Explore Army Reserve opportunities at cross-Canada open armoury event

Article / September 20, 2017 / Project number: 17-0231

By Steven Fouchard, Army Public Affairs

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Ottawa, Ontario — The Canadian Army Reserve (ARes) takes on big challenges, ranging from combat operations to supporting emergency responses here at home. So it should come as no surprise that, when the ARes hosts an open house, it will also be big.

Have you ever considered challenging yourself and becoming an integral part of the Army’s mission by serving part-time as a Reservist? Tomorrow, Saturday, September 30, is a perfect time to learn more: every ARes unit, sub-unit and detachment from coast to coast will be opening their doors to the public.

The event is very much in keeping with the ARes’ role in engaging Canadians on the local level – it is comprised of 123 units located in 117 communities. More than 90 per cent of Canadians live no more than a 45-minute drive from an ARes armoury.

“We’re very much part of the community,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Frédérick Côté, part of the personnel generation team at Chief of Staff Army Operations in Ottawa. “This is a great chance to meet Reservists in your community face-to-face – to see them in their work environment and understand the wide range of career options that are available in the ARes.”

While infantry or armour may be among the first things to come to mind when one thinks of military service, LCol Côté said visitors to the open armoury will be surprised by the variety of learning opportunities.

“We’re also about communicators, logisticians, engineers, military police and medics. We need tradespeople, like weapons technicians for example. We’re going to expose the public to the full range.”

The open armoury comes just as Strengthening the Army Reserve (StAR), ramps up. It is an ongoing campaign to continue to build a strong ARes through improved recruiting, assignment of mission tasks, improved training and better access to equipment, all designed to facilitate growth and integrate the ARes more closely with the Regular Force.

Looking to further your education? Through StAR, the ARes is expanding its Civil-Military Leadership Pilot Initiative (CMLPI). A partnership between the Canadian Army (CA) and universities, CMLPI provides opportunities for Reservists to gain credit for their military training at civilian universities.

Longer-term, the CA is also exploring a reverse arrangement through which new recruits will be able to gain credit for military qualifications if they have completed relevant civilian training.

The StAR initiative is also improving ARes recruitment overall. An expedited process will allow individuals to join much more quickly. In many cases they will be enrolled after just two visits to their local unit, as opposed to taking up to a year as had been the case previously. Recruits are still required to meet the CA’s stringent standards but the steps are now better synchronized to speed up the process.

“As always, the contributions of our citizen soldiers are vital to operations, whether abroad or at home, as we saw this spring during the floods in Quebec,” said Brigadier-General Rob Roy MacKenzie, Chief of Staff, Canadian Army Reserve Force. “Recruitment efforts by the Canadian Army’s Divisions will not only guarantee the sustainability of the institution, but also the growth required over the next few years, and the achievement of its operational mandates and objectives. Our Reservists will continue to act as a bridge with local communities and contribute to increasing diversity within the Canadian Armed Forces.”

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Looking for a great full time career? The Canadian Armed Forces is hiring. Check out the opportunities here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/campaigns/in-demand-jobs.html

And remember, you could also serve part time: one night a week and one weekend a month, with the Canadian Army Reserve.

To join the Army Reserve, start by dropping by the local armoury in your community or region. If you are looking for a particular trade, you must join a unit that offers that type of work.

Browse this listing of Reserve units to find one near you: http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/en/reserve/index.page#unit

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