Author Topic: Questions about joining the Reserves  (Read 312432 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline Patrick N.

  • Guest
  • *
  • 40
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 1
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #425 on: August 26, 2017, 21:32:32 »
Hello, I'm in my late 20s, holding a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and no criminal records. Am I still allow to join?

People told me if I'm interested, then it's better to start in the reserve first. I wonder if they are right or not?

If I join, what documents should I provide?
If I join, do I have to apply to a job position or do I just simply apply and someone will assign me to a position?
How does a day of a reservist look like? How the schedule looks like?
Do reservists stay at a military base or they can return to their own home?
Beside the basic training test, do reservists will learn how to fight opponents or how to defend?
Is it bad to join if I wear glasses?
What should I expect when joining?

Thank you for your patience.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2017, 21:56:07 by Patrick N. »

Offline Ryan_T

  • Jr. Member
  • ***
  • -100
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 66
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #426 on: August 26, 2017, 21:34:57 »
Hello, I'm in my late 20s, holding a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and no criminal records. Am I still allow to join?

People told me if I'm interested, then it's better to start in the reserve first. I wonder if they are right or not?

If I join, what documents should I provide?
If I join, do I have to apply to a job position or do I just simply apply and someone will assign me to a position?
How does a day of a reservist look like? How the schedule looks like?
Do reservists stay at a military base or they can return to their own home?
Beside the basic training test, do reservists will learn how to fight opponents or how to defend?
Is it bad to join if I wear glasses?
What should I expect when joining?

If my questions offend some of you, I'm sorry. No offense intended.

Thank you for your patience.
If you want p/t work, then sure reserves, but if you want f/t work, go reg force


Sent from my WAS-L03T using Tapatalk


Offline Ayrsayle

  • Mentor
  • Full Member
  • *
  • 24,274
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 384
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #427 on: August 26, 2017, 22:29:08 »
Hello, I'm in my late 20s, holding a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and no criminal records. Am I still allow to join?

People told me if I'm interested, then it's better to start in the reserve first. I wonder if they are right or not?

If I join, what documents should I provide?
If I join, do I have to apply to a job position or do I just simply apply and someone will assign me to a position?
How does a day of a reservist look like? How the schedule looks like?
Do reservists stay at a military base or they can return to their own home?
Beside the basic training test, do reservists will learn how to fight opponents or how to defend?
Is it bad to join if I wear glasses?
What should I expect when joining?

Thank you for your patience.

www.forces.ca should answer a good number of these questions - or taking a look at any number of topics in recruiting on this thread.

To answer some that might be harder to find:
- Your vision will be evaluated during your application process. This may prevent you from a specific (or any) trade you wish to be employed in.
- Reservists and Regular Force members typically have the same training standard, one does the job part time and the other full time.  Both receive basic training in how to use a service rifle.  You will learn how to "fight", but that looks slightly different depending on the job and the courses you might take after becoming qualified.

All the other questions are very easily answered at www.forces.ca and on this website - you will need to take a look at the wealth of knowledge already here.

Good luck!
Leadership is understanding people and involving them to help you do a job. That takes all of the good characteristics, like integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure. ~Admiral Arleigh A. Burke

"It takes 10 minutes to dress like an Infantryman, but it takes a few years to become a good one" - Jungle (Army.ca)

Offline Loachman

  • Former Army Pilot in Drag
  • Directing Staff
  • Army.ca Fixture
  • *
  • 219,872
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 7,504
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #428 on: August 27, 2017, 04:19:02 »
Welcome to Army.ca, Patrick N.

There is a ton of information about almost any topic relating to the Canadian Armed Forces (and loads more about other topics) on this Site.

Your questions have all been asked and answered here before, sometimes many, many times.

Please explore the relevant older threads prior to asking more questions. We expect people to do their homework. This keeps (some of) the clutter down, which makes life easier for those who do search for information and the Directing Staff who do our best to keep things tidy, saves other people from spending their valuable time repeating answers, and improves the question-asker's learning experience. By searching, you will likely stumble upon answers to questions before those questions even occur to you.

