I think a career in the military might be the best kept secret but there are popular misconceptions about the military that conjure up visions of Forrest Gump and an overly zealous sergeant telling him to, “sit down and shut up!!”
As a military wife and the step mother of a son now in the Navy, I can tell you that the media and movies do a very poor job of portraying the military. For many people this is an excellent option to choose. Here are my top 10 reasons you might want to consider a career in the military.
#1. Any trade or career you might have in the civilian world you also have in the military.
If you check out the website: http://www.forces.ca/en/jobexplorer/browsejobs-70, you will find anything from electricians, to cooks, social workers, training officers, doctors, dental hygienists – you name it. If you have it in the civilian world they have it in the military.
#2. Your education and training is paid for. One of the key benefits of joining the Forces is paid education. When you enroll through the paid university or college programs, the Forces will pay for your university or college tuition, books and academic equipment in addition to providing a salary and benefits while you attend school. In return for paying for your education, the Forces requires you to serve for a period of time following graduation. Time served is calculated on the basis of two months service for each month of paid education.
#3. Excellent benefits. As a member of the Regular Force, you will receive health and dental care when you join the Forces. Benefits for your family, through the Public Service Medical and Dental Care plans, will begin three months after you join.
#4. Vacation. Members of the Regular Force receive 20 vacation days per year, which will increase to 25 days per year after five years of service. Wow!
#5. Pay. As a Regular Force member, you will receive a competitive salary, continuous support and training to enhance your career.
#6. Personal Support. The Forces offers you and your family a wide variety of support programs and services, including:
- Family support through the Military Family Resource Centres
- Retail stores, CANEX, on Canadian Armed Forces bases and in surrounding communities
- Financial planning services
- Financial assistance programs
- Counselling services
- Group term life insurance
- Comprehensive long term disability
- Sports and Fitness programs
- Quality of Life services and programs (Healthy Eating, Quitting Smoking, among others)
Plus many companies offer military discounts.
#7. Excellent pension. The Forces provides a generous pension plan that is designed to provide you with a retirement income on completion of your military career.
#8. Job Security. Too many young people come out of school only to discover that they cannot find work. The military provides and supports you through your training and a job at the end of that training.
#9. World Travel. My husband in his 30 year career with the military has been all over Europe, the UK, the Netherlands, the Caribbean and more.
#10. Moving Costs. When work requires that you move to another town or province, the Forces covers the costs. Other financial assistance is available depending on your family situation, where you are posted and for how long.
These are just a few of the reasons why one might consider a career in the military. With any career choice there are also some downsides and risks, the biggest one being you may be put in harm’s way. Also military members may spend a significant amount of time away and this can put a strain on family life so consider the benefits against the risks.
If you are considering this option talk to a military member as they have “been there and done that” or give me a call @ 902-440-6727. www.kerrybellcoaching.ca