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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2015, 20:38:41 »
 
Guide to BMNQ (Basic Military Naval Qualification)

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As a recent graduate of BMNQ I thought I would create this guide in an effort to assist those preparing for BMNQ at CFB Valcartier. The reason I feel there is a need to post this because of the huge difference between BMQ and BMNQ.  Without further ado I will get down to it.

DISCLAIMER: Every basic training, platoon, section, ect. has different rules and expectations. I am posting based solely on my experiance of BMNQ and your experiance may be different.

How BMNQ starts:

 
Your first steps of BMNQ are actually at your home unit. You will receive at least 15 days (I believe) or training at your home unit before going to BMNQ. This will include your first aid, as each unit is different I suggest you speak with the person in charge of training you to learn more.
Part of your home unit training will include online learning where you will need to study a variety of educational materials and complete several PC’s and EC’s (Performance checks and Evaluation checks). Once again it is best to speak to your home unit about your online learning.
 
Once you get to CFB Valcartier (Valcatraz) and Camp Vimy:
 
This is where it begins to be very different from BMQ! Your entire basic training will be conducted out of MOB Tents. This means that you will always be sleeping in a tent, on a cot, in a sleeping bag. So I will begin here with tips as per your accommodations:
  • ·         More or less the average people per tent was 8
  • ·         The tent is on a concrete platform and there are about 2-4 electrical outlets in each tent
  • ·         Tents are separated into guys and girl tents
  • ·         You sleep on a general army cot, one inflatable camping mattress, one sleeping bag and cover
  • ·         You will store your ENTIRE kit in a lockable Barrack Box (Pelican Case)
  • ·         Showers, washrooms, and laundry are in a separate building
o   1 shower stall per platoon, 6 shower heads; get comfortable with your platoon
o   Ladies; you will share 1 shower stall between 4 platoons you will less space than the guys
o   3 toilets per platoon; 3 urinals per platoon
o   2 washing machines, 2 drying machines per platoon
  • ·         Meals are at the galley, it is a 1-2km march away
  • ·         The food here was really good, but unhealthy
  • ·         Each platoon has a “classroom”
o   This is where you will form up everyday
o   You will spend almost your entire first 4 weeks here
o   The classroom is a roofed pavilion with curtains and a projector
o   You will sit on a wooden bench (like a sports bench at a basketball game)
o   You will share a wooden table with 2-3 people
o   Just like BMQ you will have death by PowerPoint here, not to mention those wooden benches will kill your back (PT was a godsend not a punishment)


That’s all I can think of for accommodations so, I will move onto Physical Training (PT):
  • We had about 2 pure PT sessions per week.
o   The PT session was very cardiovascular based workouts
o   Expect a lot of running; prepare for about 2-5km runs
o   Circuit Training with body weight
o   Work on your push ups about 25 military style
  • We also had 2-4 sessions where we were taught by PSP
o   More strength based sessions
o   Work on your squats and arm strength
  • Punishment PT will be the core of your PT
o   Push ups (buddy push ups, holding push ups, human centipede push ups, ect.)
o   Sit ups (Team sit ups, weighted sit ups, ect.)
o   Planks (Side plank, front plank, ect.)
o   Wall sits (Arms extended, with weapon, singing, ect.)
o   Running
o   Whatever cruel thing they could think of
I can’t go too in depth about the in-class learning but I will touch lightly on topics you will cover:
  • ·         Weapon Theory (C7 and Sig Sauer P225)
  • ·         First Aid
  • ·         CBRN Procedures
  • ·         CAF Drill and Ceremony
  • ·         CAF Safety and Security Policies
  • ·         History of the CAF and RCN
  • ·         Sea Survival
  • ·         Fall protection, Man Aloft
  • ·         CAF, RCN, Traditions and Values
  • ·         Shipboard operations
  • ·         Conducting naval and joint operations
  • ·         Legislative framework
  • ·         Personal Awareness and resources
What most questions are about Infamous INSPECTIONS:

DISCLAIMER: inspections are run by the platoon commander therefore every platoon is different and I am giving these tips based on my experience!
 
