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Aciss/Sig Op info
« on: August 28, 2012, 20:14:37 »
  Hi, I am starting my BMQ on Oct 1st for ACISS, and I have a few questions about the trade, and about the Sig Op sub occupation. However, I would first like to point out that I have done alot of research on this already, both on this site and on the Army website, and if you tell me to use the search function, Or anything similar, I will ignore you, because I already did that. I just want to make that clear.

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For ACISS, how often are you working in the field? I don't mean in combat or on the frontline, I see alot of people asking that, I just mean outside or on excercise doing hands on type stuff.

What is your day to day life like? I've seen this asked before but I wasn't really satisfied with the answer, sorry to sound picky :p

How does getting into the sub occupations work, and is it difficult to get your choice of one?

For Sig Op, what is the trade like? Is it the same or similar to the original trade before ACISS, or is it really changed. To my understanding, sig op is more of a field operator, and works with radios and such closer to the line then the other aspects of the ACISS trade. But I could be completely wrong.

I'm really curious to what the trade is going to be like, and I'm really looking into trying to get into the sig op aspect of it, thanks for any help you can offer guys!

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2012, 20:27:48 »
.... if you tell me to use the search function, Or anything similar, I will ignore you...
Use the search function!


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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012, 20:28:52 »
Haha jerk

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012, 20:30:08 »
Anything ACISS is really going to depend on your unit and what Bde you're posted to. You could be in the field for 2 months straight a couple times a year, or you could barely ever go to the field. Day to day life is similarly varied in that regard, because we're so broad in scope you can literally move into a building across the street in the same base and have totally different hours/schedule/work load.

Sub occ choices are something that isn't super worked out, but this whole ordeal sounded like a great way to force people to be Core (SigOp). My day to day job hasn't changed other than the work load, as ACISS gutted my section and set positions to the wind as they were reclassed as IST.

You'll get a broad overview of everything on your DP1, and will start learning some of the jobs then. Even after CFSCE, you may end up in a unit where you need lots of extra training as there's no possible way to teach every job an ACISS can encounter in the period of time allotted to produce DP1 soldiers. You'd spend 4 years at CFSCE, and no one wants that.  ;D

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2012, 20:32:04 »
Sig op make magic box talk!
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2012, 21:36:13 »
OK, so do you have any control of which direction your career goes, as far as field to not field goes? If that's the area you were interested in, would you be able to work towards it?

Also, It was my understanding that 'core' was ACISS, but just an advanced generalization of all the trades, but you mention SigOp is the core?

One more thing, I heard before that the parachutist course was available to Sigs, is that true, or completely wrong?

Thanks for the info man! Much appreciated

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2012, 21:51:51 »
All trades can go on the Para course,  it just comes down to requirement(do you need the course for the job),  unit,  open slots, etc   You aren't in yet,  don't even worry about B Para.

Yes,  essentially the Sig Op trade is now the ACISS Core.  CST would be LCIS,  LST would be Lineman and IST is a mix of what some Sig Ops and LCIS Techs did.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2012, 00:35:21 »
For ACISS, how often are you working in the field? I don't mean in combat or on the frontline, I see alot of people asking that, I just mean outside or on excercise doing hands on type stuff.
It depends where you are posted. In the last twelve months my unit has been to Wainwright for exercise twice (totaling about a month and a half), spent a moth in the sub-arctic and to Dundurn for a couple weeks. The twelve months prior to that we spent almost two months in Wainwright (again on two separate exercises), over a month in Suffield and about a week in Winnipeg fighting the floods. That is all in addition to the time we spend on base practicing ups and downs/ maintaining kit. So there is the opportunity for a lot of hands on activity in the trade.

However, you could just as easily be posted down the road to an ASG and work 8-4 never deploying to the field. Or you may be posted to JSR whose experience may be totally different.

