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Military Current Affairs & News / Re: Dress and Deportment
« Last post by daftandbarmy on Today at 18:13:57 »
CFLRS is doing a bang-on job!  Just today, I was walking behind a RAdm on base and witnessed a young person in civilians salute him.  I stopped the mbr and we had a short conversation where I learned he'd just arrived in from St-Jean.

BZ CFLRS!   ;D

Gold, Jerry!  :rofl:

I assume that 'sheer terror' had a role to play.
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Ships & Vessels / Re: New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy
« Last post by Chris Pook on Today at 18:08:12 »
Interesting upgrade that could work for both the AOP's and the Kingstons as well as the Halifax's

 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/16/royal-navy-trials-new-missile-target-small-boats-wake-tensions/



Can't help but think that backblast might impose some restrictions on arc.  I wonder how that RHIB in the davits forard might fare if the target were astern.  Or even how the bulkhead and gun might fare if launched directly outboard.
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Military Administration / Re: PMV Travel on TD (member request)
« Last post by ballz on Today at 17:57:04 »
Very true that too often our RMS and now HRA/FSA along with many others continue to focus way too much on the dollars instead of factoring everything in.

That's what they've been trained to do. I explained the difference to my FSAs, showed them the analysis I wanted them to put into it before recommending a mode of travel, they got it and then moved forward with it and all was good. If every HRA / FSA is making this mistake across the CAF, it's the institution that's at fault.

*Note, this is all ignoring the fact that FSAs should not be initiating claims.

Rental vehicles shouldn't have a drop off fee if booked for DND business.

That may be true (wasn't tracking that) but is somewhat irrelevant to the point. I'll give a better example.... the task is 3 weeks long and there is nowhere to drop off the rental vehicle, so you'd keep it for the whole 3 weeks costing, say $1000..... the cost-comparison, as it is purely hypothetical, does not allow for that consideration. It's based on having a rental car for 2 days there and 2 days back, totaling to $200, even though that was never an actual option.
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Military Administration / Re: PMV Travel on TD (member request)
« Last post by ballz on Today at 17:50:19 »
We're actually saying the same thing (so I'm not incorrect). You just went into more detail.  "Most economical" is not the same as "cheapest."  Being economical includes all of the factors you mentioned.  Economy is not just about money.  It includes, efficiency, practicality, etc.  Unfortunately, you are correct that far too many folks (sadly in positions to approve this sort of thing) only consider actual dollar amounts vice all the other factors.

You stated "The cost comparison is for the travel by POMV to and from the TD location.  That still has to be done." That is incorrect. I agree with your definition of economical (although most using that term are referring to cost only, and yes I assumed you were too since you are stating that a cost comparison must be done regardless), but that statement is incorrect, and particularly relevant. Doing that cost-comparison when it's not required can short the member money (particularly before the latest update to the cost comparison when it was limited to 500km each way), cost him/her annual leave, and a host of other benefits. If it is the most economical (using your definition... which I agree with but confuses a lot of people), there is no cost comparison required. The member gets the high-rate, all the travel days req'd, meals, accommodations, etc, the whole nine yards.

I actually don't believe it's the fault of the people approving these things. Well, not entirely. CO's have zero training on this and their only experience is getting their own claims done. If they are told, which they are by the many many many people who are supposed to be their expert advisors, that a cost comparison is required any time the member travels via POMV, then they sign it a cost-comparison and then the member gets whatever is dictated by the cost-comparison. Yes, the CO is responsible for everything but if every CO is making the same mistake, there's a bigger issue.
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The Recruiting Process / CLOSED / NFC
« Last post by jan31488 on Today at 17:08:57 »
While on RC today, I saw a Folder written with CLOSED /NFC  What does it mean?
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Voted for Kingfisher - beautiful bird.
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I like "Iris", but then I once dated a woman named Iris and her skills were amazing.  She could raise me from the dead.

Details??  :cheers:
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Ships & Vessels / Re: New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy
« Last post by quadrapiper on Today at 16:35:16 »
I'm trying to think what 6 wooden barges they are talking about.  Maybe these are for the Small Boat Floats?

What are these, over Colwood side?

https://www.google.ca/maps/@48.4402007,-123.4495003,155m/data=!3m1!1e3
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Military Administration / Re: Bringing back "Double Dipping"
« Last post by quadrapiper on Today at 16:32:34 »
There may be a few very small specialist trades where the upward movement depends a lot on someone's retirement
Could see a policy linking retention in - what - "regular career stream" positions as a returned retiree linked to availability of replacements in the tiers below to address those trades.

Expect the value of the returned-retired isn't usually in "line" roles in their trade or service, but in staff, instructor, and policy roles linked to it, or in e.g. PRes or COATS roles that're (at least on the COATS side) often going begging for actually-qualified members (all kinds of clerk, especially).
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Military Current Affairs & News / Re: Dress and Deportment
« Last post by RomeoJuliet on Today at 16:28:09 »
CFLRS is doing a bang-on job!  Just today, I was walking behind a RAdm on base and witnessed a young person in civilians salute him.  I stopped the mbr and we had a short conversation where I learned he'd just arrived in from St-Jean.

BZ CFLRS!   ;D
I did BOTC in St Jean in the late 90’s and we were given a modicum of drill commands as officers and a wee bit of sword drill. This is not part of initial training for reserve officers at least.


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