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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2016, 09:50:09 »
The OP would have to have already been a currently serving member of the CAF P Res for consideration under these programs.

Right.

Which is why I said, "it is for trained Reservists."

Which the OP may be one day, or for others following the discussion.

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2016, 09:57:07 »
Right.

Which is why I said, "it is for trained Reservists."

Which the OP may be one day, or for others following the discussion.

Yup, seen and noted. I wanted to make the distinction between the "trained Reservist", fully qualified to the OFP but now released (which seems to be the OP's state), and the "currently serving Reservist".

It's been a while since I worked this desk, but, at the time, Supp Res members were ineligible to participate in RFFSA/RFTP.
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #52 on: September 02, 2016, 10:06:08 »
Yup, seen and noted. I wanted to make the distinction between the "trained Reservist", fully qualified to the OFP but now released (which seems to be the OP's state), and the "currently serving Reservist".

It's been a while since I worked this desk, but, at the time, Supp Res members were ineligible to participate in RFFSA/RFTP.

I remember you are an SME on the subject. < NO sarcasm.
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #53 on: September 02, 2016, 10:42:33 »
I remember you are an SME on the subject. < NO sarcasm.

"Was" would be more appropriate.  I am now a few years removed from that world.

I received a number of requests from former CAF Reservists who were living in the States on visas or work permits who wanted to rekindle their military careers, but with a local US NG/Reserve units, but were ineligible to do so due to age, citizenship or gender restrictions (i.e. a former CAF female Infantry NCM wanting to join a NG Infantry unit).  The answer was always the same.  Rejoin the CAF P Res and then apply for attachment to your local NG/Reserve unit under RFTP.
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #54 on: September 02, 2016, 11:10:57 »

. . . living in the States on visas or work permits . . .  Rejoin the CAF P Res and then apply for attachment to your local NG/Reserve unit under RFTP.

There are also restrictions as to the residency status of the Reserve Force Member, or at least the member has to make a case that he intends to return to Canada.

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/caf-community-support-services-for-members-reservists/foreign-service-agreements.page
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #55 on: September 02, 2016, 11:19:18 »
The usual duration of RFFSA/RFTP attachments was a minimum of one to a maximum of three years, with an option to renew once.  This came in handy for students who completed, for example, a three year bachelor's degree and were remaining in situ for another year or two for a  Masters.

Student visas, work permits and temporary resident permits have an expiry date.  In all cases the end date of an RFFSA/RFTP attachment could not extend beyond the visa/permit expiration date.
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #56 on: September 02, 2016, 16:30:40 »
Interesting things to think about.

I have no problem with returning to Canada or taking up residence there.  In many ways I like it better. It just seems logistically more difficult for me to get hired in this field there considering I just started where I am a few months ago.  As I wrote earlier, returning to Canada was my intention when I applied to the regular forces.  This job just happened so quickly, and I really did not think it was going to work out as well as it did.  This is of course a great problem to have, as all the options are good, so I am not complaining.

As far as an armoury being nearby, there are probably several good options, Fredericton and Edmundston I know of are both reasonably close.

I would not be opposed to a US air guard unit, assuming I am eligible.  I only just now even looked into it, so I don't know.

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #57 on: September 07, 2016, 12:46:01 »
Anyway, my basic question is this: Is it reasonable or possible to enlist while living and maintaining my career just west of the border?  Does anyone know someone who does this successfully?

Whilst definitely not the norm, it has been done before near some border cities (ie; Windsor, Sarnia, Niagara Falls).

Joining a CAF Reserve Unit within reasonable distance to your location can be done.  You will need to be able to hold a GoC Security Clearance and find a CAF Reserve Unit that is willing to hire you.

I'd suggest that if you are interested in joining a Reserve Unit close bye, that you make contact with them and then go from there.

Local Reserve Units (at the tabs) and occupation availability, will be shown once you enter your search criteria.    Good luck!

