by Ethan Paquet
The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve’s HMCS Queen Charlotte offers part-time work during the school year and full-time work during the summer. Training is provided, and Reservists only deploy or partake in training according to their availability.
There are 14 different occupations to choose from. Naval Reservists can continue in their current career or complete their education while training and gaining valuable work experience.
Occupations in the Naval Reserve vary considerably and are organized into three departments:
- Operations Department is mission focused and has occupations such as Intelligence Officer, Naval Communicator, and Naval Combat Information Operator.
- Deck Department occupations are more hands-on in nature and include Naval Warfare Officer, Boatswain, and Port Inspection Diver.
- Logistics Department provides support to all members of the unit through occupations such as Cooks, Human Resource Administrators, Financial Services Administrators, and Logistics Officers.
The length of service is voluntary, and students employed at HMCS Queen Charlotte are eligible for a tuition reimbursement ($2,000 per year up to a maximum of $8,000), a salary including benefits while attending school, guaranteed employment after graduation, and more.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen between the ages of 16 and 56. Educational requirements vary depending on the occupation.