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Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2014, 21:09:04 »
Yeah that's the thing, we dont know yet what division we are gonna be !!
Point being you'll either be posted to:
Shiloh or Edmonton (PPCLI)
Valcartier (R22R)
Gagetown or Petawawa (RCR)
Depending on which division you'll be. There is really no way of knowing until then :)

*edited to add: I am in no way a recruiter, career manager or anything like that... this is just what I've been told as a spouse of someone who is now 2RCR.
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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2014, 21:33:45 »
2nd Battalion of the R22eR is in Quebec City.  1 and 3 R22eR are in Valcartier.
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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2014, 22:23:06 »
Hey, leaving for bmq tomorow morning. As of now i have no clue where am i gonna end up after. Will they ask for preference or ? So im wondering , btw valcartier, gagetown, petawawa or edmonton.

Thank you :)

You might be given a choice during your DP1 (battle school) on which battalion you want to go to in your regiment, after you graduate.  You may or may not get your choice depending on the needs of your regiment.  Everyone in the course prior to mine went to Shiloh.  In my course, you could pick 1VP, or 3VP (Edmonton).

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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2014, 23:49:19 »
You might be given a choice during your DP1 (battle school) on which battalion you want to go to in your regiment, after you graduate.  You may or may not get your choice depending on the needs of your regiment.  Everyone in the course prior to mine went to Shiloh.  In my course, you could pick 1VP, or 3VP (Edmonton).

...and on that note just because you do your DP1/BIQ in Shilo does not mean you will go PPCLI, nor does Meaford mean RCR. Be prepared to go whenever the needs of the Army need you to go.
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Re: Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2014, 02:12:51 »
2nd Battalion of the R22eR is in Quebec City.  1 and 3 R22eR are in Valcartier.

Actually, all three Battalions are garrisoned in Valcartier. 2R22eR has a small garrison coy at the Citadelle.
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Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #31 on: December 09, 2015, 11:42:58 »
 Hello,
Brand new Pte(R) fresh sworn in and getting ready for BMQ in January here with few questions!

 The lovely people at the recruiting office who helped us newbies through our paperwork pre swearing ceremony dropped some interesting info on me.

 They said as I am from western Canada they will try to get me into a western base that has a regular force bat of my trade however I was hoping to strike out east where the land is cheap and I can start a family.

 They instructed me to make this known when I arrive at St. Jean which leaves me a few questions I was too embarrassed to ask at the time and slow up the proceedings.

The questions are as follows:

Who do I make it known to? I have a feeling just approaching people and saying "I'd like to go to Gagetown to be with the 2RCR" to anyone I meet "might" not be the wisest course of action. May I assume I will know when its time to pipe up?

For any of you guys serving in NB are there Reg Force Infantry needed in Gagetown right now or is it pretty full around the base?

Understanding that it is logistically cheaper/easier to NOT move my belongings accross the country on account of my preference, does this happen? Where would you put the chances between 0-10?

I feel that before you respond you should understand that I am aware that the CFs need of me comes before my preferences. I need to assure you you'll hear no belly aching from me if I end up at CFB Shilo, CFB Edmonton or CFB anywhere else, I'll make it work.
I also want to assure you I'm not looking for certainty or only fact, just some insight into the process and how I will fit into it. Theres also no way in hell I'd ever say "but I was told on the internet ____" so please don't worry about that kind of thing.

If you've got the time  and you're so inclined please give me some info or whatever you've got, I'd love to discuss it.

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #32 on: December 09, 2015, 13:23:05 »
Where am i most likely to go after bmq(infantry)
You might be given a choice during your DP1 (battle school) on which battalion you want to go to in your regiment, after you graduate. 

...and on that note just because you do your DP1/BIQ in Shilo does not mean you will go PPCLI, nor does Meaford mean RCR. Be prepared to go whenever the needs of the Army need you to go.

The only occupation that currently allows you a choice of regimental affiliation is Infantryman. You have three regimental choices (RCR, PPCLI and R22eR) when you apply and even then you cannot be guaranteed of the battalion you will be assigned to let alone the company. The only way to get what you want is to be top student on your occupational training course as they USUALLY get their first choice. You go where you are needed most at the time you complete your training. Your preferences are taken into consideration but bottom line you go where you are told.

Hope this answers your question.