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What is your day to day life like? I've seen this asked before but I wasn't really satisfied with the answer, sorry to sound picky :p
Once again it depends where you end up. Generally the day will begin with PT and then move into whatever needs to be done around the unit. Usually getting equipment ready for ex, confirming it works and repairing it after returning from ex. Keeping vehicles serviceable takes up a lot of our time as does cleaning everything between exercises.

Additionally there are are always tasking that need to be filled. Personnel need to be loaned out to support courses as drivers, signals experts or enemy force. Not to mention the the time people will spend on course or teaching courses.

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How does getting into the sub occupations work, and is it difficult to get your choice of one?
The unit asks what you want to be, then they place you where they need you. Being switched on and hard working helps but in the end if your unit is full of x sub-oc and short of y sub-oc you are going to end up a y.

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For Sig Op, what is the trade like? Is it the same or similar to the original trade before ACISS, or is it really changed. To my understanding, sig op is more of a field operator, and works with radios and such closer to the line then the other aspects of the ACISS trade. But I could be completely wrong.
Sig Op No longer exists, it has been replaced by ACISS core. Core guys are the radio operators but that isn't to say they are the only ones that do so or the only ones that go to the field. In the last exercise we were on my CP consisted of 11 Sigs including 2 ISTs, 1 LST and 1 CST.  And every one of them pulled radio shifts.

We are a networked army, higher leverl CPs are full of networked computers and going forward that connectivity will be pushed to lower and lower levels. Someone needs to set up all those computers and the servers to feed them. Someone needs to run all the line from the servers to the computers. Someone needs to fix all the radio equipment us ACISS core guys break. So there are still a lot of non-core personnel that deploy with us. Those that are not directly part of our detachments are usually a tactical hop or two behind us in their own shop. Either fixing equipment that can't be repaired on the front line, administering servers to push data forward/providing a field help desk or laying all kinds of line to connect everyone to everyone else.

TL;DR: Every unit is different so it is hard to give you any concrete answers. You could end up any sub trade. All the sub trades go to the field and may end up "close to the line."

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2012, 13:52:24 »
Alright thanks a load guys, ill let you know if i have any more questions. Looking forward to starting in October!!!!!

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2013, 20:49:52 »
Okay so this thread hasn't been touched in a little while but I just want to double check what i think I am seeing. ACISS CORE guys are pretty much the "radio operators" that deploy with the infantry, engineers and so forth? I understand that there will be other guys going out to the field to set up all the other coms equipment. If this is way out to lunch let me know, just trying to get all the info I can!

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2013, 20:52:15 »
There are ACISS Core, IST, LST, and CST in Combat Arms units and they can all go overseas/deploy.

Using a Infantry Battalion as an example,  ACISS Core, IST, LST and CST can be found in the Signals Platoon.  Core and IST pers can be within a Rifle Company Head Quarters(usually it will 1 Sig, but on tour it can go to 3).  Infantrymen will be the Platoon Signallers, etc.
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2013, 21:04:49 »
Okay so this thread hasn't been touched in a little while but I just want to double check what i think I am seeing. ACISS CORE guys are pretty much the "radio operators" that deploy with the infantry, engineers and so forth? I understand that there will be other guys going out to the field to set up all the other coms equipment. If this is way out to lunch let me know, just trying to get all the info I can!

Thanks in advance,
Patrick S.

Traditional tactical radio work is done by ACISS (Core) yes, however you'll find that a lot of combat arms units have their own members train as Signallers as our trade will never have the manning to fill every sigs role the Army has.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2013, 21:13:50 »
Okay thanks! Would you be able to give me a breakdown on those? I understand IST=Information System Tech, LST=Line System Tech, and CST=Communication System Tech. Apart from that I can't really find any specific info.

[Edit] I'm pretty sure LST's are the one that run all the lines? (obviously)

Thanks PuckChaser, that helped!

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2013, 21:20:05 »
Okay thanks! Would you be able to give me a breakdown on those? I understand IST=Information System Tech, LST=Line System Tech, and CST=Communication System Tech. Apart from that I can't really find any specific info.

Here is a very basic run down of what each one does. Again, this is very basic and is missing a lot.

