"When I joined, I was in the FIRST unit to take women in seatrades which was difficult at the time. I had to prove each and every day that I could do the job. My advice would be -- don't be deterred!"
Including sea pay and considering Kathleen's years of experience, her annual salary can reach $45,000.
Kathleen Olinskie is a naval combat information operator on board the Canadian Forces HMCS Montreal. Her primary role is to collect, display, and disseminate combat information. She gathers that information through radio links, sensors, sonar, and other assets such as aircraft.
Kathleen is a non-commissioned member of the Canadian Armed Forces. She is classified as a working supervisor. When in port, Kathleen does an administrative role (i.e. keeping track of all the personnel). When they're at sea, a lot of her hands-on training in combat information comes into play. To do this kind of a job, Kathleen notes, "Typically we thrive on stress. We like the excitement of sea exercises in a combat role."
After high school, Kathleen went through recruit school in Cornwallis, Ontario, then through trade qualification in Esquimalt, B.C. for a few months. Her choice of trades was determined by aptitude tests.
Did you know? In 1954, a Canadian naval vessel was the first ship to circumnavigate North America.
In the future, Kathleen would like to advance into a supervisory role, a position that requires more leadership skills and people management. Her goal is to complete a total of 20 years of military service. Her salary range is currently $40,000 TO 45,000 per year.
Do you love to travel and meet new people from different cultures. Would you like to get paid at the same time? Meet Master Seaman Kathleen Olinskie. She's doing that right now.
As a Naval Combat Information Operator on-board the HMCS Montreal, Kathleen monitors, coordinates and disseminates combat information. She plays a pivotal role in the ship's operations room. Ultimately, she ensures that in-coming combat information is confirmed, analyzed and delivered to the right person, at the right time…
Education: Recruit school in Cornwallis, Ontario, and trade qualification in Esquimalt, BC
Hobbies: Cross stitching, reading, interior decorating, walking