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Re: Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #33 on: December 09, 2015, 13:33:52 »
Thank you MarioMike
I knew I had read that, it seemed to be in conflict with what the recruiters told me.
Though I cannot remember their exact wording they gave me the impression that I should make it known pre graduation with the suggestion that us recruits had been accepted with our future postings in mind.
It felt like they were saying we'll all go to Shilo or Edmonton and if we had another preference to make it known.

I assumed they were training us to fit openings there. Any insight into this being how the CF operates?
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Re: Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #34 on: December 09, 2015, 13:35:56 »
Thank you MarioMike

You are welcome. Good luck.  :)
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Re: Openings for Infantry at 2RCR?
« Reply #35 on: December 09, 2015, 13:37:52 »
I see what you did there
I'll need it :salute:
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Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #36 on: October 06, 2016, 17:04:13 »
So I am not quite sure where to ask, or even how to ask this.

I am wondering what a Pte(R) can expect as their assigned regiment(?) in the next 12 months. It may be looking a bit too far ahead, but is there some sort of desperate manpower shortage in either of the three regiments?

I ask because I everything I am doing so far is to join the R22eR, but I know that it's not really up to me.



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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #37 on: October 06, 2016, 17:22:29 »
I am wondering what a Pte(R) can expect as their assigned regiment(?) in the next 12 months. It may be looking a bit too far ahead, but is there some sort of desperate manpower shortage in either of the three regiments?

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #38 on: October 06, 2016, 17:42:04 »
I have seen that post when I used the search function, with your answer quoting a comment from 2008.

At the time we were still in Afghanistan, but now with a "peacetime" army is that quote still applicable?

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #39 on: October 06, 2016, 17:49:46 »
I saw the title and thought "Regiment Man" was another new superhero.

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #40 on: October 06, 2016, 17:52:48 »
I have seen that post when I used the search function, with your answer quoting a comment from 2008.

At the time we were still in Afghanistan, but now with a "peacetime" army is that quote still applicable?

How would I know? I'm not a Recruiter.

But, if you ask your question in that thread - which was Active as of last December, it would be better than starting a new thread, asking the same question, which is going to get merged anyway.

So I am not quite sure where to ask, or even how to ask this.

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #41 on: October 12, 2016, 13:56:21 »
So I am not quite sure where to ask, or even how to ask this.
I am wondering what a Pte(R) can expect as their assigned regiment(?) in the next 12 months. It may be looking a bit too far ahead, but is there some sort of desperate manpower shortage in either of the three regiments?
I ask because I everything I am doing so far is to join the R22eR, but I know that it's not really up to me.

If you join the CAF as an Infantryman, you won't be assigned to a Regiment until completion of your initial occupation training (ie; Battle School).  If at the time of enrolment you have declared "French" to be your First Official Language (FOL), then chances are high that you will undertake all your training (ie; BMQ and Btl School) in the French Language and subsequently be posted to the Vandoos (R22eR).  However, at some point during Btl School, they will ask you for your preference of Units.  Whether you get what you ask for or not, is based on the needs of the CAF.
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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #42 on: October 12, 2016, 14:26:40 »
If you join the CAF as an Infantryman, you won't be assigned to a Regiment until completion of your initial occupation training (ie; Battle School).  If at the time of enrolment you have declared "French" to be your First Official Language (FOL), then chances are high that you will undertake all your training (ie; BMQ and Btl School) in the French Language and subsequently be posted to the Vandoos (R22eR).  However, at some point during Btl School, they will ask you for your preference of Units.  Whether you get what you ask for or not, is based on the needs of the CAF.

That's what i got from both these forums and the people at the CFRC. As someone who is fully bilingual I have no problem working in French or English.
What I was hoping to know is the situation in the regiments now. Is there a particular regiment in dire need of people (aka will they be forcing people to one specific regiment)?

So far no one has a concrete answer...

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Re: Regiment Man Power needs?
« Reply #43 on: October 12, 2016, 14:37:04 »
That's what i got from both these forums and the people at the CFRC. As someone who is fully bilingual I have no problem working in French or English.
What I was hoping to know is the situation in the regiments now. Is there a particular regiment in dire need of people (aka will they be forcing people to one specific regiment)?
So far no one has a concrete answer...

