initially listed was Aerospace Engineer. In early December I was wanting to add, as my second choice, Electrical and Mechanical Engineer. This was when I found out the application was closed. Vancouver told me to call North Bay and North Bay told me to re-apply again online, which I did. So that's where I'm at right now: waiting for an appointment to begin initial processing on the second application.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hatchet Man on January 10, 2014, 03:56:41
From information, I have gotten from an insider, YOU will (probably) need to make that initial contact to schedule an interview.  Read the emails you get very carefully, to ensure if this is the case or not.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AlphaBravo on January 10, 2014, 05:11:27
I was actually dealing with Vancouver. I checked my junk mail folder and nothing. Every e-mail I got from them was sent to my inbox. I had no contact from anyone about anything. Neither North Bay nor Vancouver even confirmed that my documents even made it. I only found out they made it to Vancouver when I asked them a question. The only occupation I had initially listed was Aerospace Engineer. In early December I was wanting to add, as my second choice, Electrical and Mechanical Engineer. This was when I found out the application was closed. Vancouver told me to call North Bay and North Bay told me to re-apply again online, which I did. So that's where I'm at right now: waiting for an appointment to begin initial processing on the second application.

You will have to contact the recruitment center yourself, but if its the Vancouver one good luck actually getting a date scheduled right now, as apparently a new processing method has been put in place where ROTP and Aboriginal applicants have taken priority.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hatchet Man on January 10, 2014, 05:50:12
You will have to contact the recruitment center yourself, but if its the Vancouver one good luck actually getting a date scheduled right now, as apparently a new processing method has been put in place where ROTP and Aboriginal applicants have taken priority.

It's not a new "policy".  CFRC's will get direction from higher to give priority to certain applicant files, because they either applied to a program or trade that is either determined to be high priority based on staffing needs, or such as the case with ROTP and the Aborignal programs have certain hard deadlines for selection that cannot be waived.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AlphaBravo on January 10, 2014, 16:34:09
It's not a new "policy".  CFRC's will get direction from higher to give priority to certain applicant files, because they either applied to a program or trade that is either determined to be high priority based on staffing needs, or such as the case with ROTP and the Aborignal programs have certain hard deadlines for selection that cannot be waived.
Ahh well that information just came from my file manager. My mistake.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Smart Bomb on January 10, 2014, 19:35:41
You will have to contact the recruitment center yourself, but if its the Vancouver one good luck actually getting a date scheduled right now, as apparently a new processing method has been put in place where ROTP and Aboriginal applicants have taken priority.

As soon as the confirmation e-mail came I immediately contacted them to make the appointment. Waiting time: unknown. Hurry up and wait, I guess. I just hope my file stays open this time.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goodeman on January 11, 2014, 14:50:54
Don't feel bad ladies and gents. My CFRC didn't even get my file until 8 months after I applied. Patience is key in this whole process.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Cgma1081 on January 17, 2014, 20:56:56
Hello, I have a couple questions regarding the ROTP application process.

1. I want to apply for RMC, but i'm already applying for the ROTP, do i still have to apply for RMC?
2. It says that I require a GCKey account to apply for ROTP, but I need to fill in a lot of information, including a Personal Access Code. I don't have one so i tried to apply for one online, but the site is unable process my request. I've also tried calling the Toll-free number but they didn't give me an option to apply for a Personal Access Code.

Please help! Thank you
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on January 19, 2014, 13:00:50
Hello, I have a couple questions regarding the ROTP application process.

1. I want to apply for RMC, but i'm already applying for the ROTP, do i still have to apply for RMC?
2. It says that I require a GCKey account to apply for ROTP, but I need to fill in a lot of information, including a Personal Access Code. I don't have one so i tried to apply for one online, but the site is unable process my request. I've also tried calling the Toll-free number but they didn't give me an option to apply for a Personal Access Code.

Please help! Thank you

If you have already applied to the CF and for ROTP, then you should have received a follow-up email shortly afterwards containing instructions and also a "link" to the RMC Portal which has a Questionnaire to complete and upload, along with ALL your academic transcripts directly to RMC for assessment.

The GC Key is ONLY associated with your application to the CF and has nothing to do with your RMC requirements/uploads.  Also, the GC Key does NOT belong to the CF, it belongs to the Government of Canada and the CF merely uses it.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: dhagz on January 20, 2014, 00:34:12
If possible, how would one change their occupation choices if they had sent in an online application. I would like to substitute one of my choices to become a VehicleTech. Please get back to me ASAP. Thank you
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on January 20, 2014, 00:43:42
If possible, how would one change their occupation choices if they had sent in an online application. I would like to substitute one of my choices to become a VehicleTech. Please get back to me ASAP. Thank you

Depending on where your application is at this time (whether or not it's been transferred to your local RC already) I believe you'll need to speak to a recruiter to make the changes.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: dhagz on January 22, 2014, 15:29:30
How do you change an career choice on your online application that has been already sent ?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on January 22, 2014, 15:36:34
How do you change an career choice on your online application that has been already sent ?

Simple......you just contact your local CFRC and say "I want to change my career choices".
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AlvinCho on January 26, 2014, 03:32:08
Help! (I have contacted a few email addresses I felt were applicable to my problem, but to no response from any).

I completed my full application to Royal Military College about a month ago, and have yet to receive an email/mail/phone call in response from my local recruiting centre.

There is a source of concern regarding my transcript I submitted. The original email I received regarding completing my application said documents saying "unofficial" will not be accepted, but my counsellor at school assured I would be fine because of a process we completed at my high school. On the British Columbia Ministry of Education website, we completed a Post Secondary Institution form of which we gave our consent for the government to automatically send our transcript to institutions of our choice, with regular updates. With that, my counsellor believed that because of that process, RMC would receive my transcript.

What can I do to further contact RMC about this? Or is this not an issue? How long does it usually take to get a response from your local recruiting centre?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on January 26, 2014, 12:03:24
Help! (I have contacted a few email addresses I felt were applicable to my problem, but to no response from any).
I completed my full application to Royal Military College about a month ago, and have yet to receive an email/mail/phone call in response from my local recruiting centre.
There is a source of concern regarding my transcript I submitted. The original email I received regarding completing my application said documents saying "unofficial" will not be accepted, but my counsellor at school assured I would be fine because of a process we completed at my high school. On the British Columbia Ministry of Education website, we completed a Post Secondary Institution form of which we gave our consent for the government to automatically send our transcript to institutions of our choice, with regular updates. With that, my counsellor believed that because of that process, RMC would receive my transcript.
What can I do to further contact RMC about this? Or is this not an issue? How long does it usually take to get a response from your local recruiting centre?

If you completed your "upload" of documents to RMC almost a month ago, you should be receiving a response shortly.  If you happened to upload "unofficial" transcripts or you forgot to upload something, then RMC notifies CF Recruiting, who in turn will contact you with further instructions.   RMC will NOT do anything with any type of paper transcript sent to them directly, so don't bother sending them anything, it's a waste of time!  Follow the instructions provided and ONLY "upload" your documents to the RMC Portal.  If you haven't done that and decided to get "creative" and start mailing things in, then your application is going no where fast.......

I understand that your counsellor was trying to help, but regretably in the case of RMC/ROTP Applicants, there not.

Good luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AlvinCho on January 26, 2014, 14:11:00
If you completed your "upload" of documents to RMC almost a month ago, you should be receiving a response shortly.  If you happened to upload "unofficial" transcripts or you forgot to upload something, then RMC notifies CF Recruiting, who in turn will contact you with further instructions.   RMC will NOT do anything with any type of paper transcript sent to them directly, so don't bother sending them anything, it's a waste of time!  Follow the instructions provided and ONLY "upload" your documents to the RMC Portal.  If you haven't done that and decided to get "creative" and start mailing things in, then your application is going no where fast.......

I understand that your counsellor was trying to help, but regretably in the case of RMC/ROTP Applicants, there not.

Good luck!

So just to clarify, I uploaded all documents correctly but unfortunately my transcript was an "unofficial" version. I received an email from noreply@rmc.ca confirming my ROTP-RETP application was submitted back in December. I should just wait it out, as RMC should be contacting me?

Appreciate the help.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on January 27, 2014, 11:01:08
So just to clarify, I uploaded all documents correctly but unfortunately my transcript was an "unofficial" version. I received an email from noreply@rmc.ca confirming my ROTP-RETP application was submitted back in December. I should just wait it out, as RMC should be contacting me?

Appreciate the help.

Contact your CFRC, they should be able to provide you with a proper update.

Good luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: rflood46 on February 04, 2014, 20:24:21
Hey there,

 I submitting an online application to the CF on Jan 26. Im from Winnipeg, with AVS as my first trade option. I received the initial email right after, confirming the application. I have not received a second email yet, and I have read posts from multiple people stating I should have received a second email within 48-72 hours.

I decided today would be a good day to contact my local RC here in Winnipeg. The recruiter I spoke with, mentioned he found my file but it was detained in North Bay for some reason and there was no comments on my file. After looking into it further he called me back and said he will get it going for me. He emailed the appointment clerk and also forwarded me to her voicemail and told me to book my appointments. An hour later, the appointment clerk called and explained that the recruiter was wrong in bringing my file to her and that we cannot bypass the CFVRC in North Bay. She said theres no reason to panic yet as my file was only opened on Jan 30th and she would have to send my file back to North Bay to be processed there first. Ive been asked to wait atleast two weeks to hear from them.

Basically Im just asking for a little guidance to see if everything still sounds on track or if I should be worried? As Ive said, I havent received a second email yet, nor sent any documents in.

Thanks for any insight!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mkil on February 04, 2014, 20:40:35
I know the recruiting system might be frustrating, but it really is a long process. You need to be patient, and in the mean time go do some physical training. If you don't hear anything by the end of Feb, then call. But we have a saying in the military - "hurry up and wait". Good luck though!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on February 04, 2014, 20:43:28
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,81054.0.html

READ that, then Read other topics.  Your questions have been asked and answered hundreds of thousands of times.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 05, 2014, 09:53:08
As Ive said, I havent received a second email yet, nor sent any documents in.

Thanks for any insight!

Are you absolutely positive that you didn't receive the second email?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sharp on February 05, 2014, 13:01:03

Are you absolutely positive that you didn't receive the second email?

This happened to me as well, I applied online during November of 2013.

I was told to reapply. So I did, in the beginning of February.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 05, 2014, 13:16:53
This happened to me as well, I applied online during November of 2013.

I was told to reapply. So I did, in the beginning of February.

Have you still not received the second email?  And did you apply for Reg or Res?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sharp on February 05, 2014, 13:21:26
During the past 3 months? No. I called yesterday and asked what happened. No explanation, but advice as to what to do.

Just reapply. No details, as to how. I had to ask around (see my previous thread).

Revoke GCKEY and make a new account (GCKEY). Reapply, allowing you to change or add things that you couldn't before, if needed.

I'm waiting for the email which may or may not arrive until Thursday, Friday, or Monday.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: rflood46 on February 05, 2014, 13:58:47
I understand I may have a long wait ahead of me, I was just confused due to being told two different things and then my application being sent back. Turns out everything was in order, I received an email today asking me to call the 1-800 number to book my appointment for initial processing. Looks like my application is on it's way. Now I will be patient!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sharp on February 08, 2014, 16:18:04
I called them and asked if I should make an appointment, he told me to just walk in. It's not that busy. I'm like "ok".

Maybe that's just Toronto.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: cadetdrobert on February 12, 2014, 00:36:37
Good day,

I am a long time reader, first time poster. I had submitted my application into the reserves on the 11th of December 2013, and I have just received confirmation to call in and book my CFAT.

From this point, I am wondering where BMQ will be held for the Reserve Artillery bunch, I haven't been able to get that information out of the recruiters yet. So if anyone could shed some light on that, that would be much appreciated.

Regards,
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 16, 2014, 13:34:54
Good day,
I am a long time reader, first time poster. I had submitted my application into the reserves on the 11th of December 2013, and I have just received confirmation to call in and book my CFAT.
From this point, I am wondering where BMQ will be held for the Reserve Artillery bunch, I haven't been able to get that information out of the recruiters yet. So if anyone could shed some light on that, that would be much appreciated.
Regards,

I hope that you read the statement on the forces.ca website "before" you applied that says "*** If you are interested in joining the Reserves, your first step is to contact one of your local Reserve units to find out which positions are available. They will work with you to identify a job, fill in all the required application forms, and advise you through the process."

If you have NOT already been in contact with a local Reserve Force Unit, your application will most likely not be going anywhere.  If you have been in contact with a local Reserve Force Unit, then they will be the only ones who can actually answer this type of question.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Roy16 on February 18, 2014, 20:32:52
Hello, I would like to apply to join a reserve unit in my city and I was just wondering how to do so. I was recently at a CF recruitment center and they gave me contact information for the different reserve units. I contacted a unit that interested me by leaving them a message, there is also an address is there an on site recruitment office or should I just wait until they contact me? Also what is the application/recruitment process like to join a reserve unit?

Thanks!
M.R.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 18, 2014, 20:46:59
www.forces.ca  Click on "Apply Now" and look at "Step 1", which says.....

*** If you are interested in joining the Reserves, your first step is to contact one of your local Reserve units to find out which positions are available. They will work with you to identify a job, fill in all the required application forms, and advise you through the process.


Don't bother submitting an 'OnLine Application" until you have been in contact with a local Reserve Force unit or your application will not go anywhere.

To find other Reserve Force Units in your area ----->  http://www.forces.ca/en/centres/findarecruiter-110

There are "tabs" once you get to the proper page, so use them.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Roy16 on February 18, 2014, 20:49:33
Yes I saw that thank you for clarifying I guess I will wait until they contact me.

Thank you
M.R.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 18, 2014, 20:55:06
Yes I saw that thank you for clarifying I guess I will wait until they contact me.

Thank you
M.R.

Do NOT wait any more than a week at most.  If you are interested in the Reserves, you need to get intouch with tme as soon as you can.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Roy16 on February 18, 2014, 21:39:36
So you recommend calling back if they do not return my call within a week? I spoke on the phone with a Sergeant from the unit but he told me to leave a message to another number because that person was in charge of recruiting and I left that person a message. There isn't any hours indicated on the sheet that the recruitment center gave me it only says Tuesdays which is today.

M.R.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 18, 2014, 22:35:21
So you recommend calling back if they do not return my call within a week? I spoke on the phone with a Sergeant from the unit but he told me to leave a message to another number because that person was in charge of recruiting and I left that person a message. There isn't any hours indicated on the sheet that the recruitment center gave me it only says Tuesdays which is today.

M.R.

Absolutely.  Early bird catches the worm.......
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Roy16 on February 19, 2014, 02:31:39
Ok, thank you for your help!

M.R.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: cadetdrobert on February 19, 2014, 12:12:04
I hope that you read the statement on the forces.ca website "before" you applied that says "*** If you are interested in joining the Reserves, your first step is to contact one of your local Reserve units to find out which positions are available. They will work with you to identify a job, fill in all the required application forms, and advise you through the process."

If you have NOT already been in contact with a local Reserve Force Unit, your application will most likely not be going anywhere.  If you have been in contact with a local Reserve Force Unit, then they will be the only ones who can actually answer this type of question.


I did read thoroughly through the forces website. I have been down to my local unit multiple times to visit the recruiter there, and multiple visits to the CFRC as well. My application has been submitted with the help of my recruiter at my local unit, and I have since been dealing with the CFRC regarding advancements in my application. I have picked my trade and confirmation was given that there is multiple positions available for it.

I was advised by a fellow member of the forces that I should bug the recruiters till I get a date, or else things can take over a year. CFRC's primary concern is reg force, and reserves are stacked under it seems. I'm okay with being patient, but when things are standing still I check up every so often. I went in this past week and talked to the recruiter and went in again till I got the confirmation my file came back. Now I have been scheduled in to write my CFAT on the 18th of March 2014.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Roy16 on February 19, 2014, 14:22:29
They have recruiters directly at the local unit?

