42nd Field looking for new soldiers
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Gunner Erich Goodwin shows Kaylee Majer, 11, how to handle a C-6 General Purpose Machine Gun, while her sister, Melanie, 14, (right) goes through the weapons drills on the C-9 Light Machine Gun during an open house at 42nd Field Regiment in downtown Pembroke. Melanie is also a Master Bombardier in the 2677 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.
The gunners of 42nd Field Regiment took time out of their busy training schedule recently to open their doors to the public.
The open house on Oct. 1 was part of a national recruitment initiative intent to promote awareness in each community about their local reserve unit. While the venue gave the unit a chance to demonstrate their equipment and capabilities, it also informed potential recruits about the type of occupations offered, employee benefits, and the application process.
“If you are a person that wants a challenge, to serve your country, or wants simply has an inclination to join the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force but is not convinced that the military lifestyle is right for you then the Primary Reserve is a better suited option,” explained reserve unit recruiter Sgt. Geoff Nickelo.
Formed in 1866 as an infantry battalion, 42nd Field Regiment, previously known as the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment, is a combat arms unit whose mission focuses specifically in surveillance, target acquisition and indirect fire to engage the enemy. Their primary weapon is the C3 105-millimetre Howitzer, a long range support weapon that can fire a round to a maximun range of 18.5 kilometres.
The Canadian Armed Forces reserves offers part-time and full-time employment opportunities; guaranteed employment in your local community; an indeterminate terms of service; competitive health and dental benefits; and education reimbursements for students attending post-secondary education. Recently 42nd Field has undertaken a high school cooperative program that allows students,16 years of age, to join the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve and earn high school credits while training.
Sgt. Nickelo added it is quite normal for people to have cold feet about joining the military, at first. As a demanding organization, the Canadian Armed Forces is a type of organization that is difficult to determine if it’s right for you unless you try it, he noted.
“With the Primary Reserve this uncertainty is a perfect option because as a primary reserve member you are not obligated to sign a term contact with our organization,” he explained. “You have the option to release from the Primary Reserve immediately after enrolment.”
When he joined at the age of 19, Sgt. Nickelo said he had an interest in the military but didn't want to commit. However, the infantryman is still serving 10 years later because of all of the experience, personal growth, and pure enjoyment he has received from being a member of the military.
To meet the basic eligibility criteria, you must be 16 years of age (with parental consent), a Canadian Citizen, and have completed an academic level of grade 10. Once you’ve determined you have met that basic eligibility all you need to do is apply online at Forces.ca and submit an online application. After completing an online application you will be contacted by your local Primary Reserve recruiter and then you will begin the application processes. The application process involves a Canadian Forces Aptitude test (CFAT), fitness evaluation, medical questionnaire and examination, various types of background checks, an interview, and finally the enrolment into the Primary Reserve.
If you’re a person that is currently looking for an employment opportunity that offers competitive benefits, minimal commitment, and is a person that enjoys a challenge then you should consider submitting your application to the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve,” Sgt Nickelo added.
For more information, you can contact Sgt Nickelo at (613) 732-4470, extension 252 or by e-mail at: 42FdRegt.Recruiting@forces.gc.ca.