ACISS Core - radio operators, set up antennas, and radios plus drive CP/RRB vehicles, can do some IT stuff - this is what Sig Ops are now called
ACISS IST - help desk stuff, and do ACISS Core stuff as required. - stuff Sig Ops and some LCIS Techs did
ACISS CST - broken kit comes to them, they will either fix it, or have it sent off for repairs, make coax cables, inspections, etc - this is what LCIS Techs are now called
ACISS LST - run phone lines, climb polls, do inspections and set up various services in garrison - this is what Linemen are now called

I'm sure if you look in the other ACISS threads you can get a more detailed break down.

Your posting will also determine what you will do in each role, as it really can vary depending on the unit you are in.
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2013, 21:28:27 »
Your first post was better.  ;)

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2013, 21:40:04 »
That is actually exactly what i was looking for! Thanks! As far as postings, I read somewhere that "1 place can go to the field all the time whereas the building across the road works 9-4 mon-fri with no ex's" (this is not an exact quote but a mere generalization of what had been said)


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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2013, 22:14:30 »
That is actually exactly what i was looking for! Thanks! As far as postings, I read somewhere that "1 place can go to the field all the time whereas the building across the road works 9-4 mon-fri with no ex's" (this is not an exact quote but a mere generalization of what had been said)

That can be absolutely true, because ACISS is so diverse someone in a field unit working directly across the street at a Base Sig Sqn will have completely different hours.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2013, 22:39:04 »
And that is what makes me kind of nervous about this trade.. I don't want to be stuck "inside" all day never going to the field. Nonetheless the experience itself i'm sure would be worth it.
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2013, 07:52:14 »
You'll be going to a HQ and Sig Sqn immediately before and after your DP1 (first trade course). Trust me, you'll get your fair share of field time. Core is where you'll typically stay in field units.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2013, 10:30:18 »
I knew about going before the DP1 but I didn't know about after but i guess it would make sense. I guess as long as I get a the "sub-trade" I want then it would all be okay.
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2013, 11:33:21 »
And that's the problem we've run into with amalgamated sub-trades. No one can guarantee you get what you want, unless what you want is Core or CST which are very under manned.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2013, 16:54:55 »
Well core seems to be what I was looking for in the trade, so I think/hope ill be in pretty good shape. I guess all I can do for now is hurry and wait for some phone calls!
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2013, 16:59:34 »
Well core seems to be what I was looking for in the trade, so I think/hope ill be in pretty good shape. I guess all I can do for now is hurry and wait for some phone calls!

You're putting the cart before the horse but looking for information and preparing is never a bad thing.  My question is, "Has your CFRC even contacted you yet?"   ACCIS I believe is an "in demand" occupation, so the onus is now on you to get the ball rolling, you don't want to miss the bus!
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2013, 20:07:54 »
No they haven't, waiting about a week before I give them a call. I just want to make sure I am actually applying for what I "think" I am applying for. I have posted and asked questions in all my trade selections. (if I couldn't find answers already)  ;D
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2013, 20:23:57 »
No they haven't, waiting about a week before I give them a call. I just want to make sure I am actually applying for what I "think" I am applying for. I have posted and asked questions in all my trade selections. (if I couldn't find answers already)  ;D

Call your local CFRC who has your application!

From my view, if you have to ask the question , "I just want to make sure I am actually applying for what I "think" I am applying for."..............

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2013, 20:29:17 »
Call your local CFRC who has your application!

From my view, if you have to ask the question , "I just want to make sure I am actually applying for what I "think" I am applying for."..............

Something is not quite right...