Should you not fully understand something, or, even after the most rigorous search, not find an answer, then, by all means, ask. We are a helpful bunch, but we also have busy lives of our own to lead.

Offline mariomike

  • Directing Staff
  • Army.ca Legend
  • *
  • 557,040
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 10,767
    • The job.
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #429 on: August 27, 2017, 11:58:12 »
Do reservists stay at a military base or they can return to their own home?

See Reply #69,

Is it possible to live off base if I apply and get accepted into the reserves?

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

Offline OutgoingCanasian96

  • Guest
  • *
  • 70
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 4
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #430 on: August 30, 2017, 01:44:03 »
Good day just got a question for everyone in the forum.  I am a 20-year-old male university student who is trying to join the Canadian reserves sometime within the next few years but I have some conflicting interests as I am also currently vying to get Dual citizenship with the United States and Canada. I am currently a Canadian citizen with US permanent residence status and I am scheduled to receive citizenship with the US in 2 years. I plan on living primary in Canada and wish to serve our great nation through military service and thus had submitted an application about two months ago but I would also like to keep my opinions open in selecting a post-graduate opportunity in the United States if such an opportunity arises. After talking to an SSG affiliated with the 33 Brigade located in Ottawa, I found out that if my application to the Canadain forces is accepted, I practically forfeit all chance of getting US citizenship and may even be barred from renewing my permanent residency. Thus I am at an impasse, should I temporarily withdraw my application and reapply after gaining my dual citizenship status or is there a method in which I can appeal to the US ICE department to work something out? If you don't know the answer but know of someone in the forces or federal government to whom I can receive information, please post on the name or department I should reach out to. Cheers!
« Last Edit: August 30, 2017, 01:47:11 by OutgoingCanasian96 »

Offline Loachman

  • Former Army Pilot in Drag
  • Directing Staff
  • Army.ca Fixture
  • *
  • 219,872
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 7,504
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #431 on: August 30, 2017, 02:12:12 »
Welcome to Army.ca, OutgoingCanasian96

What's an "SSG"? If you are using the US Army abbreviation for Staff Sergeant, please be aware that we do not have Staff Sergeants in the Canadian Forces, and we do not use US abbreviations.

I would be rather leery of taking advice about US citizenship matters from such a person, anyway. That is best had from a competent US authority.

Offline OutgoingCanasian96

  • Guest
  • *
  • 70
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 4
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #432 on: August 30, 2017, 07:27:46 »
Thank you Loachman for the quick reply, and I am indeed referring in an American Staff Sargeant as I was connected to him via a friend of mine from my university who is a Pte. (T) in the 30th Field Artillery. I had asked several questions to the SSG regarding how the security check process of my application to the Canadian Forces might go about and how long the process may take. It was during this informal information session that the SSG stated that I may lose my opportunity to receive an American citizenship as the application to Canada's Armed Forces would complicate the American naturalization process ie. invalidate perquisites to receive citizenship like the Selective Service Act obligation. I also do agree that this information is most likely not complete accurately and that I should seek the proper authorities for more definitive answers, as such I had gotten in contact with the US Embassy on Sussex Dr. and they had given me some contacts in the US ICE Department and DOD but American being America, I have been practically congested with the mechanisms of bureaucracy as each person or administrative dept. I contact just gives me more contacts and two weeks later I am just more confused. Thus, I am hoping to get some possible leads on the Canadian side as I am too irritated to continue this goose chase.
« Last Edit: August 30, 2017, 07:34:43 by OutgoingCanasian96 »

Offline Buck_HRA

    .

  • Health Services Recruiting Answerer
  • Directing Staff
  • Sr. Member
  • *
  • 30,240
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 719
    • CAF - Talk to a Recruiter
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #433 on: August 30, 2017, 11:59:19 »
No one in the CAF (unless a lawyer) or Recruiting should be giving you advice on citizenship issues.
The only advice we're allowed to give is that you must be a Canadian Citizen to join the CAF.

One thing I want to reiterate that Loachman already stated, you've said you were talking to a Canadian Sergeant "After talking to an SSG affiliated with the 33 Brigade located in Ottawa".  The abbreviation is not SSG, we do not have SSG's in the CAF.  We do have "Sgt".

