Nene K270 - Discharge Advice 1944
Civilian Life
  The text below is taken directly from the discharge documents for Don Delong, RA (Radar Operator). Notice that the middle section is custom written for those servicemen who had radar training. In fact, Don Delong took this advice, becoming a master journeyman/industrial electrician - a career that spanned 42 years.




You have been serving for some time in the Canadian Naval Services and are now about to become a civilian again. One of
your first concerns will be to get a job -- either in your previous type of work or perhaps in something quite new. While certain civilian departments of Government are particularly responsible for giving you help, in this respect if you require it; the Naval Services are also anxious to do what they can to assist you in your civil re-establishment.

Before taking on a new hand, most employers require in-formation on schooling, previous work history, name of last employer, etc. In the case of ex-service personnel, they will also be interested in knowing of courses taken in the service, advancements, decorations, knowledge and skills resulting from Service training and experience. In these pages and on other sheets, all this, and some other information as well, has been worked out for you.

In some cases it will be quite easy for you to see how your service skills and knowledge can be useful to you in civil-ian work. This is especially true if you desire to stay in the trade you followed in the Navy. You may, however, wish to follow some other line, and so will want to know about jobs where you can use at least some of these skills. For certain jobs you may require only a very little further training, and you can probably obtain this on the job, or in a short course before you start work. For other jobs you might have to take a rather long training course to prepare yourself. Or you might, in some cases, need more education than you were able to obtain before you entered the Navy.

Look over these pages carefully before you try to find a job. Remember that they have been prepared for your special benefit. The better you understand the story they have to tell, the better fitted you will be to seek a job and the better your chance of getting one. 'When you actually start looking for a job take along the sheets describing your civilian and service history, and your naval training and duties. Your prospective employer should be such interested in them.

Before taking a job, you should consider how permanent it is likely to be. A steady job with less pay is a better bet than a temporary one where the wages are higher. You should try to choose your job with an eye to its future.

One final point. It is common for returned men to feel restless for a month or two after getting back to civilian life. So if you land a fairly good job, and yet find you can't settle down easily -- don't give up. Stick with it for a few months, and give yourself a chance to see whether it really suits you or not.

Some of the civilian types of work which are related to your naval training are now suggested. You must understand that these are only a few of the many possibilities. There area many other businesses and industries which may employ workers with similar skills.


Since Radar has been almost entirely a war development, it is difficult to suggest its future civilian use. It may be that it will be used in air and water transportation, commercial fishing and in government weather bureaus. In view of the fact that many men have been trained in the three Services as Radar operators, it is possible that there will be rather keen com-petition for jobs in these fields. Except for these possibilities, there are few civilian occupations which are directly related to your work as a Radar operator. However, your Naval training and experience have introduced you to various kinds of electronic and electrical equipment. Your familiarity with such equipment might enable you to engage in the manufacturing, installing, servicing and repairing of electrical equipment in a variety of industries. Some of the jobs in these industries are relatively simple, and you could probably learn them by means of on-the-job training; others are rather complex and for them you might need considerable advanced academic or technical training.

This is an "electrical age". Modern homes, industry, transportation and communication, refrigeration and ventilation depend upon electrical equipment and appliances. Some of the types of work for which your familiarity with electrical equipment might be a good background include:

(a) Electrical wiring - involving the installing, repairing and maintaining of electrical circuits.
(b) Electrical unit assembling (including instruments) - using hands and hand tools for routine tasks in cutting, fitting, assembling, installing and adjusting small electrical units and instruments.
(c) Electrical equipment repairing - repairing and servicing electric motors and mechanical parts of washing machines, irons, stoves, meters, etc.
(d) Electrical wire winding - using hands and hand tools in winding electrical coils, etc.


1. Electrical equipment industry -- in which three main kinds of products are manufactured:

(a) Electrical machinery, such as electric locomotives, generators, motors, transformers, fans and vacuum cleaners.
(b) Electrical appliances, such as batteries, heating devices (stoves, irons, heaters), meters, mixers, signal apparatus,locomotive electric equipment, panelboards, telephone and telegraph equipment and testing equipment.
(o) Electrical supplies, such as lights, fuses, coils, sockets and wiring devices.

2. Radio equipment -- making, mounting and assembling radio parts, such as loudspeakers, tubes, grids, condensers, coils,transformers and transmitters.
Some employees make such parts, some put the parts
together to make subassemblies, others mount complete assemblies in the cabinet, and still others test and adjust the completed radio.


In telegraph and telephone companies your Naval experience might be useful in installing electrical equipment such as switch-_ boards, dial and manual equipment, bells and buzzers, call boxes, coin collectors, switching equipment, tickers and clocks. Transportation and light, heat and power companies also employ men to install various kinds of electrical equipment. As you know, electrical equipment is also installed in automobiles, ships, shops, street cars, airplanes, theatres, stores, homes, etc.

Servicing and Repairing.

"Electrical repairmen" service and repair electrical equipment such as wiring, motors, switches, switchboards, etc. These men, working in a variety of industries, must have a knowledge of electrical circuits and the operation of electrical equipment. The work may involve placing, insulating and connecting wires, reading diagrams, following circuits and making tests. An "electrical-appliance serviceman" is mainly concerned with servicing household appliances such as refrigerators, heaters, toasters, irons, washing machines, etc.



In these sheets you have some suggestions as to where your naval training may be used in civilian jobs. It is hoped that these suggestions will help you (if you need help) in making use of your naval experience in the world of work. If you wish to discuss your plans further after you leave the service, here are a few persons who might be able to help you. Many of these are in your own locality.

1. The Veterans' Welfare Officer or Veterans' Affairs Counsellor in the local centre of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. He's your key man for rehabilitation benefits.

2. The Veterans' Placement Officer in the local office of National Selective Service. See him about jobs.

3. The Citizens' Rehabilitation Committee in your community. The Veterans' Welfare Officer can tell you about it.

4. The local branch of the Canadian Legion. This branch often acts for the Department of Veterans' Affairs where it has no local office.

5. Organizations providing educational, recreational or welfare services to the public.

6. The Discharge Officer in the nearest Naval Division. He'll help you regarding naval matters, or in seeing the right people.


And finally, here is some information about medical services available to ex-service personnel. All veterans in Canada may receive free medical and surgical treatment from the Department of Veterans' Affairs for one year from the date of their discharge, unless the disability is due to misconduct. To obtain this free treatment application must be made to the Medical Representative of the Department of Veterans' Affairs or to the District Office or to the Sub-District Office of that Department. An exception to this rule is made when an emergency demands immediate attention, and the services of the Medical Representative cannot be obtained as quickly as those of some other doctor. In such a case the veteran must instruct the attending doctor to notify at once the Chief Medical Officer representing the Department of Veterans' Affairs in that District.

If, at the time of his discharge, the veteran is referred to the Department of Veterans' Affairs for a disability requiring treatment, the allowances payable in most cases are greater if he commences continuous treatment within 30 days of his discharge.

The booklet "Back to Civil Life" will give you further information about medical treatment.

Good luck to you!

Webmaster: Dan Delong - Updated: December 12, 2002