ACISS has terrible literature and people in the trade don't even know what it is half the time, can't expect a recruiter to know. I'm still waiting for the Eyrx missile that the recruiting video promised I'd fire.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2013, 20:35:29 »
The reason I said I "think" is from what iv watched/read/heard, I wasn't sure if there was even really a need for a "tactical radio operator" anymore considering it seems like all the coms are part of your headgear. With that being said, I really do not know much (if really anything) about military coms. So that is why I am asking questions!  ;D
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2013, 16:36:45 »
The reason I said I "think" is from what iv watched/read/heard, I wasn't sure if there was even really a need for a "tactical radio operator" anymore considering it seems like all the coms are part of your headgear. With that being said, I really do not know much (if really anything) about military coms. So that is why I am asking questions!  ;D

I've been doing this a long time, and the comms are not part of your headgear. There are some small systems that "resemble" a headset for a computer with a small boom mic, but in a majority of cases this in not true.
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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2013, 23:12:51 »
Hi everyone,

 I was in this trade a while ago back in 2012 but I had to leave due to family issues and I didn't even finish BMQ. Now I'm looking at reapplying and I want to make sure I know enough for my interview. Now I read this post:

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ACISS Core - radio operators, set up antennas, and radios plus drive CP/RRB vehicles, can do some IT stuff - this is what Sig Ops are now called
ACISS IST - help desk stuff, and do ACISS Core stuff as required. - stuff Sig Ops and some LCIS Techs did
ACISS CST - broken kit comes to them, they will either fix it, or have it sent off for repairs, make coax cables, inspections, etc - this is what LCIS Techs are now called
ACISS LST - run phone lines, climb polls, do inspections and set up various services in garrison - this is what Linemen are now called

I love the idea of ACISS Core, this is what I want out of this trade. I currently work at a help desk and could do IST but It's not my first choice (I realize in the end we don't have a choice and we need to do what our unit needs). Generally I would like to stay as a ACISS Core but I doubt that will ever happen as my potential unit would need me to specialize into one of the three specialization. I would also think that with Specializing would also come a pay increase that I would miss if I even could stay as a ACISS Core.

So I guess what I'm trying to ask is: Is it even possible to stay as an ACISS core and if so are you penalized for not specializing? However I say this now and my natural progression through the trade I will probably want to specialize by the time it is available to me. However at this moment ACISS Core seems the most appealing to me by far.

Thank you for reading my post I look forward to your answer

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2013, 07:12:16 »
If you want Core, you'll probably get it.

No one knows whether you're penalized for not specializing, as we've been waiting 2 years on a spec pay decision. Core is "supposed" to be promoted faster, but I feel the only reason that's happening now is its so far undermanned while IST/LST are at or over manning capacity, slowing promotions.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #30 on: October 16, 2013, 19:19:38 »
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If you want Core, you'll probably get it.

No one knows whether you're penalized for not specializing, as we've been waiting 2 years on a spec pay decision. Core is "supposed" to be promoted faster, but I feel the only reason that's happening now is its so far undermanned while IST/LST are at or over manning capacity, slowing promotions.

That's exactly the information I wanted,

Thank you very much for your quick response

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #31 on: October 17, 2013, 19:38:16 »
That's exactly the information I wanted,

Thank you very much for your quick response

There's a few ACISS floating around the boards, and also a very large thread with a lot of information. Read through there, and if you have more questions that arent covered don't hesitate to ask. I'd rather someone join the trade with eyes-wide-open, than seeing maybe only a fraction of what we do from a recruiting pamphlet.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2016, 22:52:29 »
If you want Core, you'll probably get it.

No one knows whether you're penalized for not specializing, as we've been waiting 2 years on a spec pay decision. Core is "supposed" to be promoted faster, but I feel the only reason that's happening now is its so far undermanned while IST/LST are at or over manning capacity, slowing promotions.
Sorry for digging up an old thread, but I'm swearing in soon and ACISS Core seems like the most interesting, so I have a few questions :

Is the "specialization" still undermanned? I.e. Would I get it if i choose it?

What do Reserve ACISS units do on training nights and weekend ex.? Almost all the info I've seen are about the Reg force, I'm just curious if we'll be fixing electronics for days (or nights).

Someone mentionned a "tactical sig" earlier. Does that still exist? Or is it Core? A sig op doing infantry stuff while communicating through a radio headset sure appeal more to me than sitting behind a desk...



