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Comparing the job of Officer vs NCM [MERGED]
« on: December 20, 2000, 14:46:00 »
I have been debating for a while what to do with my life after High School.  Everyone wants me to go to RMC and get a degree.  The thing is that I don‘t want to become an officer, I have fallen in love with the Field work and exercises that the NCM does.  I can‘t make up my mind but I‘m leaning towards the Reserves and then Reg Force (Argylls for reserves and RCR for Reg).  What is all your opinions?

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Re: Comparing the job of Officer vs NCM [MERGED]
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2000, 17:45:00 »
Think long term - an education is a hard thing to beat especally the degree. As to Offr vs NCM - both have advantages and disadvantages, however good officers are hard to come by and if you are eligable and accepted by RMC it would be a shame to waste.

And by all means do yoiur time in the reseves first. It is a good way of getting your feet wet first.

P.S. - junior officers also do a lot of field work only their perspective is different

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2000, 20:07:00 »
There are many ways you can go about this.  Keep in mind that you can still get an education as an NCM in the regs.  There is a plan I believe called the UTNMP.  Basically commissioning from the ranks.   This way you can have the best of both worlds.  Start your career as an NCM, then when you feel you‘re ready for university studies, they‘ll send you off to RMC and graduate you with a commission.  The best of officers, were former NCM‘s.  Remember that!!!  Not only will your men and women have more respect for you, I think you‘ll find your military career more rewarding this way.

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Re: Comparing the job of Officer vs NCM [MERGED]
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2001, 06:58:00 »
the patriot - The best of officers, were former NCM‘s. Remember that!!! Not only will your men and women have more respect for you,

I don‘t know how many times people keep saying this in the War Diary but, frankly, it‘s untrue.  I have worked with outstanding officers who are ROTP, OCTP, RESO, MITCP, etc, and I‘ve worked with officers who CFR and CSM.  

It didn‘t make any difference if they were or weren‘t an NCM prior to commissioning.  Some were good officers and some were bad officers.  I‘ve known some pretty good WOs and MWOs who were pretty bad officers.  I‘ve known some Cpls who became excellent officers.

Personality, attitude, just giving a damn about the task at hand etc are all person dependent.  Just because you were once an NCM (as I was once) does not mean you will bring these traits with you.
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Re: Comparing the job of Officer vs NCM [MERGED]
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2001, 11:58:00 »
Well said Gunner.

From my personal observations, the failure occurs when the "NCO transitioned to Officer" fails to adjust their perspective and leadership style to fit their new role and level of responsibility.  Just because an NCO was an excellent MCpl or Sgt section commander does not imply that they can or should use the same leadership style as a platoon or company commander.  Some make the change very well and are excellent officers, others just never figure it out.

Patriot - be careful how you sell the attributes of the University Training Plan for Non-Commisssioned members (UTPNCM). It is not granted freely to people just because they desire that career track. There are relatively few selected each year for such programs in any trade/classification.

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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2001, 12:19:00 »
First off, my sincere thanks to all that helped me get my head on straight. Couldn‘t have done it without you.

So now that I‘ve decided to do join, I need to decide whether or not to go the officer route. So far, I‘ve seen it reccomended from all sides; from this group, my uncle, and a retired Navy guy my dad knows.

However, I do have a few reservations.

#1 on my list: A big reason for joining (for me) is the gritty, dirty, in the mud training. I want to see if I can hack 13 km ruck marches and living rough, and going days on end with too much to do and not enough sleep. What I‘m really worried about is signing on for officer training or whatever, and just ending up going back to university. I do enough of that already. And when I watched the officer video at the recruiters, that‘s what it looked like to me. Sure, they did runs, and shot rifles sometimes. But there was a world of difference between that and what I saw in the infantry video. So, ??

I was told, however, in another post, that officer training is in 4 stages. And I‘m wondering if what I saw was just one phase. So what I‘m hoping all that the classroom stuff is just the officer equivalent of basic, and then after you choose your trade (proffesion?) and (if I was to go infantry officer), you then go and do all the in-the-mud, test-your-limits training.

I guess what I‘m asking is if anyone has experience with doing the Infantry Officer program in the reserves, or any reserve officer training. I‘d be particularly interested in two things: 1) How much actual trade (infantry) training you get to do (do you do everything the NCM‘s do, and more?) and 2) Once you‘re in a unit, what your role is. Cause to be honest, if I will be expected to work a desk job and watch feild exercises with binoculars, I‘m not there.

