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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2004, 04:47:35 »
        They will issue you cold weather gear before posting you to Alert, on arrival you will be
briefed on saftey measures and how to move around the station in various weather conditions.

         Relax and enjoy the tour.

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2004, 01:18:43 »
   Wow, I wish I had the time to take that tasking....too much time to be away from school.  I heard it's a really good go though, make the most of it, and learn a lot!  It is very valuable training for sure!
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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #27 on: December 27, 2004, 02:33:21 »
i would love to do that tasking even as a gd

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #28 on: December 27, 2004, 18:43:36 »
Yeah, the tasking is a GD tasking I heard.
I wanted to go for the March tour, but I have to finish school. so I am hoping there will be another roto in September.
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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2004, 18:55:20 »
Where did you learn about the Alert tasking, work in Alberta with 41 Cbg Brid, where in the country are you learning of this stuff, wouldn't mind hearing more info about the tasking.

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #30 on: December 27, 2004, 20:44:16 »
Really? I heard it was supposed to start in May...

I heard about this tasking as well, it was presented at a debrief at the end of a parade night at the unit, I believe it's for 2 GD positions starting in May.

Both PteKec and myself are in 70 Comm Gp, the army reserve bde in my area is 32 Bde if that's any help.
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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2004, 22:15:58 »
Sig Bloggins is right, we were briefed on it at the end of a parade night.
They are looking for Ptes and Cpls, for GDs. Sounds like a great tasking, even if your just a GD.

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2004, 22:20:06 »
how long is the tour? i'd love to try it!
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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #33 on: December 27, 2004, 23:40:57 »
We were told 6 months. I wouldn't mind doing it either, except for school getting in the way.
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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #34 on: December 28, 2004, 00:13:20 »
  I believe it was given out to all Comm Reserve units, 74 Comm Gp received it as well....darn school!
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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #35 on: December 28, 2004, 13:55:39 »
Oh yeah, sure would be an amazing tour to go on....hopefully it will be offered again in the near future...anytime after Aug would be great! :D

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2005, 11:11:36 »
The Alert tour is up to 6 months, with a possible voluntary 3 month extension.  When I was up there, the GD positions were for Reg Force combat arms trades (ie. an arty and armoured pers).  There were approx 60 pers there, but I don't think any reservists.  They are always hurting for people to go up there, so that must be why they have opened it up to the reserves. 
It's not too bad of a go.........I was there in total darkness, and that can play strange games on the mind, but overall, it could have been worse.  It's a small, close-knit bunch up there, and you develop a real sense of family during your tour.  That being said, it was a good experience, but I would not like to go back up there anytime soon.  Hey, at least you get an LTA now.

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2005, 12:02:23 »
Last I heard, they were looking or 2 ptes-cpls to go for 3 months I believe, 4 people from my unit put in there name for mid-Aug. I'm hoping to get on the tour, I would love to go.
What kind of stuff did you do up there?
and, I'm not quite sure what LTA is?

Anyways, thanks.

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2005, 12:59:39 »
I worked at the power plant, aka "The Cat House".  It was shift work at the time, then it went to straight days, but I think it is back to shift work after the fire a couple of years ago. 
LTA= Leave Travel Allowance, and is basically a 2-3 week trip out of Alert around the middle of your tour.  You won't need this though, because you only get it if you're up there for the full six months (but maybe only 4 months now). 
The life of the GD is good. Their "handles" are Crusher and ????(I'm drawing a blank on the other nickname).  You would be responsible for all the garbage and waste destruction/incineration, but it's a max-relax job-----debatabley worth every penny of your extra $17/day northern allowance.
Tours are continuous, so if you don't get this one, keep your name in and you might get one down the road.  If you're married, it can be pretty tough; you're only allowed one 15 minute phone call a day, but I think they have email up there now.

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2005, 17:38:34 »
Yeah I know the tours are continuous. I'm taking a year of school to go on a tour or tasking, so the Alert tour was my first choice, I have heard pretty good things about it.
I guess considering I'm a GD garbage crushing sounds like fun lol.
I am hoping for the 6 month tour.
Thanks for the help.

