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P.E.I. Regiment at Slemon Park shoots for new recruits

Corporal Tyler Bell gives Lilia Silliker, from Kensington, hands on experience with (unarmed) weaponry on display during the open day at the P.E.I. Regiment in Slemon Park. Silliker is at the halfway point of the recruitment process. She commented, “I want to join so I can do something useful.”
Corporal Tyler Bell gives Lilia Silliker, from Kensington, hands on experience with (unarmed) weaponry on display during the open day at the P.E.I. Regiment in Slemon Park. Silliker is at the halfway point of the recruitment process. She commented, “I want to join so I can do something useful.”

Several visitors trooped into the P.E.I. Regiment (RCAC) for open day in Slemon Park, Saturday.

The open day was part of a nationwide recruitment effort for the Canadian Armoured Forces Primary Reserves.

Master warrant officer Kristen Trace says the camaraderie and support of joining the reserves cannot be matched.

“You learn things that you don’t learn in many other jobs that include teamwork and resiliency. It can be raining and we can be in mud up to our ears, but we are still doing the job and having fun at the same time. Plus, you get to know people that you wouldn’t run into on a regular basis.”

Summerside P.E.I. Regiment is a ‘Primary Reserve Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment’ with 130 members, and room for twice that number.

“Armouries across the country are holding an open house to bring people in and show them opportunities that young or old people can take part in,” added Trace.

The Reserves is a part-time organization that works on Thursday evenings from 7-10 p.m., and typically one weekend a month. The part-time nature of the Reserve allows Canadian citizens (over the age of 16) to also commit to education, careers, and other personal priorities.

Reservists complete the same physical and military training as regular military members, although there are no long-term commitments or enforcements to take part in missions away from home. And Reservists have the flexibility to choose their unit, schedule, and trade.

“The training regime involves a bunch of different things. Most soldiers start with a Basic Training Course, which falls within Developmental Period 1 (DP1) and involves learning to drive and the tools of communication,” explained Trace. “After, they do more advanced training (on their chosen trade).”

Visitors were given the opportunity, under the guidance of sergeant Josh Gallant, to handle and practice their marksmanship using an unarmed weapon that was equipped with lasers.

Master warrant officer, Kristen Trace practices her shooting skills on a projected screen using an unarmed gun (equipped with lasers) during the open day at the P.E.I. Regiment in Slemon Park, Saturday.

Highlights of the open day also included Mercedes-Benz or “G-Wagon” tours, the ins and outs of an army tent, experiencing the weight of a typical army backpack, and a display of weaponry.

“We are demonstrating some of the tools that we use and equipment, like the tents here, G-Wagons, weaponry, and small arms training,” noted Trace.

Sergeant Ian Ross says the open day was very successful, which has been a priority for a long time.

Ross was also one of three P.E.I. members of the Canadian 5th Division that excelled and came first in The Worthington Challenge in Gagetown, N.B. The military exercise is designed to enhance direct-fire gunnery, tactical driving, and teamwork skills.

The annual international competition was held from Sept. 23-29.

“I feel very happy and proud of my team because we only trained for a couple of days before and our cohesion came through at the end,” he concluded.

For more information on the recruitment process visit www.forces.ca or email Sergeant Trent Vail at Trent.Vail@forces.gc.ca

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