  • Inspections will take place in your MOB Tent
  • Much easier than BMQ inspections
  • Everything you need for your inspection will be given to you besides your underwear get 4 pairs of plain white tighty whities to make it easier on yourself
  • Your personal kit (toothbrush, soap, razor, ECT.) will NOT be inspected. So do not waste money buying a “inspections kit”
  • Things we got nailed for most:
o   Threads on uniform (Irish pennants), BURN THEM WITH FIRE
o   Dirt and grass on your cot (underneath sleeping bag and mattress)
o   Do not leave a broom in your personal tent, it goes back to the common tent
o   Do not move during inspection
o   Make sure your buttons are done up on all kit
o   Make sure your pants are bloused properly
o   Dirt on boots is a ***** dust them off with a Swiffer and cloth every morning
o   Starch is both your best friend and worst enemy, use it wisely
o   Make sure everything on your cot is lined up
o   Don’t get inspectors rank wrong
  • Make sure your drill is spot on
  • Do not burn your uniform like a gomer pyle
  • Check for lint on your beret
  • Blacken your sea boots in the AM
  • Everyone is good at something, find that and work together by doing only what your best at
  • Be loud when reporting “Ordinary Seaman, (Last Name), (Last 3 digits service #), Trade, (MOSID), awaiting your inspection (inspectors rank)!”
  • The dust from the tent will get EVERYWHERE
  • You get doubles of everything you use for inspection, keep one “inspection set” and one “work set”
  • Things to bring to assist with inspection:
o   Hand broom and dust pan
o   Swiffer duster
o   White kitchen garbage bag to keep dirt off your boots
o   Q-tips for cleaning weapons
o   A hard brush for muddy boots
o   Toothbrush for weapon
o   Toothbrush for boots


The rest I have is just basic tips to use throughout (some may have been taken from another thread):

  • ·         Use your ears 2x more than your mouth
  • ·         Try your best in everything
  • ·         No matter what you will be yelled at don’t be a baby about it
  • ·         If you can, be the ghost
  • ·         If you think you know something, keep your mouth shut
  • ·         Have a sense of humour about the whole thing
  • ·         Don’t talk crap about your platoon mates you’re in it together
  • ·         TEAMWORK IS KEY
  • ·         The course isn’t over until you are home, we had someone kicked off course during grad parade for being an idiot
  • ·         Meet your timings
  • ·         Always check your uniform for buttons, threads, ECT.
  • ·         Always check your buddies uniform
  • ·         Triple check everything
  • ·         Nothing in this is personal
  • ·         If you are on time, your actually 5 minutes late
  • ·         Wear one set of combats and wash it at night, keep one for inspection
  • ·         Sew your name on everything, label everything
  • ·         Learn from other peoples mistakes
  • ·         Don’t show off
  • ·         Shave at night and carry a razor head during the day just in case
  • ·         RELAX
  • ·         Sickness is passed around very easily. Do your best to keep healthy.
  • ·         This is a hard one but it caused A LOT of problems for our platoon! You will be tired, dirty, stressed, annoyed, pent up, horny and if you finally get weekend leave all you want to do is frig the first thing you see. Do your best not to sleep with people from your platoon! It only caused problems for us, A LOT of problems. Save it for the other platoons.

 
Well that’s all I got for right now, I will add more if I remember any good tips. If you have any questions I didn’t answer here feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer. If you don’t want to post it publically just send me a private message and I will be happy to give you an honest answer.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2016, 01:25:53 »
Just wanted to get a thread going to see whom is doing Basic Military Naval Qualification, in Valcartier, Quebec starting June 20th!

 
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2016, 09:36:37 »
It's not for sure yet, but I'm shooting for June 20th. I have to get all my online learning done first and I'm told it takes a long time.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2016, 03:30:02 »
It's not for sure yet, but I'm shooting for June 20th. I have to get all my online learning done first and I'm told it takes a long time.

Sorry about the late reply, I was given the FOR SURE date, but I need to get all my DL done first, DT is almost complete, I was just able to access DL yesterday, and have been on a mini grind... I hope to get it all done by the middle of May... Still waiting on my Uniform though haha.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2016, 08:54:18 »
Ideally I would like to make this course as well. However, even if my medical is processed in time, I may not be left with enough time to complete the online courses now?

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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2016, 18:50:40 »
Ideally I would like to make this course as well. However, even if my medical is processed in time, I may not be left with enough time to complete the online courses now?

Hate to break it to you, but the likely hood of you getting on course this summer is pretty slim. DL and DT take a decent chunk of time and I am just barely making it.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2016, 19:57:05 »
That's OK. Thanks for the information, I appreciate it. Best of luck to you and everyone else. :)

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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #32 on: April 16, 2016, 12:46:52 »
Ideally I would like to make this course as well. However, even if my medical is processed in time, I may not be left with enough time to complete the online courses now?

Hopefully you can get in. I spoke to one of the reservists at my unit and she said it took her 2 and a half days to complete her online learning. So, if you can get in, just grind away at it.

Sorry about the late reply, I was given the FOR SURE date, but I need to get all my DL done first, DT is almost complete, I was just able to access DL yesterday, and have been on a mini grind... I hope to get it all done by the middle of May... Still waiting on my Uniform though haha.

No pun intended, but I'm literally in the same boat as you. I just got set up with my DL a day or two ago and I'm thinking of going in to the unit during the week, on my own time, to start and finish it. Also, I don't receive my uniform until Friday.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2016, 03:26:59 »
Hopefully you can get in. I spoke to one of the reservists at my unit and she said it took her 2 and a half days to complete her online learning. So, if you can get in, just grind away at it.