M.R.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on February 19, 2014, 15:46:14

They have recruiters directly at the local unit?

M.R.

Yes, each reserve unit has it's own recruiter(s).
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 19, 2014, 16:38:55

I did read thoroughly through the forces website. I have been down to my local unit multiple times to visit the recruiter there, and multiple visits to the CFRC as well. My application has been submitted with the help of my recruiter at my local unit, and I have since been dealing with the CFRC regarding advancements in my application. I have picked my trade and confirmation was given that there is multiple positions available for it.

I was advised by a fellow member of the forces that I should bug the recruiters till I get a date, or else things can take over a year. CFRC's primary concern is reg force, and reserves are stacked under it seems. I'm okay with being patient, but when things are standing still I check up every so often. I went in this past week and talked to the recruiter and went in again till I got the confirmation my file came back. Now I have been scheduled in to write my CFAT on the 18th of March 2014.

It's the Recruiter from the local Res F unit that drives your application process, so you need to deal with them and not the local CFRC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: cadetdrobert on February 20, 2014, 02:03:10
It's the Recruiter from the local Res F unit that drives your application process, so you need to deal with them and not the local CFRC.

Thanks BAA,

I was however told the opposite. Once the file is processed then once past all the steps they forward it to your unit, and they pick the people from there. Shed some light to this?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 20, 2014, 09:03:58
Thanks BAA,

I was however told the opposite. Once the file is processed then once past all the steps they forward it to your unit, and they pick the people from there. Shed some light to this?

Reserve Force units only hire people, when positions are available.  They sometimes have deadlines and need their applicants enrolled by certain dates inorder to line up with the training plans (ie; BMQ, etc).  Generally, CFRC's will not process a Reserve Force application, without the consent or direction from a Reserve Force Unit, which could be via an email or a letter saying "We need cadetdrobert fully processed by XX XXX 2014 inorder for them to attend upcoming BMQ."

Then it's up to the CFRC to do their job but at the sametime, the Reserve Force Recruiter needs to stay on top of them to make sure this gets done and you, as the applicant, need to stay on top of your Res F Recruiter to make sure things are being pushed along.  Once everything is completed at your local CFRC, the entire file is returned to the Reserve Force Unit for "enrolment" procedures and you're on your way!!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Roy16 on February 20, 2014, 16:15:24
I visited the reserve unit yesterday and got a quick interview he then gave ma a letter saying that he interviewed me and that my application was ready to be processed. I have to show that letter to the CFRC along with the forms.

I have another question and it might be off topic for this thread but I am currently a University student and was just wondering what the weekly salary is for a new recruit. I would love to join but I need to be able to make enough money for me to afford rent and everything else. That is the only thing keeping me from sending my application. I currently have a part-time job and I make about 200$ a week which is enough for me. Would I be making close to that with the reserves?

I visited this link http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/caf-community-pay/ncm-class-a-b-service-rates.page? that describes the pay scale but I don't get it. It says 90.30 for 6 hours of training or more?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on February 20, 2014, 16:31:57
I visited the reserve unit yesterday and got a quick interview he then gave ma a letter saying that he interviewed me and that my application was ready to be processed. I have to show that letter to the CFRC along with the forms.

I have another question and it might be off topic for this thread but I am currently a University student and was just wondering what the weekly salary is for a new recruit. I would love to join but I need to be able to make enough money for me to afford rent and everything else. That is the only thing keeping me from sending my application. I currently have a part-time job and I make about 200$ a week which is enough for me. Would I be making close to that with the reserves?

I visited this link http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/caf-community-pay/ncm-class-a-b-service-rates.page? that describes the pay scale but I don't get it. It says 90.30 for 6 hours of training or more?

That is correct.  If you work a full day, you get $90 approx.  If you are in on a week night for less than 6 hours you will get $45 approx. for a 1/2 day.  There are no hourly or weekly rates of pay.  When you start your Basic training, you will be paid a 1/2 day for Fridays, and full days for Saturday and Sunday.

If your read the threads on the Pay Scales, you will get more answers.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Roy16 on February 20, 2014, 16:55:22
Okay thank you!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on February 24, 2014, 14:16:43
Hey Guys one quick questions.
I have an interview on March, and If I make it in I just want to know when it would be at the earliest.
Basically I am wondering when is the approximate starting date of the 1st Basic Military training after March?

Thanks !!!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Loachman on February 25, 2014, 13:51:37
just wondering what the weekly salary is for a new recruit.

There is, for the bulk of Reservists, no "salary". Class A (part-time) Reservists are paid only for those times when they are on duty, which is typically one or two nights per week and one or two weekends per month. A weekend, then, will get you approximately $225.00.

It was $3.00 per half-day and $6.00 per full-day when I started.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ready2go on February 25, 2014, 19:28:34
Hey there,
So I am 34yrs old and I have my CFAT in a week. I'm a little late in the whole process of things But have been researching everything for about 8 months, also moderately refreshing my math, verbal/vocabulary and spatial skills. I am more of a visual/ hands on learner so obviously this test is a major concern to me. I am  applying for Combat Engineer and will have no problem meeting the physical requirements and am somewhat prepared for my interview which I will work more after.
What my major concern is my uncertainty of the scores need to be acceptable to pursue my career as a Sapper. I am completely aware of the understanding that the test can not be actually discussed in detail, although I am having trouble finding the proper degree of information needed to surpass this obstical.  I have been reviewing " intro to algebra" For College prep. researching online which I have found multiple app-on multiple website with different degrees of study questions. Are there any sites that are focused on practicing for the CFAT that are not American, and that would follows a more conventional guideline of the CFAT. The sample questions given in the PDF are obviously ridiculous samples that would never prepare you for the real thing. If anyone could help with this I would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers ;D
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 25, 2014, 19:36:16
My concept, study anything related to Gr 10 Math.  But you can always look at these links, which are not guaranteed.....

(GRT - Graduate Recruitment Test, a bit tougher but great practice, helped me immensely with the CFAT)
http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/test-examen/grt-erd/index-eng.htm
CF practice apptitude test
http://cdn.forces.ca/_PDF2010/preparing_for_aptitude_test_en.pdf
khan academy
http://www.khanacademy.org/
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ready2go on February 25, 2014, 20:02:10
Thanks,
I know assistance in minimal, I appreciate the help. those should be better then what I've found.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on February 28, 2014, 08:32:19
Hey Guys one quick questions.
I have an interview on March, and If I make it in I just want to know when it would be at the earliest.
Basically I am wondering when is the approximate starting date of the 1st Basic Military training after March?

Thanks !!!

Anyone ?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PMedMoe on February 28, 2014, 08:35:53
Anyone ?

Check here (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=81054.0) or head to a local psychic....  (https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.orbiter-forum.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2FCrystalBall1.gif&hash=0618e4410ad5c6146fd442e9eecff0c0)

Seriously, no one can give you a definitive answer to your question.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Sharp on February 28, 2014, 14:27:53

or head to a local psychic....

I swear I read that as "Physician". I'm like... Why would he know the date BMQ starts?

Loool
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: sk115 on February 28, 2014, 23:08:40
hello i just want to ask how long it takes for the recruiters to contact me back for medical appointment after passing the cfat. I took the test on jan 29 and still havent got any calls or emails. Will they contact me regardless of the outcome of my application??
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Justin8456 on February 28, 2014, 23:16:13
You'll get contacted sooner or later. Keep waiting bud.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Van Gogh on March 01, 2014, 00:21:45
Check here (http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=81054.0) or head to a local psychic....  (https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.orbiter-forum.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2FCrystalBall1.gif&hash=0618e4410ad5c6146fd442e9eecff0c0)

Seriously, no one can give you a definitive answer to your question.

My question was not related to how long I in particular would have to wait.
Its about how often the basic military training happens and at what dates, they can't be happening on on-going basis can they ???
So, anyone know when the start dates for Basic military training in 2014 are ?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AlphaBravo on March 01, 2014, 06:43:02
hello i just want to ask how long it takes for the recruiters to contact me back for medical appointment after passing the cfat. I took the test on jan 29 and still havent got any calls or emails. Will they contact me regardless of the outcome of my application??

Going to sort of burst your bubble here, from what I heard there is a new process in which everyone can do the CFAT, but don't quite make it to the Medical/Interview. Apparently some recruitment centers are doing it this way and some aren't, hopefully your recruitment center isn't following this and just like I hope mine isn't following this. I was told by the career counselor and recruiter that right now they are continuing processing my application, and they will be calling my references so I should apparently hear back from them within a month or so.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 03, 2014, 11:16:42
My question was not related to how long I in particular would have to wait.
Its about how often the basic military training happens and at what dates, they can't be happening on on-going basis can they ???
So, anyone know when the start dates for Basic military training in 2014 are ?

Two BMQ courses of 60 each, every two weeks, sometimes every week, sometimes 3 courses of 60 each.  It varies throughout the year.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ready2go on March 03, 2014, 11:50:56
How long can you Stay on Merit list if you score lets say a mid level on your aptitude test. 60's-70's for example?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PMedMoe on March 03, 2014, 12:12:46
Two BMQ courses of 60 each, every two weeks, sometimes every week, sometimes 3 courses of 60 each.  It varies throughout the year.

Since Van Gogh has applied for Log O, the schedule for BMOQ would be more pertinent.   ;)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 03, 2014, 12:29:41
Since Van Gogh has applied for Log O, the schedule for BMOQ would be more pertinent.   ;)

For BMOQ (DEO Serials), it's roughly every two-three months, give or take.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ready2go on March 03, 2014, 18:09:17
For BMOQ (DEO Serials), it's roughly every two-three months, give or take.

IT that for everyone including civilian, or just ROTP's. Or does that only determine the result of the end date?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 03, 2014, 18:15:51
IT that for everyone including civilian, or just ROTP's. Or does that only determine the result of the end date?

BMOQ serials are broken down by entry plan.  So there will be BMOQ serials just for DEO Officer applicants and then separate serials for ROTP applicants.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Reprusu on March 09, 2014, 16:30:06
Hey, I was wondering if there is a specific fitness requirement before joining the forces? I'm 17 and this summer I am joining a fitness center and planning to stay there until I finish my last year of high school. I was also wondering if I need any specialized physical training before applying to become a pilot?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on March 09, 2014, 17:02:43
Ask Jeeves (http://www.ask.com/).
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: raoufhakam on March 09, 2014, 18:43:31
applying for primary reserve:
submitted my online application 2-3 weeks ago, last week got an email from a recruiter in my local army reserve recruiting office, went there and submitted all the required documents, the recruiter told me to give them a call within a month if i don't hear any updated from them.
now i'm remember reading it somewhere in this forum that when applying to reserve, i'm supposed to contact the reserve united i'm applying for and get some sort of recommendation letter from them? i don't remember hearing anything like that from the recruiter or anywhere along the application process/papers.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: raymond94 on March 10, 2014, 03:45:13
I could use some help on my application please. I filled out an application online about 5 or 6 months ago and i had by transcripts and papers ready do send, but i have not yet sent them. I told my parents of my plans for the navy and they wanted me to give it time before i make up my mind because they felt i was doing it as a impulse. So several months have passed and i am sure that this is what i want to do. Now then, i logged on to the government of Canada website to check on my application and it is telling me that "Your access to the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Online Employment Application has been disabled", does this mean my application has been deleted. I am worried because i feel that this will reflect badly on myself and hurt my chances of joining the Navy because i had left my application unattended for months. Should i just ignore this message and go ahead and sent my papers?
I will phone the recruitment center tomorrow to try and sort this out but i thought i would ask here first, maybe i will get a quick reply.
i appreciate the amount of work you have put into this forum DAA
Thank you for your time
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 10, 2014, 09:56:02
I could use some help on my application please. I filled out an application online about 5 or 6 months ago and i had by transcripts and papers ready do send, but i have not yet sent them. I told my parents of my plans for the navy and they wanted me to give it time before i make up my mind because they felt i was doing it as a impulse. So several months have passed and i am sure that this is what i want to do. Now then, i logged on to the government of Canada website to check on my application and it is telling me that "Your access to the Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting Online Employment Application has been disabled", does this mean my application has been deleted. I am worried because i feel that this will reflect badly on myself and hurt my chances of joining the Navy because i had left my application unattended for months. Should i just ignore this message and go ahead and sent my papers?
I will phone the recruitment center tomorrow to try and sort this out but i thought i would ask here first, maybe i will get a quick reply.
i appreciate the amount of work you have put into this forum DAA
Thank you for your time

If you haven't been in contact with your CFRC within the last 30-60 days your file is more than likely closed.  So, I would just submit a new online application and go from there.

There is no longer any requirement to provide any documents when you apply.  These documents will ONLY be required on the first visit you make to your local CFRC once they schedule you for the CFAT/TSD testing.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: lCS on March 10, 2014, 11:59:03
For those that have taken the TSD test. How long was it until you had your interview and medical.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Journeyman on March 10, 2014, 12:09:39
For those that have taken the TSD test. How long was it until you had your interview and medical.
This question goes out to all those who have taken the TSD (psych test). I am just wondering how long it was before you got your interview and medical. Do you have your mini interview right after the test and then the medical later that week or did you get scheduled late. Thank you.
Posting a question, then starting a whole new thread to ask the same question is considered very bad form. 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PMedMoe on March 10, 2014, 12:10:56
Posting a question, then starting a whole new thread to ask the same question is considered very bad form.

Other way around.   ;)

Still considered bad form.... 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: armygirl95 on March 13, 2014, 01:27:13
I "passed" my cfat and qualified for my trades, but I'm worried how competitive I am as I have my GED, not my diploma.

I have my grade 10 from high school which qualifies me for the trade, but does the GED (instead of a hs diploma) make my application less competitive?

Thanks.

 :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on March 13, 2014, 09:06:25
I "passed" my cfat and qualified for my trades, but I'm worried how competitive I am as I have my GED, not my diploma.

I have my grade 10 from high school which qualifies me for the trade, but does the GED (instead of a hs diploma) make my application less competitive?

Thanks.

 :cdn:

No!  GED = Gr 12, so there should be no difference between the two.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: cadetdrobert on March 28, 2014, 13:58:31
Reserve Force units only hire people, when positions are available.  They sometimes have deadlines and need their applicants enrolled by certain dates inorder to line up with the training plans (ie; BMQ, etc).  Generally, CFRC's will not process a Reserve Force application, without the consent or direction from a Reserve Force Unit, which could be via an email or a letter saying "We need cadetdrobert fully processed by XX XXX 2014 inorder for them to attend upcoming BMQ."

Then it's up to the CFRC to do their job but at the sametime, the Reserve Force Recruiter needs to stay on top of them to make sure this gets done and you, as the applicant, need to stay on top of your Res F Recruiter to make sure things are being pushed along.  Once everything is completed at your local CFRC, the entire file is returned to the Reserve Force Unit for "enrolment" procedures and you're on your way!!!

Thank you. Would you suggest at this point I check in with my PRES Unit recruiter? I wrote my CFAT and did my fitness test last week and I passed, but i have not checked in with anyone at the unit just been going to CFRC. I am supposed to book my interview and my medical. I went in and the man at the front desk told me to email the recruiter I have been dealing with, this was a week ago. Should I pop in again?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on March 28, 2014, 14:10:24
Thank you. Would you suggest at this point I check in with my PRES Unit recruiter? I wrote my CFAT and did my fitness test last week and I passed, but i have not checked in with anyone at the unit just been going to CFRC. I am supposed to book my interview and my medical. I went in and the man at the front desk told me to email the recruiter I have been dealing with, this was a week ago. Should I pop in again?

