RCAF trainees encouraged to make the most of their time between courses

Every day, Royal Canadian Air Force personnel safeguard our sovereignty from coast to coast to coast and participate in missions around the world.

It’s no wonder that new members of the RCAF family are excited to join their brothers and sisters in arms to watch over the security interests of Canada, but doing so requires being trade-qualified—and that can take time. 

The waiting periods between various phases of training varies for each occupation, and can be perceived as long. However, these periods between training courses can be a great opportunity for individuals to develop further professionally. It’s up to all individuals to make the most of their time.

Major (retired) Terry Sokolowski administers the basic training list (BTL) administration officer at 2 Canadian Air Division (2 CAD) Headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He encourages every member on the BTL to “take on challenging opportunities, work on professional development and work towards obtaining a second language.” His advice to each and every student is to “have a positive attitude, stay focused on their goal, work hard and enjoy the journey to becoming a fully-trained member of the RCAF.”

Second Lieutenant Kyle Rebryna, a pilot awaiting training, is a strong example of what one can do to make the most of their time while waiting for the next phase of training.

“Be bold and really invest in whatever mission your unit is performing,” he said.

Second Lieutenant Rebryna arrived at 2 CAD…

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