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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #425 on: February 07, 2018, 13:45:56 »
Hi all,

I've just received a starting date for BMQ (for reservists) that takes place this Friday and continues until June. I've noticed however that it overlaps with a weekend in April (2 days) with something important I cannot miss. Is it possible to miss 2 days/a weekend of BMQ? Or am I better off waiting until there is another BMQ opportunity that doesn't conflict with anything?

Thanks.

You're best to speak with your CoC and explain the situation. They will weigh the legitimacy of your "cannot miss" and determine the best course.
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #426 on: February 09, 2018, 18:40:18 »
Hi all,

I've just received a starting date for BMQ (for reservists) that takes place this Friday and continues until June. I've noticed however that it overlaps with a weekend in April (2 days) with something important I cannot miss. Is it possible to miss 2 days/a weekend of BMQ? Or am I better off waiting until there is another BMQ opportunity that doesn't conflict with anything?

Thanks.
Most likely not as every single day of reserve bmq is crucial as they dont have any time. They need to cram as much as they can in the small amount if time they have. Only thing you may get lucky enough to get whatever training is being done that weekend, done at your unit. Ive seen this happen before if its something that can be done at unit. If that weekend is nav or ftx or range weekend, forget it, dont even ask.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #427 on: February 09, 2018, 18:47:21 »
I’m on BMQ now and we’re allowed to miss up to 1 weekend; you need to write up a memo to your section sergeant, pass it to your section senior, to your 2IC, and then they’ll approve it or disapprove it depending on the material of the weekend and the urgency of your reason.


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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #428 on: February 14, 2018, 09:58:56 »
I cannot seem to find an answer for my specific question, so here it goes gentlemen.

Am I permitted to bring my pipe and tobacco tin to BMOQ?

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #429 on: February 16, 2018, 12:12:28 »
Hey. So I am a soon to be new part time reservist in the 21EW for communicator research and I was wondering if anyone knows on average how days/hours you work in a week and if there is opportunity to do more or less. I'm a University student and just wish to know, to see if I will be fine with just being a reservist or if I'll have to pick up another part time job. Thanks for your help.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #430 on: February 16, 2018, 12:17:39 »
Hey. So I am a soon to be new part time reservist in the 21EW for communicator research and I was wondering if anyone knows on average how days/hours you work in a week and if there is opportunity to do more or less. I'm a University student and just wish to know, to see if I will be fine with just being a reservist or if I'll have to pick up another part time job. Thanks for your help.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #431 on: February 16, 2018, 12:18:24 »
Thursday nights 1830ish to 2230. Budget for 2 weekends a month especially when you do BMQ on the weekends.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #432 on: February 16, 2018, 15:15:48 »
I'm a University student and just wish to know, to see if I will be fine with just being a reservist or if I'll have to pick up another part time job.

Total amount that Reservists make in a year 
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #433 on: May 10, 2018, 05:43:11 »
hi. If I become a reserve, likely infantry or something in the army, will I be able to move to the USA in the future?
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #434 on: May 10, 2018, 06:20:06 »
You can move anywhere you want, but you would have to release (unless a temporary move). If you join the US Military you cannot continue to serve in the CAF, you will have to release and you will start over, they do not provide equivalencies or rank incentives. Commonwealth Nations like UK, Australia, New Zealand have an agreement to allow Reservists from Commonwealth Nations to work for Aus/UK/NZ Reserve units while working/studying in those countries. The often have International Recruitment Campaigns where they provide you rank and pay incentives for certain rank levels, occupations, and specialist qualifications.
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #435 on: May 10, 2018, 08:15:27 »
Commonwealth Nations like UK, Australia, New Zealand have an agreement to allow Reservists from Commonwealth Nations to work for Aus/UK/NZ Reserve units while working/studying in those countries.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #436 on: June 19, 2018, 15:45:38 »
I'm currently 41 and thinking about joining the reserves again.  I already know that even though I did my BMQ and QL3 for the combat engineers, it was 25 years ago so I'll be starting from scratch.
The plus side is that I feel like I'm in better shape now then I ever was and I'm confident I can handle the physical requirements.  The down side is that I'm married with 2 kids.  I can absolutely handle weekend training and a couple of evenings every week but I don't think I can leave the kids alone with the wife for a whole month for the trade training.  Are there any trades with shorter or even 2 week training chunks?
I work for the government so taking leave for training isn't going to be a problem.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #437 on: June 19, 2018, 18:56:49 »
I'm currently 41 and thinking about joining the reserves again.  I already know that even though I did my BMQ and QL3 for the combat engineers, it was 25 years ago so I'll be starting from scratch.
The plus side is that I feel like I'm in better shape now then I ever was and I'm confident I can handle the physical requirements.  The down side is that I'm married with 2 kids.  I can absolutely handle weekend training and a couple of evenings every week but I don't think I can leave the kids alone with the wife for a whole month for the trade training.  Are there any trades with shorter or even 2 week training chunks?
I work for the government so taking leave for training isn't going to be a problem.

