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Yarmouth's 84th Independent Field Battery holds open house

Training exercises were part of a Sept. 30 open house at the 84th Independent Field Battery in Yarmouth.
Training exercises were part of a Sept. 30 open house at the 84th Independent Field Battery in Yarmouth.

YARMOUTH -- Canadians had a chance to learn more about the Canadian Army Reserve during open houses held at armouries across the country, including Yarmouth, where the public was invited to visit the 84th Independent Field Battery.

Visitors got a close-up view of some of the equipment during the open house hosted by the 84th Independent Field Battery.

There were training demonstrations and equipment displays during the Sept. 30 Yarmouth event.

Reservists at work during one of the demonstrations during the open house hosted by the 84th Independent Field Battery in Yarmouth.

The open houses were billed as an opportunity for people to learn about the work reservists do and to consider if part-time employment in the reserve is for them.

Reservists are asked to commit one night a week, one per weekend per month, and get to learn new skills while serving their country.

The open house in Yarmouth came a week-and-a-half after a visit to the area by Brig.-Gen. Derek Macaulay, commander, 5th Canadian Division, who said his trip to Yarmouth was part of an effort to get the word about the reserve.

He cited, for instance, the benefits to students joining the reserve in terms of guaranteed summer employment and bursary opportunities.

Whether they’re young or not so young, he said people who join the reserve get to learn skills that can help them in their regular job.

“Some of the training that we provide is easily transferable,” Brig-Gen. Macaulay said.

The 84th Independent Field Battery has 50 members.

“They certainly have the opportunity to grow,” Brig.-Gen. Macaulay said during his Yarmouth visit, “and certainly I’m encouraging them to grow, so they can become bigger and stronger.”

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