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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #225 on: October 05, 2015, 10:19:19 »
The thing about the autobiography (which by the way is often required on other courses we go on) is not so much that we need to know your life story (although it is helpful when gleaning tidbits of personal data) but seeing where you are at from a grammatical / literary standpoint (i.e. can you put verbs where verbs should be, can you spell somewhat, do you write in "text" or plain English... As well, can you follow direction? As ordered, you MUST have... (this essay) and the criteria is ... (the essay content, length) on the day of your arrival...

We as staff watch who has it done. Even if it 75 words of mush, at the very least, they read the JIs and made an attempt. Communication skills.
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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #226 on: October 06, 2015, 12:02:46 »
DAA? Can you ascertain for these poor hang-ashores if there is an autobiography requirement anymore?

The autobiography used to be a requirement prior to arriving at BMQ and would be handed in to your course staff on your first day.  But I believe that this is now part of the training syllabus and is a homework exercise which is handed out the first week.
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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #227 on: October 06, 2015, 13:06:30 »
The autobiography used to be a requirement prior to arriving at BMQ and would be handed in to your course staff on your first day.  But I believe that this is now part of the training syllabus and is a homework exercise which is handed out the first week.

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So to all about to embark on this journey - it's not a pass / fail in that there is no right or wrong answer. We get certain info from your "back story" as it were, but we also see how well you can take direction, and string words together to form a sentence. No worries - take it seriously, but do not stress. Take your time and do the best you can do.
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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #228 on: December 22, 2015, 09:00:31 »
At PRes weekend BMQ that started this fall, we were told to prepare a biography before arriving for the first weekend. But we all had to rewrite it by hand to be in line with the given template.

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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #229 on: December 22, 2015, 09:06:06 »
Can you share the given template? I am curious (just for curiosity sake...) but it may be helpful to those here about to start their PRes journey...
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Re: Writing an autobiography for BMQ?
« Reply #230 on: December 22, 2015, 09:09:29 »
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This is right from the LFCATC web sight


ASSIGNMENT - AUTOBIOGRAPHY

1.   In an effort to become better acquainted, it is asked that you write an autobiography of approximately 200 words or more of your life to date.

2.   The autobiography will be treated as CONFIDENTIAL and will be read only by those officers involved in your training.

3.   It is designed only as an aid in assisting your course staff in getting to know you.

4.   Listed below are a few of the points you should consider in writing your autobiography:

   a.   Pre-School:

      (1)   Place of Birth,
      (2)   Number in Family, and
      (3)   Rural or Town.

   b.   School:

      (1)   Sports played, awards won,
      (2)   Type of School (separate, public),
      (3)   County or town,
      (4)   Organizations belonged to and positions held, i.e. scouts,
         cubs, cadets, student council, and
      (5)   Final grade attained.

   c.   Family member's occupations and accomplishments.

   d.   When did you leave school and for what reasons?

   e.   What were your parents, brothers and sisters feelings about your          decision to join the Canadian Forces?

   f.   What made you decide to join the Reserves?

   g.   What are your career ambitions in the Canadian Forces?

   h.   What is your Military Occupation Code (MOC) i.e. Infantry,             Armoured, Cook etc, and why did you choose it?

   j.   What do you expect to be your ultimate accomplishment in the             Canadian Forces?

5.   Please write clearly.
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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #231 on: December 22, 2015, 09:26:01 »
... which I read, however I was thrown by the date (2004) given this particular template is over 10 years old, I just thought it may have changed a little... or a lot...
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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #232 on: December 22, 2015, 12:57:08 »
Sure thing.

The autobiography instructions given to us this fall were somewhat different from above. Note this is for part-time PRes BMQ, and may only be applicable within my Brigade. Needless to say, you should always follow instructions of your direct chain of command.

Here's what was sent to us by email prior to start date concerning autobiography:

--> Candidates attending course are to prepare an autobiography consisting of a minimum of 500 words either typed or in their own legible handwriting.  The autobiography will be double-spaced on 8½ by 11 inch white paper, lined if the autobiography is hand written.  On arrival, it will be handed to the course staff and treated as a Protected document.  It will be read only by those involved with the candidate’s training and is designed only as an aid in assisting the course staff in getting to know the candidate.  It must be stressed that this essay is part of the candidate’s first impression they present to staff.  It is an assignment which must be completed and handed in to course staff on your first evening of course.

