"Big News in Our House"

So I bet you are wondering what on earth I am on.....two posts in one night. Well, I just wanted to share the news with you.
Monday night is a more important parade for the girls. It is the CO's Parade and they get to wear their dress blues, there are promotions (for those select few), etc. But what is really exciting is that my husband Shannon who has been a Civilian Instructor for the last year has just been accepted as a CIC Officer! Monday night will be his first official parade as an officer. They are scrambling trying to get him a set of combats because his uniform isn't in yet, so I should have a few pics of Monday night. Should be interesting!
That's all for now, so until Monday.........


3 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    Yay Laura! You posted. Hope to see you soon.

  2. Liz Rempel Says:

    Hi Laura; My son was very involved in the cadet program (sea cadets) and then became a CIC officer when he aged out,now with a rank of sub lieutenant. Now he has been reposted with his job to a new area that only has Army Cadets so he is working with them now which is quite a change for him. I thought I would send along this little item that he sent to me some time ago and you can pass it along to your husband.

    Let me introduce myself, I am the person that the majority calls a "PRETEND OFFICER".
    There is no pretence that I may be single, or have a family, as well as children. Nor is there pretence that if I am married, I have a full time career that pays for the support of my family.
    There is no PRETENCE regarding what you call my PRETEND CAREER, which pays some of us 21 days out of 150 days I put in.
    There is no PRETENCE about the fact that this career, if I do it with diligence, requires my attention 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
    There is no PRETENCE to the sacrifices my family has to accept, so that I can carry on with this second career, that many would not undertake.
    There is no PRETENCE that I will have a direct impact on tomorrow's society and what values that society may have.
    I, like all of you, have never PRETENDED to be a COMMISSIONED OFFICER in the CANADIAN FORCES, because I am. We are COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, our scrolls do not say FAKE, NON NEGOTIABLE, PRETEND, or MADE IN CHINA.
    My trade and expertise is with the youth of Canada, whom many forget are our future leaders of our great and glorious country. To train and channel their energy, so that they accept and respond to the challenges of citizenship that they will face once their teen years have passed.
    So you see, none of us PRETEND at all. We are as qualified as any other officer, our dedication, and commitment is as great as any; however, our field of expertise may differ.
    So the next time someone says "Oh you're just a CIC officer", remember all that you do, and know that you are not just an anything, but an important part in our community.

  3. Laura Says:

    Thank you Liz, this article is so true. We have an incredible group of CIC officers at our home corps and are so fortunate. It truly is a thankless job sometimes. My husband volunteered for over a year before becoming an officer and that is many hours put in each week. I think I will pass this on to our CO for appreciation.