Today I visit, tomorrow I may stay!

Students and military guides at the simulated firing range at CFB Valcartier
The student visitors tried out the simulated firing range at CFB Valcartier. Photo: Corporal Nathan Moulton

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On April 19, the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Valcartier opened its doors to the 13th edition of the Jeunes Explorateurs d’un jour program (JEUJ).

Each year, thousands of young Quebecers participate in JEUJ program internships within the public and private sectors, giving them a unique opportunity to experience a workplace in line with their personal interests. This year, dozens of high school and CEGEP students, eager to learn about military life, looked to the 2nd Canadian Division who welcomed them to CFB Valcartier.

With pride and dedication, the 5th Field Ambulance (5 Fd Amb) offered participants a realistic and dynamic program that integrated daily military activities, and met their specific needs. Since the young crowd had diverse professional interests, and some of them had started the recruitment process, it was decided to involve them in a general training day for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

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  • Medic gear presented to students
  • Students and military guides at the simulated firing range at CFB Valcartier
  • CFB Valcartier personnel and high school students around medical simulation equipment

The young visitors had the chance to don a Canadian soldier’s boots for a day as they took part in several activities: a presentation by a recruiting sergeant from the Quebec Recruiting Center, a familiarization with the Force Test (CAF physical fitness test), hands-on experience with personal military equipment, a visit at the 5 Fd Amb simulation center, and a chance to try out the C-7 Electronic Rifle Range. The students were able to speak to experienced CAF members and ask questions in order to enhance their knowledge of the military environment.

Comments collected at the end of the day let organizers know the day was an undeniable success. The JEUJ participants left with new knowledge from the CAF, and a growing interest in military life.

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