National Defence

National Defence

March 24, 2016 11:45 ET

Cobourg Reserve Canadian Armed Forces Recruits Complete their Basic Military Qualification

COBOURG, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 24, 2016) - Five members of the Cobourg garrison of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment completed their Basic Military Qualification on March 20, 2016. This is the first course that all uniformed members must complete before moving on to other courses required by their trade.

As reserve members they completed this course 2-3 weekends a month from October until March while maintaining their civilian studies or jobs throughout the week. Having completed their Basic Military Qualification they will now move on to their infantry trades training this summer in 4th Canadian Division Training Centre Meaford. After completion of their summer training they will parade one night a week and one weekend a month as reserve infantry soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Quick Facts

  • The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment is an Army Reserve Regiment that has garrisons in Belleville, Cobourg and Peterborough. It is part of 33 Canadian Brigade Group which is a military formation made up of 16 Army Reserve units located throughout Eastern and Northern Ontario- from Oshawa to Ottawa and north to Timmins.

  • Members of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment serve in the Canadian Armed Forces on a part time basis while maintaining other full time employment or education. Some of its members are students, police officers, construction workers, etc.

  • In the last 150 years members of the Regiment have served in: (but not limited to) the North West Rebellion, The First World War, The Second World War, NATO service in West Germany, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. Members of the Regiment also served in domestic operations such as the 1998 Ice Storm, the 2010 G8 and G20 summit and some of its members are currently serving on Op Provision.

  • Basic Military Qualification teaches a number of basic military skills such as: Drill, dress, discipline, deportment, physical training, C7 service rifle, navigation with a map and compass, first aid and CPR, survival in a chemical biological radiological or nuclear environment and rank structure.


"I am very proud of these members who completed this Basic Military Qualification course as it is an important first step for them becoming fully qualified infantry soldiers in the reserves"

Captain Allan Found, Course Commander, Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.

"I am excited to have completed this course and to be able to move on to the rest of my training. While on the BMQ I especially enjoyed being faced with numerous challenges that required teamwork to accomplish. Being part of a team helped me build my confidence knowing I was never alone when faced with adversity."

Private Recruit Derek Sawyer, BMQ course graduate, Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.

Information about joining the reserves can be found at or by emailing

Caption for Photo: Private (Basic) Bayne Lemke, Private (Basic) Thomas MacDonald, Private (Basic) Benjamin Fenton, Private (Basic) Justin Hutchenson, and Private (Basic) Derek Sawyer of the Cobourg garrison of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment pose for their garrison Basic Military Qualification course graduation picture on 20 March 2016.

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