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Avro Arrow said:So I am in the midst of my Aptitude Test, Medical and Interview. I have passed the aptitude test and am going next week for the remaining two elements which I hope to pass easily. I'm attempting to join as an Air Force Supply Tech, my Grandfather started out in the RCAF in WW2 and my Great Grandfather was in WW1 as a pilot so why not RCAF for me!
Anyway as Supply Tech is Purple I have been told to expect to serve in all three branches of the CF regardless of my uniform colour. I’ve always been a military enthusiast so I respect all the branches; however I’m 35 and have a young family. So I would prefer to stick too Air Force and Army postings essentially to stay close to the family. I’d take a Navy posting happily so long as it is dockside. Eventually when my kid or kids are older I’d love to do a posting that involves being stationed on a ship but just not now.
Anyway my first question is how much does the CF care about what I want or would prefer posting wise especially now as a snot nosed Recruit?
Also how likely am I to get to wear Air Force Blue? I've been told that as Supply Tech is Purple they stick you in whatever uniform they need Supply Techs in Army, Air or Navy. HOWEVER I've also been told that I should get to wear Blue because as a Supply Tech it doesn't matter what you wear as you'll be posted anywhere in any element...
Some help here would be appreciated.
I don't know a single Sup Tech who has served in only one environment (and I know shitloads of 'em now serving in all all three) through their entire career. Even if their only operational postings were with one environment, they still serve(d) time at other non-operational postings outside of that element.
Here's my career thus far for clarity (you seem to think the RCAF types go away less; not true - it depends upon your TRADE, not your colour)
During my time with the Navy (4 years):
1 X 6 month tour;
1 X 10 month task away from home.
During my time with the Air Force (6 years):
2 X 6 month tour;
1 X 9 month tour;
too many small tasks away from home to count.
During my time with the Army & Joint:
1 X 7 month tour;
1 X 10 month tour (with another 5 months of work-ups away from home);
Shotloads of exercises and tasks away from home.
BUT, I have to tell you, this comment makes it really obvious to me that Sup Tech is NOT the right fit for you:
however I’m 35 and have a young family. So I would prefer to stick too Air Force and Army postings essentially to stay close to the family. I’d take a Navy posting happily so long as it is dockside. Eventually when my kid or kids are older I’d love to do a posting that involves being stationed on a ship but just not now.
WTF?? None of the three elements will give you that comfort. Rather --- get used to it; it is the very nature of what we do in the CF (and in our trade).
A young family?? Oh well. I have a family too. I grew them while I was young (I'm a little older now) BUT all while doing all the shit listed above. If that's NOT for you, please don't join us because some other Sup Tech will get tossed on the tour to take your spot at the last minute when you dag red (even though they have young kids too and a couple of tours already, but are still willing to do their jobs) ... and will get less time with his/her family so "the system" can look after yours instead. If you honestly are OK with that and join, then don't bitch when you see them get promoted ahead of you and advance in their careers while yours staggers etc as they are actually doing their jobs (all of it!) and you will not be. <--- I've seen that whiney tune too many times too. :
The CF isn't a picnic, nor a "what can the trade/environment, CF do for me" entity. Happily, I see some evidence that we are getting out of that "coddling one family and thereby screwing over someone else's instead" mindset. In short, the CF expects you to be deployable anywhere at any time --- that IS why they pay you. They give you MATA/PATA for times when you have kids. If you have a significant issue occurring family-wise, we can accommodate for that. It is the exception in circumstance and is NOT expected to be pro-longed (ie: while you're young). If you think that you should be our exception, I'd say, "you've not only thinking of the wrong trade, but of the wrong employer".
Uniform colours are assigned based foremost upon what each environment's status at the time is. RCAF Sup Techs are at strength therefore a blue uniform can most likely be ruled out. If the Army or RCN is lacking in the trade, then you will be assigned one of those instead. They consider your wishes for uniform colour, but it is the needs of the service that determine what you will actually wear.
I used to wear blue, switched to green. I know others who requested uniform changes and had those requests denied. Frankly, mine is purple ... as are theirs; I expect they will remain purple for the foreseeable future.