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Choice of Reg Force Infantry regiment ( merged )
« on: May 28, 2003, 20:20:00 »
From what I understand, you can claim a preference towards a regiment when you apply, such as the RCR, the PPCLI, or R22R. What I‘m wondering, though, is can you indicate a preference towards a certain battalion, like 3 PPCLI over 1, or is it up to the Regimental command to determine where you end up?

Somewhat related to the above question, and perhaps much stupider, but is 3PPCLI a light infantry battalion? I realize that the LI stands for Light Infantry, but their website seems to indicate mechanized infantry...

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Re: Regiment Choice (regs)
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2003, 20:26:00 »
um, well i dont think i should be commenting on this, for frankly, im a bit of an idiot. lol. But the officer that i was talking to about transfer from res. to reg. said taht if you were to transfer rite out of the Canadian Scottish (BC) you would go rite into the PPCLI. and that basically its mostly geographical, like the PPCLI is western, and well, we only have three basically so do the math.

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Re: Regiment Choice (regs)
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2003, 21:02:00 »
Also, if you don‘t speak French, don‘t count on R22R.
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Re: Regiment Choice (regs)
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2003, 21:13:00 »
The recruiter I spoke with said my options were RCR and PPCLI, depending on if I wanted to be in Eastern Canada or Western. I guess if I actually spoke French I could ask for R22R, but I don‘t think counting to 10 would do.

I screwed up my original post: I know 3PPCLI is light infantry, but the 1PPCLI page looks like they‘re still mechanized. Is that the case, or are all the PPCLI battalions light infantry like their name indicates?

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Re: Regiment Choice (regs)
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2003, 21:27:00 »
3 PPCLI is a Light Infantry Bn. 1 PPCLI and 2 PPCLI are Mechanzied (LAV 3).

For regimental affiliation there are usually a number of factors which determine where you are sent, of course they do ask your preferance. One of the factors is the current regiment manning numbers. Far as I know at this time RCR are at or above their paper manning numbers (Don‘t quote me on this). Therefore they will run less BIQ‘s, only to cover their attrition losses. The PPCLI have been running nonstop BIQ‘s since the fall because of the shortfall in pers. There have been 8 BIQ serials that have been or are being training for 3 PPCLI as we speak. I think that last one for the 3 rd Bn is ending in Sep. After that they will start going to the First Bn. For choice of which battalion you are sent to it is usually determined by the Operation cycle of the Batallions. The Battalion that is in the ReOrganization and Reconstitution cycle get the pers (That is where a person will be sent). On rare ocassions you can be sent other units. For example on the BIQ that I finished instructing, we sent 2 to 2 PPCLI, this was due to personal reasons. There were three troops that wanted to got to the RCR after completing the course, but they were told that the RCR was MOC overborne. Hope that helps a bit.

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Re: Regiment Choice (regs)
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2003, 23:01:00 »
That‘s more help than I was hoping for. I guess I‘ll have to speak to my recruiter and see what she can do for getting my package processed quickly as I‘d much prefer light infantry over mechanized. Though if the last BIQ for 3PPCLI is in September it looks like that may not be an option as long as I choose the PPCLI over the RCR...

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Re: Regiment Choice (regs)
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2003, 16:46:00 »
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Re: Regiment Choice (regs)
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2003, 00:00:00 »
Huh? Slow down and think for a second.  :cdn:

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Can I chose what regiment I want to go to???
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2005, 01:45:59 »
Im in final stages of a component transfer and I was wondering if I have any choice in which reg force battalion I go to. Is that in the contract or you just go where they tell you to go.

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Re: picking a battalion
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2005, 08:44:52 »
Search Page - http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?action=search;advanced

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What base do you get posted to? Do I get any say in what base I get posted to? - http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,22867.0.html

Locations - http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,13059.0.html

