The Infantryman is the backbone of any fighting force; his role is to "close with
and destroy the enemy". Trained to fight as a member of a Combat Arms team, which
also includes Armoured, Artillery and Field Engineer occupations, the Infantryman is
capable of performing in special operations such as airmobile and amphibious operations
and environmental operations including those in Arctic, mountain, jungle desert areas.
What They Do
- Use weapons such as rifle and pistol
- Use explosives and pyrotechnics
- Use mortars, machine guns, anti-tank weapons, missiles and grenades
- Use communication, navigation and riot control equipment
- Inspect and maintain weapons systems, vehicles and equipment (eg. clothing, survival
gear and personal equipment)
- Operate with support elements such as fighter aircraft, helicopters (troop carrying and
reconnaissance, and artillery)
- Unarmed combat, fieldcraft and battle procedures including camouflage and concealment
internal security, patrol, escape and evasion tactics
The Infantryman performs his duties outdoors, by day or ty night exposed to all weather
conditions. The work is physically and mentally demanding and is often carried out for
long periods of time with little chance for rest. In combat or operational situations the
job is mentally stressful and the risk of physical injury is always present.
Geographical employment can vary from stations within Canada to oversea locations
throughout the world, in response to NATO and UN commitments.
Qualifications and Interests
An Infantryman must be dependable, able to react quickly and adapt readily to changing
situations. Courage, self-discipline, physical and mental stamina and a positive attitude
are essential attributes.
Advanced Infantry and Specialty Training Courses
Personnel who demonstrate the required ability and ambition will undertake advanced
Infantry training through formal courses as they progress in their careers. Specialty
training may also be available. Below are examples of training related to the MOC.
Advanced Infantry Training
Specialty Training Courses
Military Freefall Jumpmaster
Opportunities to career progression, promotion and advancement are good for the
Infantryman. Personnel with good attitudes, leadership and man management qualities may
advance quickly in comparison to other military tradesmen.
Related Civilian Jobs
The Infantry is a unique military MOC that has no related civilian occupation. The
experience gained in the use and maintenance of vehicles, communication equipment, weapons
and tools of all types as well as the leadership and management skills learned in the MOC
can however, be very useful in the civilian labour market.
What is an Infantryman?
The foot soldier has always borne the lion's share of misery in battle. He must march
long distances carrying heavy-loads. Subject to extremes of temperature, adverse terrain,
and the gamut of military weaponry, his life in wartime can range from boredom to terror.
Once the bombs have been dropped and the artillery fire lifts, however, he is expected to
cross the final 300m separating his position from the enemy's, leaving the security of his
trench or armoured vehicle to "close with and destroy the enemy." All else is
the preparation for his assault. That he is able to accomplish his mission - often against
his own natural fears - is a testament to his spirit, initiative, fitness, and commitment
to his fellow soldiers and to the leadership of his NCOs and officers.
He has been able to persevere over the centuries because he is fit and he is flexible
in his approach and employment in battle. new advances in technology give him the
lethality and the mobility to continue to play a crucial role in our country's conflicts.
As a soldier, he is self sufficient as a fighting unit. He carries the tools of his
trade on his back, needs little individual support and is expected to function efficiently
in his assigned role. He must possess initiative, determination, team spirit and must
unstintingly give of himself to those chosen to lead him and to his mates.
So you want to be in the Infantry?
Every year candidates arrive at expecting to be enrolled and trained as infantry
soldiers, but have done little preparation of their own ... especially in respect to their
personal fitness. As a result they cannot keep up with the rigours of daily physical
training and field exercises. They fall back, they develop stress injuries, some quit.
some are sent home for medical reasons due to their injuries. Others are given failing
grades because they lack the necessary stamina to succeed in the infantry. This is
particularly regrettable when they demonstrate the potential to be successful otherwise.
In many cases, prior knowledge of the training with an emphasis on individual physical
preparation can prevent the loss of a potential soldier.
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