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Titicboom

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Thank you,

Very quick replies and greatly appreciated.

Both of you supplied excellent information and good clarity.

Do you know if there is optional internet in the SQ's that can be paid for separately?
 

messupdude

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Internet is provided my eastlink. You have to get that separately for each room.

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Do yourself a favour and get an appartment in town, since the oil declined a few years ago there have been lots of available places to rent. Go onto infomall.com or the Facebook rental group. You have lots of options in different price ranges, furnished, utilities included etc.

Absolutely stay away from the barracks and PMQs, there is no reason to be in them with the local economy the way it is. Your quality of life will be that much better trust me.

I've been in CL since 06 and have done the barracks, PMQ and now own. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
 

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Just a note, as they have reorganized the buildings in Cold Lake that Ptv/ Cpl are building 45, building 43 is Mcpl to WO, 42 is the IR building and Officers/ MWO and CWO.  Building 44 floors 1 and 2 are transient, floor 3 is overflow, just generally only 2Lt's are placed there.  Someone who is coming from BMQ will not be placed in 44, if they are for some reason, they will have to move to 45 after.
 

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messupdude said:
Some slight corrections. Pvt Avr /Cpl will be put into building 45...

123zxy said:
Just a note, as they have reorganized the buildings in Cold Lake that Ptv Avr / Cpl are building 45, building 43 is ...

Not only are their no Pvt's or Ptvs in the entire CAF, as an AC Op he/she would be an Aviator (Avr) vice a Private (Pte) as well.

http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/honours-history-badges-insignia/rank-air-force.page

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Titicboom said:
Great information,

with 45 is it still 2 per room with group bathroom?

Yes it is 2 per room and group bathroom. You are also entitled to a storage unit that was recently built and finished a month ago or so.
 
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Hello, we are in our 4th year here in Cold Lake. 6 months ago I was diagnosed with 2 chronic diseases. Being in CL, I cannot get a doctor (only a nurse) and can't even get a referral to the specialist I need because there is a year + waiting list in Alberta due to shortages. My health is getting worse, and we need to move somewhere with better medical care. Ontario has the shortest wait time for the specialists that I need and we have family there, so the plan is to get my nurse to write me a letter explaining my need for better care, and a referral for a specialist in Ontario. After I get my letter, we plan on meeting with my spouse's Padre or social worker to discuss the difficulty being in CL. Am I right in thinking that this would be a reason for a cost contingency move? Also, if there is anything we can do to speed up this process or have any luck at all, please help! Thanks so much.
 

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To speed up the process your spouse needs to inform his chain of command, get his chain of command's support and for them to approach the appropriate career manager for posting options.  Unless these things are also in place then the contingency cost move is only a recommendation from the social worker or Padre.  The social worker will meet with you both to get specifics on your conditions and may need you to sign a release of information so that they can acquire appropriate clinical information to guide their assessment.  In the end it may require you to get a referral to a specialist where you are hoping to go to ensure that you appropriate access to care.  This may lead to you moving with your extended family to begin treatment before everything is arranged. Compassionate leave could be granted for your spouse to accompany you during this assessment phase.
 

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The big thing is to make sure your spouse's chain of command is kept in the loop on what is going on.  He may be able to get a regular posting out of it which would make everyone's life easier.  This is how my family got posted to Kingston - my father was diagnosed with lung cancer and, given their age and the fact that my siblings didn't live close enough to be able to work and help out when needed, it only made sense that I look for a posting back home.

Good luck.
 

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Cold Lake is the worst posting in the CAF. Most of the fighter pilots on the base have never left there for 15+ years and it’s developed its own culture that is far different from the RCAF and the CAF you may be familiar with. They refer to themselves as “cool pool” in Cold Lake, and if you aren’t part of the ‘in’ fighter pilot gang, then you are shunned and this will likely be the most difficult time of your life for both you and your family in your CAF careers. Tip: get in with the cool people right away, or good luck.
 

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Cold Lake is the worst posting in the CAF. Most of the fighter pilots on the base have never left there for 15+ years and it’s developed its own culture that is far different from the RCAF and the CAF you may be familiar with. They refer to themselves as “cool pool” in Cold Lake, and if you aren’t part of the ‘in’ fighter pilot gang, then you are shunned and this will likely be the most difficult time of your life for both you and your family in your CAF careers. Tip: get in with the cool people right away, or good luck.

Tip: don’t give a shit about being in with the “cool people”, being pilots or otherwise. If you crave popularity or being accepted by others you have other issues.
 

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I am in the process of re-enlisting as a acs tech, and i have the option of 1ams, 410, 409, or 401. was hoping i could get some insight to help me make a decision on which unit to choose as an Acs tech.

Cheers
 

Quirky

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You get a choice now?

Avoid 1AMS at all costs, trust me from experience. 410 is a training unit that doesn’t deploy while 401/409 does. Depends what you’re looking for.
 
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