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Can I chose what regiment I want to go to???
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2006, 09:35:35 »
Just a question, tried the search but couldn't find anything. Just wanted to know if I can choose what regiment I would like to join. I know they will send you where your needed but if people are needed in more then one regiment, can you have the choice where you would like to go? Joining Regular force Armoured and would like to go RCD. Also what are the chances they will station you in 12e Regiment blindé du Canada at Valcartier, Quebec. I'll go where they send me but I figure it will be hard not being from Quebec and speaking French and all. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks  :cdn:
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Re: Can I chose what regiment I want to go to???
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2006, 09:55:32 »
Short answer. They'll put you where your needed. You can ask, but they don't have to accomodate. If you're a french languge speaker, you'll likel;y end up with the RBC. If you don't speak french, and are not enrolling as an officer, you'll likely go to an english regiment. No guarantees one way or another. There's lot's of threads on this, try the 'advanced search'.
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Choosing a Battalion
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2008, 18:23:56 »
I didn't know if this needed to be in here or recruiting. Sorry if I posted it in the wrong spot, please move if neccesary and sorry for the extra work  ;)

I have recently been selected and I am going to BMQ on the 12th of January. I have only one question to ask at this point before I begin this adventure. At what point (if any) will I be able to choose which Battalion I want to go to? After SQ? Or does the CF assign you where you are needed?

The reason i ask is because I chose PPCLI because I really liked the idea of being posted out in Edmonton. I have a few friends out there already and I like the idea of being near a larger city. I never thought that I might be posted to Shilo. Not that there is anything wrong with going there, it's just that if I was going to Shilo, I might just as well go RCR to be posted in Petawawa so I was within driving distance (2 hours) of coming home if need be for emergency purposes. At the time of applying the recruiter had told me that the CF usually keeps you closer to home if possible.

I am going down to the CFRC when then open back up on Jan 5th to ask them, but if anyone knows on here, atleast it would give me an idea before going in or calling in.

Once again it is a personal choice, I have nothing wrong with Shilo so please don't attack me on it.  Thank for any help I appreciate it
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Re: Choosing a Battalion
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2008, 18:34:07 »
*sigh* been asked and answered many many times.......

You can give your preference but they will send you to whichever Battalion needs the troops
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Re: Choosing a Battalion
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2008, 18:41:29 »
OK, thank-you.

I tried to do a search.  Searched from "choosing a battalion" "battalion within regiment" "choosing your battalion" but always came up with lots of posts with the letter "a" or "your" or even "battalion" but never what I was looking for. I had a feeling you could give your preference, but it is good to hear that you actually could.

Once again thank-you

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Re: Choosing a Battalion
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2008, 18:46:02 »
You find out what battalion you are posted to during the last week or two of battle school.  Even then it can change at the last minute.  I was posted to the 3rd, but then ended up being attach posted to the first for the next battle group.

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Re: Choosing a Battalion
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2008, 18:53:10 »
Exactly my course was supposed to go 2 RCR but we ended up going 1 RCR, and even if your course is slated to go to the 2nd battlion, you could always right a memo that you would like to go to Edmonton (you won't be able to choose 1 or 3) and you have a better shot if you have family or a girlfriend or something that gives you are more valid reason to go then I don't want to go to Shilo.

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Re: Choosing a Battalion
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2008, 18:55:44 »
it's a 50/50 thing
YOU choose the Regiment
THEY choose the battalion

Go here & start reading - everything you ever wanted to know about the CF, the Combat arms, the infantry AND the PPCLI
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Re: Choosing a Battalion
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2008, 19:24:52 »
Well, after doing a little reading in this topic
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,73099.60.html

I really don't think it will matter which battalion I get posted to, being how I won't spend an entire career within one place anyhow. So I guess i'll just sit back and enjoy the ride. Thanks for responses, the mods can go ahead and lock this puppy up now.

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Where Am I Most Likely to Go after BMQ (Infantry)?
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2014, 18:16:50 »
Hey, leaving for bmq tomorow morning. As of now i have no clue where am i gonna end up after. Will they ask for preference or ? So im wondering , btw valcartier, gagetown, petawawa or edmonton.

Thank you :)

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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2014, 18:24:40 »
Depends if you're RCR, PPCLI or the French one (I'm sorry, I don't recall what they are called, R2 something?)
That narrows down the location.
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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2014, 18:26:00 »
Yeah that's the thing, we dont know yet what division we are gonna be !!

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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2014, 18:28:27 »
So im wondering , btw valcartier, gagetown, petawawa or edmonton.

Thank you :)

There is also CFB Shilo, 2 PPCLI is based there.
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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2014, 18:44:24 »
..... the French one (I'm sorry, I don't recall what they are called, R2 something?)
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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2014, 20:16:25 »
Depends if you're RCR, PPCLI or the French one (I'm sorry, I don't recall what they are called, R2 something?)

