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Infantry Soldier

What They Do

The Infantry (INF) is the backbone of any fighting force. Its role is to “close with and destroy the enemy“. Along with the Artillery, the Armoured and the Field Engineer, the Infantry forms the Combat Arms team. Trained to fight as combat troops, Infantry soldiers are capable of performing in special operations, such as airmobile, amphibious and environmental operations, including those in the Arctic and in mountain, jungle and desert areas.

Qualification Requirements

Infantry soldiers must be dependable and self-disciplined. They must be able to react quickly, and adapt readily to changing situations. Courage, physical and mental stamina and positive attitude are essential attributes. The ability and willingness to learn new skills and techniques is also necessary, as the diverse nature of infantry operations requires the development of many specialized skills. Leadership and people management abilities are very important and the ability to work well as part of a team is essential.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for career progression, promotion and advancement are good for Infantry soldiers. Personnel with good attitudes, leadership and people management qualities may advance quickly in comparison to personnel from other military occupations.

Training

Successful applicants will attend a Basic Recruit Training Course at the Hamilton or Burlington Armouries as part of a High School Co-Op course, with some weekends at the Area Training Centre at Meaford, Ontario, or through a summer training course entirely at the Area Training Centre in Meaford. During Basic Recruit Training, they will learn policies and regulations of the Canadian Forces; basic safety procedures; first aid training; survival under nuclear, biological and chemical conditions; drill, dress and deportment (3Ds); weapon handling and firing; cross-country navigation; and survival under field conditions. They will also undergo physical fitness training. Basic Recruit Training is physically demanding. More information may be obtained by speaking to a Recruiter.

BASIC MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL (MOC) TRAINING - Meaford, Ontario

  • Use of weapons including rifles, machine guns, grenades and mortars
  • Fieldcraft including camouflage, sentry and field signalling techniques, selection of firing position, movements and lines of advance, personal hygiene and meal preparation
  • Constructing field defences such as trenches, roadblocks, and checkpoints
  • Navigation (night/day)
  • Communications using radios, field telephones and codes
  • Tactics including offensive and defensive operations

Initial Employment

On completion of basic MOC training, Infantry soldiers will then return and serve with The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry as a soldier in our team.

Advanced Military Occupation Training and Specialty Training

Personnel who demonstrate the required ability and ambition will undertake advanced occupational training through formal courses as they progress in their careers. Specialty training may also be available.

Advanced and Specialty Training Courses

  • Communicator
  • Reconnaissance Patrol
  • Section Commander
  • Basic Parachutist
  • Instructional Techniques
  • First Aid Instructor
  • Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Instructor

Working Environment

The men and women of the Infantry perform their duties outdoors, by day or by night, exposed to all weather conditions. The work is physically and mentally demanding and is often carried out for long periods of time with little chance for rest. In combat or operational situations, the job is mentally stressful and the risk of physical injury is always present.

Geographically, Infantry soldiers may voluntarily serve from stations within Canada to overseas locations throughout the world, in response to NATO and UN commitments.

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Infantry Officer

What They Do

The Infantry represents the keystone of any army. Today's infantry requires officers who are mentally agile and physically robust. The Infantry Officer has one of the widest ranges of employment opportunities in the Canadian Forces. Also during your career you could volunteer to perform the Infantry Officer's primary function of command and leadership of soldiers as part of a combat arms team in such locations as Afghanistan. You should be aware that officer training in the Infantry is meant to prepare you both physically and mentally to lead other soldiers in possibly critical and life-threatening situations. This requires highly motivated individuals who are prepared, in support of an operational mission, to put the safety and well-being of their soldiers ahead of their own.

As an Infantry Officer, with the support of your senior non-commissioned members, you will be responsible for the training and combat efficiency, discipline, morale, and physical condition and well-being of the soldiers under your command, often under the most difficult of circumstances. Since the Infantry does not fight alone, you must also know the characteristics, tactics and employment of the other arms who will support you on the modern battlefield, including armour, artillery, field engineers, and helicopters. You will often be called upon to perform multiple physical and mental functions simultaneously and over extended periods. This will required dedication, stamina, resourcefulness and imagination coupled with much common sense. In short, the Infantry will challenge you and tax your abilities to the limit.

Qualification Requirements

Entry into the Infantry officer occupation is open to the various plans. Further advice and information is available from the RHLI Recruiting Officer.

You will be required to meet Canadian Forces medical standards, and go through a selection process, which includes tests and interviews.

Before being fully employable as an junior Infantry officer, regardless of plan of entry, you must successfully complete the phases of Basic Officer Training detailed below. In each phase, you will be placed in leadership roles where you will learn and your performance will be assessed.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities for career progression, promotion and advancement are good for Infantry soldiers. Personnel with good attitudes, leadership and people management qualities may advance quickly in comparison to personnel from other military occupations.

Training

Phase I

Basic Officer Training - Upon selection into the Infantry occupation, you will be enrolled in the Canadian Forces and then proceed to the 31 Canadian Brigade Group Battleschool in London Ontario, for a Basic Officer Training Program. In London, you will be introduced to life in the Canadian Forces. You will learn military regulations and customs as well as leadership techniques and acquire the fundamental military skills of drill, dress, and deportment, weapon handling and first aid. You will also participate in physical training and sports programmes.

Successful completion of the Basic Officer Training Program is a prerequisite for further training.

Common Army Phase

This is the first phase of purely infantry training designed to give you sufficient knowledge and experience to command and lead a dismounted Infantry section (10 soldiers). The training is divided into two distinct stages. The first stage teaches the essential skills of basic weapons handling, map using and navigation, communication, and drill, with an emphasis on weapons training. The second stage concentrates on the fundamental duties and skills of section tactics in field operations and patrolling, with most of the training conducted outdoors.

Reserve Platoon Commanders Course (RPC)

This phase will give you sufficient knowledge and experience to command and lead a dismounted Infantry platoon (30-35 soldiers). You will be taught principles and methods of instruction, and receive theoretical instruction in platoon tactics, following which your training will be conducted in the field. You will be assessed in leadership roles while conducting field exercises and receive further instruction in watermanship, helicopter operations, and Infantry/Armoured cooperation.

Initial Employment

On sucessful completion of training, Infantry Officers will then return and serve with The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry as a Platoon Commander in our team.

Working Environment

As an Infantry Officer on Regimental Duty, your employment will be divided into two categories; garrison duties and field duties.

Garrison Duties.

Garrison duties will consist of physical training, office work, and supervision, with some instructing and outdoor field and weapon training interspersed. Office work will concentrate on personnel administration, weapons, equipment and vehicle maintenance administration, and will generally conform to a normal working routine. However, in times of emergencies and concentrated activity, you will logically be required to work extra hours until the job is finished or the crisis is over. Under these circumstances your concern will not be the clock but the capability of your team to meet the challenges that you will be facing.

Field Duties.

Field duties will consist of all activities your basic training prepared you for. Field duties are always physically and mentally demanding with little chance for rest. You will be expected to perform at high levels of proficiency, at all times of the day and night, in all weather and terrain conditions, from the arctic to the tropics.

The ability to lead is the hallmark of an Infantry officer. In all instances, you will be dealing with people, not merely paper and machines. As such, you must not only be able to provide supervision, but also leadership by example. As an Infantry officer, your potential for promotion is exceptional, limited only by your own abilities.

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