Army reserves on the march for recruits

Red Deer’s 78th Field Artillery Battery visits three communities on recruiting mission

Army reserves on the march for recruits

Advocate staff

Red Deer’s 78th Field Battery will be on the march on Saturday as part of a recruiting drive.

The army reserves, based out of Red Deer’s Cormack Armoury, will be taking one of their 105-mm howitzers and an 81-mm mortar on the road to drum up interest in the army.

A dozen reservists in five vehicles will begin the day at the Bowden Heritage Rest Area next to Hwy 2 around 8:45 a.m. They will be in place at the Innisfail Royal Canadian Legion at 5108 49th Ave. by about 10:45 a.m. About two hours later, they can be found at the Penhold Multiplex, where they will remain until about 3:30 p.m.

Sgt. Jeremy Strong said the recruiting foray is a new initiative and part of a larger effort to step up recruiting for the reserve unit, which with Edmonton’s 61st Field Battery, forms the 20th Field Artillery Regiment.

Depending on how it goes, the battery may do similar events up to four times a year, he said on Friday.

“This time, we’re going south of Red Deer. I was thinking we could go east, west and north as well and let everyone know we’re here.”

There is plenty of room for those interested in serving in the reserves. Only about half of the full complement of 200 or so positions in the regiment are filled.

In Red Deer, there are 30 or 40 reservists and plenty of room for more. Strong, who has been serving with the unit for almost 19 years, said there were around 90 reservists serving in the early 2000s.

Besides the prospect of getting a close-up look at the business end of an artillery piece that can hurl a shell up to 18 kms, there is a lot to recommend serving, he said.

Post-secondary students can get funding tuition and be almost guaranteed summer-time work. As artillery, reservists use surveying equipment similar to that used in construction.

As well, reservists learn leadership, team building and organizational skills, all of which look good on resumés. Volunteers can tap into an organization that helps find reserve-friendly employers.

Strong believes many people are not aware their unit is here in town and they hope to change that. They meet every Wednesday evening at the armoury and reservists are expected to participate in one field exercise per year.

For more information go to their Facebook page under 78th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Council approved a $3 million grant and a $19 million loan Tuesday to help keep Westerner Park sustainable. (Advocate file photo)
Red Deer city council approves $22M to keep Westerner Park viable after emotional debate

It’s vital ensure future success for the huge economic generator, says mayor

Red Deer Rebels goalie Chase Coward tries to find a loose puck during WHL action at the Centrium earlier this season. (Photo by ROB WALLATOR/Red Deer Rebels)
Changes on the horizon for Red Deer Rebels next season

New coach, roster adjustments among top priorities for Sutter this offseason

Renovations and construction have begun at Red Deer Dream Centre. (Photo contributed)
Renovations underway at Red Deer Dream Centre

Christian-based addictions treatment centre

Red Deer County's municipal planning commission gave approval for a new directional sign for a business located near Elnora.
(Image from Red Deer County)
Red Deer County garden centre and winery gets sign approved

Delidais Estate Winery and DA Gardens is located near Elnora

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Here is a list of latest COVID-19 restrictions in effect in Alberta

New mandatory health restrictions are now in effect in Alberta. Additional restrictions… Continue reading

Boston Bruins left wing Nick Ritchie (21) and Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Raffl’s late goal pushes Capitals past Bruins, 2-1

Raffl’s late goal pushes Capitals past Bruins, 2-1

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (12) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Chicago, Saturday, May 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Toews’ question chases Chicago Blackhawks into offseason

Toews’ question chases Chicago Blackhawks into offseason

Wheeler has two goals, two assists as Winnipeg Jets clinch third in North Division

Wheeler has two goals, two assists as Winnipeg Jets clinch third in North Division

Depleted Raptors drop a 115-96 decision to Leonard and Clippers

Depleted Raptors drop a 115-96 decision to Leonard and Clippers

Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, tosses the ball for a serve to Ilya Ivashka, of Belarus, during the Miami Open tennis tournament Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wilfredo Lee
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime upsets Diego Schwartzman at Italian Open

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime upsets Diego Schwartzman at Italian Open

Philadelphia Flyers' James van Riemsdyk (25) and Sean Couturier (14) celebrate past New Jersey Devils' Yegor Sharangovich (17) after a goal by van Riemsdyk during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, May 10, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Flyers drop from trendy East favorite to another lost season

Flyers drop from trendy East favorite to another lost season

André Gauthier is shown in a handout photo. Gauthier, a Canadian geologist who spent six years in and out of jail in Dubai after he allegedly uncovered fraud in a gold company, finally is back home in Quebec City after his release last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Detained in Dubai MANDATORY CREDIT
Canadian geologist detained in Dubai for six years is back home after charges dropped

Canadian geologist detained in Dubai for six years is back home after charges dropped

This undated photo provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department shows a group of bighorn sheep in North Dakota. Alberta's environment department has known for years that toxins from old coal mines are contaminating populations of the province's official animal, the bighorn sheep. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Bihrle/North Dakota Game and Fish Department via AP, File
Alberta government knew bighorn sheep contaminated with coal mine selenium: scientist

Alberta government knew bighorn sheep contaminated with coal mine selenium: scientist

Most Read