The Garrison Petawawa Specialized Occupation Fair was held Mar. 6 and 7 at Dundonald Hall. Different specialty trades were on display and Canadian Armed Forces members were invited to attend briefings on each career path. There to answer questions were, from left, Personnel Selection Officer Lieutenant Robert Hall, Anna Crosby from the Garrison Petawawa Personnel Selections Office and Personnel Selection Officer Major Sebastien Boucher. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Exploring career options at Specialized Occupation Fair

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019

A two-day Specialized Occupation Fair was recently held at Garrison Petawawa to increase awareness and streamline the process for members interested in learning about specialty occupations in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Information booths staffed by recruiters from Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), Clearance Diver, Close Protection, Conduct After Capture (CAC/ CACI), Cyber Ops, JTF-X, Flight Engineer, Personnel Support Programs (PSP) and Search and Rescue Technician (SAR-Tech) specialties, were set up in Dundonald Hall on March 6 and 7, providing details on these trades as well as answering any questions members might have about a new career path. Briefings were also held throughout the event.

“We wanted to highlight the diverse opportunities the Canadian Armed Forces has to offer,” said Base Personnel Selection Officer and Event Coordinator Second Lieutenant (2Lt) Cole Keaney.

For most of these occupations, individuals have to be in the CAF prior to applying and by getting to know the requirements for a position, interested personnel can work towards reaching these goals, she pointed out.

Personnel Selection Officers chose to host the fair during a low-tempo time for most units and parallel to the 2019 Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversity Festival to attract a larger number of Regular and Primary Reserve Force Members than if it was held during the busier months.

Those interested in working with specialty forces have three options, confirmed 2 Lt Keaney.

They can choose to occupationally transfer into one of these trades; take on the role of supporter where they keep their original title but work alongside a specialty trade for a few years; or take a tasking position.
“It is important that our members are fulfilled with their occupations,” said 2Lt Keaney. “It is the goal of the Personnel Selection Office.”

Garrison Petawawa does have the best people this country has to offer, she noted, in terms of fitness, mental readiness, and ethics, all of which are characteristics these specialty trades are looking for and in some cases, actively recruiting for.

“The goal is really to get this information out there because when our members start working towards these specific occupations, they get more engaged in their fitness, they get more engaged in their mental health and it actually makes them leaders in their units,” said 2Lt Keaney. “Not only does it act as a motivator for our members, but it increases the unit output overall.”

For more information on these specialized occupations, contact the Base Personnel Selection Office (BPSO) at ext. 4626.