Bombardier Erich Goodwin helps Breanna Moss put on the uniform. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Master Corporal Timothy Drew shows Tabyn Ouellette how this rifle is used. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Weapons like the C3 105-mm Howitzer are the bread and butter of the artillery. Recruiting Non-Commission Officer Sergeant Geoff Nickelo and Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Gary Hardwick were happy to answer any questions potential recruits may have had about it. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Canadian Army Reserve Armouries host national open house
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Canadian Army Reserve opened Armories across the nation, inviting the general public to learn more about what they do and see if such a career is right for them.
42nd Field Artillery Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew Scottish), RCA in Pembroke was no exception. On Sept. 30, they participated in the campaign, showcasing weaponry and pieces of equipment as well as videos that demonstrated what a career in the reserves looks like. Their museum also had some of its historical pieces out on display.
The regiment is recruiting artillery soldiers and officers, and human resources administrators. “We are all about growing,” said Recreating Non-Commission Officer Sergeant Geoff Nickelo. “We want to grow our numbers. It helps us train better because with more members you can do more.”
Having an open house will possibly help them achieve this goal. “Having this is two-fold,” said Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Gary Hardwick. “One is to showcase our regiment to the community and we also want to attract young men and women to the reserves because it is an excellent opportunity to develop skills that help our soldiers compete and prepare them for life.”
Discipline, respect and time-management are all crucial skills. “People respect the skills that people get in the reserves,” said LCol Harding. “Time with the reserves really set people up in future careers.”
Since both Regular and Reserve Force members undergo basically the same training, have many of the same jobs and responsibility, and even sometimes work the same hours, Ii can be hard to tell the difference between the two. It typically comes down to the contract they sign when joining. A Regular Forces member is locked in for a certain amount of time while a reservist can release quickly. Reservists are also usually part-time and need only to commit to a weekend every month to remain part of the regiment.
Both paths are great career options. “Either way, it depends on the type of person,” said Sgt Nickelo.
To join the Reserve Force, one must possess Canadian citizenship, have completed a minimum of provincial grade 10 education or Secondary IV in Quebec and be 18 years of age or older or apply at the age of 16 with the consent of a parent or legal guardian as long as they are still full-time students.
As a reservist, you also receive excellent pay, a pension, benefits including dental and you can qualify for paid education, which isn’t something that the average part-time job offers, said Sgt Nickelo.
Please contact Sgt Nickelo for more information at 613-732-4470 ext 252 or 42FdRegtRecruiting@forces.gc.ca.