No pun intended, but I'm literally in the same boat as you. I just got set up with my DL a day or two ago and I'm thinking of going in to the unit during the week, on my own time, to start and finish it. Also, I don't receive my uniform until Friday.

Haha the pun is fantastic, you can do DL at home, that's what I have been doing (up to the point I am stuck at  :-\). I get all my kit on the 26th, so I am super excited for that, but for my DL I cannot even dive into the main module as it is still saying I have to complete my learning contract, which I did at my unit.. I completed all the prerequisites even the learning contract is reading as "successful" but apparently I can't move forward until someone who handles DLN receives the Learning contract from my unit and approves me to continue on. I was hoping to get through a good chunk of it on my days off, but it isn't looking like it will be happening for a little bit.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2016, 14:51:51 »
Haha the pun is fantastic, you can do DL at home, that's what I have been doing (up to the point I am stuck at  :-\). I get all my kit on the 26th, so I am super excited for that, but for my DL I cannot even dive into the main module as it is still saying I have to complete my learning contract, which I did at my unit.. I completed all the prerequisites even the learning contract is reading as "successful" but apparently I can't move forward until someone who handles DLN receives the Learning contract from my unit and approves me to continue on. I was hoping to get through a good chunk of it on my days off, but it isn't looking like it will be happening for a little bit.

Did you finish all of your online learning?
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2016, 04:25:16 »
Did you finish all of your online learning?

Man I really have to stay up to date on this, my Distance Learning is complete besides the tests, which I am doing next Thursday. My DT is almost done, like another two or three training nights, and I "SHOULD" be done. I still need to do my first aid, I was told that I will be likely doing it the 11th and 12th of June, cutting it REALLY REALLY close... But I hope to get it done.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #36 on: June 15, 2016, 15:15:40 »
Well hopefully I don't get in trouble for bumping this, I have received my loading message for BMNQ 20 June, just curious if anyone else will be joining me for 20 June?
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #37 on: June 17, 2016, 16:54:39 »
My flight leaves on Sunday. I'll be meeting one of my buddies down in Toronto and then were heading to Valcartier. What about you?
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #38 on: June 17, 2016, 17:24:00 »
My flight leaves on Sunday. I'll be meeting one of my buddies down in Toronto and then were heading to Valcartier. What about you?

My flight leaves Sunday as well, I leave To Toronto at 0630hrs and arrive in Toronto around 1400hrs, and leave to Quebec at like 1545hrs
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #39 on: September 26, 2016, 02:54:29 »
I applied to the reserves and I have been told bmq will be in Quebec next summer (not in Saint Jean) what are the differences between the reserve bmq and the regular one?
Recruiting Centre: HMCS Discovery/New Westminister RC
Regular/ Reserve: Reserve
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Naval Combat Information Operator
Trade Choice 2: Boatswain
Trade Choice 3: Naval Communicator
Online Application: July 19th 2016
First Contact: July 21th 2016
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CFAT: September 22nd, 2016 (Passed)
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #40 on: September 26, 2016, 04:32:36 »
I applied to the reserves and I have been told bmq will be in Quebec next summer (not in Saint Jean) what are the differences between the reserve bmq and the regular one?
Bearing in mind that you seem to be talking about NAVRES BMQ (not CA Res): the course is actually called BMNQ and it combines the training syllabuses for two separate Reg F courses into a single course (in the Reg F the courses are BMQ and NETP). The QSP (training deliverables) for BMQ/NETP are the same as for BMNQ, but the delivery time is condensed by delivering more instructional periods per week (longer days and parts of the weekends) and shifting some of the instruction into unit-based distance learning and distance training phases.

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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #41 on: September 26, 2016, 08:29:55 »
what are the differences between the reserve bmq and the regular one?

For reference, perhaps,

Is the reserve bmq different from the regular force one

will be merged with,

Reserve BMQ vs Reg Force BMQ 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=114293.0

Reserve BMQ compared to Regular force BMQ 
http://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=97693.0

As a Naval Reservist, see also,

Naval Reserve BMQ 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=109833.0

A Guide to BMNQ (Basic Military Naval Qualification)
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=114955.0

Navy Reserve BMNQ 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=122603.0

(NAVRES) BMNQ
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=122603.0

BMNQ
https://www.google.ca/search?q=site%3Aarmy.ca+navres+bmq&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-CA:IE-Address&ie=&oe=&rlz=1I7GGHP_en-GBCA592&gfe_rd=cr&ei=7BnpV5CsJKOC8QeklYzIDA&gws_rd=ssl#q=site:army.ca+bmnq



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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #42 on: September 26, 2016, 19:51:13 »
Bearing in mind that you seem to be talking about NAVRES BMQ (not CA Res): the course is actually called BMNQ and it combines the training syllabuses for two separate Reg F courses into a single course (in the Reg F the courses are BMQ and NETP). The QSP (training deliverables) for BMQ/NETP are the same as for BMNQ, but the delivery time is condensed by delivering more instructional periods per week (longer days and parts of the weekends) and shifting some of the instruction into unit-based distance learning and distance training phases.