Unofficially I have served alongside at least 3 Reservists that I know of that had dual citizenship (US/Canada).

Offline Ricky Sunnyvale

  • Guest
  • *
  • 60
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 2
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #434 on: September 01, 2017, 22:32:56 »
I'm 16 and a full time student and want to join the army but I don't know if I should join the reserves now or wait till I graduate high school and join full time. Will the 2 years in the reserve be beneficial. Will graduating high school help me.

Offline OutgoingCanasian96

  • Guest
  • *
  • 70
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 4
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #435 on: September 04, 2017, 05:28:48 »
Buck_HRA, would there be an individual in the Recruitment Center at 66 Slater St. (Ottawa branch) be able to answer my line of inquiry or would I have to seek a more specialized legal professional that has knowledge pertaining to the military?

And to those who read my statements, sorry for the confusion! I should have specifically stated in the first inquiry box that the statement "After talking to an SSG affiliated with the 33 Brigade located in Ottawa" should have stated a US SSG that is personally affiliated (friends) with several members of the 33rd. I apologize for any misunderstanding that may have occurred due to bad communication on my part.

Offline Blackadder1916

  • Army.ca Veteran
  • *****
  • 237,805
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 3,343
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #436 on: September 04, 2017, 09:19:11 »
Buck_HRA, would there be an individual in the Recruitment Center at 66 Slater St. (Ottawa branch) be able to answer my line of inquiry or would I have to seek a more specialized legal professional that has knowledge pertaining to the military?

And to those who read my statements, sorry for the confusion! I should have specifically stated in the first inquiry box that the statement "After talking to an SSG affiliated with the 33 Brigade located in Ottawa" should have stated a US SSG that is personally affiliated (friends) with several members of the 33rd. I apologize for any misunderstanding that may have occurred due to bad communication on my part.

A little more information could be helpful for those on these means who may be able to advise you.

Do you currently reside in the United States and, if so, do you intend continuing to live there, at least in the short term such as for university?
Is your plan to join the CF Reserves and "commute" to fulfill  any attendance obligations?
Whisky for the gentlemen that like it. And for the gentlemen that don't like it - Whisky.

Offline OutgoingCanasian96

  • Guest
  • *
  • 70
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 4
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #437 on: September 04, 2017, 18:02:58 »
I currently have my primary, albeit temporary, residence in Canada as I am enrolled as a full-time student at Carleton University. Officially, however, my residence is stated as my parent's house in the United States, and I visit here every six months at minimum to fulfill the requirements of citizenship, as a resident must stay in the US for five years with periods of foreign residence no longer than six months.

For the foreseeable future, I am going to be spending at least 9 out of the 12 months of the year in Canada, and ideally, I would like to be accepted to an Ontario Graduate school and primarily reside in Canada. In regards to my military aspirations, I intend to take my courses at a military base while temporary being barracked there during academic breaks.

Offline Oldgateboatdriver

  • Army.ca Veteran
  • *****
  • 148,090
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 3,813
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #438 on: September 05, 2017, 09:37:49 »
Good morning OutgoingCanasian:

I can see from the convoluted way you are asking questions that you are in University, and destined for post graduate studies.  :nod:

I re-read all your posts, and basically, you only have one question:

"I am a Canadian citizen with American permanent residency (green card) for the next two years until I can get my American citizenship. I am currently studying in Canada and wish to join the Canadian Armed Forces reserves. What effect will that have on my capacity to get my American citizenship?"

See how easy it would have been!

Here's the answer you need to hear and heed:

Your question is - not repeat not - a recruiting question. The only recruiting aspect of import is that to join the CAF reserves, you have to be a Canadian citizen, and you already are. As such, there's nobody in the CAF, and I suspect in the US Armed Forces, to provide you advice on your question, and definitely no one at the sergeant / staff sergeant level.

Your question is a US immigration question.  So here is the only person that can give you an answer: A US immigration lawyer. Go and consult one. If you don't know where to look, consult with your closest US embassy or consulate. I am sure they can point you to such lawyers.

Good luck.
 