If the PRES unit that you are hoping to join has accepted you and given you the documents to take to the CFRC to start the process, then they will have nothing to do with that process until such time that the CFRC completes all their work on your file (CFAT, Medical, Fitness Testing, Criminal Checks, etc.) and send a file back to the PRES unit to ENROLL you.  Everything is in the hands of the CFRC until such time that they send your documents to the PRES unit.  The PRES unit on receipt of those documents will enroll you and complete the documentation, sending some documents back to the CFRC to complete the process.  Once you are enrolled, the CFRC will no longer be dealing with you. 
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: hopefulpilotdad on April 02, 2014, 14:39:21
How does online application page looks for others? For my son it looks like this-(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F&hash=4f012d150ffb60fa682df45b3d659d13)

He already finished his CFAT, interview and medicals and nothing is showing there ::)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on April 02, 2014, 14:53:17
How does online application page looks for others? For my son it looks like this-(https://Milnet.ca/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F&hash=4f012d150ffb60fa682df45b3d659d13)

He already finished his CFAT, interview and medicals and nothing is showing there ::)

Ignore this page. Once you submit the application it means nothing (i.e. No information is ever added...at least not correctly if it is).
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mac Isaac on April 02, 2014, 15:01:28
You will often see one of these two
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on April 02, 2014, 15:43:49
You will often see one of these two

Correct. Originally applicants were unable to re-access the page at all. I was told it is a glitch when you are able to see it but it seems more applicants have been able to access as oppose to less recently :dunno:

Edit to add: I was told the above by a recruiter and an MCC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mac Isaac on April 02, 2014, 15:58:17
I find it works when it wants to work lol - i guess it gives me some type of reassurance when it does work that my file is still being process instead of the stories of hearing of people having to reapply because their file was no longer being processed. I check it a few times a week but often find it does not work at all during the weekends. Had the error message pop up all morning then around 14:00 today it started working
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: hopefulpilotdad on April 02, 2014, 16:08:11
Thanks everyone. Glad that he is not alone ;)

Mac, you are right that it gives assurance :nod:

I find it works when it wants to work lol - i guess it gives me some type of reassurance when it does work that my file is still being process instead of the stories of hearing of people having to reapply because their file was no longer being processed. I check it a few times a week but often find it does not work at all during the weekends. Had the error message pop up all morning then around 14:00 today it started working
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: IdealGrunt68 on April 07, 2014, 13:59:51
Hello everyone,

Firstly, I would like to say I just started my application process for the CAF primary reserve and I could not be more excited for the challenges and opportunities that the Forces provides. I am very nervous for the medical/drug test portion as I have a bit of a colourfull pastregarding some drug use. Going into my past, growing up I was a very straight edge kid, did well in school, sports as well as cadets (achieved the rank of Flight Sgt, staffed for numerous years, and have many accolades from the Cadet organization). I graduated high school with marks good enough to warrant scholarships to the post secondary school I attended. Summer 2010 my life changed, my Mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I saw her several times during treatment and it was during this time I had a friend who advised marijuana to help take away my anxiety and help me relax. My mother's treatment (long story short) was unsuccessful and we ended up losing her. My family shattered and we all went our separate ways (Dad started drinking, sister and brother both moved). I quit school and football and became lost in the bar scene for several months. I tried mdma several times and took mushrooms twice. After several months of self destructive behavior I removed all the negative people in my life, refocused my goals, went back to ball and school, and have continued to do very well for myself since, my new fiance being a cornerstone to this success. I have been clean and sober since July of 2011 and have since focused on becoming a Police Officer like my Father.  I am a hard worker, excellent teammate and very intelligent individual however I am not without mistakes. When I talked with my recruiter I gave him full disclosure and he instructed me to be honest. He said they do not (within reason) care so much about what you have done, they care more about how you are no longer that person (he mentioned an individual currently serving that was an ex Manitoba Warrior). That being said I am still nervous about this portion of my recruiting and I am here asking if anyone has had a similar scenario in their life and if it affected the recruiting process.

Cheers,

MOLON LABE
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: cpl_brooks on April 07, 2014, 20:48:19
Hello,

I am a reservist trying to transfer to ACISS and believe a CT was submitted on my behalf by a unit clerk and was wondering if there was a way to verify it was actual sent as in the past i applied and recieved an email the very next day asking me to verify my MPRR and have not received anything. It should have been submitted in January of this year.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PuckChaser on April 07, 2014, 20:50:37
Did you complete and email the application from the DWAN? You don't need to go through your chain of command to CT, you can apply yourself directly to DGMC in Ottawa.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: runormal on April 08, 2014, 08:18:07
When you put in a ct you should get a page that comes up and says "your component transfer" has been submitted. Hopefully they printed that off. Maybe its in your pers file? From what I've heard due to budget cuts they are behind as they have very limited pers working on CTS. Reply 831- says that as of march 2014 they were working on CTS from Oct 2014. They wont get to CTS from 2014 until April.

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=12797.825

I put one in March and haven't heard anything either.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: AlphaBravo on April 08, 2014, 09:02:43
Just curious, does anyone know if they call all your references for the reliability screening portion? I am waiting for my interview and medical to be scheduled and when I called to check my application progress they said I was in the reliability screening portion but as far as I know none of my references have been contacted (I am not %100 about this considering I don't keep much contact with two of them) and my file manager said once my reliability screening clears I will be contacted for my medical/interview which I am hoping soon.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: cpl_brooks on April 08, 2014, 09:23:56
When you put in a ct you should get a page that comes up and says "your component transfer" has been submitted. Hopefully they printed that off. Maybe its in your pers file? From what I've heard due to budget cuts they are behind as they have very limited pers working on CTS. Reply 831- says that as of march 2014 they were working on CTS from Oct 2014. They wont get to CTS from 2014 until April.

http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=12797.825

I put one in March and haven't heard anything either.


Ok I checked the email I got from my clerk and there is a section saying it hws been submitted. It mentions that all info must be upto date as if they try and contact you and cant your file will be closed. I noticed a phone number put is wrong. Any idea how i can change this? Call someone?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: baconk2 on April 08, 2014, 14:30:59
Hello,

I was wondering if you could give me some advice regarding my application... I am a 2012 graduate of the Communication and New Media Master of Arts program at McMaster University, and hold both a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia and Communication from McMaster University, and an Integrated Marketing Communications Diploma from St. Lawrence College. I also possess over 6 years of combined communications, public relations and media experience, as such I have applied for a position as a Public Affairs Officer.

On March 24th I successfully completed my CFAT and was told that as there are only two openings for PAOs I should look at other possible positions with the Canadian Forces. As I am currently waiting for my recruitment centre to call me to schedule my interview and medical... I have notice that the Pilot Position appeals to me as a secondary choice.

I am wondering if I should wait to hear regarding the PAO position or if as I have yet to have the Interview and Medical, I should contact them now to add the Pilot option to my application. I have read a few forums that claim that adding additional trades to your application will prolong the process however, as I am still waiting to complete steps to be on the merit list I am not sure if it will greatly impact my wait times.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
baconk2
 :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on April 08, 2014, 14:41:45
You have the opportunity to make three (3) choices of careers on the application form.  Use them.  If you want to be a Pilot; make it one of your choices.  If all you want to do is be a PAO, then only make the one choice.  We can not make decisions for you.

PAO, is quite often a dumping ground for people from other Trades who for whatever reason have left those Trades.  On the plus side of that, hopefully they will have some idea and feel for what the troops are doing and be able to better perform their role as a PAO.   It is one thing to report on something, and another to have actually have done it.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on April 08, 2014, 17:19:59
I have read a few forums that claim that adding additional trades to your application will prolong the process however, as I am still waiting to complete steps to be on the merit list I am not sure if it will greatly impact my wait times.

This sounds to be more related to those who are adding trades after having already been merit listed in another. Through my experience as an applicant having additional occupations added BEFORE completing the interview and medical would not slow down the process as the interview for both is done at the same time.

Also what George said is right. If you would like to be a pilot put it down as a choice. If all you want is PAO, only put that. You have to select occupations you would be happy with, as they do not look at your choices as 1st through 3rd preference. they look at them as A, B or C.

Good luck :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: raymond94 on April 09, 2014, 09:36:45
Hi, ive posted here before, i have a few questions i have not yet asked
- how accurate do my entered dates of my certificates have to be, for example i don't have a issue date on my Possession Acquisition License (firearms license) and i know it was around march 2013, However i'm not sure. Is it alright to put down an approximate date of completion?

-i am still going through my PADI open water adventure diver course, do i put in completed or not completed, i don't want the intention that i failed a course. Currently i entered it as not completed.

-under the education tab i entered all the certificates i posses, such as firearms license, open water diver, lifeguard certificate, high school graduate, etc. Should these certificates and educations have went into the sub tab of "other education" or are they fine where they are.

-I have previously filled out and submitted a application, but due to complications i had to revoke the CG key. On my new application it asks me if i have ever previously applied, i entered "no" because i revoked it. Is that answer correct

I apologize for all these questions. I don't want to appear helpless, i just want to make sure nothing can go wrong during my application that might hurt my chances of getting into the Armed Forces
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: raymond94 on April 09, 2014, 09:38:46
And thank you for all the time you put in to help people like me. I really appreciate it
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: LegalApp on April 09, 2014, 16:45:55
I don't have a clear answer, but I can tell you what I did for education. I put high school and university under education and all other certificates, etc under "other". I also put approximate month/year for when they were obtained. However, if you have the actual certificate, wouldn't it say? 

Put not completed if the course isn't yet completed. If you put completed and it's not, that will look worse, presumably, than putting not completed. I would think, not completed would encompass those courses still being obtained.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on April 09, 2014, 20:32:29

Hi, ive posted here before, i have a few questions i have not yet asked
- how accurate do my entered dates of my certificates have to be, for example i don't have a issue date on my Possession Acquisition License (firearms license) and i know it was around march 2013, However i'm not sure. Is it alright to put down an approximate date of completion?

-i am still going through my PADI open water adventure diver course, do i put in completed or not completed, i don't want the intention that i failed a course. Currently i entered it as not completed.

-under the education tab i entered all the certificates i posses, such as firearms license, open water diver, lifeguard certificate, high school graduate, etc. Should these certificates and educations have went into the sub tab of "other education" or are they fine where they are.

-I have previously filled out and submitted a application, but due to complications i had to revoke the CG key. On my new application it asks me if i have ever previously applied, i entered "no" because i revoked it. Is that answer correct

I apologize for all these questions. I don't want to appear helpless, i just want to make sure nothing can go wrong during my application that might hurt my chances of getting into the Armed Forces

There is a phone number on Forces.ca you can call if you have any questions while filling out the online application. They are happy to help and are your best resource for this matter.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on April 09, 2014, 20:47:45
Hi, ive posted here before, i have a few questions i have not yet asked
- how accurate do my entered dates of my certificates have to be, for example i don't have a issue date on my Possession Acquisition License (firearms license) and i know it was around march 2013, However i'm not sure. Is it alright to put down an approximate date of completion?
-i am still going through my PADI open water adventure diver course, do i put in completed or not completed, i don't want the intention that i failed a course. Currently i entered it as not completed.
-under the education tab i entered all the certificates i posses, such as firearms license, open water diver, lifeguard certificate, high school graduate, etc. Should these certificates and educations have went into the sub tab of "other education" or are they fine where they are.
-I have previously filled out and submitted a application, but due to complications i had to revoke the CG key. On my new application it asks me if i have ever previously applied, i entered "no" because i revoked it. Is that answer correctI apologize for all these questions. I don't want to appear helpless, i just want to make sure nothing can go wrong during my application that might hurt my chances of getting into the Armed Forces

Well let's try to make this as simple as we can.  Items above, highlighted in YELLOW, the CF does NOT care about on your initial online application.

At the end of the day, you should receive an email right away after applying online and then 2-4 days later a second email (weekends don't count), telling you to contact your local Recruiting Centre.

Most of what you mention above, has no impact on your application.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: MrMace on April 13, 2014, 19:39:39
Hello just got a quick question, out of my 3 choices if I'm merit listed will I get contacted for any 3? My first is infantry but let's say they're calling for artillery which is my third choice would they offer me a job in artillery? Just curious I used to be in the reserves a while back as an Infantryman but I don't really remember to much of my process back then. Plus reserves process is probably a lot different.

-Thanks
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Goose15 on April 13, 2014, 23:45:18
Hello just got a quick question, out of my 3 choices if I'm merit listed will I get contacted for any 3? My first is infantry but let's say they're calling for artillery which is my third choice would they offer me a job in artillery? Just curious I used to be in the reserves a while back as an Infantryman but I don't really remember to much of my process back then. Plus reserves process is probably a lot different.

-Thanks

Yes, for Reg Force you can be called for any one of your 3 choices. They do not distinguish between your occupational preferences as 1st, 2nd, 3rd; they are looked at as A, B, C. So they will offer you the first position they want/need you for.

Good Luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Kamikaze1655 on May 12, 2014, 23:38:09
Hello guys,

Should I order my official high school transcript now or when I have finished the exams in Grade 10? The thing is that I need my class schedule and transcript signed and stamped by the guidance counselor but she would not be available because school would be done. Any ideas?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: LegalApp on May 13, 2014, 10:46:06
Presumably, if you ordered it now, it wouldn't include your completed Grade 10 marks.  So, I would wait.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: carefree on May 13, 2014, 11:09:28
I ordered mine in the middle of the summer by calling the school I graduated from. They have skeleton staff that stay behind for administrative purposes several weeks after classes have ended for the year. I had no problems accessing it even with my transcripts being from the mid 90's and located in the provincial archives.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Jacksonovff on May 31, 2014, 23:51:04
Hey I put in my online application  about 4 weeks ago and I received the generic thank you for applying email but I have not received the email to contact my local recruiter which would be calgary is it normal for it to take this long?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mtlee on June 01, 2014, 04:17:27
Hey I put in my online application  about 4 weeks ago and I received the generic thank you for applying email but I have not received the email to contact my local recruiter which would be calgary is it normal for it to take this long?

Get used to the waiting, you'll do a lot of it.

If you are selected for further processing, you will receive further notification, followed thereafter by a date for your CFAT.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on June 01, 2014, 19:37:45
I ordered mine in the middle of the summer by calling the school I graduated from. They have skeleton staff that stay behind for administrative purposes several weeks after classes have ended for the year. I had no problems accessing it even with my transcripts being from the mid 90's and located in the provincial archives.

Just give them a call, sometimes (like this time of year) they get swarmed with applicants and selection dates...

Lots of applicants because the seniors in highschool may have chosen the cf. And selections because they will be starting courses almost (if not for sure) weekly.

Some larger cities (Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, etc...) take in so many applications that it can take some time to get to all of them and assess their competitiveness.

Just call, ask them if your file is there.

I would recommend searching for the reliability screening forms and having a hard (written/ printed) copy of the application forms.

I will warn you, ill be around a year into my application by the time im in if im selected for the coming courses.

Try adding the stages/progress in your signature (profile>forum profile>signature box) to resemble mine and many others so we dont have to ask questions such as application centre, dates, and status of processes in the future.

Best of luck! Pm me if you need aome help.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Jacksonovff on June 02, 2014, 22:53:08
Thanks for the response I guess their was some communication errors they sent the email may 9th but I did not receive it till today. In the process of booking my CFAT hopefully it all goes well  :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: skuoc019 on June 19, 2014, 16:53:56
Hey so I just recently completed and passed the CFAT today in Ottawa. During the post-test meeting with the recruiter I was told that I passed the CFAT for the trades I'm applying for (MP and Infantry) but was told that my 3rd trade choice (intelligence officer) was no longer available. I recently just graduated from university last week with a degree in Criminology and had my sights set on the intelligence position. I was merely wondering if the intelligence officer role is being eliminated and perhaps  merging with another position or does that mean that they will not be hiring any more people for that position ?

