I joined the Canadian Forces while already attending university in 1972 by way of the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) and subsequently served my four year commitment in the navy, before joining the federal public service at National Defence Headquarters in 1978.
Other than the photo on my Bio page and a few other snapshots left over from my earliest naval days which you can find here, I have no other surviving pictures of myself in the navy that I know of, but I do have a few from my later army reserve years. I actually served an additional 7 years after transferring from the Supplementary Reserve List to the Primary Reserves in 1989, several of which were on full-time call-out. Why army? Well, it was something different to do, and I knew a few people. After appropriate retraining, I became a fully-qualified Logistics (Transport) officer (a trucker god, as they used to call us) and a graduate of the Militia Command & Staff Course (MCSC) at Fort Frontenac (Kingston ON). I tried to hang on at least long enough to earn the CD long service medal, but I came up a year short due to chronic renal failure.
Among other things, I had occasion to command units in garrison and in the field as well as several major field exercise advance parties, was aide-de-camp to a provincial Lieutenant Governor, member of the Directing Staff on several junior officer staff courses, member of a Reserve Officer Selection Board, a team captain and frequent competitor in military shooting competitions, brigade public information spokesman, staff officer in a brigade HQ (G3 Logistics, G4 Transport, G4 Plans and G4 Operations), regimental liaison officer embedded with a county Emergency Measures Organization headqarters during the ice storm of 1998, and PMC of a combined regular and reserve garrison officers' mess. In the course of my duties as a full-time staff officer, I was the sole logistics planner and exercise writer for the first ever division level summer reserve concentration that combined field deployment with a computer-assisted command post exercise in 1997. I'm also fortunate enough over the years to have been to such places as the Japanese Naval Academy at Etajima, the Ecole Militaire in Paris, Whitehall in London, the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, NATO HQ in Brussels, and many other places from coast to coast in Canada.
It was fun while it lasted, but in hindsight, as a career, it was doomed to end prematurely the minute I was diagnosed with kidney disease in my mid-20's, and I should probably have called it a day after leaving the navy rather than reinvent myself as an army officer a decade later.
Me as Officer Commanding Transport Company, 32 (Moncton) Service Battalion, 1991.
Member of the Directing Staff, Militia officer staff course held at Land Forces Atlantic Area Headquarters in Halifax, circa 1991. I'm in the middle of the front row.
Another Militia Officer Staff Course, held at Camp Aldershot (Nova Scotia) circa 1992. That's me at the right in the front row. I commanded the advance party and then was an instructor and syndicate leader.