The Apprentice Soldier planMarch 30 2011 at 1:07 PM
|Doug Townend |
Response to Army Apprentices (Little Green Monsters)
The plan became the primary recruiting method for the Canadian Army from the mid-1950s to 1968. Its aim was two-fold: produce competent, trained soldiers and produce future senior non-commissioned officers. In general, it succeeded.
In the RCOC, each graduate qualified in two trades as well as having a Grade 10 education. This made him very employable but he could only hold trades pay in one trade. This affected his trades pay and caused some problems that were never entirely resolved. A side benefit was the number of soldiers who became officers.
There was considerable inter-action between the Corps schools in sports and the apprentices went a long way to scout out opponents and develop counters to their skills. They were called "Green Monsters" in part because of antics they got up to.