Also I was told that I could select a 3rd trade choice to replace the Intelligence officer trade choice and was wondering if this would be beneficial for me or should I stay stick only 2 trade choices ?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on June 19, 2014, 20:40:40
Hey so I just recently completed and passed the CFAT today in Ottawa. During the post-test meeting with the recruiter I was told that I passed the CFAT for the trades I'm applying for (MP and Infantry) but was told that my 3rd trade choice (intelligence officer) was no longer available. I recently just graduated from university last week with a degree in Criminology and had my sights set on the intelligence position. I was merely wondering if the intelligence officer role is being eliminated and perhaps  merging with another position or does that mean that they will not be hiring any more people for that position ?

Also I was told that I could select a 3rd trade choice to replace the Intelligence officer trade choice and was wondering if this would be beneficial for me or should I stay stick only 2 trade choices ?

Are you that little kid who is not happy with the answer "NO" given to them by their father that they then try asking the same question of their mother hoping to get a "YES"?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on June 19, 2014, 20:52:55
Are you that little kid who is not happy with the answer "NO" given to them by their father that they then try asking the same question of their mother hoping to get a "YES"?

** DIRECTING STAFF BANNER IS NOTED AND ACCOUNTED FOR **

Now now, wallace... I think he was asking a legitimate question and was looking for some truthful insight...

My guess would be that he's asking so he can decide whether to remove the trade choice from his application entirely (if the trade is being merged with another and therefor non existent) or if he should keep it on there in hopes that he will be selected for it when it becomes open again.

I've read somewhere in the posting rules and ethics that everyone on the forum is to be treated as an equal until they are proven unequal, via slander, insult, etc. . .

Im sure I'll be given some sort of negative "motivation" via MP deductions, warning flag, or Ban-hammer administration for stating this. However, I feel I've justified cause to speak out.


Power is a dangerous thing. Turns the good into evil, and the evil - satanic.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on June 19, 2014, 21:22:06
** DIRECTING STAFF BANNER IS NOTED AND ACCOUNTED FOR **

Now now, wallace... I think he was asking a legitimate question and was looking for some truthful insight...



PLEASE. 

He is asking the same question in several threads. 

What say you now?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on June 19, 2014, 21:39:34
PLEASE. 

He is asking the same question in several threads. 

What say you now?

I as a simple poster, do not research the tendencies of other posters unless otherwise provoked.
Suppose I'll dip my spoon a little and see what he's come up with.  ;)

Thanks for no disciplinary motivation as well. :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: sonic on June 23, 2014, 13:31:43
Hi All,

I am new to this forum. Firstly want to thank everyone for sharing such wealth of information/experience. Its very helpful and makes new candidates, like myself, feel comfortable.

Little background about myself. I am currently pursuing a pilot position in RCAF as DEO. Already started my application process and cleared CFAT. I do not have any prior flying experience. And I am a year away from finishing my undergrad.

Following are my questions:
 1. I have to submit my university transcripts to show I am currently enrolled in a program. Thing is in my first year university, due to lack of seriousness and unforeseen family emergencies , I did really poorly(I mean bombed pretty much all my courses). Since then, I have worked hard to improve. But those "F" still show on my transcripts from 1st year. Will my 1st year marks play role in the selection process ? or Interview ?

2.I was advised by a recruiter that it will be helpful to get a pilots license. I know having some flying experience will help with sim flying during CFATs. But does having an actual license help in selection process ? as its really costly to get a pilots license.

NOTE: Not questioning the recruiter. Just want to make an informed decision and give my best shot. As this is something I want to succeed at.
 :salute:

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Loachman on June 23, 2014, 16:22:29
I was advised by a recruiter that it will be helpful to get a pilots license. I know having some flying experience will help with sim flying during CFATs. But does having an actual license help in selection process ?

There has been a fair amount of discussion about that here, and in the real world. Opinions vary.

If you want a civ licence, get one. If not, don't bother. Students are taught things not covered on private pilot courses, like simple aerobatics. Habits can also form, and they can be hard to break when an instructor on a CF flying course wants a sequence done our way. A few flights may give you a little more comfort in the air, but many earn their Wings with no previous experience at all. Our system is designed to teach everything that one needs.

Just be prepared to work harder than you ever have before.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: sonic on June 24, 2014, 14:15:03
Thank you for the response sir.

It makes sense. I have been on 2-3 flights with a friend and it took some time to understand how instruments relate/behave to each other. Will be helpful during ACS.

I am prepared to give my absolute best shot at this.
 :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: niftynicolemarie on June 29, 2014, 18:22:13
Hi guys,
I apologize if this has been answered recently or if this is not the place to ask it. I searched through the forum, but did so on the tapatalk app on my iPhone so I don't know how reliable that is.

I was just wondering if anyone is aware who makes the final decision who joins with the new process. I am aware that HQ decides who moves on for further processing after you take the CFAT. After that though, once you're merit listed, does the CFRC decide whether or not you get "the call" and when, or does your medical, interview, etc. get sent back to HQ who decides if you'll get the call?
Further to that, who decides whether or not you're merit listed?

Thanks for any advice! :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on June 29, 2014, 21:02:44
Hi guys,
I apologize if this has been answered recently or if this is not the place to ask it. I searched through the forum, but did so on the tapatalk app on my iPhone so I don't know how reliable that is.

I was just wondering if anyone is aware who makes the final decision who joins with the new process. I am aware that HQ decides who moves on for further processing after you take the CFAT. After that though, once you're merit listed, does the CFRC decide whether or not you get "the call" and when, or does your medical, interview, etc. get sent back to HQ who decides if you'll get the call?
Further to that, who decides whether or not you're merit listed?

Thanks for any advice! :)

Seeing as it takes anywhere from 7 to 10 (business) days from selection to the beginning of "the call roll out" (when people start stating theyve gotten the call) I think its safe to assume that its HQ who decides if youre fit for the selection board and your local head office who in turn agrees with the choices... Those are then sent to your local cfrc...

As far as determining your meritability, I think thats decided based on all the steps you go through... Having passed your CFAT (and tsd? If thats the acronym for it) with a competative score, being reliability screened and passing that, being deemed medically fit, and being seen as fit via personal interview...

Im not too sure why any of this really matters though...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: niftynicolemarie on June 29, 2014, 21:08:34

Seeing as it takes anywhere from 7 to 10 (business) days from selection to the beginning of "the call roll out" (when people start stating theyve gotten the call) I think its safe to assume that its HQ who decides if youre fit for the selection board and your local head office who in turn agrees with the choices... Those are then sent to your local cfrc...

As far as determining your meritability, I think thats decided based on all the steps you go through... Having passed your CFAT (and tsd? If thats the acronym for it) with a competative score, being reliability screened and passing that, being deemed medically fit, and being seen as fit via personal interview...

Im not too sure why any of this really matters though...

Only asking to get an idea of timeline. My CFRC advised me they would like to get me on the July 23 selection for my trade choice. That's a lot less likely to happen if they aren't the ones who make the decision.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on June 29, 2014, 21:24:02
Only asking to get an idea of timeline. My CFRC advised me they would like to get me on the July 23 selection for my trade choice. That's a lot less likely to happen if they aren't the ones who make the decision.

Im quite positive they do, however, have the ability to place a memo on file with your application stating they see good reason to expedite your process...
Where do you currently sit in tbe process... Try to adhere to the same format my signature is for dates and stages.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: niftynicolemarie on June 29, 2014, 21:36:23

Im quite positive they do, however, have the ability to place a memo on file with your application stating they see good reason to expedite your process...
Where do you currently sit in tbe process... Try to adhere to the same format my signature is for dates and stages.
I can't seem to find signatures on the app so I hope this will do:

Recruiting Centre: Fredericton
Regular/Reserve: Regular
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: RMS Clerk
Trade Choice 2: Met tech
Trade Choice 3: WFE tech
Application Date (Online): March 27, 2014
First Contact: April 23, 2014
CFAT: May 22, 2014
Interview: Scheduled July 8,2014
Medical: June 26, 2014 (passed medical standards)
Merit Listed: tbd
Position Offered: - tbd
Sworn in: - tbd
BMQ: tbd

To add to this my references have not said anything about being called yet and I have no idea if my clearances/ credit checks etc. were done.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on June 29, 2014, 21:53:35
Cant see why you couldnt be merit listed within tbe month, give them a call and ask about the reliability screening. They might need something else to complete it. Happened to me...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on June 29, 2014, 21:58:27
Cant see why you couldnt be merit listed within tbe month, .....l.


As someone who is NOT yet in the Canadian Armed Forces, you should not be giving any advice or speculating on what is going on with anyone's process.  Leave that to people who are "in the know".  We call it "Staying in your Lanes."  You have wandered way outside of your Lanes.

I am positive you have been WARNED on this already.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: steiner0400 on June 29, 2014, 22:18:35
As someone who is NOT yet in the Canadian Armed Forces, you should not be giving any advice or speculating on what is going on with anyone's process.  Leave that to people who are "in the know".  We call it "Staying in your Lanes."  You have wandered way outside of your Lanes.

I am positive you have been WARNED on this already.

Well, instead of speculating against me, why not point them in the right direction? I mean, seeing as youre part of the 'directing staff' it only seems fitting that you, um, direct....

Im not trying to look like the rebellious bad *** or anything, but it seems your only really here to state youve got absolute power.
Not trying to instill any false hope either. Im simply implying that - based on what theyve said and the pace of their application - I dont see any reason as to why they can't hope to expect to be merit listed by the time selections come around for their trades...

Perhaps you could direct them to the "ask a cf recruiter" thread... Since im sure that may be your job here as well as administering the cans of whoop *** you seem to buy in bulk at the local costco..

Forgive my "being out of line", havent quite been whipped into shape by my superiors yet. ;)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on June 29, 2014, 22:52:13
Well, instead of speculating against me, why not point them in the right direction? I mean, seeing as youre part of the 'directing staff' it only seems fitting that you, um, direct....


Well excuse me.  I am so sorry that I don't spoon feed intelligent people who want to join the Canadian Armed Forces.  People intelligent enough to find this site, and use GOOGLE to find information.  I am so sorry that they need to be molly coddled and have their hands held as they contemplate what their futures may be. 

Im not trying to look like the rebellious bad *** or anything, but it seems your only really here to state youve got absolute power.

Nice attitude there.  As a sidebar, may I suggest that you follow your own advice when telling someone to use proper spelling and grammar. 

Not trying to instill any false hope either. Im simply implying that - based on what theyve said and the pace of their application - I dont see any reason as to why they can't hope to expect to be merit listed by the time selections come around for their trades...

Please read: TIMINGS - ESTIMATED TIMES FOR_______________ (http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=81054.0)

Perhaps you could direct them to the "ask a cf recruiter" thread... Since im sure that may be your job here as well as administering the cans of whoop *** you seem to buy in bulk at the local costco..

There you go with your piss poor attitude again.

Forgive my "being out of line", havent quite been whipped into shape by my superiors yet. ;)

Please note your grammatical and spelling errors highlighted in YELLOW.

Now down to business:

1.  All prospects should READ first before posting.  Try this topic: BEFORE YOU POST - READ THIS: (http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=82669.0)

2.  It is all site members responsibility to READ:  Army.ca Conduct Guidelines (http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,24937.0.html)

3.  The CAF Recruiters want you to READ:  READ FIRST (http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=115341.0)

4.  Google search of Army.ca - http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=+site%3Aarmy.ca+%22search+term%22&btnG=Search&meta= (http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=+site%3Aarmy.ca+%22search+term%22&btnG=Search&meta=) (follow the link then replace "search term" with what you are looking for)

5.  And to finish off, steiner0400....WELCOME to the WARNING SYSTEM.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Anten33 on July 16, 2014, 12:13:13
I am sorry if this question has already been asked, I have done a brief search and did not find the question.

When I initially applied a few months ago I applied to be an officer in the Air Force. I have just completed my CFAT, and was told that two of the positions that I want I will be required to wait for. The first, Log officer, are usually open in April, and the ACSO is filled at the moment. I have found two other trades to replace the ACSO and need to decide between them. One is Sig O and the other is CELE. My degree is in administration, but I do have various college level diplomas and post-graduate certificates in computer studies and 5 years experience in IT. CELE is hiring but not in demand, and Sig O is hiring but is in demand.

My question is this, If I originally put on my application that I wanted to be in the Air force, my other two applications Log Officer and HCA Officer, are non branch specific, can I add the Sig O which is army to my application? In all honesty, I personally do not mind which branch I serve in as long as I serve in the military.

So do I add the Sig O which is in demand and hiring or the CELE which is not in demand but is hiring all the same.

From what I have seen they are pretty similar.

Thank you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on July 16, 2014, 12:39:50
I have found two other trades to replace the ACSO and need to decide between them. One is Sig O and the other is CELE. My degree is in administration, but I do have various college level diplomas and post-graduate certificates in computer studies and 5 years experience in IT. CELE is hiring but not in demand, and Sig O is hiring but is in demand.

My question is this, If I originally put on my application that I wanted to be in the Air force, my other two applications Log Officer and HCA Officer, are non branch specific, can I add the Sig O which is army to my application? In all honesty, I personally do not mind which branch I serve in as long as I serve in the military.

So do I add the Sig O which is in demand and hiring or the CELE which is not in demand but is hiring all the same.

You can try but I am pretty sure you will be told that your "degree" is not compatable with either the Sigs or CELE occupations.  However, they "might" give consideration to your post-grad certs and prior work experience, in which case, they would need to request an "education" waiver prior to allowing you to apply for these two occupations.  Your chances for both are pretty much the same.

Never hurts to try.....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Anten33 on July 16, 2014, 14:42:31
I apologize, I may not have worded my question correctly.

Can I have an application open for both an air force trade and an army trade?

DDA your reply has raised more questions for me, if as you say
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You can try but I am pretty sure you will be told that your "degree" is not compatable with either the Sigs or CELE occupations.
, then why is there no specific university education listed for the position. For example

Sig DEO
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If you already have a university degree, the Forces will decide if your academic program matches the criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training.

MPO DEO
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If you already have a university degree, preferably in a criminal justice-related field, the Forces will decide if your academic background matches the criteria for this job and may place you directly into the required job training program following basic training.

Also I have read a few other posts in regards to the Sig O, and the difference between the NCM position and the Officer position, is that the NCM does more of the technical work, installation and maintenance work, and the officer commands, delegates, and administers the functions involved with the time management, project management, and resource management involved with meeting the strategic goals of the unit. If that is so why would they exclude someone with an education with administration where we focus on these management areas.

Thank you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on July 16, 2014, 14:53:58
Can I have an application open for both an air force trade and an army trade?

DDA your reply has raised more questions for me, if as you say , then why is there no specific university education listed for the position. For example

Sig DEO
MPO DEO
Also I have read a few other posts in regards to the Sig O, and the difference between the NCM position and the Officer position, is that the NCM does more of the technical work, installation and maintenance work, and the officer commands, delegates, and administers the functions involved with the time management, project management, and resource management involved with meeting the strategic goals of the unit. If that is so why would they exclude someone with an education with administration where we focus on these management areas.

Yes, you can have an open application for an Air Force and Army Occupation at the same time, environment (ie; Land, Sea or Air) is not a limiting factor. 

Academic requirements change from time to time, so the "specifics" are not shown on the forces.ca website, only the generic requirements.  Your local RC should be able to provide more specific details with respect to additional educational requirements.

Officer occupations have varying requirements with respect to ideal or acceptable undergrad degrees.  Some will accept "Any Undergrad Degree" and some, like Sig O and CELE, are more restrictive, as strange as that may sound.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Anten33 on July 16, 2014, 15:06:29
DAA

Thank you for clearing up most of my questions, I think for definite answers I need to visit my RC.

Thanks again for the insight.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Anten33 on July 17, 2014, 14:39:42
Well I went to the RC in Barrie, and was told that my degree did not match for Sig or CELE, which I already knew.

DAA's suggestion of
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However, they "might" give consideration to your post-grad certs and prior work experience, in which case, they would need to request an "education" waiver prior to allowing you to apply for these two occupations.
, is not valid according to the NCM at the RC.

According to RC Barrie, Education Waivers are for NCM's only. If you want to be an officer, but you don't have the ideal or recommended degree, then you are SOL.