What is Pre course DL training at NRDS
Recruiting Centre: HMCS Discovery/New Westminister RC
Regular/ Reserve: Reserve
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Naval Combat Information Operator
Trade Choice 2: Boatswain
Trade Choice 3: Naval Communicator
Online Application: July 19th 2016
First Contact: July 21th 2016
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CFAT: September 22nd, 2016 (Passed)
Medical: October 21st, 2016 (Passed)
Interview: October 21st, 2016 (Passed)
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #43 on: September 26, 2016, 20:10:49 »
Eric16,

It's great that you are interested in knowing more about your training. The military uses a lot of acronyms and it best to learn to search for answers or ask questions early. 

- The pre-BMNQ DL (Distance Learning) training at your home unit, one of our NRDs (Naval Reserve Divisions).

- As hamiltongs mentioned in reply # 1, the pre-course DL material are subjects you are required to pass at your home unit
in order to be loaded onto your BMNQ next summer. The need for the DL training is to be able to fit both courses he mentioned into the summer training schedule.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #44 on: September 26, 2016, 20:18:53 »
Eric16,

It's great that you are interested in knowing more about your training. The military uses a lot of acronyms and it best to learn to search for answers or ask questions early. 

- The pre-BMNQ DL (Distance Learning) training at your home unit, one of our NRDs (Naval Reserve Divisions).

- As hamiltongs mentioned in reply # 1, the pre-course DL material are subjects you are required to pass at your home unit
in order to be loaded onto your BMNQ next summer. The need for the DL training is to be able to fit both courses he mentioned into the summer training schedule



Hi, thank you for the answer, I wasn't told by the recruiting center (hmcs discovery) to complete this pre course. What do I need to do in this pre course before I go to Quebec for basic
Recruiting Centre: HMCS Discovery/New Westminister RC
Regular/ Reserve: Reserve
Officer/NCM: NCM
Trade Choice 1: Naval Combat Information Operator
Trade Choice 2: Boatswain
Trade Choice 3: Naval Communicator
Online Application: July 19th 2016
First Contact: July 21th 2016
FORCE test: July 28th, 2016 (Passed)
CFAT: September 22nd, 2016 (Passed)
Medical: October 21st, 2016 (Passed)
Interview: October 21st, 2016 (Passed)
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #45 on: September 26, 2016, 23:52:54 »
My first answer is to stop posting here, go to your NRD and attend training.

Instead, if you will allow me to hold your hand...
despite the fact that hamiltongs and mariomike already posted
answers to your question:

The DL includes such topics (example):
- Rank recognition
- Uniform standards (not issued at the NRD)
- OH&S standards
- First Aid

The list is not exact and due to the change to meet the needs of the RCN.
This is an example of what you will be expected to do when you start off.

You will need to pass your DL before being allowed to attend BMNQ.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #46 on: September 27, 2016, 08:20:45 »
Hi, thank you for the answer, I wasn't told by the recruiting center (hmcs discovery) to complete this pre course. What do I need to do in this pre course before I go to Quebec for basic

The DL takes place AT YOUR UNIT, after you've enrolled. So you need to talk to your unit (HMCS DISCOVERY), finish your application, get enrolled, and then they will take care of you. They know they need to get you ready for BMNQ next summer, so their Training Department will have a training plan in place to get your DL completed in time. Don't sweat it.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #47 on: May 04, 2017, 20:43:45 »
Hey guys,

I've just applied in the RCN for reserve - Logistic officer.

I have a job where I am committed every year till mid-july. Other than that, I am pretty flexible. After July 15th, I am fully available till the beginning of september.

While I can do the summer training on may-june-july the first year, I might no be available to skip work before July 15th the next few years - do you see that as a problem ?

thanks for your answers!

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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #48 on: May 05, 2017, 01:14:36 »
Well...

Your first summer will most likely consist of basic training. Given that you're free the first year, that should pose no problem.

Your second and third summers will be taken up with two months (or more) of training each year, usually spanning June and July.

If you can't be free for June and July, you're going to be limited on your ability to take training.
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Re: BMNQ 2013-Current: Naval Reserve
« Reply #49 on: May 14, 2017, 12:21:57 »
Hey,

I'm in the process of applying in the Navy Reserve for a NCM trade. The recruiter told me BMQ would be 3 weeks in the summer in Valcartier. I am a bit confused, from what I'm reading on the forum, it seems BMQ is usually 12 weeks ?

Thanks for your help!