Like I mentioned, you will be assigned a Regiment based on the "needs" of the CAF.  I don't think any one Regiment is more hard pressed than the other at this point in time and they all need people and always will.

Given the economic situation/forecasts in Western Canada at the present time, I'd think that the attrition rate of CAF personnel out that way has declined over the past few months, while Ontario and Quebec have remained relatively steady.

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Regiment choice?
« Reply #44 on: July 28, 2017, 16:50:37 »
Hello everyone,

First off I would like to say I have searched this forum for answers and I have indeed found some the only problem is allot of the posts pertaining to my questions are about 10 years old so I am sure some things have changed.

Anyways, what I would like to know is when do you find out which Regiment you will be joining? I just received my job offer as infantryman and am hoping to be posted in Pet ( I fully understand I will be posted as needed and nothing is for sure) Do you request which regiment you would like to join in basic or DP1? or is it already chosen for me? If i request RCR can I also ask to be posted in Pet rather than Gagetown? , there was a similar post I read from 2008 and back then allot of the answers were saying if you request a certain battalion there is a good chance they will accommodate you, has anything changed since then? are they more accommodating now to peoples requests?

Again I will be happy to go where ever they tell me but it would be allot easier for me to stay in Ontario as that is where I am from and it would put my mind to ease to get an updated response.

So if anyone has recently just went through Basic / DP1 and could shed some light on this process I would be very appreciative!

Thank you for your time
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Re: Regiment choice?
« Reply #45 on: July 28, 2017, 17:44:42 »
See post above yours. Reply #35 dated October 12, 2016

It is from a CAF Recruiter.

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of up to date information.
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Getting nervous ...
« Reply #46 on: August 03, 2017, 16:28:51 »
HI all

I leave for BMQ in a few weeks and I am getting nervous .. mainly because it will be my first time away from home and I am really hoping to join the PPCLI because I live in Alberta , please do not attack me because I understand its not my choice where I go and I understand that and I know what I am getting myself into and that doesn't change the fact that I am nervous.  :nod:

What I don't really understand is I know I can put in my preference which reginment I would like to choice and all that but wouldn't it make sense for the army to post people closest to home if thats what they pick? because my recruiter said the army will pay to have my belongings moved so wouldn't it make sense for them to save money on moving costs and just post people close to home? If there is BMQ running every 2 weeks thats allot of people coming and going and me going into infantry I would think there would be open spots on all bases all the time.. or am I wrong? ???

realistically what are my chances as infantry being posted to my main choice? if I win top candidate will it improve my shot in staying in alberta?

I know this post is probably annoying for most of you veterans out there but i will be happy if someone can take the time and answer if you have time

thanks

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Re: Choice of Reg Force Infantry regiment ( merged )
« Reply #47 on: August 03, 2017, 17:09:10 »
It only makes sense until you realize there's more factors than money. What Regt/Bn is high readiness next? Where is there retention issues causing a lack of pers in a specific unit?

At the end of the day, you get a preference, not a choice. The CAF will post you around, but rest assured you'll find more people in your new home in the same boat as you.

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Re: Getting nervous ...
« Reply #48 on: August 05, 2017, 00:38:35 »
One of the big adjustments you will make (or be forced to get used to) is the fact that your preference is only one part of the decision process - something that will be part of the rest of your military career.

The best explanation I have heard about where you end up was something about decisions being made by the family - there are two parents (your career manager, and for the Infantry - your Regiment) and the kid (IE, you).  Parents will listen to the kid and if it happens to line up with what they've already been inclined to do - it'll happen.  If they don't agree with the kid, nothing you say will likely change their minds.

Without going too far down the rabbit hole - Puckchaser is entirely correct, there are many reasons for posting people around and only a few of them are money related.  Might as well embrace the unknown at this point, as it is beyond your ability to change outside of indicating your preference when you get asked.

Regarding your nervousness and the infantry however - If you had any other questions about the infantry or military life in general there is lots of information on this site to read over.  If you can't find an answer to something, feel free to send me a message.

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Re: Choice of Reg Force Infantry regiment ( merged )
« Reply #49 on: August 05, 2017, 15:29:38 »
Part of the experience of the military is living in other areas and discovering the good (and sometimes the bad) parts of your new temporary home. 

To paraphrase someone smart:  "Some of the best life experiences have been due to not getting what you want."
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