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A Woman in the Armoured Corps

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A Woman in the Armoured Corps

When I joined the reserve I joined as a crewman and there was a bit more female in the reserve than in the regular forces and when I wanted to join, all the men were trying to discourage me to join the regular force saying it was more of a male job and stuff like that but I didn’t let it change my mind and I joined. But, of course, it was hard at times because it is mainly men. Every time I went somewhere, I was the only or maybe we were two out of one hundred so it got, it’s hard sometimes because you gotta think too being a female in the Armoured Corps then you’re on patrol and you know all those female needs, it gets in the way sometimes and you have sometimes the people that don’t think you should be there and giving you a hard time and stuff like that.

Ms. Dupuis speaks about her decision to joining the Armoured Corps and the obstacles that she faced.

Natacha Dupuis

Ms. Natacha Dupuis was born May 25, 1979 in Longueuil, Quebec. Throughout her younger years, she always had a desire to join the military. In 1997, at age 18, Ms. Dupuis joined the reserves and with family support and encouragement, she enlisted with Armoured Corp as a tanker. After receiving her basic training in Montreal as well as completed the Crewman course in Valcartier, Ms. Dupuis moved to Vancouver and joined the British Columbia Regiment. There she took an advance reconnaissance course and a few years later joined the Regular Force accepting more training on the Leopard tank and completed the Coyote Gunner/Driver course. Ms. Dupuis was deployed to Bosnia and twice to Afghanistan. Suffering from PTSD, Ms. Dupuis was medically released from the military. She now has a positive focus on her future and maintains pride for her service years. She is involved with the Canada Army Run and is a proud member of the Soldier On organization.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
December 9, 2014
Person Interviewed:
Natacha Dupuis
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Armoured Regiment

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