Now I'm mostly a-political, viewing both sides with distrust but I have to give the better idea to the Liberals this time. During campaigning this weekend the Liberals promised re-newed training with the NATO forces in Goose Bay and repairs to the runway. Not too far fetched.
The Conservatives promised to base a QRF Battalion there along with a UAV squadron. Some problems I see with this-
-Isolation, a lot of people are going to think it sucks. A few more will think its great and want to stay there for ever. This could cause some manning problems, see next point.
-Tour length currently in Goose Bay is 3 years. This means rotating an entire battalion out every three years. If they want to make it non-restricted there's going to have to be whole lot put into infrastructure. Less dollars for the pointy end.
-In addition to the costs of the second point, everyone has to be flown out every year, including family members. More cost, less dollars for the pointy end.
-Now the QRF battalion could be a 1 year tasking which would reduce some of the costs, but bring in a whole lot more as far as training. -Unless they are going to replace a whole squadron of people with very specialized skills every year, the UAV squadron would have to a 3+ year posting.
-Or they could scrap all the benefits that normally come with a isolated posting and just say suck it up. That would be a bit hypocritical considering the praise they have heaped on the proposed improvements that SCONDVA and other studies have seen implemented.
I just don't see posting 800-1000 people up in Goose Bay as too feasible in this day and age. It would be a dream posting for some, but a nightmare for most I believe.
Personally I don't care, my trade would have a minimal presence and we would probably be out of there in 3 years. It would just be normal posting for us. I just view it as a bad idea.
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