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Tips on how to become a recruit

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Quag

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I think either the recruiters misunderstood you, or you misunderstood them.  I would be willing to bet a couple cases of beer that the PT test is still mandatory. 
 

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The physical fitness test is not part of the process to join the Reg F but is still part of the process to join the Res F.  So for the hard of reading:

You have to pass the physical fitness test during the recruiting process in order to join the reserves.  However, you don't have to pass the physical fitness test in order to be eligible to join the regular forces but will be required to pass it once you reach BMQ.
 

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kincanucks said:
The physical fitness test is not part of the process to join the Reg F but is still part of the process to join the Res F.  So for the hard of reading:

You have to pass the physical fitness test during the recruiting process in order to join the reserves.  However, you don't have to pass the physical fitness test in order to be eligible to join the regular forces but will be required to pass it once you reach BMQ.

I just did the reserve testing and we did not have to do the PT, they just said that we better be fit for basic or were going to have a hard time.  Also a tip to anyone who's about to do the aptitude test, make sure you know long division, i managed to pass anyways, but it meant a lot of questions i had to guess on or do a lot of extra work.
 

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I just did the reserve testing and we didint have to do the PT, they just said that we better be fit for basic or were gona have a hard time.  Also a tip to anyone whos about to do the aptitude test, make sure you know long devision, i managed to pass anyways, but it ment a lot of questions i had to guess on or do a lot of extra work.

Thanks for the update and what is your first language?
 

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Adrian_888 said:
I just did the reserve testing and we didint have to do the PT, they just said that we better be fit for basic or were gona have a hard time.  Also a tip to anyone whos about to do the aptitude test, make sure you know long devision, i managed to pass anyways, but it ment a lot of questions i had to guess on or do a lot of extra work.

Would this not apply under the speech (I'm assuming everyone else was given as well) about not talking about anything on the test to anyone outside of the room you took the test in?
 

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Klc said:
Would this not apply under the speech (I'm assuming everyone else was given as well) about not talking about anything on the test to anyone outside of the room you took the test in?

No.  I have briefed many applicants to know how to do math by long hand because calculators were not allowed.  Giving the complete question(s) or answers would fall under the speech.
 

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Ah, understood. I tend to take that kind of thing very literally.
 

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kincanucks said:
I just did the reserve testing and we didint have to do the PT, they just said that we better be fit for basic or were gona have a hard time.  Also a tip to anyone whos about to do the aptitude test, make sure you know long devision, i managed to pass anyways, but it ment a lot of questions i had to guess on or do a lot of extra work.

Thanks for the update and what is your first language?

Dang, i forgot to spell check.  Fixed it now, I'm sure those mangled words were just tormenting you.  ;)

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Would this not apply under the speech (I'm assuming everyone else was given as well) about not talking about anything on the test to anyone outside of the room you took the test in?

I assumed this was broad enough, after all, its a good idea to know long division anyways.  But I'm glad its for sure OK, because now that I'm almost in the reserves, i don't want to break any laws.
 

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I'm sure those mangled words were just tormenting you

Not really I am getting used to idiot writing.  Good luck.
 

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Hello everyone.

I am 17 years old, and rather small for my age. I'm only 5'3 in height but I consider myself to be fairly fit, and gaining fast. I weigh 134lbs currently and i go to the gym to work out every day after school. I am in grade 12 and ever since I decided my career (infantry soldier, or at the very least something related to the army) I have been extremely motivated - for 3 months now. All I think about is Infantry soldier, every aspect of it suits me perfectly and I cannot wait until I am in. I graduate in June, less than 6 months from now, and I am going to the reg force as infantry soldier. All should go well - I have no medical problems, background problems, citizenship problems (all Canadian baby!), etc... anything. I have been reading up on this and I have an application.

I've decided to go for the reserve force, mainly to prepare me for regular force and to pass the monotonous final 6 months of school. I would like some advice and questions answered, and I apologize if these are dumb questions  :p

1.How will my height effect me as infantry soldier?
5'3. I've always been the small guy, but I surprisingly have good leadership skills. Anybody over 6' could easily throw me around. I consider myself to be stronger and tougher (both physically and mentally) than most kids around my size.

