Has Anyone Here Joined Canadian Reserves?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Hi, my SO was in the reserves several years ago, before we met. So today, I asked him about his experience in the reserves.


The process might be a bit different since this was several years ago. First of all, he said that it was a lot of paperwork. In order to get in, you go through an interview process and testing. The testing is at a Grade 10 level and covers basic Math and English. They ask you about your lifestyle (including use of street drugs and alcohol). There is a physical test, which he said is not too difficult, some push-ups and a stairmaster. Then there is a medical test, which tests your hearing and sight. He said to make sure that you stay away from MP3 players for a couple of days before the test, that way your hearing is better. 

The Experience

You work part time one day a week and one weekend every month. He said that he enjoyed it except for the training courses to get to another rank or certification. He said that most of the exercises involve a lot of work in teams and managing people. He said that if you can, work you way up to being an officer.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  Keroppi.
Post # 3
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

The first step is of course getting a hold of that recruiter, so I would get a hold of him as soon as possible. He’ll be able to tell you if there are even any positions you’ll be interested in.

My brother had joined for a short time and he just did not like it. He had some issues with the availability for it (could not always get out of his full time job in time for his reserves shift) and had to give it up. He did say that he enjoyed the people he worked with and the training wasn’t as bad as he thought it’d be.

The process is that you’ll be given a test (they have practice versions available), physical test (pushups, situps, running), medical test (you’ll need your medical records), an interview about the forces and why you want to join (you’ll need to study up – the forces have a link to what you need to know I think) and then you just twiddle your thumbs and pray for a job offer.

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