Oh yeah, what about the commitment? Is it different for officers than for NCM‘s in the reserves? The training is longer, so I‘d think they expect more out of you.. any thoughts?

Any info or opinions regarding Officer vs. NCM are welcomed. Experience and advice, too.

Thanks,

Greg.

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2001, 14:23:00 »
Greg,

Maybe I wasn‘t clear enough in the other thread.  Yes, the officer program for the reserve infantry is 3-4 phases.  At the reserve level you will be doing your "phase training" over your summer time off from school.  Do bear in mind that you must pass BOTC (Basic Officer Training) before you can go on further to other phases of training.  For all intensive purposes, BOTC will be your Phase 1.  As for the training, let‘s put it this way.... You will be expected to able to do what you ask of your men and women under your command.  So it isn‘t exactly a picnic.  You will be working your tail end off.  Furthermore, you will be taught on your Phase 1 by Sergeants and Warrant Officers who have been on multiple UN Tours of Duty.  Some of which are former Canadian Airborne Regiment members.  In closing, it will make you a more disciplined, (thus helping you with your time management in school) and decisive person than you are now.  May I suggest further that you go into your local Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre and talk to a counsellor.  This way you can get your paperwork underway and also determine if you can still make this summer‘s Basic Officer Training Course.

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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2001, 14:29:00 »
Further to my last post Greg,

As for the commitment, your obligations to your unit would be just like your NCM‘s.  "Lead by example" is best way I can put it.  Soldiers crave leadership that does good by them.  You must be that standard.  You‘re right, more will be expected of you.  But it is well worth it in the long run.

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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2001, 16:34:00 »
Although Reserve officers go through Phase training, rumors are that it will be getting shut down for an inferior program.  Find out the skinny at http://www.army.dnd.ca/cgi-bin/forum/ultraboard.pl
Surviving a 13K ruckmarch.  Bull.  A soldier worth his beans shouldn‘t worry about a puny 13K ruckmarch.
I would go counter to the suggestions that have been offered to you.  Try putting time in the ranks in the reserves.  You get to be in on all the "high-speed" stuff you mentioned.  You don‘t hold the responsibility of an officer, but it spares you from all the bureaumess that they have to manage.  With a good angle on officers, you can decide when your done university if you want to seek a commission in either the reg force or the militia.  (Plus...the JR Mess has way better parties)
You may decide you really like it in the ranks.  After all, it is the NCM‘s who are the shooters.  And once you reach the positon of a NCO, you have responsibilities just as vital as an officer.
Either way, your promised a rewarding career if you maintain a good additude and take on all your tasks with a kick ***  and take numbers kinda outlook.

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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2001, 20:38:00 »
Okay. I‘ve just spent a few hours digging throught the QR&O and the CFAO. What I‘ve found is kinda worriesome, from my point of view.

From what I found, I think I would enter through something that is called the Reserve Entry Training Program (RETP vs. ROTP). Now if I read right, I do the *exact* same training as the ROTP guys, except that I have to pay for everything (food, room, tuition, etc.). I don‘t get paid while attending the CMC (RMC?), but I get paid for my summer training. This sounded to me like I was there year round? Though I‘m sure this can‘t be what you guys were talking about, it was all I could find. Anyways, I do this until my training is complete. Then at the time of graduation I have to sign something called an Agreement of Understanding. This entails various things, but the one that I didn‘t particularly like was that (if I didn‘t leave right then and there) I was in for

** 5 years of mandatory service **

during which

** I agree not to request release in any way  **

Needless to say, I kinda went Whaaaaat?

And there were a few other things that made me frown, like that I wouldn‘t be able to parade with my unit unless express permision was given by some high-and-mighty acronym that I can‘t remember. In terms of training, Patriot was absolutely right. You are expected to know and do everything your troops do, and do it in such a manner as to leave no doubt as to why you are leading and not someone else. While I must say that the training in both leadership and trade interests me, 5 years of compulsary service does not. Especially when I may get out of University and get offered a million dollar job in Australia, or something.

So, can someone please clear me up on commitments? I go back to the recruiters next week, so I can ask then... But forewarned is forearmed.

Thanks again,

Greg.

