For Corporal (Cpl) Bailey Sloan, a Human Resources Administrator on board Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto, joining the military is a family tradition.
“I joined the military because my dad had a long and exciting career, and I always wanted that. I figured anything I could do in the civilian world, I could do while serving my country.”
Although a member of the Canadian Army, Cpl Sloan belongs to what is called a “purple trade.” These trades are found in the Army, Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Royal Canadian Air Force, so these members can find themselves posted anywhere in the Canadian Armed Forces, regardless of the uniform they wear.
Along with the rest of the ship’s company, Cpl Sloan deployed nearly six months ago for Operation REASSURANCE with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, which demonstrates Canada’s commitment to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe. The ship and its crew are expected to return to their homeport of Halifax, in time for Christmas.
She notes, however, that this deployment was unusual for all on board, given the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, the shore-leave restrictions that were in place in foreign ports and the public health measures needed to keep the ship’s company safe.
Although the crew members couldn’t leave the ship when alongside, Cpl Sloan says they made the most of their free time by playing board games and ordering food to the ship.
Originally from Winnipeg, Cpl Sloan says that her job is…