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Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2014, 21:09:04 »
Yeah that's the thing, we dont know yet what division we are gonna be !!
Point being you'll either be posted to:
Shiloh or Edmonton (PPCLI)
Valcartier (R22R)
Gagetown or Petawawa (RCR)
Depending on which division you'll be. There is really no way of knowing until then :)

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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2014, 21:33:45 »
2nd Battalion of the R22eR is in Quebec City.  1 and 3 R22eR are in Valcartier.
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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2014, 22:23:06 »
Hey, leaving for bmq tomorow morning. As of now i have no clue where am i gonna end up after. Will they ask for preference or ? So im wondering , btw valcartier, gagetown, petawawa or edmonton.

Thank you :)

You might be given a choice during your DP1 (battle school) on which battalion you want to go to in your regiment, after you graduate.  You may or may not get your choice depending on the needs of your regiment.  Everyone in the course prior to mine went to Shiloh.  In my course, you could pick 1VP, or 3VP (Edmonton).

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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2014, 23:49:19 »
You might be given a choice during your DP1 (battle school) on which battalion you want to go to in your regiment, after you graduate.  You may or may not get your choice depending on the needs of your regiment.  Everyone in the course prior to mine went to Shiloh.  In my course, you could pick 1VP, or 3VP (Edmonton).

...and on that note just because you do your DP1/BIQ in Shilo does not mean you will go PPCLI, nor does Meaford mean RCR. Be prepared to go whenever the needs of the Army need you to go.
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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2014, 02:12:51 »
2nd Battalion of the R22eR is in Quebec City.  1 and 3 R22eR are in Valcartier.

Actually, all three Battalions are garrisoned in Valcartier. 2R22eR has a small garrison coy at the Citadelle.
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Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #31 on: December 09, 2015, 11:42:58 »
 Hello,
Brand new Pte(R) fresh sworn in and getting ready for BMQ in January here with few questions!

 The lovely people at the recruiting office who helped us newbies through our paperwork pre swearing ceremony dropped some interesting info on me.

 They said as I am from western Canada they will try to get me into a western base that has a regular force bat of my trade however I was hoping to strike out east where the land is cheap and I can start a family.

 They instructed me to make this known when I arrive at St. Jean which leaves me a few questions I was too embarrassed to ask at the time and slow up the proceedings.

The questions are as follows:

Who do I make it known to? I have a feeling just approaching people and saying "I'd like to go to Gagetown to be with the 2RCR" to anyone I meet "might" not be the wisest course of action. May I assume I will know when its time to pipe up?

For any of you guys serving in NB are there Reg Force Infantry needed in Gagetown right now or is it pretty full around the base?

Understanding that it is logistically cheaper/easier to NOT move my belongings accross the country on account of my preference, does this happen? Where would you put the chances between 0-10?

I feel that before you respond you should understand that I am aware that the CFs need of me comes before my preferences. I need to assure you you'll hear no belly aching from me if I end up at CFB Shilo, CFB Edmonton or CFB anywhere else, I'll make it work.
I also want to assure you I'm not looking for certainty or only fact, just some insight into the process and how I will fit into it. Theres also no way in hell I'd ever say "but I was told on the internet ____" so please don't worry about that kind of thing.

If you've got the time  and you're so inclined please give me some info or whatever you've got, I'd love to discuss it.

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #32 on: December 09, 2015, 13:23:05 »
Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
You might be given a choice during your DP1 (battle school) on which battalion you want to go to in your regiment, after you graduate. 

...and on that note just because you do your DP1/BIQ in Shilo does not mean you will go PPCLI, nor does Meaford mean RCR. Be prepared to go whenever the needs of the Army need you to go.

The only occupation that currently allows you a choice of regimental affiliation is Infantryman. You have three regimental choices (RCR, PPCLI and R22eR) when you apply and even then you cannot be guaranteed of the battalion you will be assigned to let alone the company. The only way to get what you want is to be top student on your occupational training course as they USUALLY get their first choice. You go where you are needed most at the time you complete your training. Your preferences are taken into consideration but bottom line you go where you are told.

Hope this answers your question.

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Re: Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #33 on: December 09, 2015, 13:33:52 »
Thank you MarioMike
I knew I had read that, it seemed to be in conflict with what the recruiters told me.
Though I cannot remember their exact wording they gave me the impression that I should make it known pre graduation with the suggestion that us recruits had been accepted with our future postings in mind.
It felt like they were saying we'll all go to Shilo or Edmonton and if we had another preference to make it known.

