"What appeals to me most about my job is the constant learning. Even if youíve learned something before, you go over and over it until itís second nature."

88% of Canadians agree a strong military is important to Canada's international standing.

If you want a career that is about moving forward, then talk with Army Combat Engineer, Jennifer Genge. After high school Jennifer took a course in law and security, but that is a far cry from her current occupation, which can take her all over the world.

The combat engineersí role is to help troops live, move and fight on the battlefield, and to deny enemy troops the same ability. Combat engineers detect and dispose of land mines, booby traps and bulk explosives. They also construct roads, bridges, accommodations, airfields and whatever else their troops may require. If need be, whatever they build is taken down or destroyed so others canít benefit from it.

Did you know? In 1999, about 4,500 Canadian Forces members were deployed at any given time on 23 missions around the world.

The starting rate for a private in the Canadian Forces is $24,000 annually. Jennifer is on the top end of the pay scale and she makes $35,000 a year. The military also offers full benefits and a 20-year pension plan.

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Everyone who joins the Canadian Forces goes through basic training. The purpose of basic training is to give recruits the basic skills and knowledge they require in order to function as soldiers in the military. Itís a great learning experience for everyone, with a lot to offer.

Jennifer loves her job in the Army because she always gets to meet new people. Sheís made some lasting friendships, which have become an important part of her life in the army. To find out how you can get involved in land defense in the Canadian Forces visit their website at army.dnd.ca.


Education: A course in law and security. Army trades training

Hobbies: Photography, travel, fitness and music