Life in the RCN
Imagine waking up for work and walking to the dockyard. You are greeted by the call of seagulls, the smell of crisp sea air and the sound of crashing waves on the rocks. You board a ship, and spend your day with a tight-knit group of coworkers. Imagine traveling around the world, experiencing new cultures, climates and customs-- and getting paid for it.
A career in the Navy has many advantages. Whether you are preparing to leave high school and are curious about what lies around the bend, or you have been in the workforce and are looking for a new adventure, the Navy has a variety of sea trades and positions with training unique to Canada and envied around the world. You can use your computer skills as a combat information operator, you can become an elite Navy diver, or even an electrician. In the Navy, the possibilities and the adventures are endless.
Few things say separation more perfectly than the image of Canadian sailors on a warship leaving home port as family and friends wave goodbye. Yet that iconic image of navy life is fast becoming a bit dated.
During a 2008 Standing Naval Force Mediterranean deployment aboard HMCS St. John’s, I managed to stow away my mandolin. Likewise, other crew members had managed to bring along their instruments, and we were able to form a band (aptly named Crash on Deck, or COD).
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is a professional war-fighting service, but its sailors have a generous side that is well known across the country and manifests itself in the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised each year for charity.