"I like that I do a lot of different things in my trade work. I can be on the bridge, outside or in the busy control room. It's very fast paced."

In the past year, the Canadian Forces in cooperation with the Canadian Coast Guard responded to 8,716 calls and rescued 4,670 people.

Naval communicator Mindy Turk is responsible for internal and external communications in HMCS Ville de Quebec. Mindy signed up with the Canadian Forces through the encouragement of a friend, who joined right out of high school and said it was a lot of fun. Mindy says, although she may have joined for the fun, she stayed for the financial benefits and the stability. She gives a lot to the military and they give a lot back.

Did you know? The first ever trans-atlantic radio signal was received in St. Johns, Newfoundland in 1901.

At Mindy's Leading Seaman rank, a naval communicator makes $43,000 a year. Mindy's future goals include moving up to Master Seaman rank and becoming more familiar with the technical side of naval communications. She is also working hard at becoming fluently bilingual.

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Interested in a career in naval communications? To be qualified for this position the Canadian Forces says you must be able to concentrate under stressful conditions and possess good logical reasoning ability with a memory for detail. Oh, and be ready to spend some time on the water because 60 per cent of your job will be in a ship.

Mindy was drawn to the Navy because of her love for the ocean. The Canadian Navy has ships at sea night and day, year-round. Are you the type of person who loves salt air and dreams of a life at sea? To find out more about the Canadian fleet check out the Navy’s website at navy.dnd.ca.


Education: Trade qualifications with the Navy

Hobbies: Skiing, skating, cross-stitching, going to the gym