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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2016, 15:52:43 »
Sorry for digging up an old thread, but I'm swearing in soon and ACISS Core seems like the most interesting, so I have a few questions :

Is the "specialization" still undermanned? I.e. Would I get it if i choose it?

What do Reserve ACISS units do on training nights and weekend ex.? Almost all the info I've seen are about the Reg force, I'm just curious if we'll be fixing electronics for days (or nights).

Someone mentionned a "tactical sig" earlier. Does that still exist? Or is it Core? A sig op doing infantry stuff while communicating through a radio headset sure appeal more to me than sitting behind a desk...



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Core is definitely an available trade, and for reserves I believe it's the only ACCIS option (I don't think IST, CST are with the reserves, and LST may not longer as well but I'm sure someone will correct me).

A "tactical sig" would be referring to core, it is possible to be imbedded with the infantry, often it is the infanteers that do that at the section or platoon level and signalers at the company level but that does vary, I know many sigs that did foot patrols with the infantry while deployed overseas.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2016, 16:42:51 »
I think only ACISS Core and LST are available in the PRes. Too much training and equipment costs to make CST and IST viable.

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« Reply #35 on: May 14, 2016, 12:37:55 »
Thank you RADOP and PuckChaser! I'm borderline acrophobic, i.e. I do fine on a plane but on top of polls isn't exactly where I'd like to be. This is reassuring.

Would you also happen to have information on what the res aciss units do? The local unit itself is unreachable by phone.

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« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2016, 13:43:48 »
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« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2016, 11:40:21 »
I love how much care and attention they've put into "Part-Time" section of the Force.ca army job profiles
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Thank you RADOP and PuckChaser! I'm borderline acrophobic, i.e. I do fine on a plane but on top of polls isn't exactly where I'd like to be. This is reassuring.

Would you also happen to have information on what the res aciss units do? The local unit itself is unreachable by phone.

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ZKC,  Reserve Signal unit will run their own exercises or often provide communications support for other units on their exercises, usually one or more vehicles and crews for the Command Posts.  Reserve ACISS members spend a lot of time on pre- and post-exercise drills.  Signing for and preparing equipment and vehicles, making sure  it all works and they have everything they need for the exercise.  This stuff takes a lot of time.  Washing vehicles, fixing and returning equipment, hanging canvas to dry, and after action reports will follow after the exercise.

Signal units will also run classes, both on communications and weapon/general army topics.  Add in, the occasional drill and inspections, paperwork and administration stuff, cleaning weapons, and briefings fill up the rest of the time.

As for contacting the unit, are you calling during the day?  There's only a small number of people working during normal business hours.  If you call on the training night, you might have better luck. 

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« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2016, 20:39:32 »
I love how much care and attention they've put into "Part-Time" section of the Force.ca army job profiles
ZKC,  Reserve Signal unit will run their own exercises or often provide communications support for other units on their exercises, usually one or more vehicles and crews for the Command Posts.  Reserve ACISS members spend a lot of time on pre- and post-exercise drills.  Signing for and preparing equipment and vehicles, making sure  it all works and they have everything they need for the exercise.  This stuff takes a lot of time.  Washing vehicles, fixing and returning equipment, hanging canvas to dry, and after action reports will follow after the exercise.

Signal units will also run classes, both on communications and weapon/general army topics.  Add in, the occasional drill and inspections, paperwork and administration stuff, cleaning weapons, and briefings fill up the rest of the time.

As for contacting the unit, are you calling during the day?  There's only a small number of people working during normal business hours.  If you call on the training night, you might have better luck.
Thank you Carbon-14, it's very detailed and finally gave me some insight into what I'm getting involved in! As for calling the unit... I can't believe I haven't thought about calling on training nights...

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2016, 06:43:17 »
I think only ACISS Core and LST are available in the PRes. Too much training and equipment costs to make CST and IST viable.

They've slowly been digitizing the reserves. That being said AFAIK, you can't get put on dp 1.1 for IST, anyone who is filling these backgrounds is either studying comp-sci or working in IT. Could get some OJT but nothing formal (assuming your unit has the kit).