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #58 on: September 08, 2016, 00:52:38 »
Thank you, this is very helpful.  I was planning to ask you this as someone reccomended you above.  I will call them tomorrow, I was planning on going over to Grand Falls tomorrow so I'll be in the country instead of just looking at it from the hilltop like I was today.  Its that close. :cdn:

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #59 on: September 22, 2018, 20:26:47 »
Hi everyone,
first let me say, I have searched this website and others and I haven't been able to find much specifically, but if this has already been addressed, I apologize and will not ask again.

Background: I'm a dual US-Canadian citizen. Born/raised in the states, married my college sweetheart who is Canadian. Served 8 years in the US military as a commissioned officer. Moved to Canada about a decade ago for my wife's career. Became a naturalized Canadian citizen recently and have been considering joining a local reserve unit (enlisted or officer, don't care) or the cadets as a CIC officer just to get involved again because I miss the camaraderie and discipline. No plans to ever go full time again or make this a career.

My questions are: Is there anyone else on here who has a similar background to me and has successfully joined the reserves with prior US military service? If so, was your prior service an impediment in any way? I'm debating whether to try joining. All I have as proof of my prior service is my DD-214 (which includes an honourable discharge and a clean record with several personal/service related awards) that I received when I was discharged over ten years ago. I have not kept in touch with any supervisors and at this point I'm pretty sure my previous CO's are all retired anyway. I certainly can provide references for some of the subordinates I served with, but I haven't kept in touch with my old supervisors. I have no idea how complicated this would be in terms of what the CAF might want beyond my DD-214, old US military references, my old US military medical files, etc. and whether this whole thing would just be a can of worms or whether I'm making this out to be more complicated than it will be.

If there is anyone on here who has gone through this I'd be much obliged to read about your experience joining.

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #60 on: September 22, 2018, 20:53:22 »
Is there anyone else on here who has a similar background to me and has successfully joined the reserves with prior US military service?

For reference to this discussion,

Prior U.S military service transfer?
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=111445.0

Will the Canadian Armed Forces count time served in the US Army?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=108238.0

Will my time in the U.S. Army count for anything?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,18494.msg914640.html#msg914640
Reply #305

The "Wanting To Join Another Military" Thread- Them To Us- Us To Them 
https://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,18494.msg914640.html
18 pages,

etc...



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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #61 on: September 22, 2018, 20:54:21 »
Hi everyone,
first let me say, I have searched this website and others and I haven't been able to find much specifically, but if this has already been addressed, I apologize and will not ask again.

Background: I'm a dual US-Canadian citizen. Born/raised in the states, married my college sweetheart who is Canadian. Served 8 years in the US military as a commissioned officer. Moved to Canada about a decade ago for my wife's career. Became a naturalized Canadian citizen recently and have been considering joining a local reserve unit (enlisted or officer, don't care) or the cadets as a CIC officer just to get involved again because I miss the camaraderie and discipline. No plans to ever go full time again or make this a career.

My questions are: Is there anyone else on here who has a similar background to me and has successfully joined the reserves with prior US military service? If so, was your prior service an impediment in any way? I'm debating whether to try joining. All I have as proof of my prior service is my DD-214 (which includes an honourable discharge and a clean record with several personal/service related awards) that I received when I was discharged over ten years ago. I have not kept in touch with any supervisors and at this point I'm pretty sure my previous CO's are all retired anyway. I certainly can provide references for some of the subordinates I served with, but I haven't kept in touch with my old supervisors. I have no idea how complicated this would be in terms of what the CAF might want beyond my DD-214, old US military references, my old US military medical files, etc. and whether this whole thing would just be a can of worms or whether I'm making this out to be more complicated than it will be.

If there is anyone on here who has gone through this I'd be much obliged to read about your experience joining.

I'm sure someone will be able to give you some good advice on here, but I also suggest that you go into your local CAF Recruiting office and ask them. They're always up to date on what is, and isn't, possible.
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #62 on: September 22, 2018, 21:03:28 »
For reference to this discussion,

Prior U.S military service transfer?
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=111445.0

Will the Canadian Armed Forces count time served in the US Army?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=108238.0

Will my time in the U.S. Army count for anything?
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,18494.msg914640.html#msg914640
Reply #305

The "Wanting To Join Another Military" Thread- Them To Us- Us To Them 
https://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,18494.msg914640.html
18 pages,

etc...

