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Social Worker Officer occupation

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Sergeant Laen,

Thank you for your prompt response. I will connect with my health services recruiter regarding my PLAR. I was referring to Reg force as I didn't think social workers could be reservists- please correct me if I'm wrong. I found the L2015E serial on the CFLRS website.
 

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Saw this in Ask a CAF Recruiter today. Including it here for future reference,

Social Worker said:
I applied for DEO social work
http://milnet.ca/forums/threads/122628/post-1428267/topicseen.html#new

A few more Social Worker discussions,

ROTP Bachelor of Social Work 
http://army.ca/forums/threads/107180.0


Social Work Applicants 
http://army.ca/forums/threads/99895.0/nowap.html
I'm wondering if there is a specific "Social Work Recruiter contact"

Social Worker 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/52503.0
"My question is this, is anyone on here a Social Worker with the CF, and can give me any idea what the job is like in terms of work environment, education, etc? As well what effect would having four years in the CF have if I decided later in life to become a Social Worker in the CF? Does anybody know specifics about the trade, the pros and cons of the job? I would really like to get into this line of work, and would like to get an idea of what the job would be like in the military."


Couple of questions about a couple of trades 
"I have been hearing that the military is really short on Social Workers at the moment. But, they aren't willing to pay for you to get your bachelor of Social Work. Does anyone know why? Or if this might ever change in the future?"
http://army.ca/forums/threads/99642.0


 

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Adding for reference,

andrew_lee1025 said:
Hi, I'm currently in Grade 12 and ever since Grade 9 it was my goal to join the RMC.
The time has finally come and I have thought about which trade I wanted to go into.
As a result, social worker came into my best interest. 
Do you first need to get accepted into another civil university for social work diploma and then apply for ROTP?
Also, what's the average academic average in BC to compete for RMC acceptance?
Thank you for your time.

Lumber said:
Hi Andrew,

I'm glad you're interest in joining the CAF. However, a simple search of the FORCES recruiting website would have provided you with this information regarding Social Work Officers:

So, to the only entry scheme for Social Work Officer is DEO (Direct Entry Officer), which requires that your already have all of the education and accreditations listed above.

The ROTP program is only designed for you to obtain your Baccalaureate, not your Master's. So, if you are interested in ROTP, you'll have to pick a different trade.

Cheers

So to join the CAF as a Social Work, you need to already

See also,

ROTP Bachelor of Social Work 
http://army.ca/forums/threads/107180.0

Social Work Applicants 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/99895.0

Blackadder1916 said:
It is very clearly stated that  the requirement for enrolment as a Social Work Officer is:
And this CMP Instruction, Subsidized Education for Entry-Level Masters in Physiotherapy, Masters in Social Work, Masters of Divinity - Regular Force outlines the program under which subsidized education is provided to individuals who wish to enrol as Social Work Officers.

And that should explain the reason why the CF does not subsidize a Bachelor of Social Work degree - they can't employ a person with that educational level.

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Hi Folks,

I will be done my Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto in about a weeks time. As I begin to ponder my next steps and embarking on my job search, I noticed the Canadian Forces are recruiting Social Work Officers. This sounds like a very interesting and rewarding position to be in. It would be an opportunity to build greater experience in my profession, and help support our country's service men and women.

The only snag I see that is preventing me from applying is my concern I may not meet the vision requirements. I have been legally blind since birth which means I'm nearsighted. My impression is this role is mostly clinical so I personally wouldn't see this as a barrier to meeting the requirements of the position. However, I've done a bit of digging around in the search (I did my due diligence after all :p), it seems that a Social Work Officer is "a soldier first, and a social worker second". I may not meet the vision requirements, however, I have a talent for counseling and think I would be an awesome Social Worker. So, given that I cannot see very well, I'm wondering if that would bar me from this position.

Thank for reading and I look forward to your response!
 

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You'll still need to pass BMOQ like everyone else and whatever other phase training social workers would be required to do. Social Work officers require V4 vision.

Medical standards can be found here:
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-policies-standards-medical-occupations/officer-ncm-minimum-medical-standards.page

Medical Acuity Instructions on what the vision requirements mean:
http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/about-policies-standards-medical-occupations/cf-visual-acuity-testing-instructions.page
 

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Alyth said:
I would be an awesome Social Worker.

For reference. perhaps,

Applying to be a Social Work Officer

will be merged with,

Social Work in CF 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/26465.0

Social Work Applicants 
https://army.ca/forums/threads/99895.0

Social Worker
https://army.ca/forums/threads/52503.0

ROTP Bachelor of Social Work 
http://army.ca/forums/threads/107180.0

Couple of questions about a couple of trades 
"I have been hearing that the military is really short on Social Workers at the moment. But, they aren't willing to pay for you to get your bachelor of Social Work. Does anyone know why? Or if this might ever change in the future?"
http://army.ca/forums/threads/99642.0

etc...

Alyth said:
I have been legally blind since birth which means I'm nearsighted.

Vision Questions Megathread, Categories, Problems etc.
http://army.ca/forums/threads/432.0
31 pages.

As always,  Recruiting is your most trusted source of information.


 

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TrunkMonkey315 said:
You'll still need to pass BMOQ like everyone else and whatever other phase training social workers would be required to do. Social Work officers require V4 vision.

Thanks for the clarification. My prescription/visual acuity would put me in V5 for certain.
Is there any precedent for taking V5's on for a clinical role like the Social Work Officer?
 

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There are civilian clinical social workers at most clinics, working alongside uniformed social work officers.

Also, VAC is hiring (please join us..........)

 

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Alyth said:
Is there any precedent for taking V5's on for a clinical role like the Social Work Officer?

Unfortunately, if you do not meet the required standard you will not be accepted. Standards exist for valid reasons.

See ArmySailor's advice.
 

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ArmySailor said:
There are civilian clinical social workers at most clinics, working alongside uniformed social work officers.

Also, VAC is hiring (please join us..........)
Loachman said:
Unfortunately, if you do not meet the required standard you will not be accepted. Standards exist for valid reasons.

See ArmySailor's advice.

Thanks for the information and suggestions folks. I'll definitely put in an application at VAC in addition to my other job applications. Thank you for your service as well!
 

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Also look to see if DND is hiring.  I suspect there are several vacancies, because the news media has reported a few time on hiring shortfalls in this area of supporting soldier welfare.
 

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And feel free to keep participating here. I don't think that we have any other social workers. You could be helpful.
 

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Alyth said:
Thanks for the clarification. My prescription/visual acuity would put me in V5 for certain.
Is there any precedent for taking V5's on for a clinical role like the Social Work Officer?
The bona fide medical requirement for Social Worker is V4 and above, so if you did not meet this requirement the CAF would be unable to continue your application process.

On top of the suggestion of working for VAC there is also working as a civilian within DND, hiring as a civilian is done:
(1) through http://jobs.emplois.gc.ca/; and
(2) through a civilian contracting company, which at the moment is Calian Services (https://www.calian.com)

Cheers
 

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Are you a candidate for laser eye surgery?  I had PRK done about 17 years ago and went from almost V4 to V1.  I have since dropped down to V2.
 

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Pusser said:
Are you a candidate for laser eye surgery?  I had PRK done about 17 years ago and went from almost V4 to V1.  I have since dropped down to V2.

Unfortunately no, a shame too as one of my heartfelt wishes is to drive a car but I'm too near sighted for that.  Good thing self driving cars will be a thing in the future :) It's no biggie though, we all have our own challenges in life, this is just mine.

Cheers for all the advice folks!
 
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