Re: Basic Recruit Training Obligations?

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Posted by Mark Bossi (M.A. Bossi, Esquire) from Toronto Ontario Canada on December 02, 2021 at 17:23:12:

In Reply to: Basic Recruit Training Obligations? posted by The Peasent on November 25, 2021 at 22:21:33:

Hmmm ... you asked the question:

"My first concern is whether or not your name goes on file some where as having basic military training. Is this true? If so, can you be called to active duty because of it?"

This reminds me of something which happened at the time of the Gulf War - numerous applicants to Royal Military College withdrew their applications when hostilities broke out, yet re-submitted them when the fighting was over. It seemed they were only interested in a "free" education, vice "serving".

I'm not being grumpy (well, okay, maybe just a little bit) - I'm just "cutting to the chase", and drawing attention to what ultimately be a fatal flaw in your logic: Why would you join the Army if you weren't willing to serve (i.e. "be called to active duty").

However, to answer this question only: It requires an incredible amount of legislation to be enacted before you would be called (and, historically, there are usually enough volunteers to win our wars, allowing all Canadians to benefit - even those who never served).
An indication of this is this: When personnel retire from the Canadian Army, they even have the choice of volunteering to remain in the Supplementary Reserve (essentially, the "list" you were referring to, which has minimum requirements - if you resigned after only "basic" training, you wouldn't even be considered for the Supplementary Reserve).

So, the simple answer is "you don't need to worry about being called up (unless there's a draft)".

Dileas Gu Brath

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