Im an 18 yo Canadian that wants to join the army specifically (regular infantry) and would like to know from real military men if joining is worth it or not thanks.
Are you going reg or res?
The environment in reg infantry is far more professional compared to res. Weekend warriors tend to be immature as hell. Trust me, I know... I was in res.
Reg is far more competitive - so although it's not impossible to join when you're 18... you better have a competitive application or you won't be selected.
Is it worth it? Only you can answer that. I know some young kids who "tried" infantry in res then moved onto reg after many years.
Woah there friend just wanted another opinion from someone with no reason to hold anything back, is all im not only listening to the people that came to my thread to help out but thanks for your concern.
Funny, when I was Infantry, the Reservists were just as qualified and professional, usually. They just enjoyed it a lot more. It was fun for them, the grind never wore them down as much. And I know plenty of guys who started in the Reserves and moved to Reg.
There are definitely qualified and professional reservists. I've known some who preform at such a high level that they simply don't belong at a part time gig.
But, from my experience, the culture at infantry reserve units (at least at the Pte/Cpl level) is extreme toxicity. Some reservists that I have met are slack-jawed brutes who do not have the mental maturity to operate any weapons system.
"tried" infantry in res then moved onto reg
How common is this? I was told the process is quite frigged, with the possibility of losing rank.
>the culture at infantry reserve units is extreme toxicity.
Can you expand on this please? I'm enrolling next week, and the only exposure i've had are other recruits, CFRC, and the recruiter.
Yes, it can take up to 3 years for someone to be transferred from res to reg. From what I've heard, you don't lose rank if your initial training is/was reg force equivalent. Other factors could be relevant. Although it can take up to 3 years, 14 months is the usually time frame.
I'm not sure how I can expand on what I originally said. Reg force is simply a more professional environment.
Just finished my bmq and start my battle school soon.If you chose to join and get infantry you will most likely get a 3 year contract.If you don't like it than you can ride out your contract and you will be out by 21.If you like it you can stay with it.