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Offline JToyts

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Combat Engineer Question
« on: November 16, 2016, 22:08:02 »
I just had a question about the process to speciality training as a Combat Engineer. I am in the process of getting into the Canadian Forces as a Combat Engineer and I was wondering normally how long it takes to advance to speciality training as I want to do Explosive Ordinance Disposal. With that being said do you think my interest and want to be in that field that they would look at me as a better candidate since a lot of people tend to shy away from jobs like that?

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Re: Combat Engineer Question
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2016, 22:39:31 »
To my understanding, Ammo Techs do our EOD
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Re: Combat Engineer Question
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2016, 22:50:01 »
It is them but also Combat Engineers. I guess I'd have to ask the recruiter which one deals more with EOD
« Last Edit: November 16, 2016, 22:52:45 by JToyts »
Recruiting Centre: Barrie, Ontario
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Re: Combat Engineer Question
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2016, 21:05:15 »
AFAIK, you have to finish BMQ, BMQ-L (SQ), and DP1 and have 1-2 years of on job experience before you can advance to any specialty training course in any trade.

However, to correct you on the "a lot of people tend to shy away from jobs like EOD" is totally the opposite of truth, EOD is one of the most desired specialty training in Combat Engineering, pretty much like Sniper course for Infantry. at least in my unit thats what i seem to gather, almost everyone would like to catch a chance at it.

p.s. i'm in Reserve, not Reg
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Re: Combat Engineer Question
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2017, 20:41:24 »
Jtoyts, what regiment are you thinking? If EOD is what you want then you must show to your staff at the regiment that 1: You want it (so come your DP1 pay attention to the Mines Mod, Demolitions, CMD and search mods). Then #2 you will have to prove to your chain that you do not just want it but rather have 'earned' it or deserved it. EOD & Diver are highly sought after at the CER regiments. 4ESR seems to be doing more of the EOD and IED however so food for thought....

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Re: Combat Engineer Question
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2017, 23:44:32 »
Great, thanks for the responses guys, I appreciate it!
Recruiting Centre: Barrie, Ontario
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Trade choice: Combat Engineer
Trade choice: Artillery Soldier
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Re: Combat Engineer Question
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2017, 23:27:43 »

Everyone wants to do EOD. Training is done in Lauvina Woods in Gagetown's training area. Aircraft Weapons Techs and Combat Engineers are eligible for the EOD course, Ammo Techs do IEDD. Like others have said, you need to finish your BMQ, SQ (BMQ-L now?) and DP1 before you're considered for a course slot. There is no definite time period you need to be in Field troop before you can get loaded on an EOD course but showing interest and being good at those particular mods during your course will help.

Good luck.
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Re: Combat Engineer Question
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2017, 22:38:50 »
Everyone wants to do EOD. Training is done in Lauvina Woods in Gagetown's training area. Aircraft Weapons Techs and Combat Engineers are eligible for the EOD course, Ammo Techs do IEDD. Like others have said, you need to finish your BMQ, SQ (BMQ-L now?) and DP1 before you're considered for a course slot. There is no definite time period you need to be in Field troop before you can get loaded on an EOD course but showing interest and being good at those particular mods during your course will help.

Good luck.

Ammo Techs do 3 months of EOD as part of our QL3 along with the majority of our 5's. Ammo getting on the IEDD is also pretty rare as most spots are taken by the Engineers and Clearance Divers. I'm told some spots could open up for Ammo in the future. I came from the Crewman trade and choose Ammo Tech when I got back in so I could get into EOD work. Ammo Techs do the majority of EOD in Canada but not all, it does depend on base. I know in Halifax it's handled by the Clearance Divers, and I'm not sure if the Engineers handle calls in Gagetown or if it's Ammo.

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Re: Combat Engineer Question
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2017, 23:48:36 »
and I'm not sure if the Engineers handle calls in Gagetown or if it's Ammo.

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