Infantry Soldier

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  • Job ID 94787

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Overview Not afraid of challenges? As an infantry soldier you are the Army s primary war-fighters and at the core of the Combat Arms team. You are responsible for closing with and destroying the enemy. What They Do Each Infantry Soldier belongs to one of the Infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, some of which bear battle honours more than a century old.

As the Army s primary war-fighters and the core of the Combat Arms team, Infantry Soldiers are responsible for closing with and destroying the enemy. Supported by the Artillery, regiments of Armour and the Combat Engineers, Infantry Soldiers are capable of operating anywhere in the world in any environment Arctic tundra, mountains, jungle or desert and in any combination of arms, including airmobile and amphibious operations. Infantry Soldiers have the following primary duties: Expertly operate and maintain a wide range of personal and section-level weapons, including rifle (with and without bayonet), hand-grenades, light, medium and heavy machine-guns; and anti-tank weapons; Use sophisticated equipment for field communications, navigation and night-vision surveillance; Inspect and maintain weapon systems, vehicles and equipment (including clothing, survival gear and personal defensive equipment); Participate in airborne operations; Operate with support elements such as fighter aircraft, tactical helicopters (troop-carrying and reconnaissance) and artillery; Engage in unarmed combat; and Employ fieldcraft and battle procedures including camouflage and concealment, patrol, assault, defence, and escape-and-evasion tactics. Qualification Requirements Infantry Soldiers must be physically robust, mentally tough, dependable, self-disciplined, and able to react quickly and adapt readily to changing situations.

They must possess courage and common sense, and be both able and willing to learn the wide range of specialized skills and techniques made necessary by the diverse nature of infantry operations. Personal integrity and leadership ability are vital, as is the ability to work well as part of a team. Training Basic Military Qualification The first stage of training for everyone is the 13-week Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades.

It is also physically demanding. A primary goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits attain the CF physical fitness standard. BMQ covers the following topics: policies and regulations of the Canadian Forces; CF drill, dress and deportment (the three Ds ); basic safety; first aid; personal survival in nuclear, biological and chemical conditions; handling and firing personal weapons; cross-country navigation; and personal survival in field conditions. Soldier Qualification On successful completion of BMQ, Infantry Soldiers go to a Military Training Centre for the 10-week Soldier Qualification (SQ) course, which covers the following topics: Army physical fitness; dismounted offensive and defensive operations; reconnaissance patrolling; advanced weapons-handling (working with grenades, machine-guns and anti-tank weapons); and individual field-craft.

Basic Military Occupational Training Basic Military Occupational (MOC) Training for Infantry Soldiers is conducted by their regiment. It takes about 10 weeks, and takes place at one of the following Military Training Centres: The Royal Canadian Regiment: Meaford, Ontario; Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry: Wainwright, Alberta; and The Royal 22e R giment: Valcartier, Quebec. Basic MOC training covers the following material: Use and care of personal and section-level weapons, including rifles, machine guns and anti-tank weapons; Field-craft, including personal hygiene and meal preparation, camouflage, sentry duties, signalling, selecting firing positions, tactical movements and lines of advance; Construction of field defences, such as trenches and roadblocks, and laying and marking of minefields; Navigation by day and by night; Patrolling operations; and Infantry section and platoon tactics, including offensive, defensive and transitional operations. Initial Employment On successful completion of MOC training, Infantry Soldiers are posted to one of the following battalions: The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) 1st Battalion (1 RCR): Petawawa, Ontario 2nd Battalion (2 RCR): Gagetown, New-Brunswick 3rd Battalion (3 RCR): Petawawa, Ontario Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) 1st Battalion (1 PPCLI): Edmonton, Alberta 2nd Battalion (2 PPCLI): Shilo, Manitoba 3rd Battalion (3 PPCLI): Edmonton, Alberta The Royal 22e R giment (R22eR) 1st Battalion (1 R22eR): Valcartier, Quebec 2nd Battalion (2 R22eR): The Citadel, Qu bec City, Quebec 3rd Battalion (3 R22eR): Valcartier, Quebec Working Environment Infantry Soldiers normally work outdoors, where they may be exposed to extreme environmental and c

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