Sailor 1st Class (S1) Jonathan Pelletier enlisted in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Drummondville as a teenager in his hometown of Rouyn-Noranda, Que.
This experience “helped me make the decision to enlist in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN),” said S1 Pelletier.
S1 Pelletier says that he applies lessons today in his profession as a sailor that he learned during his time in Sea Cadets, specifically noting “that discipline is good for morale, and that teamwork is a moral value.”
S1 Pelletier works as a boatswain, or bos’n, and his home unit is currently Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Margaret Brooke, one of the RCN’s new Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships. On board ships, bos’n’s are seamanship specialists.
“We are the ones who drive the lifeboats to retrieve a person from sea or the larger rigid-hulled inflatable boats to transport the ship’s diving team,” said S1 Pelletier.
When not saving people from treacherous waters, the profession involves operating and maintaining shipboard equipment associated with cargo handling and inter-ship transfers of personnel, fuel and material while at sea, organizing the storage, training and use of small arms, demolitions and ammunition as well as coordinating watch keeping duties at sea and in harbour.