Military career offers many opportunities, says recruiter

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Terry Taylor is one step closer to fulfilling a dream.
The 19-year-old Truro native was among the first in line at an information session on career opportunities with the Canadian Forces. He wants to enlist as an Air Force fighter pilot.
"It can offer me everything I ever dreamed of," Taylor said after speaking with one of the military officials.
He received the information needed to apply and is looking forward to taking the next step towards his new career.
Lindsay Cassidy, a Grade 12 student at Cobequid Educational Centre, said she
was looking for some information on career opportunities.
"I have been thinking about it for awhile,
I just didn't have a lot of information
until today," the 17-year-old said. "It was very helpful."
She hopes to join part time while in high school and go to university with the military's assistance.
Sgt. Brian Laming was one of three recruiters speaking with people yesterday. The Stewiacke native works for the Canadian Brigade Group Army Recruiting Office covering central and northern Nova Scotia, ranging from Truro to Antigonish and Amherst.
"We have some wonderful opportunities for people between the ages of 16 to 52 to apply for trades that exist in the army reserves in this region," he said. "Our main employment opportunity with the Army reserves in this part of the province is infantry."
But there are also positions available, including resource management support clerk and the musician trade. People must have a minimum of five credits at the Grade 10 level to apply.
Reservists meet every Thursday night and complete at least one weekend exercise a month. They are paid at least $44.65 for less than six hours a day or $85 for a day's work.
Laming said there are educational incentives to joining the forces as well.
He used people looking at taking the automobile mechanic program at the Nova Scotia Community College as an example.
"The Canadian Forces would really like to speak to them because they would like to subsidize it entirely and pay them an annual salary," he said.
After completion of the course, the student would enter the Forces as a vehicle technician.
The student would have to sign a contract and work with the Forces for about three or five years, depending on the length and cost of the course. The offer is also available for university programs as well.
Laming himself was in the reserves with the Nova Scotia Highlanders. After graduating from Hants East Rural High School he was looking for solid work.
"I joined the Canadian Navy just for three years actually but it ended up being for a quarter of century," he said, noting he transferred from the Navy to the Army reserves.
"It is a good organization to work for. They do look after their people. They are concerned about the families of the members that are in the service."
One concern raised by some of the participants was the late start to the event. While it was advertised from 9 to 11 a.m. it was at least 30 minutes late getting started.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Canadian Navy, Cobequid Educational Centre Canadian Brigade Group Army Recruiting Office Grade 10 Hants East Rural High School

Geographic location: Stewiacke, Northern Nova Scotia, Antigonish Amherst

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