Thanks, I did see these; I was trying to understand more specifically about the background process for anyone else like me who has US mil service but has been out as long as I have. I didn't see much in those threads answering my specific questions but I really do appreciate the references.

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #63 on: September 22, 2018, 21:08:42 »
I'm sure someone will be able to give you some good advice on here, but I also suggest that you go into your local CAF Recruiting office and ask them. They're always up to date on what is, and isn't, possible.

Understood, thank you. I did contact a local reserve unit and even went to the local armoury during a drill night. The recruiter there was very busy and we didn't talk much but I had some great conversations with some of the reservists. At the moment, I'm out of town for my job and not near an office, so I thought I'd ask my questions on here in case there are any other Americans like me who have done this.

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #64 on: September 22, 2018, 21:18:32 »
I really do appreciate the references.

Good. Here is another,

AMERICAN INTERESTED IN CANADIAN ARMY 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=13198.0
2 pages.

As mentioned, Recruiting is your most trusted source of official, up to date information.

"Unofficial site, not associated with DND or the Canadian Armed Forces."

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #65 on: September 23, 2018, 00:25:01 »
Good. Here is another,

AMERICAN INTERESTED IN CANADIAN ARMY 
https://army.ca/forums/index.php?topic=13198.0
2 pages.

As mentioned, Recruiting is your most trusted source of official, up to date information.

"Unofficial site, not associated with DND or the Canadian Armed Forces."

Great. As I mentioned in my original post, I'm already a Canadian citizen and have been for about 5 years. I'm not asking whether Americans can join the Canadian military. I was just looking for any Americans on here who might have prior US military experience before they joined the Canadian Forces. I wanted to know what their experiences were. This thread you've merged my message into, like the previous one, was not what I was asking. I mean no disrespect but can I please have my original post back as a stand alone thread? So far there is no other post/thread that applies specifically to what I've been asking.

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #66 on: September 23, 2018, 08:37:12 »
For a person from another country they must reside in the US with a green card then go to a recruiting station. The Army just announced that they missed their quota. If you meet the requirements join the USAF or USN and learn a trade.If you go in the Army you would be going to Afghanistan at some point.

https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/eligibility-categories
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #67 on: September 23, 2018, 09:45:38 »
For a person from another country they must reside in the US with a green card then go to a recruiting station. The Army just announced that they missed their quota. If you meet the requirements join the USAF or USN and learn a trade.If you go in the Army you would be going to Afghanistan at some point.

https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/eligibility-categories

I think you misread the post.

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #68 on: September 23, 2018, 10:19:29 »
The father of a peer of mine did a tour in Vietnam and then joined the CAF sometime in the 70s or 80s.  He went on to serve in the PPCLI reaching MWO I think.

Not sure what if any qualifications he was granted to carry over, or awards and declarations as well.

I have also served with a good number of UK expats, so it's not terribly uncommon. 

To get the goods on the actual facts and process though I highly suggest you go to your local CFRC or call them.  I am not and have never been a recruiter so I dont feel I can honestly give you any advice.
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #69 on: September 23, 2018, 11:01:31 »
Times have changed but I recall Basic and we had a former Czech soldier who was fluent in a number of languages. He had defected and the Army was going to send to cook school.At the other extreme was a former FFL turned NCO in the US army. He definitely was an impressive guy and quite good at setting an ambush some tactics were not taught usually. It was good to know stuff. He might set his ambush 50 meters off a trail or road.

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #70 on: September 23, 2018, 14:27:50 »
. . . . I was just looking for any Americans on here who might have prior US military experience before they joined the Canadian Forces. I wanted to know what their experiences were. This thread you've merged my message into, like the previous one, was not what I was asking. I mean no disrespect but can I please have my original post back as a stand alone thread? So far there is no other post/thread that applies specifically to what I've been asking.