I assumed they were training us to fit openings there. Any insight into this being how the CF operates?
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Re: Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #34 on: December 09, 2015, 13:35:56 »
Thank you MarioMike

You are welcome. Good luck.  :)
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Re: Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #35 on: December 09, 2015, 13:37:52 »
I see what you did there
I'll need it :salute:
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Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #36 on: October 06, 2016, 17:04:13 »
So I am not quite sure where to ask, or even how to ask this.

I am wondering what a Pte(R) can expect as their assigned regiment(?) in the next 12 months. It may be looking a bit too far ahead, but is there some sort of desperate manpower shortage in either of the three regiments?

I ask because I everything I am doing so far is to join the R22eR, but I know that it's not really up to me.



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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #37 on: October 06, 2016, 17:22:29 »
I am wondering what a Pte(R) can expect as their assigned regiment(?) in the next 12 months. It may be looking a bit too far ahead, but is there some sort of desperate manpower shortage in either of the three regiments?

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #38 on: October 06, 2016, 17:42:04 »
I have seen that post when I used the search function, with your answer quoting a comment from 2008.

At the time we were still in Afghanistan, but now with a "peacetime" army is that quote still applicable?

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #39 on: October 06, 2016, 17:49:46 »
I saw the title and thought "Regiment Man" was another new superhero.

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #40 on: October 06, 2016, 17:52:48 »
I have seen that post when I used the search function, with your answer quoting a comment from 2008.

At the time we were still in Afghanistan, but now with a "peacetime" army is that quote still applicable?

How would I know? I'm not a Recruiter.

But, if you ask your question in that thread - which was Active as of last December, it would be better than starting a new thread, asking the same question, which is going to get merged anyway.

So I am not quite sure where to ask, or even how to ask this.

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #41 on: October 12, 2016, 13:56:21 »
So I am not quite sure where to ask, or even how to ask this.
I am wondering what a Pte(R) can expect as their assigned regiment(?) in the next 12 months. It may be looking a bit too far ahead, but is there some sort of desperate manpower shortage in either of the three regiments?
I ask because I everything I am doing so far is to join the R22eR, but I know that it's not really up to me.

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #42 on: October 12, 2016, 14:26:40 »
If you join the CAF as an Infantryman, you won't be assigned to a Regiment until completion of your initial occupation training (ie; Battle School).  If at the time of enrolment you have declared "French" to be your First Official Language (FOL), then chances are high that you will undertake all your training (ie; BMQ and Btl School) in the French Language and subsequently be posted to the Vandoos (R22eR).  However, at some point during Btl School, they will ask you for your preference of Units.  Whether you get what you ask for or not, is based on the needs of the CAF.

That's what i got from both these forums and the people at the CFRC. As someone who is fully bilingual I have no problem working in French or English.
What I was hoping to know is the situation in the regiments now. Is there a particular regiment in dire need of people (aka will they be forcing people to one specific regiment)?

So far no one has a concrete answer...

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #43 on: October 12, 2016, 14:37:04 »
That's what i got from both these forums and the people at the CFRC. As someone who is fully bilingual I have no problem working in French or English.
What I was hoping to know is the situation in the regiments now. Is there a particular regiment in dire need of people (aka will they be forcing people to one specific regiment)?
So far no one has a concrete answer...

Like I mentioned, you will be assigned a Regiment based on the "needs" of the CAF.  I don't think any one Regiment is more hard pressed than the other at this point in time and they all need people and always will.

Given the economic situation/forecasts in Western Canada at the present time, I'd think that the attrition rate of CAF personnel out that way has declined over the past few months, while Ontario and Quebec have remained relatively steady.

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Regiment choice?
« Reply #44 on: July 28, 2017, 16:50:37 »
Hello everyone,

First off I would like to say I have searched this forum for answers and I have indeed found some the only problem is allot of the posts pertaining to my questions are about 10 years old so I am sure some things have changed.

Anyways, what I would like to know is when do you find out which Regiment you will be joining? I just received my job offer as infantryman and am hoping to be posted in Pet ( I fully understand I will be posted as needed and nothing is for sure) Do you request which regiment you would like to join in basic or DP1? or is it already chosen for me? If i request RCR can I also ask to be posted in Pet rather than Gagetown? , there was a similar post I read from 2008 and back then allot of the answers were saying if you request a certain battalion there is a good chance they will accommodate you, has anything changed since then? are they more accommodating now to peoples requests?