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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2001, 22:42:00 »
COG, the RETP program is the one mentioned above by patriot.  For reserve officers, it involves the same courses as Regular force officers, taken during the summer.  In the fall/spring you go to school (UofC I take it) and parade with your unit.  Like I mentioned above, rumors are that the RETP is going to to be replaced by a MITCP program which offers inferior training for reserve officers compared to the Regular Force.
The ROTP program involves full time attendance to the Royal Military Collage (RMC)and summer training in the summer months.  After completion of a degree program at the RMC, the candidate is responsible to give 5 years service in the Regular Force.

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Re: Comparing the job of Officer vs NCM [MERGED]
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2001, 06:44:00 »
Grunt031, RETP is a program which allows reserve officers to pay for the RMC experience.  RESO is the program you are thinking of.  The primary difference is that with RESO you attend a civilian university and parade with a reserve unit during the winter, and with RETP you attend RMC during the winter.  RESO is possibly the most common reserve officer entry program, and RETP the least common.

Cog, if you are truly considering going officer, go now.  As was mentioned there are considerations to replace both the RESO and the current MITCP with something new (and certainly inferior to RESO).  As it stands now, you will find the RESO courses to be more of a physical and mental challenge than the courses offered to NCMs in the reserves.  This is due to the fact that the RESO program is built around a university schedual and has more time than the QL2/3 program which is built around a highschool schedual.

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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2001, 10:39:00 »
Cog, it may not look like this right now, but you‘re actually in a pretty sweet spot. You can take some time to get a feel for the army before you make any sort of final, irrevocable commitment. There are a couple of caveats to that, which I‘ll get into below.

I think the big thing that comes across from your other posts is that you want to keep your options open until you see whether this really is what you want to do for the rest of your life. That‘s probably smart, because I doubt there‘s anyone posting here who would say that what they found in the army is exactly what they thought it would be going in. Which being said, I think you can pretty much rule out joining the regs to begin with. This reduces the choice to NCM vs. Officer in the reserves.

On that score, while it is possible to be an excellent officer without being an NCM first, I‘ve never heard of anyone who made a worse officer for starting out in the ranks. There are lots of folks who argue that you can‘t really get into the individual troops head without having been one. Obviously a pretty broad generalization, but think it over. Your troops will certainly look at you differently if they know you‘ve been one of them. There are a couple of other plusses. Learning your basic skills as an NCM can give you a big leg up if you do decide to go officer later - that‘s a whole series of lessons you won‘t have to learn at the same time as all the leadership stuff. Finally, it will let you try the army on for size without having to commit time to all the stupid administrivia and mess games that are such drag for reserve officers.

Now here‘s the caveats. First, as has been mentioned elsewhere, the RESO program is the most challenging and rewarding course open to a reservist. It‘s also very useful to have under your belt if you decide to do a component transfer to the Reg Force after graduating, since it qualifies you to the same standard as the regs. But it‘s probably going away. The new focus seems to be on training Militia officers to do only those tasks they need in the Militia context, which is not the same thing. The net result is sure to be that the course will be watered down. So in other words it may be a ‘buy now or face disappointment‘ kind of thing. Next, I have seen young guys who had all the requirements on paper to be officers choose to start as NCMs, not make much of an impression as soldiers, and have their regiment refuse to give them a try as officers because they didn‘t appear to have the right stuff. Probably a fair call, but at least one person I knew had to quit and join another regiment to get the chance. Something to bear in mind. One last point. It may be tough to go from being one of the guys to being a Sir. Some people have more difficulty with that than others.

So, to sum up. If you join as a NCM you will learn lots of good stuff without burning any bridges. You may well find it‘s the right thing for you. If not, you always have the option of applying for officer later, although you may have to jump through some extra hoops to do it. Sounds like the best of both worlds to me.

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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2001, 23:47:00 »
McG, thanks for the heads up...so many damn letters...I wish it was just "Officer School."
Bloggins, good post.  Being in the ranks is not a prerequisite for being a good officer.  I‘ve seen many testements of good officers who never were in the ranks and of ****ty officers who were former NCO‘s.
But I personally think that the challenge of command that comes from being an officer is alot to throw on someone with no prior experience or military socialization.  To me, being in the ranks allows both the potential officer and his superiors (both O‘s and NCO‘s) to evaluate his or her potential for a leadership position.

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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2001, 01:46:00 »
Okay, I‘ve still gotta find something solid on the post-training commitment attatched to the RESO program, but what I‘ve read so far said no commitment. That‘s good. RESO sounds like the exact thing I was looking for. Thanks for the heads up!