Does anybody know for certain any other trades other then LOG, HCA, Infantry, Armor, Pilot, and Artillery where a Bachelor of Administration is either an ideal or recommended for DEO.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: IMSmith on July 17, 2014, 17:41:58
I am looking for your input on my situation.  I successfully auditioned as a Regular Forces musician and have completed my application and am currently merit listed. Because of the audition process I have been in close communication with a WO in the Doctorate of History and Heritage for several months.  He confirmed with the CFRG that I was selected on the June 23rd selection board and informed me of this last week. I followed up with the CFRC on July 11th and they have not received notice of my selection from the CFRG. 

How long does it take for the CFRG to notify the CFRC of a selection and is there anything I can do to expedite the process?  I am currently patiently waiting for the CFRC to get back to me but would like start BMQ sooner than later.

Thank you for your insight.
_________________________
Regular/ Reserve: Regular
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Musician
Trade Choice 2: -
Trade Choice 3: -
Applied: October 1, 2013
First contact: October 3, 2013
Audition: November 19, 2013 (Passed)
CFAT: January 14, 2014 (Passed)
Medical: January 16, 2014
Interview: January 16, 2014
Merit Listed: April 9, 2014
Position offered: -
Enrollment/swearing in: -
BMQ: -
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on July 17, 2014, 18:45:30
I am looking for your input on my situation.  I successfully auditioned as a Regular Forces musician and have completed my application and am currently merit listed. Because of the audition process I have been in close communication with a WO in the Doctorate of History and Heritage for several months.  He confirmed with the CFRG that I was selected on the June 23rd selection board and informed me of this last week. I followed up with the CFRC on July 11th and they have not received notice of my selection from the CFRG. 

How long does it take for the CFRG to notify the CFRC of a selection and is there anything I can do to expedite the process?  I am currently patiently waiting for the CFRC to get back to me but would like start BMQ sooner than later.

Two things come to mind.  First being and which applies to a lot more than just you, not all the selections that were done on 23 Jun, have been processed and offered yet.  Second thing, if you applied for Musician and have been dealing with DHH, they are the one who have the "Yes/No" in your selection.  Of course, barring any wrong doings.....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: IMSmith on July 17, 2014, 23:45:09
Thanks for the input - I have my fingers crossed that I get a call shortly until then I will keep prepping for BMQ.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: niftynicolemarie on July 20, 2014, 21:54:02
Just wondering, were most people called and advised they were merit listed or did they call their recruiters and find out on their own?
I know some people mentioned they had call their recruiters, I'm just wondering if that was the case for everyone.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: dankcco on July 20, 2014, 22:24:24
Just wondering, were most people called and advised they were merit listed or did they call their recruiters and find out on their own?
I know some people mentioned they had call their recruiters, I'm just wondering if that was the case for everyone.

I had a letter in the mail that notified me I was on the merit list and explained that whole portion of the application process... However I had gone in a week earlier to check in on where things were at and found out "unofficially" that I had made the merit list. That's just my experience and in no way should be taken as how things actually happen.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: halifamous on July 20, 2014, 23:13:31

Just wondering, were most people called and advised they were merit listed or did they call their recruiters and find out on their own?
I know some people mentioned they had call their recruiters, I'm just wondering if that was the case for everyone.

No letter for me. I called to check in on my file and was told that I had been on for a few weeks at least.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Murky on July 21, 2014, 05:16:09
Well I went to the RC in Barrie, and was told that my degree did not match for Sig or CELE, which I already knew.

DAA's suggestion of , is not valid according to the NCM at the RC.

According to RC Barrie, Education Waivers are for NCM's only. If you want to be an officer, but you don't have the ideal or recommended degree, then you are SOL.

Does anybody know for certain any other trades other then LOG, HCA, Infantry, Armor, Pilot, and Artillery where a Bachelor of Administration is either an ideal or recommended for DEO.

I would like to ask the same question. Coincidentally I wrote my CFAT on the same day as this fella.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on July 21, 2014, 10:02:18
Well I went to the RC in Barrie, and was told that my degree did not match for Sig or CELE, which I already knew.

DAA's suggestion of

However, they "might" give consideration to your post-grad certs and prior work experience, in which case, they would need to request an "education" waiver prior to allowing you to apply for these two occupations.  Your chances for both are pretty much the same.
       is not valid according to the NCM at the RC.

According to RC Barrie, Education Waivers are for NCM's only. If you want to be an officer, but you don't have the ideal or recommended degree, then you are SOL.

My suggestion is valid and is covered within the current guidelines, which is why I used the word "MIGHT".  Your RC just don't see the need/requirement to pursue one on your behalf.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: IdealGrunt68 on July 21, 2014, 23:21:06
Question in regards to potential for being sworn in/attending BMQ as a reservist in September.

Essentially, I am wondering if I will make it in for September. After I received my career  council post CFAT (April 29/2014) I posed this question to the Captain who I was dealing with at the time and was in care of my file. I was informed that ideally September pending the rest of my application. I was also informed that the medical was the portion that usually took the longest. Upon passing my PT testing (July 10/14), the Sgt. informed me that I would be hard pressed to make it in for September and I would more than likely be looking at next summer. I'm also slightly worried about the medical as my BP at the time of testing was 138/74 which I was  told was very close to cut off and it may be looked into during my medical. Any advice/input would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Brasidas on July 22, 2014, 00:09:05
My suggestion is valid and is covered within the current guidelines, which is why I used the word "MIGHT".  Your RC just don't see the need/requirement to pursue one on your behalf.

Interesting; maybe SigO numbers are getting better. Knew an off the street DEO BSOC student a couple years back that had an art history degree.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: niftynicolemarie on July 22, 2014, 14:51:50
Does anyone know when the next selection is for RMS Clerk, or WFE tech after tomorrow's selection? My recruiting centre is unfortunately no longer giving out selection dates, and I don't think I'll be merit listed in time for tomorrow's selection, unfortunately.
Thanks!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ferna299 on July 31, 2014, 16:35:51
Are there any selections for ACISS and Veh Tech before November?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: KerryBlue on July 31, 2014, 16:38:37
Are there any selections for ACISS and Veh Tech before November?

If someone with incredible insight into CF recruiting(aka DAA) said the next dates for both those are Nov 3, I'm willing to bet there is nothing before then....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ferna299 on July 31, 2014, 16:49:55
What kind of time intervals do they space out the selections within? Or is selection based on Occupational needs?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: niftynicolemarie on August 03, 2014, 22:25:15
If I'm merit listed for my three trade choices, does that mean that I am on the national selection list for all three trades? I was always operating under the assumption that that was what being merit listed meant, but it just occurred to me that if a trade is no longer hiring online because they are selecting from their existing  pool of applicants, and I was merit listed after that occurred (but applied far before it) that it may not be the case?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Matthew.p on February 07, 2015, 00:49:04
Good day
I am in highschool now and plan to apply for the military. I was told by a recruiter that I can apply before I finish high school. But fill out on the application form saying I have my high school diploma because i will have it by the time all the processing and tests are done.

My questions are:
1 Will this cause delays?
2 Do you only have to check off the 'high school diploma' box in the education section? Or is there more to do in this situation?
3 if I'm applying for a job that only requires grade 10, will having my high school diploma increase my chances of getting in?
4 is there anything els I may be missing?

Thank you
-matt
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: krimynal on February 11, 2015, 15:31:06
Yes. There are multiple options available, each with their own requirements beyond CFAT threshold.

UTPNCM. University Transfer Plan NCM. Soldiers without degrees are paid to go to school and receive a omission at the end. Similar to ROTP.

SCP. Special Commissioning Plan. Soldiers who have degrees apply to comission. Similar to DEO.

CFR. Comission from the ranks. Unlike the previous two, which require application, this is offered by the CO to his SNCOs and WOs who show outstanding officer like qualities.  No immediate requirement for a degree.

CEOTP. Continuing Education Officer Training Plan. Identical to one available to civvies. Not always offered. Application is made with intent to achieve a degree during service.

SRCP. Special Requirements Commissioning Plan. Available to CWOs. Commission, usually acting lacking, into the rank of captain. I'm not entirely sure, but I believe this is typically accompanied by a release after 5 or so years- but most who get it already have 25+ years in.

There's probably a few I've missed, but there you go.

this is an old post , but I was wondering , as far as the program goes , is there a certain list of University Programs that YOU NEED to do if you want to have access to this ?

The question is :`What if I wanted to do a Degree as a teacher? eventhought this is not going to lead me to any distinctive job in the Canadian Forces.  Would the CF still accept this as a choice of degree? Or do I have to do a degree in let's say administration or something more distinct towards the job you want to do as an Officer?

( I'm looking through the site right now , I've seen numerous post about which program to use to switch , but no one really ask about which degree you need to select )
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: krimynal on February 11, 2015, 16:19:40
this is an old post , but I was wondering , as far as the program goes , is there a certain list of University Programs that YOU NEED to do if you want to have access to this ?

The question is :`What if I wanted to do a Degree as a teacher? eventhought this is not going to lead me to any distinctive job in the Canadian Forces.  Would the CF still accept this as a choice of degree? Or do I have to do a degree in let's say administration or something more distinct towards the job you want to do as an Officer?

( I'm looking through the site right now , I've seen numerous post about which program to use to switch , but no one really ask about which degree you need to select )

can this post be moved to this forum : http://air-force.ca/forums/index.php/topic,171.msg576.html#msg576

thought it was the right merged one , didn't see it was in the application process forum
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: sidemount on February 11, 2015, 17:20:37
this is an old post , but I was wondering , as far as the program goes , is there a certain list of University Programs that YOU NEED to do if you want to have access to this ?

The question is :`What if I wanted to do a Degree as a teacher? eventhought this is not going to lead me to any distinctive job in the Canadian Forces.  Would the CF still accept this as a choice of degree? Or do I have to do a degree in let's say administration or something more distinct towards the job you want to do as an Officer?

( I'm looking through the site right now , I've seen numerous post about which program to use to switch , but no one really ask about which degree you need to select )

Every Officer trade has certain degree requirements IE a person with an Arts degree is not able to apply for electrical mechanical engineering officer.

There is a site on the DWAN which lists all acceptable degree paths for each occupation.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: krimynal on February 11, 2015, 17:34:09
yeah I know that , but the question was meant more towards the fact that knowing how these programs in particular are REALLY hard to get to , and the spots are REALLY limited.  If one would one to try to become Pilot / Aerospace Control Officer or Air combat system Officer. 

Technically speaking , a degree as a Teacher would not do anything in these specific trades.  At the very least, a degree in administration would benefit more.  So would the CF look at my degrees choices as a "Bad Investment" and decide to pay for someone that chose a degree aim towards the occupation he decided to apply for?

Or that wouldn't change anything in the selection process ?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: krimynal on February 11, 2015, 19:28:36
is it okay if I copy paste my question in the "NCM to OFFICER mega thread" ? feels like it belongs there more than in this forum post !
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Teager on February 11, 2015, 19:41:37
Krimynal you should see if you can speak to a BPSO. They will have the best and up to date info for the questions you have.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: krimynal on February 11, 2015, 19:51:15
not completely sure with the term BPSO , I'm currently in a CT to NCM Reg Force, But I'm still looking at different options for "down the road" decisions.  I want to start night school and try to get a degree out of it but I figured I was gonna ask around here since we have a lot of people that have WAY MORE experience about the system than I do !

but yeah I'll try to get a hold of a BPSO ( once I find out exactly what BPSO is ) lol
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: dapaterson on February 11, 2015, 20:03:18
Base Personnel Selection Officer. Giving info on career options like that is part of the job description.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: sidemount on February 11, 2015, 20:48:08
yeah I know that , but the question was meant more towards the fact that knowing how these programs in particular are REALLY hard to get to , and the spots are REALLY limited.  If one would one to try to become Pilot / Aerospace Control Officer or Air combat system Officer. 

Technically speaking , a degree as a Teacher would not do anything in these specific trades.  At the very least, a degree in administration would benefit more.  So would the CF look at my degrees choices as a "Bad Investment" and decide to pay for someone that chose a degree aim towards the occupation he decided to apply for?

Or that wouldn't change anything in the selection process ?
When you apply to utpncm and you have a degree but not appropriate for the trade there is a waiver that needs to be signed.....how that affects the app, im not sure.
Def have a chat with a BPSO!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Riverskydelta on February 13, 2015, 09:51:38
I have started this process a long time ago it seems, partially due to the fact of having long gaps in-between various aspects of the recruiting process. Just a quick timeline of everything;

Choice 1: Avionics Systems Tech
Choice 2: Aerospace Control Op
Choice 3: Air Weapons Systems Tech

Applied Online: Sep 26th, 2013
First Contact: Oct 4th, 2013
Supporting Paperwork: Oct 15th, 2013
CFAT & TSD: Dec 4th, 2013 (Passed and qualified for all trade choices)
Interview: Jan 14th, 2014
Medical: Nov 19th, 2014...Handed in Supporting Paperwork Nov 28th, 2014 (Visual, Heart Test *not sure of the name of the test* and blood work)

I gave them a call on Jan 20th, 2015 to see if everything was okay and I didn't require anything else for my medical. They pulled up my file and I was told that my medical was in Ottawa at this time. They were just waiting for it to come back to start background checks. He said the next call I should get from them is a job offer.

May sound like two silly questions, but they have been on my mind for a week or so.
1. Was my medical sent to Ottawa because of my trade choices?
2. My interview has expired, so would they still be going ahead with everything else despite that? Or once everything else is settled they will bring me in to update it?

Thank you for all your help,

River  :) :cdn:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PMedMoe on February 13, 2015, 10:43:04
Every recruiting medical is sent to Ottawa.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Riverskydelta on February 13, 2015, 10:50:04
Every recruiting medical is sent to Ottawa.

Thank you, I just wasn't sure new to this :)

River :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: nickbond1266 on February 13, 2015, 13:12:36
Hey guys I'm hoping to apply In April, for a reserve unit for infantry. If anyone has anything about joining, pay anything at all would be great thank you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: krimynal on February 13, 2015, 13:15:17
like I said in the other forum where you posted the same EXACT question , learn to use the search function.

You also need to read the rules , since spamming the board isn't allowed , trust me you are starting on the wrong foot right now .....
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Loachman on February 13, 2015, 13:38:04
Pay attention to what krimynal said, nickbond1266. He is correct on both counts. Thou shalt not ask the same question in multiple places.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Hewittknewit on August 25, 2015, 11:12:29
Hey I did my aptitude test on the 28th of July, I got told i got the position I wanted, waiting for my phone call to go in for medical exam, what happens after that and when should I be sent for training?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BinRat55 on August 25, 2015, 11:26:06
Hey I did my aptitude test on the 28th of July, I got told i got the position I wanted, waiting for my phone call to go in for medical exam, what happens after that and when should I be sent for training?

Well... I would strongly suggest you seek out MY friend - the "search" feature. Honestly, there are no solid answers to your question. Read other applicants rants and raves and see if that placates you.

Also, one doesn't "get" told, one "is" told... Punctuation will be your friend in the CAF. BTW - what was the "trade" (not position) you were accepted for?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Gsc023 on September 03, 2015, 17:48:16
HI,

Wondering if anyone could answer a couple questions for me. I have applied about a week ago for the army reg force and am very eager, though I'm sure this may be a relatively long process. Hope for the best

- I was in the reserves a couple years ago and completed bmq and sq, and later voluntarily released throughout the school year as I was accepted into a coop program in university placing me on summer workterms and limiting my ability to complete any trade courses as a combat engineer. Will re applying into the reg force be an issue at all?

- I got in the reserves a couple years ago, will getting into the reg force be the same? As in I.should have no problem meeting the criteria again?

- I applied for three trades. Electrical generator technician (in demand), electrical distribution tech, and combat engineer. I currently work.civilian as a electrician. Since only one of my trades are in demand, and the other two I don't even know if they're hiring at the moment , should I.not.get accepted for my first choice, will my application simply be closed?

