If you’ve ever considered joining the PEI cadet program, you might be interested to know that the PEI government just passed legislation allowing you to earn a high school credit just for being a member.
Ya, you’ll probably be putting in a lot more time outside of school than it would take to earn the credit the old fashioned way, but there are so many amazing benefits that go along with this particular career path, you might take a moment or two to ponder the possibilities.
There are a couple of different paths you can follow to enter the Canadian Forces:
- Reg (aka Regular) Force is long-term
- Reservist is short-term
What’s the difference?
If you join Reg Force, the Canadian Forces will actually pay for you to attend university. Go to the Royal Military College or any approved Canadian university or college and your tuition and books will be covered. Being in the military is a job, so you’ll be getting paid too.
The work ain’t easy and you can kiss your free time good bye and say hello to working all summer. There’s also a good reason why many movies have been made about Basic Training—it’s brutal.
You’ll also be signing a contract owing some time to the military upon graduation (roughly two years). But if you decide you want to stay in the military, you’ll have a guaranteed job and the chance to travel around the world.
So you end up with a degree, no student loans, a lot of work experience, a specialized skill-set, a lean body, and a fat bank account.
Maybe you’re not quite sure you’re ready to make that much of a commitment. In a future post, we’ll discuss the other option – being a Reservist.
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