Lst (Line men) is definitely an options in some units, however some reserve units are broken up into two squadrons. I.E 31 Sigs London and 31 Sigs Hamilton or 35e Trans Beauport et 35e Trans Sherbroke. However I've talked to some friends and the people in the smaller squadrons said they didn't have LST spots... Your mileage may vary.

Ive worked in two different units and both had two TPs. One was more Tac Rad (Attach and supporting other units and anything dismounted) the other troop has the satellites, runs the TBG TOC and the linemen are in that as well. It is more of headquarters type troop. They usually ask you what you want to do and if you are lucky you'll get what you want. 

I've only ever worked in tac rad and I've had a lot of fun with it.  ;D

Here is a post that I posted elsewhere:


As a reservist ACISS (Army Communication and information Systems Specialist) I love my job. That being said I only do my job, 1 or 2 nights a week and 1 - 3 weekends a month.

What I like about my job is the variety. While the end goal is always to provide communication support for the army this can be done in a variety of ways. Sometimes I'm dismounted and running around with the infantry (which can be fun when it doesn't rain  :P). Other times we will set up a cp sometimes we operate out of the truck, other times it is literally an antenna out of a window. Or I can I be doing 8 on 8 off in the TOC. I even got lucky and managed to get to participate in an amphibious assault which was pretty ******* cool. I've also been on shift while an amphibious assault was happening , not quite as cool as being on the boat, but nevertheless ;D. One other time I was told that if I wasn't out of an area by a certain time I was going to die as they were going to live fire artillery in the area. Sometimes I sit on a hill for the weekend and relay messages while watching movies on tablet.  I've worked with Service, Engineers, Infantry, MPs and the artillery. Throughout my time with the infantry I've had various roles. I've been the  a platoon sig, an OC's sig, a duty sig in an infantry Cp. One time we showed up and they told us they only needed 1 guy to be the OC Sig and the two of us got to be a C6 Gunner for the weekend 8). I've literally experienced every piece in the puzzle and it has made me a better signaler as a result.

I also like the early opportunity of leadership in the trade. I'm currently a detachment commander and I am responsible for up to three people, thousands of dollars of equipment and I am responsible to liaise with senior officers from other units and at time provides guidance and suggestions with regards to communications. It truly is a lot of a fun.

There some things I hate and sometimes I'm bored (especially on the midnight - 6am shift), but it is what is and the good outweighs the bad otherwise I would of left the reserves.

I wrote that about 8 months ago and I still feel the same way.

Since that post, I've got to fire an artillery howitzer, went up to Northern Canada, flew in a twin otter and just missed getting in helicopters. There definitely are some cool options and the more available you are,  the better chance you will get to do some of the really cool stuff. Unfortunately I'm done school now, and I am now working in an office 9-5 as a civvy so I will be more or less restricted to weekends at least for the short term.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #40 on: June 16, 2016, 12:20:26 »
Only saw the reply just now, Tapatalk notifications are really unstable...

Wow. Thank you runormal. I didn't know the ACISS trade would be so diverse, and tac rad seems fun as hell. Hope I'll get the chances you got to participate in so many various exercises!

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #41 on: June 22, 2016, 01:39:50 »
This thread alone keeps me gearing towards ACISS.  I feel the Merged ACISS Thread is pretty bland and should just avoid being even looked at if you want to go ACISS.  Thank you all for your questions and answers.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #42 on: July 03, 2016, 00:36:28 »
Here is a very basic run down of what each one does. Again, this is very basic and is missing a lot.

ACISS Core - radio operators, set up antennas, and radios plus drive CP/RRB vehicles, can do some IT stuff - this is what Sig Ops are now called
ACISS IST - help desk stuff, and do ACISS Core stuff as required. - stuff Sig Ops and some LCIS Techs did
ACISS CST - broken kit comes to them, they will either fix it, or have it sent off for repairs, make coax cables, inspections, etc - this is what LCIS Techs are now called
ACISS LST - run phone lines, climb polls, do inspections and set up various services in garrison - this is what Linemen are now called

I'm sure if you look in the other ACISS threads you can get a more detailed break down.