I am really interested in getting back into the military, I've forever regretted not going reg at forst and staying with it, and also regretted quitting the reserves in the first place. I grew up in the cadet program and stayed working with them after I released for.another couple years as a cic officer voluntaring. I am now 25 and want to do my full 25 years before.mandatory retirement, am I looking at a long application time to the time I may end up on bmq?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on September 03, 2015, 18:30:00
am I looking at a long application time to the time I may end up on bmq?

This may help,

TIMINGS - ESTIMATED TIMES FOR_______________ 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=81054.0
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Gsc023 on September 04, 2015, 14:37:06
Thank you
 
Anyone else have insist regarding my other concerns?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Gsc023 on September 04, 2015, 15:41:12
I submitted my application to the CAF last week and received my email saying I am accepted for further processing. I am now waiting on an appointment for my interview/medical. I already completed the aptitude testwith prior experience in the reserves and will not have to write again.

Does getting accepted for further processing mean the trades, or some of the ones I applied for are open? And am I being considered already for one of these positions pending my results from screening/medical/interview (which I never had a problem with 5 years ago)?

Thanks
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Loachman on September 04, 2015, 17:24:52
Read older threads.

Use the Search Function.

You'll learn much more that way.

Welcome to Army.ca
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 08, 2015, 10:56:11
- I was in the reserves a couple years ago and completed bmq and sq, and later voluntarily released throughout the school year as I was accepted into a coop program in university placing me on summer workterms and limiting my ability to complete any trade courses as a combat engineer. Will re applying into the reg force be an issue at all?

- I got in the reserves a couple years ago, will getting into the reg force be the same? As in I.should have no problem meeting the criteria again?

- I applied for three trades. Electrical generator technician (in demand), electrical distribution tech, and combat engineer. I currently work.civilian as a electrician. Since only one of my trades are in demand, and the other two I don't even know if they're hiring at the moment , should I.not.get accepted for my first choice, will my application simply be closed?

am I looking at a long application time to the time I may end up on bmq?

1 - NO, has no bearing on whether your application will be successful.  You will, however, require a PLAR for both your professional qualifications and prior military service.   You may or may not be granted your BMQ and SQ qualifications.  So be prepared to do them over again.

2 - Because you released from the CF, your application will start again from the beginning.  I don't believe you will need to rewrite the CFAT.

3 - NO, your application will not be closed.

Contact your local CFRC for an update to see where your current application stands.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: young_warrior on February 01, 2016, 17:39:24
I didn't pass my CFAT either and was told i can re-take my exam in 4 months but I have to prove to them that I deserve a second change.. meaning " bring study material that shows effort to prep".

I asked during my interview how can I prep and I was told I can find things in a public Library.. I went and I got nothing really helpful. I want to retake it but I want to make sure I am prepared for it. I don't want to have another disappointing score in Math.

There is an Adult school close to my home but when I went to enquire if they could assist me with this challenge, the answer I received was vague and unreassuring.

Can you recommend some good study material or Programs?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on February 01, 2016, 17:41:35
I didn't pass my CFAT either and was told i can re-take my exam in 4 months but I have to prove to them that I deserve a second change.. meaning " bring study material that shows effort to prep".

I don't want to have another disappointing score in Math.


Can you recommend some good study material or Programs?

You may find these discussions of interest,

"what type of math is on the aptitude test?":
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=106898.0

"Math questions on the test":
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,30895.0/nowap.html

"CFAT Math Problem Solving": 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=91357.0

"Not the best at math..":
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=107441.0

?MATH?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=109763.0

"CFAT Math + other question": 
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=80466.0

"How does one 'relearn' math?":
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=26449.0

"I suck at math (CFAT worries)":
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=65081.0

"If you need help in Math for the CFAT":
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,60947.0/nowap.html

etc...

Math
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca++math&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=GtGvVuatM-aM8QfR3L24Dw&gws_rd=ssl#q=site:army.ca++math&start=10


Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Dillony91 on February 09, 2016, 19:43:05
hey there just finished my online application today, how ever at the end of the application when i sent it through, i got redirected to a page saying error sorry were having trouble processing your request,

however

i logged out and re logged into GCKEY and when i look at my information it only shows my basic information and i can click on a conformation letter and it says it went through and to check my email ( yes i checked my spam as well),,

second however, i still have not received a conformation email from the automated system, now my question is has anyone else ran into this and am i just being a little nerotic,, also was that conformation email supposed to be immediate or does it take a few hours to get sent out as i only did it roughly 3 hours ago

thanks for the info !
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Colta on February 09, 2016, 19:54:00
The same thing happened to me and a few others. It seems to be a glitch on the website... It took a few days to go through and then I received an email asking me to contact the recruiting centre. So maybe try giving it a few days and see what happens
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Dillony91 on February 09, 2016, 19:58:18
The same thing happened to me and a few others. It seems to be a glitch on the website... It took a few days to go through and then I received an email asking me to contact the recruiting centre. So maybe try giving it a few days and see what happens

thanks yeah i already sent an email to my RC asking them to advise me on what i should be doing, good to hear i wasnt the only one this happened to,
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on February 09, 2016, 22:28:34
i logged out and re logged into GCKEY and when i look at my information it only shows my basic information and i can click on a conformation letter and it says it went through and to check my email ( yes i checked my spam as well),,

You may find these discussions of interest,

GC Key help!?!?
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=113863.0

Online Application (GC Log In) problems   
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=114265.0

As always, Recruiting is your most trusted source of information.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on February 10, 2016, 11:56:52
thanks yeah i already sent an email to my RC asking them to advise me on what i should be doing, good to hear i wasnt the only one this happened to,

http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,122018.msg1416499.html#msg1416499
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Dillony91 on February 11, 2016, 13:09:59
Thanks for all the information  [:D it all ended up working out just waiting for a response for my CFAT date :D thanks boys
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Grant Parker on February 11, 2016, 20:01:16
I'm an Ontarian grade eleven student with a decent (89%) average with all the sciences and all the maths. I'm in Cadets and am about to begin my Duke of Edinburgh program. I've spoken to a few different recruitment personnel as well as a few people I've met within the forces. I've been informed that it's possible to get your infantry officer with practically any degree but this doesn't really sound right. I was wondering if a) my stats would consider me to be competitive and b) what programs qualify for Infantry officer/ what should I apply for?   
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on February 11, 2016, 20:30:05
Topic LOCKED

This whole forum is about ROTP, application to, and studies at RMC.  If you care to show the qualities that the CAF is looking for in future leaders, you will find the answers to a multitude of questions that you may be asking, or have not even thought of yet.

George
army.ca Staff
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mike81 on March 01, 2016, 11:56:15
Hello Good Day Everyone Some Useful Tips For Studying For The CFAT Are A App For Your Phone Called CFAT Test Trainer And Can Be Purchased For Like $4.99 I Got It And Has Helped Me Greatly To Study For The CFAT, As Well There Is A PDF File That Can Be Found Online Called Pass The CFAT, I Have Downloaded The File And Its 71 Pages Of Study Material On Verbal Skills, Problem Solving & Spatial Ability If You PM Me Your Email I Can Send This File To You As Study Material To Help You Prepare.

Thanks..

Mike
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on March 01, 2016, 12:25:15
Mike81

Please do not spam this site, or you will find yourself BANNED.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BinRat55 on March 01, 2016, 12:29:05
Hello Good Day Everyone Some Useful Tips For Studying For The CFAT Are A App For Your Phone Called CFAT Test Trainer And Can Be Purchased For Like $4.99 I Got It And Has Helped Me Greatly To Study For The CFAT, As Well There Is A PDF File That Can Be Found Online Called Pass The CFAT, I Have Downloaded The File And Its 71 Pages Of Study Material On Verbal Skills, Problem Solving & Spatial Ability If You PM Me Your Email I Can Send This File To You As Study Material To Help You Prepare.

Thanks..

Mike

Not wanting to be THAT guy, but hey - I gotta be me....

It's ironic that you are touting tips that have helped you prepare for the CFAT when the simple grammer aspect of making "Every Word In Your Sentence Begin With A Capital Letter"...

But thanks - what George said!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Mike81 on March 01, 2016, 15:19:26
Why do you think I am spamming this site I am offering something I have to help those that might need help with preparing for the CFAT for free I never asked for anything in return just to simply help those who need it period.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Loachman on March 01, 2016, 16:29:25
Providing help is appreciated, but you made the same post in two different threads. That is considered to be spamming here and is not acceptable. Please review the Site Guidelines, to which you agreed as part of the registration process.

And thank-you for capitalizing properly.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: ikvermaak on March 06, 2016, 15:09:08
Am I allowed to join the army if I have had skin cancer? I've been clear of cancer for 5 years now.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BinRat55 on March 07, 2016, 09:48:35
Am I allowed to join the army if I have had skin cancer? I've been clear of cancer for 5 years now.

Absolutely! Just call them up and tell them Mr. George Wallace sent you!!

No, seriously, I am kidding. Please understand that you really cannot ask a question like that here. Maybe on another thread and maybe a question rephrase (not one that has the word "cancer" and "Can I...?" We here are not even close to being qualified for this type of direction.

But best of luck to you - follow the process and see where it take you!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: krimynal on March 07, 2016, 09:51:11
Absolutely! Just call them up and tell them Mr. George Wallace sent you!!

No, seriously, I am kidding. Please understand that you really cannot ask a question like that here. Maybe on another thread and maybe a question rephrase (not one that has the word "cancer" and "Can I...?" We here are not even close to being qualified for this type of direction.

But best of luck to you - follow the process and see where it take you!

I am definetly saying that out as soon as I re-apply.  If there is a comment section on the website I'm litteraly copy-pasting this quote there hahahah !
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on May 11, 2016, 11:30:40
Saw this in Ask a CAF Recruiter. Adding here for reference,

Chances of getting a second offer?
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,122972.0.html
"If I were to decline this offer, what would be my chances of getting a second offer down the road?"
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: krimynal on May 12, 2016, 12:51:36
Hello ,

I will post this here because I don't really know where to post it elsewhere... I did try to look up the recruiting forums , but maybe I missed something in those ??

I was wondering , I did 2 years in the reserve , got out 3 weeks before I was suppose to become Corporal ( in the reserve ).  When I left I was paid Soldier 2 pay rates.

When I will go back will I still be paid as Soldier 2 pay rates? or I will go back to soldier 1 ? I know I've heard people say that when you earn a certain rank / pay upgrade you can never drop down from that.

Is this true ? I know that most of the time I did in the reserve will not change anything in the regular forces, but I was just wondering as far as pay was concern !

thanks !
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on May 12, 2016, 13:44:05
I will post this here because I don't really know where to post it elsewhere... I did try to look up the recruiting forums , but maybe I missed something in those ??
I was wondering , I did 2 years in the reserve , got out 3 weeks before I was suppose to become Corporal ( in the reserve ).  When I left I was paid Soldier 2 pay rates.
When I will go back will I still be paid as Soldier 2 pay rates? or I will go back to soldier 1 ? I know I've heard people say that when you earn a certain rank / pay upgrade you can never drop down from that.
Is this true ? I know that most of the time I did in the reserve will not change anything in the regular forces, but I was just wondering as far as pay was concern !
thanks !

Because you have prior CF Service, they will perform both a VFS and most likely a PLAR in order to validate and or grant you your prior qualifications (ie; BMQ, BMQ-L, DP1/QL3, etc, etc).

The general rule of thumb for this process is:

a.  Released for less than 1 year - all prior service time, prior rank and qualifications are granted;
b.  Released for more than 1 year but less than 3 years - all prior service time, prior rank and then the occupation/general qualifications are subject to a PLAR;
c.  Released for more than 3 years but less than 5 years - all prior service time but prior rank and all qualifications are subject to PLAR.

The above is a "dirty" estimate but is usually what the outcome will be.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on May 12, 2016, 18:13:06
Saw these two questions asked and answered in Ask a CAF Recruiter. Adding here for reference,

1) Radio silence from my recruiter?
If you have been unable to contact the Recruiting Detachment processing your application, are having issues and need assistance, I suggest you use the email located on their website for just such a thing.

"I need assistance with my application.

If you are having trouble with the application process or are encountering technical difficulties, send us an e-mail (STG-CFRG-CustomerSVC@forces.gc.ca)."

http://www.forces.ca/en/page/contactus-73

2) CFAT/Interview scheduling 
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,123034.msg1434977/topicseen.html#new
OP: "Is it reasonable for my to call the Corporal and ask to have my interview/testing scheduled sooner, or should I wait until contacted? I have reason to believe that I am an exceptional candidate..."

"Scheduling for an interview and or further processing is normally based on how well you do on your aptitude test (ie; CFAT) which is the first step in the process.  Other than that, nothing else really matters."


See also,

New interview schedule process 
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,123034.msg1434977/topicseen.html#new
OP: "I'm just sick of waiting already!"

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on June 28, 2016, 12:20:28
Asked and answered in Ask a CAF Recruiter. Adding for reference,

Application number?
Q: And how can I find my application number?

A: You will only know your application # if they provided it to you (AXXXXXX).  There are several reasons why a Recruiter may not be able to locate your Application Account such as, incorrect spelling of your last name, they're not authorized access to your file, etc, etc.
However, they should be able to locate your application using your DOB, Occupation Choice and First Name or email address that you used on your original online application.

See also, from Ask a CAF Recruiter Sticky,

if you would like to know the status of your application, it is recommended that you do the following:

•   Visit the link to our Forces site, ( http://www.forces.ca/en/page/contactus-73 ) and submit a status update request for your application.
•   If you know your application number, include it in the email.
•   If you do not know your application number, ensure you include your first name, last name, date of birth and the postal code of your home address. This will ensure that the recruiter who receives your email can locate your application and provide you with a status update.
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php/topic,118929.0.html

See also,

To add onto DAA's answer - if you still have any of the emails that were sent to you from CFRG HQ during your process that should have your application number.
If your recruiter is still having issues finding you in the system please send me a PM with your full name and who your recruiter is and I'll reach out to them to assist them in finding you in the system.

Best Regards,
Sgt Laen


Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Pegula37 on August 22, 2016, 13:46:19
Going into my final year of Uni at Queens,I plan on a career with the Forces after doing the NCM route, whens the best time to apply knowing I wont be done school till May? I've heard right about now is a good time seeing how long the selection process is and letting them know I wont be done till May. Is this true? I plan on Infantry. Thanks.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 22, 2016, 14:13:15
Going into my final year of Uni at Queens,I plan on a career with the Forces after doing the NCM route, whens the best time to apply knowing I wont be done school till May? I've heard right about now is a good time seeing how long the selection process is and letting them know I wont be done till May. Is this true? I plan on Infantry. Thanks.

You can apply for NCM occupations at any time.  Given that you are still in school and pursuing/finishing up post-secondary education, I'd suggest you apply in Oct/Nov timeframe.  If you think you might be interested in trying DEO, then you can apply once you are in the final year of your program.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Pegula37 on August 22, 2016, 14:15:46
You can apply for NCM occupations at any time.  Given that you are still in school and pursuing/finishing up post-secondary education, I'd suggest you apply in Oct/Nov timeframe.  If you think you might be interested in trying DEO, then you can apply once you are in the final year of your program.

Thank you very much, thought about DEO but came to the conclusion that NCM was the route I wanted.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 23, 2016, 10:34:37
Thank you very much, thought about DEO but came to the conclusion that NCM was the route I wanted.

If you haven't yet written the CFAT, then Oct/Nov timeframe would work nicely.  If you have already written the CFAT, then reopen your application for NCM about 4 months prior to your forecasted grad date from University.

Good luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: elsalado on August 25, 2016, 13:07:14
I wasn't sure where to ask this and didn't want to create another thread so I'll post my question here.

