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Offline billydee

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Civy IT Manager, Considering ACISS Reserve Job
« on: April 06, 2017, 22:37:22 »
Hello folks,

Thanks for taking the time to look at my thread here. I've got a few questions about how I might be able to serve with my current skill set.

I've got about a decade of experience in an IT MSP. About 4 of those years have been spent in management. Everything from helpdesk to data-center stuff. I'd like to take those skills and put them to work in the reserves.

Here's the catch - I work for a family business.

So, with that (and the whole husband/father hat that I wear separately), I'm more 'anchored' to home than a typical tech might be. I've been reading far and wide about this trade and am more than willing to head to BMQ on weekends and for the required 6 weeks or so for BMQ Land. Currently 30 years old and am in the best shape of my life - would actually be excited to take the above courses!

A more specific question - on the site regarding the trade, it lists a training program that is 18 weeks long. I've seen it spelled out differently online - that the reserves course for ACISS is 8 weeks long or so.

I'm going to head to a recruiter tomorrow to firm up some other questions, but I thought I might connect with an existing reservist here on that note...

- Is the ACISS trade course 18 weeks long?

I'm hoping it's not. The bare fact of the matter is I wouldn't be able to take off from our shop for that duration.

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Civy IT Manager, Considering ACISS Reserve Job
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2017, 23:19:50 »
Hello folks,

Thanks for taking the time to look at my thread here. I've got a few questions about how I might be able to serve with my current skill set.

I've got about a decade of experience in an IT MSP. About 4 of those years have been spent in management. Everything from helpdesk to data-center stuff. I'd like to take those skills and put them to work in the reserves.

Here's the catch - I work for a family business.

So, with that (and the whole husband/father hat that I wear separately), I'm more 'anchored' to home than a typical tech might be. I've been reading far and wide about this trade and am more than willing to head to BMQ on weekends and for the required 6 weeks or so for BMQ Land. Currently 30 years old and am in the best shape of my life - would actually be excited to take the above courses!

A more specific question - on the site regarding the trade, it lists a training program that is 18 weeks long. I've seen it spelled out differently online - that the reserves course for ACISS is 8 weeks long or so.

I'm going to head to a recruiter tomorrow to firm up some other questions, but I thought I might connect with an existing reservist here on that note...

- Is the ACISS trade course 18 weeks long?

I'm hoping it's not. The bare fact of the matter is I wouldn't be able to take off from our shop for that duration.
PRes ACISS DP1 is 2 months. Shoot me a PM and I can try to answer any questions you have especially if you're in Alberta. In some brigades if you apply now there is a possibility you can get enrolled in a few weeks.


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Re: Civy IT Manager, Considering ACISS Reserve Job
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 07:04:38 »
Don't discard other trades right away.  I'm a firm believer that as a reservist, doing a trade that is different from your civi job is the way to go.  For example, my day job is fairly blue collar, jeans and steel toe boots and in the reserves I'm a Public Affairs Officer... It's a good mix for me.
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Re: Civy IT Manager, Considering ACISS Reserve Job
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2017, 07:32:14 »
ACISS Reserve

Not sure if you have seen this discussion, but in case you have not, there is an ACISS super-thread,

Army Communication & Information Systems Specialist
https://army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,77029.1575.html
64 pages.

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of information.
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Re: Civy IT Manager, Considering ACISS Reserve Job
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2017, 10:11:27 »
DO IT.

I'm a civilian senior manager in IT with 20+ years experience.  I joined the Army Reserve four years ago.  Army has been a great experience and I still have my civvy career.  You may find that the ACISS trade will complement your civilian work.  Many of the soldiers in my Regiment have technical civilian roles (i.e. IT support, helpdesk, IT managers, SAP consultants, etc).  We run weekend Exercises about one or two per month September through May. 

Feel free to PM me; especially if you're in Toronto. 
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Re: Civy IT Manager, Considering ACISS Reserve Job
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2017, 10:43:42 »
Feel free to PM me; especially if you're in Toronto.

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Re: Civy IT Manager, Considering ACISS Reserve Job
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2017, 12:53:38 »
Got your PM and responded.  Good luck, be persistent!
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Re: Civy IT Manager, Considering ACISS Reserve Job
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2017, 14:06:02 »
By the way, there is a Signals display at Fort York this Saturday.  Good chance to see future colleagues in action, and ask questions, if you don't mind the drive into Toronto.  Check out www.vimyfoundation.ca for more information.
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