- Reaction score
SYEP. Walked in the door sometime in May. Paperwork, part I, off to a contracted doc for part II, sworn in, started course in July. Didn't release at end of summer. No additional admin that I can recall.
[For those wondering: no, there was no psychological screening.]
Walked in the door in Mewata. Volunteered my services. CO asked me if I wanted to become an officer. I told him I would be happy to help out if that's where he needed me. Marched over to the unit MO (a psychiatrist volunteering his time). Declared fit. Attested and told to turn up next week. My training officer, the night I was attested, handed me a pair of his old combats and a pair of boots were scrounged. Showed up the following week in the combats with no headdress. Rushed to stores. Balmoral clapped on top. Joined the ORs in the classroom learning whatever it was they were learning. Fell in in the ranks when they did. Spent the rest of the year learning with the ranks. After a couple of months the CO informed me my parchment had arrived. I returned to class. Dragged out of class (where I had got my first salute) to the Officer's Mess where I was told that I owed everyone a round ..... and then another one for having kept the CO waiting.
Security clearances done sometime that first year. A trip to the stores at Currie. Officer type training from the Adj, the RSM and the OC Training Coy. And off to the Ontario Hydro training facility at Orangeville, ON for my first two week MITCP session.
And so began my short, and insubstantial, military career.
Fortunately the Sea Cadets had taught me how to salute, march and iron my gear.