I thank you for the [excellent] posts above. I‘ll explain a little more about my reasoning, regarding NCM an O.

Deep, Zen-Like reasons for going NCM:

First off, one can‘t lead without first knowing how to follow. Simple as that. Shouldn‘t give an order unless you know how to take one, so I‘ve heard. Second, I‘ve always been told respect is earned, not given. If I would be a leader, those I lead *must* know that I‘ve been where they are, that I know exactly how they feel, and that I‘m looking out for them because of that. Otherwise, they will not give me the trust and loyalty needed for me to be a good leader.

And lastly: I hate desk jobs.

Reasons for wanting to be nothing but a Zero:

Two words: Leadership training. Huge perk. Plus it would allow me to think more freely. Gives me responsibilities. Plus the in-mud training. All in all, it just seems like an all round better deal.

So, from what I gather, for a limited time only, I can get some real kick ***  training on both sides of the fence. Sounds good to me. So good, I have a feeling it‘s going to come up in a big way when I see the recruiter next. So, as ever, thanks for your advice. It‘s invaluable. Before I sign off here, there‘s something I‘m starting to mull over a bit here, and I‘d thought I‘d see what you guys have to say:

When I first seriously looked into joining the military, it was for two reasons. 1) Something deep down calling for it, and 2), To test myself and to find out if I was worthy of the uniform.

My concern is that right now I have a mind trained to be very analytical and creative, which is a good thing. I‘m  wondering what kind of effects the military environment would have on me. University teaches one to question everything, not to accept unconditionally. The military teaches you not to question, and to accept orders unconditionally. These two mindsets, military and university, would no doubt conflict a little teensy bit...  ;) Any thoughts on this? Do you think I‘m going to end up butting heads all the time? Would it be different as a NCM or an O? I can‘t imagine modern training/indoc would be anything like FMJ, but better to go in knowing what to expect. Less trouble that way.

Again, I‘m just making sure I know what I‘m getting into before I jump, and I‘m throwing concerns at you guys as they arise. I greatly appreciate the patience you‘ve shown so far. I‘m discovering that joining the military is a much more serious affair than I once thought, and is requiring much more consideration than I had expected...

Anyways, thanks again. Someday, I‘ll stop being such a PITA. I promise.

Cog.

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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2001, 10:37:00 »
OK, promising not to go into verbal diarrhea mode here again...

 
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University teaches one to question everything, not to accept unconditionally. The military teaches you not to question, and to accept orders unconditionally.  

It‘s not as big a difference as you might think. Being a robot is not a requirement for the job.

There‘s a time to speak, a time to listen, and a time to stop arseing around and get the hell on with what you‘re doing. Isn‘t that true of school as well?

You might also remember that the only distinction on paper between a new troop and a new officer is that officers pretty much MUST have a university education, and NCM only MAY have a university education. That should say something about relative compatibility. The army wants you to have higher education because it indicates a capacity to learn, and to think creatively under pressure.

And oh yes, if you do wind up as an officer, you will rapidly come to terms with all the subtle and not-so-subtle ways your troops have of telling you just what they think of your latest clever scheme without ever hinting at insubordination!

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Re: Comparing the job of Officer vs NCM [MERGED]
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2001, 20:58:00 »
The debate whether to be an officer or in the ranks I feel is moot. Leadership is a function of personality. If  you are an ******* as a pers you will be a an ******* as an officer or SNCO.

 I agree that some CFR make good officiers but flipping the coin thay also want to be buddies with the "lower" ranks. Doesn‘t work that way.

An officer plans, NCOs impliment that plan. Figure which side you want to be on and do it. (yes it come down to that)An officer gets as much trg as he needs to perform his function. And he gets ***  in the grass time also . However being desk bound is also part of the job, if you want to look after your men properly (the same as an NCO). (also think secondary duties)

The basic thing to remember is common sence. It is true that respect is earned. Earning that respect is no different for a NCO than an officer. The common tread is treat your soldiers as you want to be treated, making fair and honest decisions, and being a professional by doing the best job you know how and the rest will fall into place.

I guess that I see you as offiicer material. However the decision is yours. And another truism of military life is making decisions is a way of life for us if you want to get ahead.

The ball is in your court.

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« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2001, 23:29:00 »
An important part of leadership is not letting anyone else **** on your fighting men....

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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2003, 08:21:00 »
Hello everyone,

I‘m in need of help!

