The Grey Range Podcast Ep.05 w/ Jay Lajoie – “A Canadian Soldier’s Story”



A life of service to one’s country is a noble thing. Perhaps, the noblest of pursuits by many accounts. On this episode, our good friend, Jay Lajoie, joins me and my Officially Unofficial (…now Official!) co-host, Lucas Orich, to discuss his 25-year career in the Army with the Canadian Armed Forces, from which he retired with the rank of Sergeant.

Jay shares how he started out in the military, his multiple deployments around the world, family life in the military, his time as a Service Rifle competitor for the Canadian Army and transitioning to civilian living after a lifetime of service.

Oh, and did I mention he’s a writer? Well, of course he is! Jay has multiple articles published in The Havok Journal, an online publication highlighting the stories of veterans from the US, and Canada.

Jay is a humble and soft-spoken veteran. A quintessential “quiet professional” and we were honored to have him join us to tell his story. Thank you, Sarge!

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The piece I read on this episode, “One and One” is available in my collection “Children of The New Unknown”. You can find it on my website at or on Amazon.

You can find me on social media under @hokusgrey on IG, Twitter (X), and FB.

There is a Patreon page if you wish to support the podcast at the link below. Any help you can give will go towards improving our production and facilitating future episodes.

You can find Lucas Orich on IG as @lucasorich, or behind the gun counter at Barton’s Big Country in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He is also Training Director for Barton’s Back Alley Range, offering firearms courses and safety training.

You can read Jay’s articles that have been published in the Havoc Journal at the link below. Trust me, they are worth your time.

Jay Lajoie • The Havok Journal


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