I applied for ACSO and pilot but only passed for ACSO at air crew selection. I did my initial medical in April but needed additional documents (blood test and vision) to be submitted because ACSO is an aircrew trade. I didn't submit these until early June, at which time they were sent to Ottawa. I emailed a medical officer at my recruiting centre after 2 months to check and see if my medical had returned from Ottawa yet, and he said "The doctor in Ottawa deemed you fit for the military but now you have to be medically approved for ASC. If the air crew thing doesn’t work out, you are still medical fit for non air crew jobs." I then asked him how long that would take and he said "Your medical file will be sent from the RMO in Ottawa back to Toronto (my local recruiting centre). I am unclear about how long it takes. You may want to contact CFRC non medical staff for that information."

However, I then emailed my file manager as instructed by the medical technician to ask about how long the air factor would take and he replied : "Yes your medical has been returned to the recruiting center. Currently your application is with a Military Career Counselor to have your application moved to the selection board, to be selected for a career."

I'm a bit confused by this. The medical technician said that I still have to get my air factor but what my file manager said seems to contradict this. Is it possible that one of them is incorrect or am I  misinterpreting what they are saying?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on August 25, 2016, 14:12:35
If your file is with an MCC for final review, then the AF has probably already been assigned.

Your Medical File would have gone from the RMO, to CFEME Toronto (aka DRDC) for assignment of the AF and then back to your local Recruiting Detachment.  So if your Detachment has the Med File, then everything was probably done.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: elsalado on August 25, 2016, 14:51:12
Thanks for answering DAA. So would the merit list be the next step, assuming everything is in order?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BigTuna on August 30, 2016, 14:19:11
I was also wondering if there were an annual Open House à Saint-Jean. It looks like there only one last may and I missed it.



Saturday, May 14th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Open House at the Saint-Jean Garrison

For the first time, the Saint-Jean Garrison will open its doors to the public! There will be demonstrations such as helicopter rappel; Army, Navy and Air Force vehicles and equipment; obstacle course; and activities such as guided tours of the Mega, including the recruits’ quarters, firing simulator, climbing wall and information stands. There will be food trucks on site and live music by the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School Band.

http://www.journalservir.com/news.php?id=993


If they decide to do an annual thing, I will try to be there next year. My application will be probably in process in May 2017.

I was there yesterday. Check the photo below


That makes a great early Christmas present. You will do just fine. Congratulations. Now I am wondering what life at CFLRS is like. I hear different things but would love to see if they do an open house for possible new candidates.

Lostly
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on August 30, 2016, 14:24:22
I was also wondering if there were an annual Open House à Saint-Jean.

Open House at Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
http://www.cmrsj-rmcsj.forces.gc.ca/fe-fs/vpo-voh/vpo-voh-eng.asp
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 07, 2016, 13:33:27
Thanks for answering DAA. So would the merit list be the next step, assuming everything is in order?

Provided everything (CFAT, ASC, Medical, Interview and Background Checks) has been completed, approved and signed off, then Merit Listing would be the next step.

Good luck!
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: guychiffre on September 07, 2016, 15:47:54
Anyone know if MARS positions are filled for the year? Know they did selection like a week ago...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: DAA on September 07, 2016, 15:58:31
Anyone know if MARS positions are filled for the year? Know they did selection like a week ago...

Give your CFRC a call and check in to see what's up.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: guychiffre on September 07, 2016, 16:05:14
Give your CFRC a call and check in to see what's up.

I've sent an email and called and got voicemail a couple of times, but I'll continue to do so. Just wondering if anyone had ideas for numbers here.

Either way there's nothing to do but wait :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: michael81go on November 18, 2016, 05:27:57
Hi There,

I made the aptitude test and I missed 2 points for a logistics officer and the career counselor told me you are accepted for any NCM job and I am thinking to challenge the test because I have many years in leadership and management experience, Also I am 35 yrs old beside I like some of the trades in NCM do you think I did the right thing..please advise
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: George Wallace on November 18, 2016, 09:41:23
Hi There,

I made the aptitude test and I missed 2 points for a logistics officer and the career counselor told me you are accepted for any NCM job and I am thinking to challenge the test because I have many years in leadership and management experience, Also I am 35 yrs old beside I like some of the trades in NCM do you think I did the right thing..please advise

It really doesn't matter what "we" think.  It is your life, and your choice.  You have to live with your decision; not any of "us".  If you really want to be an officer, then rewrite the CFAT.  Just remember that they do not take the best of the scores, only the last score.  At the same time, if there is a Trade that you like as an NCM, do not be embarrassed into not applying for it.  If you think that there is a Trade that you will enjoy doing, go for it.  "We" can not make up your mind for you.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: tracie_anderson on November 19, 2016, 19:34:04
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: 44nic4444 on December 06, 2016, 01:28:45
So i was reviewing my application after i submitted it and it looks like i checked off skilled entry program for infantry as my trade choice. Is this going to be a problem? Cause i have no clue if it is and its got me worried and i havent found anything online about it. Thanks
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on December 06, 2016, 09:25:14
Is this going to be a problem?

You could ask our Recruiting Moderator,

Buck_HRA
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=51867

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: WJFW11 on March 26, 2017, 01:47:50
I received an email recently saying my ROTP application had been placed on "temporary hold" due to the number of applicants for my chosen occupations(s). I'm curious if anyone can tell me when I can expect my application to reopen? I applied for Infantry Officer, Armour Officer and Intelligence Officer.
Title: Application Info Error
Post by: allan422 on May 27, 2017, 17:30:21
Hey everyone, so I went through the online application to join the CAF, previewed it and was satisfied so I decided to send it. Ends up my partner comes back from the store 30 minutes later, and informed me that we had just recently changed phone numbers last week, since we had switched from Telus to Shaw and could not keep our old phone number.

So now i'm freaking out because I gave them our old number, which definitely does not work. Is there a specific person I can email to tell them about what has happened?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Buck_HRA on May 30, 2017, 15:04:14
I received an email recently saying my ROTP application had been placed on "temporary hold" due to the number of applicants for my chosen occupations(s). I'm curious if anyone can tell me when I can expect my application to reopen? I applied for Infantry Officer, Armour Officer and Intelligence Officer.

No one here can tell you.  A lifting of a temporary hold depends on several factors, where you are in the process vs how many positions are still open, and your competitiveness are just two examples.  If you have a low score your temporary hold may not be lifted until next year; or if you have a high score but there are others with higher scores (lets say you're the 10th highest and there are only 5 spots left, if the top 5 pass on their offers you would still get one).

Your best source of information is speaking with your Recruiter/File Manager at your CFRC as they would be able to look at your information and where you're sitting; all we can give you is "best guess" information.

Hey everyone, so I went through the online application to join the CAF, previewed it and was satisfied so I decided to send it. Ends up my partner comes back from the store 30 minutes later, and informed me that we had just recently changed phone numbers last week, since we had switched from Telus to Shaw and could not keep our old phone number.

So now i'm freaking out because I gave them our old number, which definitely does not work. Is there a specific person I can email to tell them about what has happened?

The line of communication that you receive from the CAF will be an email instructing you to contact your CFRC to set up a time to write the CFAT.  When you call in for that you can update your phone number at the same time.
Title: How should I format an "extra" year of education?
Post by: akm on May 30, 2017, 19:04:50
I graduated from high school in four years (just like any other student). Afterwards, I took an extra year (a 5th year), where I studied AP courses as a part-time student. I successfully completed these AP courses, however I did NOT graduate from this school since I had already received my high school diploma at this point.
 
I am unsure how to format this extra year of high school in my application (I've contacted my recruiter but haven't received a response for some time).

Currently, I have this extra year under the category "High school one year", with "Graduation" selected as NO. Is this correct? If a recruiter could shed some light on this that would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: How should I format an "extra" year of education?
Post by: LunchMeat on May 30, 2017, 20:22:14
I graduated from high school in four years (just like any other student). Afterwards, I took an extra year (a 5th year), where I studied AP courses as a part-time student. I successfully completed these AP courses, however I did NOT graduate from this school since I had already received my high school diploma at this point.
 
I am unsure how to format this extra year of high school in my application (I've contacted my recruiter but haven't received a response for some time).

Currently, I have this extra year under the category "High school one year", with "Graduation" selected as NO. Is this correct? If a recruiter could shed some light on this that would be much appreciated.

No, mark it as you HAVE graduated, and explain it as it is. You returned for a year to take AP classes (although, not sure why you didn't just apply that to a year of college/university, but good on you).

Selecting no makes it appear that you didn't finish/failed.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Buck_HRA on June 01, 2017, 12:36:50
I graduated from high school in four years (just like any other student). Afterwards, I took an extra year (a 5th year), where I studied AP courses as a part-time student. I successfully completed these AP courses, however I did NOT graduate from this school since I had already received my high school diploma at this point.
 
I am unsure how to format this extra year of high school in my application (I've contacted my recruiter but haven't received a response for some time).

Currently, I have this extra year under the category "High school one year", with "Graduation" selected as NO. Is this correct? If a recruiter could shed some light on this that would be much appreciated.

You were still in High School.  So you label it as part of your HS years.  I did the same thing (many moons ago)... and returned after my OAC year because the program I was going to University for no longer made sense (I was going for Comp.Science the year all the layoffs happened). So using myself as an example for your application:

Technically Sep 1994 to Jun 1999 was my  "High School" as I graduated in 1999, but I returned 1999-2000 to pick up a few extra courses so I could be accepted into the new degree I picked.

So on the application I would write:
      1994-2000: High School, Grade Completed: OAC, Graduated? Yes

During your interview you'll have a chance to explain the extra year.

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: akm on June 01, 2017, 19:14:37
You were still in High School.  So you label it as part of your HS years.  I did the same thing (many moons ago)... and returned after my OAC year because the program I was going to University for no longer made sense (I was going for Comp.Science the year all the layoffs happened). So using myself as an example for your application:

Technically Sep 1994 to Jun 1999 was my  "High School" as I graduated in 1999, but I returned 1999-2000 to pick up a few extra courses so I could be accepted into the new degree I picked.

So on the application I would write:
      1994-2000: High School, Grade Completed: OAC, Graduated? Yes

During your interview you'll have a chance to explain the extra year.

My extra year was spent at a different school though, so it's being formatted as such (also, the available formatting options are slightly different than what you have shown):

School A: High school 4 years, last attended June 2015, full-time, graduated.
School B: High school 1 year, last attended June 2016, part-time, graduated.


I can't write 2011-2015 instead of "high school 4 years", for instance. Does this seem formatting seem reasonable?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Buck_HRA on June 02, 2017, 10:24:39
Hello akm,

I believe that would work.  Again during your interview you'll have a chance to further explain your specific situation; but as someone who processed security information I would personally accept what you've written.

Cheers
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: akm on June 02, 2017, 11:27:13
Much appreciated, thank you!

Additional questions I was not able to find answers for;

1. Regarding the sections in the application for extracurricular activity, athletic activity, and leadership roles, there is a the chance to briefly elaborate. Should this elaboration be done list-style like a resume, or through short sentences (or is either fine)?

2. If an activity spans multiple of the above categories (eg captain of a sports team, leader of a club) how should it be formatted? Should I have it mentioned in all three, and elaborated in the most relevant section? Or should I only contain it to one specific section, and not mention it at all in the others?
Title: Will having had worked in Iraq as a civilian work against me?
Post by: Rockhead084 on July 05, 2017, 17:40:20
So i was talking to a recruiter and  he asked me if i had traveled before and i said yes.

I have roughly been to 20 different countries and of course one of those countries was Iraq.  I told him i worked in Oil exploration and that i went there for work because at the time it was the only contract my company could get to keep the company afloat and me employed, at the time.

He said i would more than likely be disqualified from joining the army even though i have a wealth of civilian work experience and multiple technical diplomas in the sciences and technology. I'm also in very good shape, no criminal record at all and have a great credit history but i'm beginning to think that won't matter now.

Why would they automatically disqualify me? Are people who immigrate here from there who then try to join our army in turn denied in the same manner by virtue of being from that area or area similar?

Wouldn't they want somebody who has traveled the world already, earned work experiences in different fields and with a lot of different educational background to join the army in the first place?

Just confused

Thanks
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Rockhead084 on July 05, 2017, 18:45:35
I still don't understand though, i haven't lived in another country and i don't live abroad. I live in Canada and don't have a criminal record at all.

I've seen that excerpt from the website and i don't think it adequately address's my situation nor did the recruiter who refused to answer more than simply saying only that i would be disqualified help either.

Why would he say i would be disqualified outright without going into detail?



Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: clmarr on July 12, 2017, 18:31:25
I think that is an overly pessimistic (personal) view from the recruiter and I would not be too worried about it if I were you. You will eventually be required to list all your trips abroad and add some explanations if you judge it necessary. They might bring your trip to Iraq on the table during the reliability/pre-security interview and be ready to answer. I have visited over 20 countries as well, some of which are Arab and in the Middle East (no Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan though) and I am not concerned.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: PuckChaser on July 12, 2017, 20:50:04
Depending on the length of time in those countries, it may or may not be an issue. It's also very relevant that you were in those countries for work reasons, not leisure travel. Work visas means more of a paper trail that the security folks can get access to. There are so many variables for security clearances/preclearances that you'd get a migraine trying to sort it out. Gather all the information you can about each of the trips, including length of stay, where you stayed, why you were there, etc. and provide that when requested.

At the end of the day, your recruiter doesn't make that call, the Ottawa Security folks do. If they deem you will be unable to obtain a security clearance, your application is closed. You'll also note that those people who join from other countries are now Canadian citizens, and went through security screening like you will.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: WFlett on August 05, 2017, 02:28:03
I'm quite sure this question hasn't been asked before, as it is quite unique;

Currently I am traveling across Canada on a motorized peddle bicycle I built, camping and living off the land, living a free life. I've chosen to do this as a life-experience and plan to do so until I join the military, if it so accepts me.

My question is, if I have no place of permanent residence or mailing address and live a nomadic life, is there any way that it's possible for me to still apply? Or would it be necessary for me to live somewhere for a specific amount of time before hand?

I plan to join the Regular Forces, live on base, work full-time and be trained for everything and anything possible within the military. I plan to make this a life-long career, not so much within a specific trade, but at least within the military. This is something I am still researching to find out exactly what I should look to apply for, unless a trade is not specifically necessary.

On a side note, I have several trades, experience and skills under my belt and can do anything I set my mind to, but would rather focus on military training instead of trades.

I have much more information that I've outlined in a thread on army.ca, if anyone so chooses to check it out. Any contributions are helpful and welcomed.

http://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,126267.0.html
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JMei001 on August 11, 2017, 20:50:44
Hey Puckchaser,

I've already asked this in another thread with no more than 1 answer so I'll ask again here; I called my recruiter to follow up on my application since no news from my aptitude test 2 weeks ago, he said I passed and qualified for my trade, however, it's bizarre since I didn't receive an email saying so? The only email I received is one the day of the test acknowledging that I've completed the first step of the application process with a document named 'Acceptance'. Just wondering other peoples experience when receiving news of acceptance, how that worked, their process, and thoughts about my specific situation,

Thank you
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 11, 2017, 22:57:01
Hey Puckchaser,

I've already asked this in another thread with no more than 1 answer so I'll ask again here; I called my recruiter to follow up on my application since no news from my aptitude test 2 weeks ago, he said I passed and qualified for my trade, however, it's bizarre since I didn't receive an email saying so? The only email I received is one the day of the test acknowledging that I've completed the first step of the application process with a document named 'Acceptance'. Just wondering other peoples experience when receiving news of acceptance, how that worked, their process, and thoughts about my specific situation,

Thank you

I recieved 1 email saying they got my application, and another email when they booked my medical/interview. That's been it for my entire process. Don't expect emails for every step of your process. Call your CFRC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JMei001 on August 11, 2017, 22:58:27
I recieved 1 email saying they got my application, and another email when they booked my medical/interview. That's been it for my entire process. Don't expect emails for every step of your process. Call your CFRC.

