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Making the Right Career Choice

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Making the Right Career Choice

There wasn’t a lot of jobs in the early 80’s for women so I decided that I would look into the military. I wanted some stability. I never wanted to rely on anybody else ever again to look after me. I wanted to do it all myself. So I joined the military to have a career, to have a job, to have a sense of belonging, education, pension, all of it. And back then they give you an aptitude test and you choose. They offer you three and I was offered medic, military police and MSE Op (Mobile Support Equipment Operator) and decided I would love to do the MSE Op because it was such a huge trade. There are so many different things you can do. And I loved driving and I loved, you know, getting dirty and being out in the bush and stuff like that, that was our background from home. So which means we drive everything from tractor trailers to buses. Anything that has a job, heavy equipment, VIP, troop carrying vehicles, airdrome vehicles. Also we have an administrative side where we do licensing, accident investigation, teaching, all the costing of what it costs to run a fleet of vehicles, all the maintenance planning and liaison for all of that also. So it’s a huge trade where you get a lot of knowledge and really good training.

Ms. Fuchs speaks about joining the military for the security benefits as well as obtaining an enjoyable career choice.

Bettina Fuchs

Ms. Bettina Fuchs was born February 24, 1963 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. With the desire to obtain a stable career, Ms. Fuchs made the choice to join the military and accept a trade as MSE (Mobile Support Equipment) Operations where she held an occupation as a driver. With her 25 years of military service, Ms. Fuchs accepted deployments to the Gulf War region, Cambodia and Bosnia. During these deployments, Ms. Fuchs continued to carry out her responsibilities and always went the extra mile to provide aid and kindness to the local population. After a deployment to Bosnia, Ms. Fuchs was recognized for her humanitarian actions and received a Commendation award for her success. Being medically discharged from the military and now retired, Ms. Fuchs finds herself representing Team Canada for the Invictus Games, participating in the sport of archery. She presently resides in Peachland, British Columbia.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 30, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Bettina Fuchs
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
MSE Operations

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