The Canadian Armed Forces Reserves are looking to become more active in the City of Wetaskiwin, as well as present employment opportunities and information to those interested.
Lt. Col. JC Wilson attended city council’s Jan. 23 meeting to express this desire and ask council how he and the reserves could better communicate employment opportunities to the community.
“I’m asking for your support in helping find people,” said Wilson.
In the future Wilson is hoping to host an open house in the community to show people what the reserves are about.
“I intend to do as much as I can in the community and become a friend of the community,” said Wilson.
He told council the reserves work hard to develop those who serve, and there are strong citizenship and community service components.
“The army reserves is really the part-time part of the game,” he added. “It’s really intended for students.”
Wilson explained service is on a voluntary basis and unlike some people believe, a person entering the reserves does not always get sent overseas. “It’s quite competitive to get overseas.”
“It’s also important to know, the reserves are paid,” said Wilson.
He informed council there are many benefits to students who wish to join, including the ability to transition between part-time and full-time hours, and back if needed; funds for academics up to $8,000, with approval; an employment placement service; and leadership courses.
However, the reserves are not solely open to students. “It can also be for the mature applicant … You can serve until you’re 55,” said Wilson.
Wilson quickly walked councillors through the three phases of training in the reserves: basic training, army skills and specific job courses.
He also invited them to set up a visitation day and come to Red Deer to see firsthand the operation.