Balancing Life in the Army Reserves

Article / November 3, 2016 / Project number: c-ar-1103-balancing-life-concilier-sa-vie

Approximately 200 soldiers from 33 Canadian Brigade Group (33 CBG) spent the weekend of 21-23 October, 2016 honing infantry, engineer and artillery skills in Petawawa.

These part time soldiers came from  33 CBG’s Ottawa based units: The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own), Governor General's Foot Guards, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA and 33 Combat Engineer Regiment.

Army Reservists are members of the community, most of whom juggle full time jobs or school with their military life. Training like this provides reservists valuable knowledge and skills that can be applied to their civilian employment or schooling.

“Balancing life in the reserves and school is not particularly the easiest thing to do, but it doesn't stop me from going to weekend exercises,” said Pte Marinić of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own).”Being in the Army Reserves motivates me to get my studying done before hand. The Army has definitely taught me to be proactive and ensure I finish homework and studies before army training.”

Skillfully flipping between two lives and succeeding at both is something Colonel Patrick Kelly, Commander, 33 CBG is always thrilled – but not necessarily surprised – to see.   “As I visit units within 33 CBG I am very impressed by the part-time soldiers in the brigade. Students, teachers, lawyers, police officers, government employees, these community members  are the best at balancing life in the reserves,” he said. “I believe it is the training and tempo of what we do that helps them both in their army and civilian life,”

Over the coming months, the high wire reservists walk will be getting even higher. As the 4th Canadian Division prepares to spend the next year as the ‘high readiness’ formation and therefore likely to deploy either domestically or overseas, they are looking for a few good reservists to join them for the duration. There will be plenty of volunteers from 33 CBG despite the fact that the increased time commitment to the army will likely make the citizen-soldier’s balancing act a little more intense.

33 Canadian Brigade Group, is a military formation made up of 16 Army Reserve units located throughout Eastern and Northern Ontario. For more information on the 33 Canadian Brigade Group go to our Facebook page at

By Master Warrant Officer Greg Snyder, 33 Canadian Brigade Group Public Affairs

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