You didn't get an email notifying you if you passed/qualified or failed?
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 12, 2017, 20:56:00
You didn't get an email notifying you if you passed/qualified or failed?

I haven't heard of ANYone receiving an email explicitly stating if they were successful or not on their CFAT. Your best advice is to, yes, inquire with your CFRC.
Title: Time Limit on Application
Post by: jwb on August 13, 2017, 12:12:51
I applied to join the reserves last year in March though because of various issues, such as my living in the UK previously, the medical test didn't clear until this March. Is there a time limit on when my application expires? After checking into the recruitment office in March, I haven't gotten any word in regards to my application since, and as the position is still vacant on the recruiting website, I would like to know if I either have to redo anything that may have expired in the meantime or redo the recruitment process altogether. I know the process takes a long time, but I'd just like to be sure I have everything covered.
Title: Re: Time Limit on Application
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 13, 2017, 13:51:28
I applied to join the reserves last year in March though because of various issues, such as my living in the UK previously, the medical test didn't clear until this March. Is there a time limit on when my application expires? After checking into the recruitment office in March, I haven't gotten any word in regards to my application since, and as the position is still vacant on the recruiting website, I would like to know if I either have to redo anything that may have expired in the meantime or redo the recruitment process altogether. I know the process takes a long time, but I'd just like to be sure I have everything covered.

Your best option, as always, is to contact your local CFRC. You should be calling in once a month to check the status of your application just to be safe.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JMei001 on August 13, 2017, 23:14:55
I had to fix up my background check because of my extensive travel (vacation purpose) history, it took up 3 pages (15 entries) of the vacation section since I'm 16! (7 years,), they said as soon as its been checked off and completed I can call and book my medical/physical/interview since I've already passed and qualified for my trade. How long does this take around? (Other than my travel history, I've been at the same address in the past 15 years, and don't hold dual citizenship, no criminal record, just very basic information.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 14, 2017, 02:17:52
I had to fix up my background check because of my extensive travel (vacation purpose) history, it took up 3 pages (15 entries) of the vacation section since I'm 16! (7 years,), they said as soon as its been checked off and completed I can call and book my medical/physical/interview since I've already passed and qualified for my trade. How long does this take around? (Other than my travel history, I've been at the same address in the past 15 years, and don't hold dual citizenship, no criminal record, just very basic information.

Mariomike will probably be in here with some links but he will tell you like everyone else to use the search function on the forums as there are dozens of threads on the things you're asking and noones file/application is the same. The first time I joined the forces it took maybe 2 months back in 2010. Now that I am applying again its been around 5 months and probably another 2 to wait.
Title: Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Post by: dtcs15 on August 14, 2017, 10:45:11
Thank you for taking your time!

1.) Any position for me will do, what is the usual acceptance rate? I've heard last year, 4,500 out of 40,000 applicants were accepted, that is a lot lower than I thought.

2.) What is the usual wait time from the time you apply to the time you enroll? (Assuming they accept you)

3.) I've been living abroad for more than 14 years now, and most of my family lives abroad too. What are the chances I need a Clearance Pre-Assessment?

4.) Since it'll be the Clearance Pre-Assessment taking the most time(6-18 months), can I complete this step abroad, and before all the other steps(e.g. aptitude test, medical exam...)?

Thank you again!
Title: Re: Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 14, 2017, 14:22:51
Thank you for taking your time!

1.) Any position for me will do, what is the usual acceptance rate? I've heard last year, 4,500 out of 40,000 applicants were accepted, that is a lot lower than I thought.

2.) What is the usual wait time from the time you apply to the time you enroll? (Assuming they accept you)

3.) I've been living abroad for more than 14 years now, and most of my family lives abroad too. What are the chances I need a Clearance Pre-Assessment?

4.) Since it'll be the Clearance Pre-Assessment taking the most time(6-18 months), can I complete this step abroad, and before all the other steps(e.g. aptitude test, medical exam...)?

Thank you again!

All of this has already been asked, use the search bar in the forums to find your answers...or call your local CFRC.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on August 15, 2017, 00:19:13
Mariomike will probably be in here with some links but he will tell you like everyone else to use the search function on the forums as there are dozens of threads on the things you're asking and noones file/application is the same.

No, I would never do that.  :)
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 16, 2017, 04:09:59
I've been searching on the forums for something maybe mariomike can point me to a thread that specifically talks about this but I haven't had any luck and i've tried a bunch of search strings.

If Comms Rsrch Op is my number 1 choice and MP is my second choice, will I be put on the competition list for Comms Rsrch Op even though I haven't done the interview with the MP Sgt that is required for MP or do I have to complete the process for MP before even being put on any competition list?

Cheers.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on August 16, 2017, 09:03:29
For a definitive answer, probably best to wait for our Recruiting moderator: Buck_HRA.

Good luck, EpicBeardedMan.  :)
Title: Question applying online
Post by: TheHaddadz on August 17, 2017, 17:45:49
Hello everyone,

I'm trying to apply for ROTP as either Pilot or Infantry Officer (my main choices). When I'm applying it asks where do you wanna be (Air Force, Army, Navy) and then you get to choose your occupation. I want to put my occupation as Pilot or Inf. Officer but it wont let me put both at the same time. If I chose Air Force I can pick Pilot but not Inf. Officer and vice-versa with Army. I already went to a recruiter and they were conviced that I was doing something wrong and that I can pick both... I deleted the application twice to see if it was some error but the same thing happens. So can someone enlighten me, what I am doing wrong or if I can even pick both at the same time? Thanks!
Title: Re: Question applying online
Post by: mariomike on August 17, 2017, 17:53:17
I'm trying to apply for ROTP as either Pilot or Infantry Officer (my main choices). When I'm applying it asks where do you wanna be (Air Force, Army, Navy) and then you get to choose your occupation. I want to put my occupation as Pilot or Inf. Officer but it wont let me put both at the same time. If I chose Air Force I can pick Pilot but not Inf. Officer and vice-versa with Army. I already went to a recruiter and they were conviced that I was doing something wrong and that I can pick both... I deleted the application twice to see if it was some error but the same thing happens. So can someone enlighten me, what I am doing wrong or if I can even pick both at the same time? Thanks!

See also,

I'm confused on something, how is it possible to apply for Pilot as #1 choice and Infantry Officer as #2? When applying online, Pilot is only given to those choosing RCAF and infantry to those who chose Army. Is this something you let the recruiter know before sending application? Please correct me if I am wrong, thanks
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: TheHaddadz on August 17, 2017, 18:06:58
You can see from the attached photo that there is no option for Infantry Officer... I tried getting an answer before hand but it was very confusing because i couldn't see those options. If anyone can advise that would be greatly appreciated, thanks again.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 17, 2017, 18:15:12
You can see from the attached photo that there is no option for Infantry Officer... I tried getting an answer before hand but it was very confusing because i couldn't see those options. If anyone can advise that would be greatly appreciated, thanks again.

Couldn't you apply for one and then when the CFRC initially contacts you, inform them that you'd like to add the other onto your file? Seems to be the obvious fix for this.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Buck_HRA on August 18, 2017, 11:11:03
Seems my hiatus from being sick has taken a toll on this thread too :-)
Some answers...

I applied to join the reserves last year in March though because of various issues...

Although you've been directed to your CFRC, your contact should be with the Reserve Unit that you're wishing to join.  All the CFRC does for files for Reservists is process paperwork, for any decisions in regards to who can join that is purely up to the Reserve Unit (or Brigade for Army Units).

If Comms Rsrch Op is my number 1 choice and MP is my second choice, will I be put on the competition list for Comms Rsrch Op even though I haven't done the interview with the MP Sgt that is required for MP or do I have to complete the process for MP before even being put on any competition list?

Traditionally if you have done everything else (interview, medical, etc) that would enable you to put on the Competition List if you didn't select MP as your 2nd choice your file would still move forward.  With that said CAF Recruiting is reaching that time in the year where files are put on hold in various stages of the process simply because there are people in the process that fill the required numbers.  Your best bet is to contact your CFRC and ask them for a status update on your file.

I'm trying to apply for ROTP as either Pilot or Infantry Officer (my main choices). When I'm applying it asks where do you wanna be (Air Force, Army, Navy) and then you get to choose your occupation. I want to put my occupation as Pilot or Inf. Officer but it wont let me put both at the same time. If I chose Air Force I can pick Pilot but not Inf. Officer and vice-versa with Army. I already went to a recruiter and they were conviced that I was doing something wrong and that I can pick both... I deleted the application twice to see if it was some error but the same thing happens. So can someone enlighten me, what I am doing wrong or if I can even pick both at the same time? Thanks!

As per the suggestion from EpicBeardedMan (good suggestion!), pick your favourite of the two; once your file is sent from CFRG HQ to your CFRC and you contact your CFRC to set up an appointment to write your CFAT ask them to update your file to include your 2nd choice.  The website is what it is, there are plans on coming out with a more user friendly site, but that is still in the works - in the meantime just submit what you can and ask for the CFRC to fix it once you make initial contact with them.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JMei001 on August 21, 2017, 22:03:59
If you've received an email to book Interview and Medical, is this indicative you've passed the pre-assessment clearance? (I've already used the search function)


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Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Buck_HRA on August 24, 2017, 11:50:06
If you've received an email to book Interview and Medical, is this indicative you've passed the pre-assessment clearance? (I've already used the search function)

Not necessarily.  The preassessment could still be happening.  Best to contact your CFRC and ask them if you've pass the pre-assessment or if it's still being worked on.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: BeyondTheNow on August 25, 2017, 18:46:29
...Best to contact your CFRC and ask them...

JMei001,

I'm sensing a theme here...
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JMei001 on August 27, 2017, 02:20:03
JMei001,

I'm sensing a theme here...
Haha ya, the theme that the 'questions about your application' thread is useless and every answer is contact your CFRC got the idea tho


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Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 27, 2017, 06:36:54
Haha ya, the theme that the 'questions about your application' thread is useless and every answer is contact your CFRC got the idea tho


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Because you are asking questions that literally noone but your CFRC would know.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: Buck_HRA on August 30, 2017, 00:42:20
Haha ya, the theme that the 'questions about your application' thread is useless and every answer is contact your CFRC got the idea tho

This thread is for generic questions.  You are asking a specific question about your file.  Unless I pull up your information in CFRIMS (which I can't do based on the information you've given), then no one but your CFRC can answer your question.  The pre-assessment is happening concurrently with your application, so there is no "set" time that it would be completed in the process.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: JMei001 on August 30, 2017, 00:43:57
This thread is for generic questions.  You are asking a specific question about your file.  Unless I pull up your information in CFRIMS (which I can't do based on the information you've given), then no one but your CFRC can answer your question.  The pre-assessment is happening concurrently with your application, so there is no "set" time that it would be completed in the process.
It's passed now, but regardless I still really appreciate everyone's answers, medical is booked for 15th, interview the 13th force test the 13th, and they've called all my references! Woo


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Title: Couple questions about applying
Post by: DylanDaD3vil on August 30, 2017, 02:24:49
I just wanted to know a couple things, basically I need to know how long the application takes in total, I'm starting grade 12 and would like to try to get in the forces like 3-4 months after high school ends. Also I wanted to know if you can do a pre medical exam type thing... lol idk. Basically I have a lazy eye and I just wanted to know if my vision will be good enough to join, I'd rather find out sooner at a recruiter than to get my hopes up for like 10 months until I'm ready to apply to get a no. And last question is how much experience do I need; I'm just thinking about joining infantry so as it stands I've had no jobs, I'm not taking grade 12 math. Thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Couple questions about applying
Post by: Loachman on August 30, 2017, 03:07:06
Welcome to Army.ca, DylanDaD3vil

You will never know if you meet the enrollment standards or not until you undergo the application process. Nobody here has conducted an examination on you, and nobody here is in a position to make a decision based upon its imaginary results.

You will never know how long it takes you to get in until you undergo the application process. Everybody is different. There is a thread here that gives many examples of people's timelines.

You did not specify whether you were interested in the Regular Force (full-time) or Reserve Force (part-time). That makes a big difference.

Take some time and explore this Site. Your questions have been asked and answered before, sometimes many times. There is no need to rehash them. The information is there, in existing threads, for your plucking. As you conduct your explorations, you will likely find answers to questions that have not even occurred to you yet.

Should you, after an honest and exhaustive effort, not find an answer to a question, please feel free to ask it. We are a helpful bunch, but we expect people to do their homework first.

Happy reading...
Title: Re: Couple questions about applying
Post by: mariomike on August 30, 2017, 09:18:46
I need to know how long the application takes in total,

Application Process Samples 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=13064.0

TIMINGS - ESTIMATED TIMES FOR_______________ 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=81054.0

Application - How long does it take? (Merged)
https://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,24849.0.html
4 pages.

etc...

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

Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 30, 2017, 13:04:14
I was informed that my file is "awaiting final processing" from the det comm, does anyone have any knowledge on how long this process takes? I've done searches with a variety of different search strings (mariomike ;)) but only find people who have said that they were waiting for final processing.

Cheers.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on August 30, 2017, 13:23:47
I was informed that my file is "awaiting final processing" from the det comm, does anyone have any knowledge on how long this process takes?

I will add this, because DAA is a Recruiter,
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=7446

It said my file is open and awaiting final processing.

It means exactly what they have told you, that your current application status is "Final Processing".  This would indicate that you have completed the entire application process (CFAT/TSD, Medical, Interview, Background Checks and anything else required) and your local Recruiting Detachment is now doing a final review of your application.  Once this process is completed and if everything checks out, the next status will be "Recommended for Merit Listing".
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 30, 2017, 13:28:47
I will add this, because DAA is a Recruiter,
http://milnet.ca/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=7446

Cheers, thanks mariomike.  :salute:
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: mariomike on August 30, 2017, 13:31:18
Cheers, thanks mariomike.  :salute:

You are welcome. Good luck.  :)

When our Recruiter Buck has time, I am sure he will give you the most accurate reply.
Title: How do I apply to two different branches of military
Post by: TheMailSquirrel on August 30, 2017, 13:32:45
Hello,

I looked through the site and could not find this topic. I am interested as applying as pilot, aerospace engineering officer and as engineering officer but because they are in two different branches of military I am not sure how to apply to them online. I am entering through the regular officer training program. I sent an email to my recruiter last Friday and he still hasn't gotten back to me so all help is appreciated.
Title: Re: How do I apply to two different branches of military
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 30, 2017, 13:33:52
Hello,

I looked through the site and could not find this topic. I am interested as applying as pilot, aerospace engineering officer and as engineering officer but because they are in two different branches of military I am not sure how to apply to them online. I am entering through the regular officer training program. I sent an email to my recruiter last Friday and he still hasn't gotten back to me so all help is appreciated.

You just apply for all 3 on your application. Simple as that. There is no separate application for different branches.
Title: Re: How do I apply to two different branches of military
Post by: TheMailSquirrel on August 30, 2017, 14:23:53
You just apply for all 3 on your application. Simple as that. There is no separate application for different branches.
Before I apply for specific jobs it asks me to choose 1 of the 3 branches of military. Thank you for your response.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: EpicBeardedMan on August 30, 2017, 14:28:24
If there is a block on you from selecting multiple branches then you would simply select one or two of the trades you wanted. After your initial contact with your local CFRC you would tell the recruiter there to update your choices and add the remaining trade choices you want. During your entire process you are able to switch your trade choices however you want, granted you will have to interview for each trade choice you pick, but that is for you to decide.
Title: Re: General Questions regarding your application [MERGED]
Post by: TheMailSquirrel on August 30, 2017, 17:53:47
If there is a block on you from selecting multiple branches then you would simply select one or two of the trades you wanted. After your initial contact with your local CFRC you would tell the recruiter there to update your choices and add the remaining trade choices you want. During your entire process you are able to switch your trade choices however you want, granted you will have to interview for each trade choice you pick, but that is for you to decide.
Thank you very much for clarifying.