I‘m considering RE-joining the reserves after 3 yrs of being a civilian. I was in the Naval Reserve before in 1999 and 2000 as a R-277 NavCom. I completed my basic at Borden 9901 and my OSQAB in Esqimalt.

Since then I have received my BA from McMaster Universty in Hamilton and I‘m currently in the interview process with the Hamilton Police Service.

Now recently, having talked to the recruiting officer from the police who is also an officer with the Army Reserves. From that talk I have decided (95% sure) to go back to the reserves but this time with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.

Why?

My goal is to go ERU (Emergency Response Unit or S.W.A.T.) with either Hamilton or any other police service that gives me the opportunity in the future.

Now, I believe that joining and training in the reserve forces will give me the overall upper edge with persuing my police career not only as a COP but also in my drive and dream of getting on a ERU.

I believe that I have made the right considerations of joining back up for the training and for personal motivational reasons, but I have one last thing that I need to decide:

INFANTRY SOLDIER or INFANTRY OFFICER??

Reasons:

1. I want to train and want to aquire the tactical and weapons training that will be an asset to my resume when it becomes time to go ERU.

2. I want a reserve/part-time military career as long as I can handle it and want to train and better myself.

3. And if needed, before I go Police, I would love a UN tour in Bosnia especially considering the fact that I am proficient in speaking and writing both in Latin and Cryrilic Serbian Bosnian Croatian Macedonian tounges/scripts and a little Russian. Also with the Serbo-Croatian you would think I was born over there matching my Serbo-Cro dialect to the region or city that I am in over there!

But anyways,

Infantry Soldier looks like the best choice to get all these things and hopefully later become an officer. But! Some people say that I should go officer right away!

Question is will I get the same or better SOLDIER training than going in as a NCO??

What do you people think would be the best route to take.

Go NCO get the raw experience and respect before going officer or go officer right away!

I also have to remember that later in my future police career I might not be able to take the time off to do my officer training and I want to get started with my Reserve Career hopefully this summer so I can come back in August if I get a job offer from the police.

So any help will be of great assistance and will be greatfull to all who help me come to this decicion.

I guess you can see my e-mail in my profile but if you dont send me some e-mails (even though i‘ll be checking the board) if you have the time and goodwill to help me.

Thank You and God Bless!

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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2003, 12:06:00 »
From my personal experience i find officers who where NCO‘s before getting commisoned make better officers than those who where not NCO‘s. Experience is always a good thing. But again this is my personal experience others may have different points of veiw

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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2003, 14:40:00 »
You said that you wanted ERU/SWAT and that was what you really wanted to do.

Now, most Officers aren‘t desk jockeys, but they don‘t get to do as much of the training and other fun stuff of the NCMs.

If I was hiring you for the job I would care more about the years of training and the type of training you had. If you were a Master Corporal who had trained to JTF2 PT levels I would be more impressed than if you were a Captain.

I would recommend going NCM and seeing how you like it, as Officers have to go through a crap load of paperwork all the time. IF you think you might like it later you can always get CFR, but not the other way down.

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Re: Comparing the job of Officer vs NCM [MERGED]
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2003, 16:27:00 »
Just to play devil‘s advocate, you say you‘d accept a MCpl with JTF-2 level fitness, but not a captain. What if that captain was in an infantry unit and had accumulated experience as a range officer for all the unit‘s weapons and was qualified to design and conduct field firing ranges. There are a wide variety of skills and varying levels of experience between the officers and NCOs in an infantry unit (Reg or PRes), and each may have applicability to the original poster‘s interests in the ‘fit‘ to tactical team employment.

Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Comparing the job of Officer vs NCM [MERGED]
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2003, 19:56:00 »
My advice? If your number one priority is policing, then do that and THEN figure out if you have the time and commitment to join the militia.
But don‘t become a cop assuming that you‘ll be able to parade and attend ex‘s regularly. As far as gaining extra "tactical" knowledge, the infantry isn‘t the best place for that. Let‘s put it this way, the number one priority of the police is to save lives (including the ERT/SWAT team). The number one priority of the infantry is to take lives. This results in a major difference of sop‘s and tactics.

As far as NCM vs Officer, go NCM first.

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« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2003, 21:33:00 »
For experience, NCM usually get more. But who knows, maybe the rank of a CO could help too. I think it depends what the police force prefers.

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« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2003, 01:02:00 »
So..

Do you guys think that the training I will recieve with the RHLI in basic will help me over the years in going ERU????

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