Again I will be happy to go where ever they tell me but it would be allot easier for me to stay in Ontario as that is where I am from and it would put my mind to ease to get an updated response.

So if anyone has recently just went through Basic / DP1 and could shed some light on this process I would be very appreciative!

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Re: Regiment choice?
« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2017, 17:44:42 »
See post above yours. Reply #35 dated October 12, 2016

It is from a CAF Recruiter.

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of up to date information.
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Getting nervous ...
« Reply #46 on: August 03, 2017, 16:28:51 »
HI all

I leave for BMQ in a few weeks and I am getting nervous .. mainly because it will be my first time away from home and I am really hoping to join the PPCLI because I live in Alberta , please do not attack me because I understand its not my choice where I go and I understand that and I know what I am getting myself into and that doesn't change the fact that I am nervous.  :nod:

What I don't really understand is I know I can put in my preference which reginment I would like to choice and all that but wouldn't it make sense for the army to post people closest to home if thats what they pick? because my recruiter said the army will pay to have my belongings moved so wouldn't it make sense for them to save money on moving costs and just post people close to home? If there is BMQ running every 2 weeks thats allot of people coming and going and me going into infantry I would think there would be open spots on all bases all the time.. or am I wrong? ???

realistically what are my chances as infantry being posted to my main choice? if I win top candidate will it improve my shot in staying in alberta?

I know this post is probably annoying for most of you veterans out there but i will be happy if someone can take the time and answer if you have time

thanks

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Re: Choice of Reg Force Infantry regiment ( merged )
« Reply #47 on: August 03, 2017, 17:09:10 »
It only makes sense until you realize there's more factors than money. What Regt/Bn is high readiness next? Where is there retention issues causing a lack of pers in a specific unit?

At the end of the day, you get a preference, not a choice. The CAF will post you around, but rest assured you'll find more people in your new home in the same boat as you.

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Re: Getting nervous ...
« Reply #48 on: August 05, 2017, 00:38:35 »
One of the big adjustments you will make (or be forced to get used to) is the fact that your preference is only one part of the decision process - something that will be part of the rest of your military career.

The best explanation I have heard about where you end up was something about decisions being made by the family - there are two parents (your career manager, and for the Infantry - your Regiment) and the kid (IE, you).  Parents will listen to the kid and if it happens to line up with what they've already been inclined to do - it'll happen.  If they don't agree with the kid, nothing you say will likely change their minds.

Without going too far down the rabbit hole - Puckchaser is entirely correct, there are many reasons for posting people around and only a few of them are money related.  Might as well embrace the unknown at this point, as it is beyond your ability to change outside of indicating your preference when you get asked.

Regarding your nervousness and the infantry however - If you had any other questions about the infantry or military life in general there is lots of information on this site to read over.  If you can't find an answer to something, feel free to send me a message.

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Re: Choice of Reg Force Infantry regiment ( merged )
« Reply #49 on: August 05, 2017, 15:29:38 »
Part of the experience of the military is living in other areas and discovering the good (and sometimes the bad) parts of your new temporary home. 

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Re: Choice of Reg Force Infantry regiment ( merged )
« Reply #50 on: August 12, 2017, 18:07:49 »
When I went through BMQ we were simply given a posting message a few weeks before grad as to where our DP1 would take place. Everyone went to Wainwright. Since my arrival (and departure) nobody I've spoken to has been given the choice prior to DP1. Being said, we were asked for posting preferences prior to DP1 grad. Those of us who wanted to go RCR submitted memos, and those who wanted to remain PPCLI numbered their preferences between 1, 2, and 3 battalion. In the end, they send you where you're needed, not where you want to go.

Yes, some people will get their number one choice, and a handful will be able to rebadge to different regiments, but it depends solely on need of the regiment. If they can accommodate your preference, they look at underlying circumstance. That is, IF your request gets sent to a career manager. In Wainwright, we had to petition the CO via memo. My first one was denied by the RSM on the way up the chain. Eventually it got through and I was rebadged to RCR.

So to make a long, rambling, and unarticulated message short: You will have a chance to make your preferences known, but don't put all your eggs in one basket.