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Offline canadianbacon22

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Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« on: January 16, 2017, 22:27:18 »
Hey guys,

So ever since I've told many of friends and my family that I decided to pursue a career in the military, I feel like it's my turn under the spotlight. Well, from a family perspective it would've been anyways, since I graduated high school last year and now it's time to continue on with life. The only thing I hate about it is that some of my friends and people I went to high school with think that I am already in the Army. It's always a bit awkward to explain to them at parties and what not that the application process is incredibly long and I'm no where close to getting in. Also, I don't want people to see me as a wuss or someone who couldn't make it, which is weird because some of them would never choose this lifestyle regardless of how much money you would throw at 'em. I think too much. Anyone else feel similar?

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 07:16:53 »
If you dont mind me asking. What part of the application are you at? And why make it awkward? Not sure exactly how old you are. However that being said all you have to do is tell them you are not in yet. Dont have to go into any detail.

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2017, 09:29:51 »
If you dont mind me asking. What part of the application are you at? And why make it awkward? Not sure exactly how old you are. However that being said all you have to do is tell them you are not in yet. Dont have to go into any detail.

Well, I graduated high school about a year ago. I took my aptitude test in late October, but due to my substance use, my app. was closed until December. It appears that the e-mail I sent to re-open my application then hadn't done anything, and yesterday I talked to a file manager and he said it's been sent to Selection. It's just that my parents are really on my *** because they don't want me to sitting home all day. Obviously, I don't want to either, but even finding a part time job until then is challenging.

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 17:57:43 »
Well, I graduated high school about a year ago. I took my aptitude test in late October, but due to my substance use, my app. was closed until December. It appears that the e-mail I sent to re-open my application then hadn't done anything, and yesterday I talked to a file manager and he said it's been sent to Selection. It's just that my parents are really on my *** because they don't want me to sitting home all day. Obviously, I don't want to either, but even finding a part time job until then is challenging.

So you still have your medical and interview left no? I always thought when your file is closed you basically have to re apply. CFAT and personality test they wouldnt make you do again. But still its going to be a while and I highly suggest you dont put all your apples in one basket. Id get out there and find a job. Just dont explain that Army is happening anytime soon because they will be reluctant to hire you. Just my two cents. Im currently re enlisting for my second time. I was in thr Infantry before. And finished my medical last month. Take my advice how you want. Just trying to help you out.

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2017, 08:38:18 »
Obviously it was important for you to tell your family and close friends that you are applying for a career in the Forces so there was no way around that. However if you find it's awkward to explain to them that you're still waiting on the offer due to the lengthy and somewhat arduous process, perhaps when you are finally in the Forces you should refrain from telling people about upcoming courses or opportunities until they are confirmed or actually completed.

Talking about opportunities before they are confirmed may bring a lot of stress because you put the pressure - or spotlight - on yourself. "What if I don't get on the course? What if I don't complete the course? What if I change my mind? I'll have so much explaining to do." Waiting until you've completed said course will allow you to speak more confidently about your career and experiences because you've eliminated all that uncertainty. You'll also actually have more things to say and stories to tell besides speculation.

Best of luck with the rest of the process- and no one will see you as a wuss or that you "couldn't make it" should you not succeed at any stage with the military now or in the future. :)

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2017, 03:51:05 »
@Murdock

Well spoken. I completely agree

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2017, 19:57:06 »
Nope. Aside from members of my family and close friends, I've never told everyone using a megaphone that I'm applying for the service. Although I've told my former co-workers, teachers, non-profit execs that I've worked with in the past to ask them as my references. But I've never told people that see or talk to me regularly like current co-workers, people at my gym, and in my social media friends. That way I can focus more on my full-time job, French lessons on Duolingo, and gym and not keep on waiting for "the call".

As having a friend already in the service, I know the application process will be like and to tell everyone about it will lead to listening to their enquiry every other month: "What happened to your army application?"
Recruiting Centre: Hamilton
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Trade Choice 1: Communicator Research Operator
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CFAT: July 8th, 2016 [PASSED]
Medical: July 27th, 2016 [PASSED]
Interview: July 27th, 2016 [PASSED]
Merit List: n/a
Position Offered: February 14th, 2017
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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2017, 08:47:28 »
I get what you're feeling. I started my application four months ago, and I'm quite near the end, but all my family members and everyone who hears about it at work all think it's so slow. But my application has been really fast compared to many of the timelines posted here, even with the couple troubles I've had.

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2017, 10:09:32 »
So you still have your medical and interview left no? I always thought when your file is closed you basically have to re apply. CFAT and personality test they wouldnt make you do again. But still its going to be a while and I highly suggest you dont put all your apples in one basket. Id get out there and find a job. Just dont explain that Army is happening anytime soon because they will be reluctant to hire you. Just my two cents. Im currently re enlisting for my second time. I was in thr Infantry before. And finished my medical last month. Take my advice how you want. Just trying to help you out.

Here is the information you are looking for:

https://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,124464.msg1461319.html#msg1461319

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2017, 13:12:26 »
I avoided telling anyone beyond my closest friends and family for this exact reason. I'd rather surprise everyone I know with the news that I'm (hopefully!) heading to BMQ than have to explain that "no, I'm not actually in the army, I didn't get hired" after spreading it around. Most people, I've found, assume that the process is a simple decision to join up followed by a quick trip to the recruiter's followed by a bus trip to BMQ.

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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2017, 23:57:06 »
Get a job while you wait for the forces.
I started down my excellent career five years ago by getting a minimum wage job at a factory.
I have not looked back.

On another note.
The substance use/abuse.
Ask yourself, is this just a phase in my life, or am I doing this because I am unhappy with my life?


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Re: Anyone else feel like the spotlights on them?
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2017, 16:08:01 »
I sent my two-weeks notice a couple of weeks ago and the production overseers were surprised. That's because I've never told everyone about my application to begin with. They then offered me for $1/hr raise then I was like ... EFF THAAATT! I didn't dream to be a low-income earner for the rest of my life and being a factory worker. I want the good pay, I want the constant moving to different places, I want the yuppie girls, and the best of all: the chance to SERVE THE QUEEN AND THE COUNTRY. At the factory, I'm just serving some guy and his corporation getting richer. Pfffttt!!!!
Recruiting Centre: Hamilton
Regular/Reserve: Regular
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Communicator Research Operator
Applied: June 12th, 2016
First Contact: June 15th, 2016
CFAT: July 8th, 2016 [PASSED]
Medical: July 27th, 2016 [PASSED]
Interview: July 27th, 2016 [PASSED]
Merit List: n/a
Position Offered: February 14th, 2017
Enrolment/Swearing-In: March 16, 2017
BMQ: March 27th, 2017