Offline JMei001

  • New Member
  • **
  • 435
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 48
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #439 on: September 27, 2017, 13:40:56 »
Hey guys,

I'm currently a PRes/Class A Reserve applicant. I've  completed all the major steps in the application process (CFAT, BG and Reference check, Medical, Interview, FORCE test). I checked on my file last Friday and was told that I've passed all of them, and it's just going to go to the CO's desk for final approval before I start up my BMQ! Great news of course. However, someone told me, although I'm not sure reliable, told me not to get my hopes up and that the CO may chose to reject my file? I don't see why, as there's no competition list, in the reserves its first come first serve and pass all your tests.

Can anyone enlighten me on this?

Thank you!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Offline mariomike

  • Directing Staff
  • Army.ca Legend
  • *
  • 557,040
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 10,767
    • The job.
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #440 on: September 27, 2017, 13:47:20 »
< snip > the CO may chose to reject my file?

Reserve unit CO's have to approve accepting the member, and then it is passed up for Area approval.

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of up to date information.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2017, 13:55:49 by mariomike »

Offline JMei001

  • New Member
  • **
  • 435
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 48
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #441 on: September 27, 2017, 13:49:21 »

What reason would a CO have to reject someone's file?

I had a perfect medical, did well on FORCES, great references and background check, great interview, I did meh on the CFAT but I still qualified for my trade.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
« Last Edit: September 27, 2017, 14:14:27 by JMei001 »

Offline JustinL

  • Guest
  • *
  • 280
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 6
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #442 on: September 28, 2017, 15:18:18 »
Hi all,

I'm a PRes applicant for weapons tech in the Toronto area. The last I heard from my recruiter was that my application was at the competition stage (this was on Sept 5) and that I should be hearing back in a few weeks. So far there is no news yet but does anyone have any idea when the start dates are for the reserves weekend BMQ this year?

Thanks!
Recruiting Center: Toronto
Regular/Reserve: PRes
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Weapons Tech
First Contact: March 2017
CFAT: Passed (15 May 2017)
FORCES: Passed (10 May 2017)
Medical: Passed (26 May 2017)
Interview completed: 26 May 2017
Enrollment: 13 Oct 2017
BMQ: 20 Oct 2017

Offline Lumber

  • Donor
  • Army.ca Veteran
  • *
  • 66,289
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 2,209
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #443 on: September 28, 2017, 15:31:04 »
Hi all,

I'm a PRes applicant for weapons tech in the Toronto area. The last I heard from my recruiter was that my application was at the competition stage (this was on Sept 5) and that I should be hearing back in a few weeks. So far there is no news yet but does anyone have any idea when the start dates are for the reserves weekend BMQ this year?

Thanks!

Contact HMCS York and put in a request to join the Naval Reserve as a Marine Technician. With your medical and FORCE test already done, they'll have you in the door and in uniform in about a week.

Also, our trade training takes place in either Quebec City, Victoria, or Halifax, and our exercises are in sunny Victoria where you get hot food and get to sleep on a soft bed.

Go NAVY; Beat ARMY.
"Aboard his ship, there is nothing outside a captain's control." - Captain Sir Edward Pellew

“Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.”
― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Death before dishonour! Nothing before coffee!

Offline Primus

  • New Member
  • **
  • 805
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 44
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #444 on: September 28, 2017, 16:19:51 »
Hey guys,

I'm currently a PRes/Class A Reserve applicant. I've  completed all the major steps in the application process (CFAT, BG and Reference check, Medical, Interview, FORCE test). I checked on my file last Friday and was told that I've passed all of them, and it's just going to go to the CO's desk for final approval before I start up my BMQ! Great news of course. However, someone told me, although I'm not sure reliable, told me not to get my hopes up and that the CO may chose to reject my file? I don't see why, as there's no competition list, in the reserves its first come first serve and pass all your tests.

Can anyone enlighten me on this?

Thank you!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Was the person that told you "Don't get your hopes up" Part of the staff of that specific unit? Otherwise, tell them to shove it. 
The reserves are in desperate need of personnel. There's no reason to reject you. Just stay positive. 

