I swear… Joining the Canadian Armed Forces was the best decision I have ever made. For those of you asking why I say this, this is my answer to you:
First and foremost, you’re a part of the biggest and most important business in Canada. You get benefits, pay and raises, vacation days, as well as, getting paid to learn and be fit.
For example; if you want to be a nurse in the forces you can. You can either apply to be a Medical Technician or a Nursing Officer. Once you are finished your basic military training—which is something that EVERYONE had to go through, doesn’t matter which trade you’re going for, doesn’t matter if you’re applying to be a noncommissioned member or an officer. All personnel must do BMQ. One you’re finished with 13-15 weeks of basic you’ll go to your next posting to begin your trades training… If you’re already qualified you’ll be doing something else, I believe. And if you’re not that’s fine, on top of having a salary you’re education will be fully paid for.
You are guaranteed a job upon completion.
Sounding good yet? Well, there’s some other things here too… But in to of the things already mentioned but you can travel the world…. See different places, meet new people, help out wherever needed, and just have an experience that most people could only imagine about doing.
And this goes for any trade you are… Whether it be a nurse, dental assistant, photographer, clerk, cook, musician, vehicle technician, etc…
Also, upon completing your BMQ—which is the hardest to go through—you will feel accomplished and so proud that you stuck with it. It’ll be hard, exhausting but with each number you receive is always something to be proud about. Why? Because you can say that you have the courage to do something that so many would be afraid to do.
Even though I have yet to graduate from BMQ I have made so many accomplishments over things that I didn’t think I could do. With each week that I have completed I feel pride. And with each week that passes by I can see myself and the rest of my platoon standing out on the parade square in our dress uniforms (DEU’s) finally graduating basic training.
I highly recommend joining…. After all, this is not just a job or a career….
It’s a lifestyle.