If you are only accepting the advice of other Yanquis who joined the CAF, then you may have a long wait for someone to mosey on past this thread or even a standalone thread with the exact criteria you want .  We are a relatively small community who frequent this forum and while there has been the occasional foreigner who has passed this way on his search for info about joining the CF, at the present none of the regular participants (to my recollection) are in your category.  The consolidation of similar questions into larger threads is one of the common forum management processes that we have come to expect; it works a little better for us than multiple standalone threads.

In looking at your original post, my take is that the essence of your request is;

. . .  dual US-Canadian citizen. . . Served 8 years in the US military as a commissioned officer. . .  considering joining a local reserve unit (enlisted or officer, don't care) or the cadets as a CIC officer. . .

. . .  was your prior service an impediment in any way? . . . . I have no idea how complicated this would be in terms of what the CAF might want beyond my DD-214, old US military references, my old US military medical files, etc. and whether this whole thing would just be a can of worms or whether I'm making this out to be more complicated than it will be.

You are in the same boat as any other former foreigner (regardless of country, though slightly different for those from countries with the Queen as head of state) who came to our shores and now wishes to try military service again.  You already meet the number one criteria for enrolment - you have Canadian citizenship.  First big hurdle passed.

You may be "making this out to be more complicated than it will be" but it will be more complicated than for someone who was born, lived and was educated in the Great White North.  During your enrolment processing you will likely be asked to provide verification that you were indeed born in the USA, lived where you said you did, received whatever education you say you have (and that it was equivalent to a Canadian education - though that is not usually a problem for Americans) and that you have no criminal history in any of the countries in which you have lived.  Making a claim that you have previous military service will probably be one of the least complicated aspects of your enrolment process, unless of course you are seeking some advanced standing based on your US military training.  Then a PLAR would have to be completed before your enrolment and that may take some time.  Probably the easiest way to get a slight jump on the process is to request a copy of your OMPF.  Just the fact that you served in the US military shouldn't be an impediment to joining the CAF, neither should dual citizenship unlike the US military.
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #71 on: September 23, 2018, 15:53:48 »
I am curious why after 8 years you would opt to join the CF ? I am guessing that you may be a Captain with only another year or so before selection to Major ? Thanks

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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #72 on: September 23, 2018, 17:02:51 »
I am curious why after 8 years you would opt to join the CF ? I am guessing that you may be a Captain with only another year or so before selection to Major ? Thanks


Maybe this has something to do with it.

. . .  married my college sweetheart who is Canadian. Served 8 years in the US military as a commissioned officer. Moved to Canada about a decade ago for my wife's career. . . .
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #73 on: September 23, 2018, 18:49:58 »
Understood, thank you. I did contact a local reserve unit and even went to the local armoury during a drill night. The recruiter there was very busy and we didn't talk much but I had some great conversations with some of the reservists. At the moment, I'm out of town for my job and not near an office, so I thought I'd ask my questions on here in case there are any other Americans like me who have done this.

While the reserve recruiters might have some insight, probably a better way to go is to get to the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre closest to you and ask those questions.  They would have the most updated info.
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Re: Former U.S. military service
« Reply #74 on: October 03, 2018, 12:04:44 »
After reading the thread I'm not catching what your questions are specifically, but here are some recruiting comments.

1) Can you join?
The basic requirements to join the CAF are
a) Age (between the ages of 16 and depending on enrollment plan upper age is 46-57) - from the sounds of if you meet that requirement
b) Citizenship (be a Canadian Citizen) - you state you meet that requirement
c) Education - depending on the occupation you wish to join is depending on the requirement education - if you educated outside of Canada you will need to have that education assess by an agency such as World Education Services (http://www.wes.org)

2) Will your previous service hinder your enrollment?
Nope, it will be treated like any other employer you had outside of Canada

3) Will the CAF recognize your prior service?
There are some situations where yes, however being that you served with a military that doesn't have the Queen as the Head of State; it is not likely that much (if anything) will be granted to you from your prior service with the US Military.

As suggested, your best option is to speak with the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre in your location; not to put down the Reserves, but I worked as a Recruiter in a Reserve Unit many moons ago and did so without any specialized training.  The recruiters at the CFRC have to do a recruiter course just to be there :-)