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #40 on: February 07, 2005, 18:35:45 »
From what i heard from my buddies, the GD duty is like burning garbage ,shoveling and kitchen duty. I might be wrong though. Still ,it might be good experience, just sounds like getting extras!!!!!!

I put my name in one day (for GD), and my boss turned it down, saying that it would be a loss of time (career wise) to go there (i'm a tradesman). Finaly ,even if we had lots of people availlable at the troop ,the highers turned the tasking down..

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #41 on: February 09, 2005, 20:49:14 »
If you enjoy isolation, reading, (good food, at least I thought so...), a close-knit relationship with the lepalm twins, then go for it. I did a tour in '79 as a GD. Had a great time, spent off duty hours on the radio (amateur) with the Comm Rsch guys hamming it up (call sign V02HV). The work is regular, repetitious, at times a bit hairy depending on the time of year, but if you go in the summer you get to see a bit  of nature (gigantic arctic hares). The experience is great, I really enjoyed it, would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #42 on: February 09, 2005, 20:52:06 »
Damn now I wanna do it!

*mumbles curses at school*

At first people think you're nuts for wanting to go to Alert, but I guess it's just one of those things that not many people get to do.
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« Reply #43 on: February 09, 2005, 21:00:05 »
Had an outstanding summer in support of CFS Alert called, "OP HURRICANE" located south of Alert.

I was a GD Knight and we had an awesome summer.Worked hard and long but was it an awesome experience.

Visited Alert on a couple occasions as well as Thule/Iqualit/Lake Hazen during the tour.

Made life-long friends, flew in a Twotter, Buffalo, Griffon (427 Tac Hel) and Herc. For a fishhead like myself this was best. Plus great fishing!!

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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #44 on: February 09, 2005, 23:29:50 »
'79..............holy crap.......That was a while ago........don't worry.......nothing is the same now.  I was there in '98-'99, and well, it is what it is.  You will never fully appreciate Alert until you spend some time there.........that's about all I can say.

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Required kit for CFS Alert
« Reply #45 on: February 19, 2005, 11:02:05 »
Hey Gang!  Ive gone through the search feature and couldn't find what I was looking for.  I want to know, from anyone who's been there, what small items would be usefull in Alert.  I don't need a kit list or a link to the station site and joining instructions.  I have those.  I want to know what you found to be invaluable while there.  I am going in Apr for my SLTA and then back for my Att posting in May as Chipper.  Any input is greatly appreciated.
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Re: CFS Alert - Work Up
« Reply #46 on: February 19, 2005, 14:09:04 »
The Alert tour is up to 6 months, with a possible voluntary 3 month extension.   When I was up there, the GD positions were for Reg Force combat arms trades (ie. an arty and armoured pers).   There were approx 60 pers there, but I don't think any reservists.   They are always hurting for people to go up there, so that must be why they have opened it up to the reserves.  
It's not too bad of a go.........I was there in total darkness, and that can play strange games on the mind, but overall, it could have been worse.   It's a small, close-knit bunch up there, and you develop a real sense of family during your tour.   That being said, it was a good experience, but I would not like to go back up there anytime soon.   Hey, at least you get an LTA now.

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We just sent 4 people up there for GD from our unit and we are CSS.  We send quite a few Ptes up there every year.  Is the LTA (Leave Travel Assistance) the same as Canadian LTA or is it similar to HLTA for deployed pers?
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Re: Required kit for CFS Alert
« Reply #47 on: February 19, 2005, 21:17:17 »
Ummmm......A back-up liver?

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Re: Required kit for CFS Alert
« Reply #48 on: February 19, 2005, 23:06:44 »
Yeah, I got the heads -up on that one.
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Re: Required kit for CFS Alert
« Reply #49 on: February 19, 2005, 23:12:14 »
Never been there, but i heard that it's pretty dry there (heating on 24/7). A small humidifier is a must for your room (it's from a medic on base who went there twice)!!!

Hope it helps a bit