If I recall correctly the shortest trade is either Artillery at roughly 3 weeks for the Dp 1.0 and the DP 1.0 Infantry is is 4 weeks (+ 4 weeks of BMQ-L).

Food for thought, I think that the time would fly by faster if you actually enjoyed the trade that you picked.


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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #438 on: June 20, 2018, 06:22:44 »
PRes Engr DP1 can be taken in chuncks of about 12-17 training day blocks but there are 5 modules to take.....
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #439 on: June 20, 2018, 10:49:57 »
If I recall correctly the shortest trade is either Artillery at roughly 3 weeks for the Dp 1.0 and the DP 1.0 Infantry is is 4 weeks (+ 4 weeks of BMQ-L).

Food for thought, I think that the time would fly by faster if you actually enjoyed the trade that you picked.

you're absolutely right about needing to enjoy the trade.  I was just hoping that there might be a few to choose from with shorter training periods.  Seems like 4 weeks is pretty typical.  Talking to the local recruiter as well it sounds like I have 2-3 years to complete the trade training so that might give me time to smooth it over with the wife :)

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #440 on: June 21, 2018, 16:18:57 »
Hey I have a question for y’all is it a good idea to join the reg force with no prior military experience. Couple of my friends in the military said join the reserves cause it’s easier but I know I have what it takes at least I think I do but what do y’all think


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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #441 on: June 21, 2018, 16:54:33 »
Couple of my friends in the military said join the reserves cause it’s easier but I know I have what it takes at least I think I do but what do y’all think

Discussion,

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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?

Much would depend if you want a part-time, or full-time job.

Hey I’m about to apply for infantry full time in three weeks, how long does it take to get accepted.

If you decide to join part-time first, this discusses the process and how long it takes to transfer to full-time,

Component Transfers (Reserve to Regular): Q&A
https://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,12797.0.html
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #442 on: July 04, 2018, 02:37:13 »
Hey I have a question for y’all is it a good idea to join the reg force with no prior military experience. Couple of my friends in the military said join the reserves cause it’s easier but I know I have what it takes at least I think I do but what do y’all think


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In my opinion the reserves shouldn't be a "trial" sort of thing where you just test the waters out, because you're still in the military.  Reservists are trained to the same standard as reg force and if you're joining  the reserves with the intention of leaving immediately / in the near future you would be better off just applying for the regular forces when you're ready.
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #443 on: July 04, 2018, 02:48:29 »
In my opinion the reserves shouldn't be a "trial" sort of thing where you just test the waters out, because you're still in the military.  Reservists are trained to the same standard as reg force and if you're joining  the reserves with the intention of leaving immediately / in the near future you would be better off just applying for the regular forces when you're ready.

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #444 on: July 04, 2018, 09:30:48 »
Some Reservists are trained to Regular Force standards. The majority are not.

I understand your desire to be helpful, Mason Jar, however...

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #445 on: July 14, 2018, 22:50:36 »
Hi all,

Quick question pertaining to the "One weekend a month".. At what time do you report for the weekend? Is it Friday evening or Saturday morning or does it vary?

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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #446 on: July 15, 2018, 00:12:28 »
Hi all,

Quick question pertaining to the "One weekend a month".. At what time do you report for the weekend? Is it Friday evening or Saturday morning or does it vary?

Thanks

It varies between units and brigades greatly. Some weekend training you'll have to report at 1830 on Friday, some it'll be 0800 Saturday morning.

It all depends on what the training is, how it's being conducted, who it's being conducted by.

Weekend training won't be every month either.

In the case of weekend BMQ/BMQ-LAND you'll report to the Armoury for 1830 Friday a d you'll be dismissed 1700 on Sunday.
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #447 on: July 15, 2018, 22:48:14 »
Thanks for the reply. So when you're not on training for the most part its just one day a week?  I thought units go on an exercise once a month.


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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #448 on: July 16, 2018, 07:01:27 »
Thanks for the reply. So when you're not on training for the most part its just one day a week?  I thought units go on an exercise once a month.

Do not always expect to be on an exercise once a month.
What you are tasked to do on weekend training will vary.
Examples of what may be scheduled for weekend training include:

- Mandatory classroom lectures / PD (Professional Development training,
-  Range shoots,
- Unit cleaning / maintenance,
- Open House,
- Ceremonies / Parades, and yes
- Training exercises

Theses examples are an example of the monthly weekend training. Units will adjust to what is required at the time.
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Re: QUESTIONS about JOINING THE RESERVES
« Reply #449 on: July 16, 2018, 20:19:28 »
Do not always expect to be on an exercise once a month.
What you are tasked to do on weekend training will vary.
Examples of what may be scheduled for weekend training include:

- Mandatory classroom lectures / PD (Professional Development training,
-  Range shoots,
- Unit cleaning / maintenance,
- Open House,
- Ceremonies / Parades, and yes
- Training exercises

Theses examples are an example of the monthly weekend training. Units will adjust to what is required at the time.

Great information. Thank you :)