Listed below are a few of the points which should be considered in writing the autobiography:

a.   Personal:

(1)   Place of birth; and

(2)   Family size;

b.   Education:

(1)   Sports played and awards won;

(2)   Type of school, i.e. public, private or separate;

(3)   Organizations belonged to and positions held, i.e. scouts, cadets, student council, etc; and

(4)   Final grade attained;

c.   What made you decide to join the military;

d.   What do you expect to be your ultimate accomplishment in the military; and

e.   Any other information that would assist the course staff in getting to know you. <--

What ended up happening was we first got involved with other things like paperwork, getting our kit issued, etc., and in the process of lugging everything around most of our autobiography papers became all wrinkly and not presentable. So we were told to rewrite them neatly by hand on lined paper. We were given a template to follow. I don't have it now, but it was just simple instructions, e.g. where your name and service number goes, where page number goes, how to start a new paragraph, etc.

You will receive all instructions when the time comes. And if you don't, you can confirm with your chain of command. The instructions can change at any moment too, and you will need to adjust on the fly. But it's no big deal.

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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #233 on: December 23, 2015, 07:08:53 »
Thanks Gunshark!
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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #234 on: December 30, 2015, 15:47:26 »
I can't believe this thread is still growing. The autobiography is on the top ten least demanding things you'll have to do on bmq somewhere between sleep and laundry.
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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #235 on: June 15, 2016, 20:59:54 »
Sure thing.

The autobiography instructions given to us this fall were somewhat different from above. Note this is for part-time PRes BMQ, and may only be applicable within my Brigade. Needless to say, you should always follow instructions of your direct chain of command.

Here's what was sent to us by email prior to start date concerning autobiography:

--> Candidates attending course are to prepare an autobiography consisting of a minimum of 500 words either typed or in their own legible handwriting.  The autobiography will be double-spaced on 8½ by 11 inch white paper, lined if the autobiography is hand written.  On arrival, it will be handed to the course staff and treated as a Protected document.  It will be read only by those involved with the candidate’s training and is designed only as an aid in assisting the course staff in getting to know the candidate.  It must be stressed that this essay is part of the candidate’s first impression they present to staff.  It is an assignment which must be completed and handed in to course staff on your first evening of course.

Listed below are a few of the points which should be considered in writing the autobiography:

a.   Personal:

(1)   Place of birth; and

(2)   Family size;

b.   Education:

(1)   Sports played and awards won;

(2)   Type of school, i.e. public, private or separate;

(3)   Organizations belonged to and positions held, i.e. scouts, cadets, student council, etc; and

(4)   Final grade attained;

c.   What made you decide to join the military;

d.   What do you expect to be your ultimate accomplishment in the military; and

e.   Any other information that would assist the course staff in getting to know you. <--

What ended up happening was we first got involved with other things like paperwork, getting our kit issued, etc., and in the process of lugging everything around most of our autobiography papers became all wrinkly and not presentable. So we were told to rewrite them neatly by hand on lined paper. We were given a template to follow. I don't have it now, but it was just simple instructions, e.g. where your name and service number goes, where page number goes, how to start a new paragraph, etc.

You will receive all instructions when the time comes. And if you don't, you can confirm with your chain of command. The instructions can change at any moment too, and you will need to adjust on the fly. But it's no big deal.

Happy holidays! :christmas happy:

Sorry for digging up an old thread but I recently received the joining instructions for a PRes BMQ and there was no mention of an autobiography. Is this normal?

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Re: The Autobiography (merged)
« Reply #236 on: July 22, 2016, 10:59:38 »
Sorry for digging up an old thread but I recently received the joining instructions for a PRes BMQ and there was no mention of an autobiography. Is this normal?

Yeah, don't worry about it, you will be given bio instructions while on course. You will have to write, and re-write, and possibly again re-write it. It will be a sh!t show that will turn into a funny memory.