2. Physical Fitness
Currently at the gym I do [3 sets] of [12 pushups] within 5 minutes of eachother, [3 sets] of [20 situps] (with at least one of these sets being in under 30 seconds for all 20 situps) and [3 sets] of [6 chinups]. I also do forearm workouts, chair dips and I might start parallel dips soon. It is winter right now so I find it better to train for running inside on the treadmill. The problem is I have only been able to run 1.10 miles (1.5 miles = 2.4 KM) and that was in 8 minutes, so I'm on the right track. But on average I can only do approx. .50 of a mile! Usually I get interupted by an annoying cramp in my left side, or my shoulders and chest feel really fatigued. I've only been working out continuously for about a month now (although i used to work out) and tried running for my record about 5 times. I hope this increases fast. would anyone be able to give me some guidance in regards to where I am headed and how I will do? also advice and insights maybe that might help?

also, I do not know if this applies to reserve force, but in regular force can someone give me an idea as to how hard they work you? i.e. how many consecutive pushups normally and / or if your being 'punished.' Or how many pushups total in a day, or running, (running continuesly? or just all over?) etc...

Thanks in advance,

Adrian.



 

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Hello everybody...

I've been in the military back in 1997 to 1998 and I've then grown because of what I've learned back there. Today, I am re-applying and I could give you a clue how to get hired (from my very own experience).

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- Listen and shut up. They know what they are talking about. Ask questions if needed but be straight-forward. Don't make never-ending stories.
- Do what you have to do. They've asked you to fill a form? Get papers from your physician? DO IT and DON'T COMPLAIN. These things HAVE to be done. NOW, not in 3 damn months! Prove them you are aware and responsive to their requests. Recruiters are there to help you but they will make you fail if you do not satisfy minimum requirements. Hey, they are paid to FIND and RECRUIT good applicants.
- Read, get informed. Your best friend is knowledge, first to go last to know. Be there and get aware!
- While in interview... Jez... Would that be too much demanded to wear the same suit as a regular job interview? Tie, clean pants, well dressed, nice shoes...
- Stay in school, do a good job at the office, be reliable and never give up what you are doing now. These will make the balance to go on your side when they will evaluate you.


DON'T DO
- Argue with ANYBODY at your CFRC (even other applicants) Just say YES to everything, shut the **** up, take your hole. You are NOT the belly-button of the universe and will never be.
- Do drugs! F*ck, guys, do you really need those shits? Honestly, what you do in the army IS supposed to be your drug. Take 2 army pills instead of one.
- Lie. You will be fired way before getting into the recruiting process. What I hate more than someone who steals is a liar. Would you relay on you're partner if he/she lied to you? Not sure.


Again, this is my own experience. You do what you want with this but knowing that, you still can fail but you have more chance than most of applicants.
 

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Would also like to add in... Do your own research on the positions and trades that interest you.. Ask the recruiters, Veterans or even good ol' google. Do not just apply for a position just because it sounds cool.. For example SAR Tech is probably one of the most physical strenuous trades in the CF but you get to participate in some "wicked cool shit". The amount of physical conditioning and training those individuals must go through, would probably look at my cardio, weights and swimming look like joke.
It is always good to show initiative, do something your comfortable in.
 
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Good day,

Good points, I would like to add one last thing from experience. Do not call your CFRC often, they do keep track of when you call and leave notes on your file. A friend of mine kept calling every week for the statues of his application in till an Operator pretty much told him not to call back in till they call him ( he got a good 5-8min lecture), might add, the same happened to me (without the lecture part)  ;D.

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Sleath said:
Good day,

Good points, I would like to add one last thing from experience. Do not call your CFRC often, they do keep track of when you call and leave notes on your file. A friend of mine kept calling every week for the statues of his application in till an Operator pretty much told him not to call back in till they call him ( he got a good 5-8min lecture), might add, the same happened to me (without the lecture part)  ;D.

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Hm. That's funny. Calling my RC for updates a few times a month helped me out. Twice. They also encouraged to keep calling.

 
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