Your posting will also determine what you will do in each role, as it really can vary depending on the unit you are in.

Hi, I am going to BMQ in a few weeks and was hoping to specialize into IST. I was just wondering if the trade had much in term of transferable skills in the civilians world? Also is there any component of the trade that involves working with server, it's a point of interest for me.

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« Reply #43 on: July 03, 2016, 10:08:57 »
Yes and yes. A lot of the equipment is civilian standard, so you get those courses of required. There is also lots of deployed servers to maintain, but you might not get to pick what section you go to.

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« Reply #44 on: July 07, 2016, 00:59:10 »
Thanks for the response. By section do you mean sub specialty within ACISS? Is IST a difficult section to get into compared to the others?

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #45 on: July 07, 2016, 07:24:19 »
IST is understrength and we are actively looking for good candidates.

You will have to qualify as ACISS common first, then be posted to a unit, spend some time working as a detachment member and then identify that you are interested in IST. At this point you should be moved into a first level help desk job, providing user support and you would be nominated for training in Kingston.

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« Reply #46 on: July 28, 2016, 14:34:53 »

Here is a post that I posted elsewhere:


As a reservist ACISS (Army Communication and information Systems Specialist) I love my job. That being said I only do my job, 1 or 2 nights a week and 1 - 3 weekends a month.

What I like about my job is the variety. While the end goal is always to provide communication support for the army this can be done in a variety of ways. Sometimes I'm dismounted and running around with the infantry (which can be fun when it doesn't rain  :P). Other times we will set up a cp sometimes we operate out of the truck, other times it is literally an antenna out of a window. Or I can I be doing 8 on 8 off in the TOC. I even got lucky and managed to get to participate in an amphibious assault which was pretty ******* cool. I've also been on shift while an amphibious assault was happening , not quite as cool as being on the boat, but nevertheless ;D. One other time I was told that if I wasn't out of an area by a certain time I was going to die as they were going to live fire artillery in the area. Sometimes I sit on a hill for the weekend and relay messages while watching movies on tablet.  I've worked with Service, Engineers, Infantry, MPs and the artillery. Throughout my time with the infantry I've had various roles. I've been the  a platoon sig, an OC's sig, a duty sig in an infantry Cp. One time we showed up and they told us they only needed 1 guy to be the OC Sig and the two of us got to be a C6 Gunner for the weekend 8). I've literally experienced every piece in the puzzle and it has made me a better signaler as a result.

I also like the early opportunity of leadership in the trade. I'm currently a detachment commander and I am responsible for up to three people, thousands of dollars of equipment and I am responsible to liaise with senior officers from other units and at time provides guidance and suggestions with regards to communications. It truly is a lot of a fun.

There some things I hate and sometimes I'm bored (especially on the midnight - 6am shift), but it is what is and the good outweighs the bad otherwise I would of left the reserves.

I wrote that about 8 months ago and I still feel the same way.

Since that post, I've got to fire an artillery howitzer, went up to Northern Canada, flew in a twin otter and just missed getting in helicopters. There definitely are some cool options and the more available you are,  the better chance you will get to do some of the really cool stuff. Unfortunately I'm done school now, and I am now working in an office 9-5 as a civvy so I will be more or less restricted to weekends at least for the short term.

Damn, a lot of what you experienced sure wasn't portrayed in the ACISS video on the FORCES website.  Makes me more excited for ACISS more than ever now.  Just got sworn in on Tuesday and starting Reserve BMQ on sept 30.  Applied for ACISS to the 32 SIG Regiment at fort York, Toronto.

Seriously though, that video does not seem to do ACISS or at least ACISS Core justice compared to what you just described in your post.

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Re: Aciss/Sig Op info
« Reply #47 on: July 28, 2016, 20:25:03 »
The recruiting videos are terrible.