Offline JMei001

  • New Member
  • **
  • 435
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 48
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #445 on: September 28, 2017, 16:27:19 »
Was the person that told you "Don't get your hopes up" Part of the staff of that specific unit? Otherwise, tell them to shove it. 
The reserves are in desperate need of personnel. There's no reason to reject you. Just stay positive.
Thanks! A random person I know told me that, couldn't comprehend why I would get rejected if everything went well. That not only wastes my time, but the CAF's too.

Thanks!! :) much appreciated


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Offline JustinL

  • Guest
  • *
  • 280
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 6
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #446 on: October 03, 2017, 17:03:50 »
Contact HMCS York and put in a request to join the Naval Reserve as a Marine Technician. With your medical and FORCE test already done, they'll have you in the door and in uniform in about a week.

Also, our trade training takes place in either Quebec City, Victoria, or Halifax, and our exercises are in sunny Victoria where you get hot food and get to sleep on a soft bed.

Go NAVY; Beat ARMY.

Honestly it's kind of tempting with my brother being a mar tech and all in the Navy Pres. At this point I'm just hoping ill be able to start BMQ this fall, there's absolutely zero information on BMQ schedules for the reserves [:(
Recruiting Center: Toronto
Regular/Reserve: PRes
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Weapons Tech
First Contact: March 2017
CFAT: Passed (15 May 2017)
FORCES: Passed (10 May 2017)
Medical: Passed (26 May 2017)
Interview completed: 26 May 2017
Enrollment: 13 Oct 2017
BMQ: 20 Oct 2017

Online PuckChaser

  • Directing Staff
  • Army.ca Fixture
  • *
  • 948,150
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 8,735
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #447 on: October 03, 2017, 18:47:34 »
At this point I'm just hoping ill be able to start BMQ this fall, there's absolutely zero information on BMQ schedules for the reserves [:(

BMQs in the PRes are run at the unit level national level in Nav Res. Thats why there's no info. Ask your prospective unit.

Editted to ensure correct information.
« Last Edit: October 04, 2017, 09:11:29 by PuckChaser »

Offline Buck_HRA

    .

  • Health Services Recruiting Answerer
  • Directing Staff
  • Sr. Member
  • *
  • 30,240
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 719
    • CAF - Talk to a Recruiter
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #448 on: October 04, 2017, 15:25:16 »
BMQs in the PRes are run at the unit level national level in Nav Res. Thats why there's no info. Ask your prospective unit.

Editted to ensure correct information.
I can't speak on other Brigades, but I know this also isn't accurate for 32 CBG.
BMQ's are run by 32 CBG Battle School and information on BMQ's is absolutely available.

As pointed out by PuckChaser, BMQs for NAVRES are run at the National Level and information is absolutely available.

Also a correction to "there is no competition list for Reserves".

There is no competition list held by CFRG HQ; however at the unit level if there are 5 people applying for 2 Supply Technician positions; guess what - the CO is going to hold an internal competition list and pick the best 2 of those 5 (in the opinion of the CO & the Selection Board that the CO forms).  I've seen this happen several times; and on more than one occasion as the Senior RMS Clerk was involved in the board when selecting an RMS Clerk for the unit.  It's not always "first across the line" with Reserves (although it is sometimes the case, so I won't say it's never the case).

Offline JustinL

  • Guest
  • *
  • 280
  • Rate Post
  • Posts: 6
Re: Questions about joining the Reserves
« Reply #449 on: October 04, 2017, 15:59:03 »
Thanks for the replies!

Hi Buck,
I've looked for current BMQ reserve schedules everywhere on the official websites (including the 32 CBG page) and haven't found anything. Would you be able to point out where the information is posted? The reason I ask is because my recruiter told me I should have appointment dates for enrollment by the end of September and to contact him if that didn't happen. Seeing that its October and that I can't get a hold of my recruiter (by email or phone) I feel just slightly worried...

Thanks again :cdn:
Recruiting Center: Toronto
Regular/Reserve: PRes
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Weapons Tech
First Contact: March 2017
CFAT: Passed (15 May 2017)
FORCES: Passed (10 May 2017)
Medical: Passed (26 May 2017)
Interview completed: 26 May 2017
Enrollment: 13 Oct 2017
BMQ: 20 Oct 2017