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Yard Ape
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posted 19 April 2021 10:37     Profile for Yard Ape   Email Yard Ape     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Soldier of Fortune asked:
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While on the topic of reserves, do you guys think it would be possible to go to school and be in the reserves at the same time, would it be to hard to do homework and train? I guess what im trying to ask is if the reserves are doployed very often, so would I would miss school very often if i did join? How long would a reserve units tour be?

You can go to school and join the reserves without either having an adverse affect on the other. In fact, in Ontario, you can join the reserves as part of your schools Co-op program and get highshcool credits for it.

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posted 19 April 2021 11:27     Profile for Gunner   Author's Homepage   Email Gunner     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
I joined the Reserves in Grade 11 at the age of 16 and never looked back. Sometimes it was tough getting up on Monday mornings to go to school (grades 11 and 12 as well as university) after a long training weekend. Although there was frustration at times I always felt alot of pride for "doing" something on my weekends vice working at a job flipping burgers. I've completed over 16 years now and well on my way to 17.

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I'm in school full time and have no problem working around either exercises or school work. If someone cannot make it all work then there is an organisational problem...
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posted 23 April 2021 14:57     Profile for ender   Email ender     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
It's best to join the reseves, when you're in school because you have your summers off.

I did my QL2 on weekends while I was in OAC with a full course load of physics, calculus, algebra and chemistry (we're semestered) and I did fine. Now I'm in University. I find the reserves to be a great break from school: you forget about and deal with a different set of problems.

I wouldn't have done the co-op program though. For several reasons.
a) I had an insane course load as it was, I didn't have the time to take army courses
b) you don't get paid
c) if you break your leg halfway through the course, you lose your credit
d) The courses arn't as good. I know some people who did co-op, and there were only 3 people on thier course. The did about an hour of army stuff a day. You need it in a continuous bloc. (at least the weekend)

If you are in school you have your summers off anyway, do it in the summer or on weekends and get paid.

(some areas have no other option except co-op though)


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posted 23 April 2021 23:24     Profile for Disturbance   Email Disturbance     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
I just started the reserves and I am in second year university. One night a week and one weekend a month is NOT A PROBLEM TO DO. You could even have another job I bet and still make the grade. In uni you get a 4 month summer as opposed to 2 in high school and I will only be gone for just over 2 months. So I mean that even isnt that bad at all and think about how much sweeter it is to tell ppl what you did in your training over summer as opposed to selling clothes all day (which is what I do)
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posted 26 April 2021 21:12     Profile for Soldier of Fortune   Email Soldier of Fortune     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
When do you guys think is an appropriat time to join the reserves, e.g.Summer, Winter, etc.?

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posted 27 April 2021 01:46     Profile for McG   Author's Homepage   Email McG     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
You have to decide what you want to do first. Some units will only recruit during one season. If you are intrested in joining the unit, you must join at that time. Most units will run a QL2 course through the winter, and then send the graduates onto QL3 that summer. Some Combat Arms trades also run combined QL2/3's during the summer.

As for Co-op courses, my regiment runs them for a full morning each day of the week. The candidates do not get paid for these days. However, they occasionally train on weekends for range and field exercises and they do get paid for these. It is not uncommon for the Co-op course to cover all the required material early and cover addidional areas which may be poorly covered in the training program or introduce areas of the QL3 course.


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posted 27 April 2021 16:13     Profile for ender   Email ender     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
Since you live in Toronto, I have a pretty good idea of your options, and you have a lot.

You can do a weekend QL2 course through the year, and then do you QL3 in the summer. Or, if you are going infantry you can take a combined 2/3 course. The engineers also offer 2's in the summer, after which you can go to Gagetown NB for your 3's. You can also do co-op.

The big advantage of living in Toronto is that you can choose your trade and your unit, and you have a lot of options availible. This isn't nessesarily the case in other parts of the country.


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posted 28 April 2021 22:15     Profile for Soldier of Fortune   Email Soldier of Fortune     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
I actualy live outside of
Toronto but my parents said that if I join it might as well be in Toronto, however I live pretty close to CFB Borden, do you guys know of any reserve units there or a web site I could find that out?

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posted 29 April 2021 14:07     Profile for ender   Email ender     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
I think the unit out there (correct me if I'm wrong anybody) is the Grey and Simcoe Foresters (infantry, otherwise known as the G&SF;) Some guys from my unit live out there and drive in to Toronto. I think you have to do the co-op program there, but I'm not sure. Plus, this stuff changes from year to year, so by the time you join up it might be different.
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