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Soldier for a Day - Victoria

39 Canadian Brigade Group

Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PST)

Soldier for a Day - Victoria

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What is Soldier For A Day (SFAD)?


The Soldier For A Day work-study program will show students and those interested in the Canadian Armed Forces Army Reserve how a soldier is trained and some of the things they do as part of the Canadian Armed Forces. Participants will be given the opportunity to see some of the equipment and vehicles used. They may also experience a portion of our annual fitness test and may receive basic instruction in marching and drill.


Participants will also get a closer look at the different educational and job opportunities offered by each of the following local Army Reserve units:

  • The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) – Infantry, Pipes and Drums Band;
  • 5th (BC) Field Artillery Regiment, RCA, 156 Battery – Artillery and Band;
  • 39 Service Battalion, 11 Service Company – Support (Cooks, drivers, mechanics, etc.);
  • 39 Signal Regiment, B Squadron 2 Troop – Communications.


Work-Study Program – Information for Students


The Army Reserve in BC has been offering a work-study program in various forms since 1996. In that time, over 1100 students from various secondary schools in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, and in the Fraser Valley, have participated in this program. Many students come back to participate in the program a second time and it has become a favourite event for participating instructors and of course, career counsellors are welcome.

The program is designed to be a fun way for students to gain work experience hours while learning more about the role of the Army Reserve both here in Canada and around the world. 


 Space is limited, advance registration is encouraged and those who submit their application early stand a greater chance of participating in this event.



What is the Army Reserve?


The Army Reserve is made up of men and women who volunteer to serve part-time with the Canadian Armed Forces and learn valuable technical and leadership skills while also maintaining a regular civilian job or attending school full-time. There are over 1200 Reservists in BC and we are hiring. All uniforms, travel, and training are provided and you get paid when you work.


We train from September until May (similar to the school year), generally 1 evening a week in your home town and 1 weekend a month. There are full-time military courses and training during the summer (usually off of Vancouver Island) up to 4 summers of consecutive full-time employment offered. While most Reservists work part-time, there are opportunities to work full-time both within Canada and overseas depending on the individuals training level and availability.




What are the eligibility requirements to attend the event?

To participate in the event, we only ask that you be a minimum 15 years of age and have an interest in learning aobut the various options available in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserves.

To apply for the Canadian Armed Forces you must meet the following Eligibility Criteria:

  • Canadian Citizen;
  • Between the ages of 16-57 (with parental consent under 18);
  • Have minimum grade 10 with 6 core credits complete; and
  • Have no legal obligations to the judicial system

Your identity must be confirmed at start of event (photo ID or parent/guardian is present).


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the Soldier for A Day?

BC Transit is a good option. There are limited parking spaces and there will be no reimbursement of any parking fees incurred. Many attendees are dropped off on Field Street at the beginning of the event, and picked up at the end.

What Should I bring with me?       

  • Picture ID;
  • Original signed and completed Student Application and Consent forms;
  • Clothing that you can exercise in and get a bit dirty, as well as rain gear to be outside in;
  • A water bottle is optional, we will have water available;
  • A notebook and pen (not necessary, but bring if you want to take notes); and
  • A free lunch will be provided to registered participants (prepared by military cooks).


How can I contact someone if I have any other questions?

If you should have any other questions, you can phone your local Army Reserve Unit Recruiter or contact the Soldier For A Day Coordinator, Sergeant Matthew Spears by calling 250-363-8272 or email him directly at


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, a list of all registered attendees will be at the registration desk when you arrive, but you must bring the original signed copy of the Student Application and Consent forms.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please make sure the name used for registration is the person attending the event; multiple attendees must be registered separately.


Have questions about Soldier for a Day - Victoria? Contact 39 Canadian Brigade Group

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Bay Street Armoury
715 Bay Street
Victoria, BC V8T 1R1

Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PST)

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39 Canadian Brigade Group

39 Canadian Brigade Group is the Canadian Army representative in British Columbia. The Brigade is a force generator that recruits, trains, and retains reserve soldiers and leaders in support to Canadian Armed Forces assistance in domestic emergencies and expeditionary operations when required.

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