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VAC and other Soldiers' Benefits / Re: VAC wait times
« Last post by Tcm621 on Yesterday at 13:23:54 »
As of this morning, VAC is working on September 18 claims and October 18 departmental reviews. The departmental review wait tool time is 44 weeks. It appears that the actual time is almost double that. The wait time tool had the exact opposite effect they wanted. Now, not only do we know they are failing to meet their standards, they are lying to us about how bad they are doing.
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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by Eye In The Sky on Yesterday at 13:11:52 »
As I don't want to hijack this thread since there already is a PLQ thread, what other changes/cuts does anyone reasonably predict?  With the amount of money that's been lost and will be lost due to job loses and money the government has paid out, I just can't see how budgets won't be cut.

I don't think it is a hi-jack;  I didn't agree with your 'cutting out' PLQ.  Suspending it?  Maybe that will be a fiscal decision where Snr Comd accepts the risk and suspends PLQ courses UFN. 

Maybe the % of postings will be reduced the next X amount of years (saving money on all move-related costs).  Maybe they will extend the life-cycle timeline of CAF IT equipment an extra year, saving $ on procurement costs. 

I think the one cut many people are wondering about;  a pay and/or rank freeze period.  That affects everyone;  it can have a negative affect on mbr's close to retirement "best 5", it can mean losing a posting, it can mean a couple of hundreds dollars a month in disposable income.

I would think that a lot of people are also wondering if this might affect PLD; that also has some very negative financial implications for many svc mbr's and their families.
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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by stellarpanther on Yesterday at 13:07:35 »
As I don't want to hijack this thread since there already is a PLQ thread, what other changes/cuts does anyone reasonably predict?  With the amount of money that's been lost and will be lost due to job loses and money the government has paid out, I just can't see how budgets won't be cut.

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Global Politics / Re: The US Presidency 2020
« Last post by mariomike on Yesterday at 13:06:02 »
it is a fact that all of the riots etc. are happening in "blue states"

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List of George Floyd protests
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_George_Floyd_protests
There were near-simultaneous protests in over two hundred cities in all fifty states as well as internationally,

, most of the deaths are in blue states there as well.

These are the maps.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_the_United_States#Maps

You would have to take the per capita deaths of each state into consideration, for your calculation.

eg: One would expect North Dakota to have fewer deaths than New York State. South Dakota to have fewer deaths than California etc...

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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by Eye In The Sky on Yesterday at 13:02:41 »
It hasn't changed much, my PLQ in 2018 about half was acting/lacking. How many trades have specialty leadership courses after PLQ? I know armoured have their crew commander course, in RCEME we have DP2 Common RCEME which is our MRT Commander course. It takes what you learn on PLQ and applies it specifically to your trade, battle procedure is tweaked a bit in each trade I find. For HRA/FSA perhaps some kind of office management course is required if it doesn't exist after plq.

I'm not tracking most trades current DP trg, but some (most?) trades have a DP2/3 course like a "6B" (Sgts) course, was renamed DP3B I think when things switched back around 2001 to the DP system.

My trade does not have a "Sgts" course, but we have other training and 'tools' to assess and merit JNCOs for promotion to the Snr NCO rank, and then later into the Warrant Officers rank levels.  The RCAF also has an Intermediate Air Environmental Qualification (not an overly challenging course, 1 week long) that is one all Snr NCOs posted to RCAF units are required to take. 

In the DP system itself, and the NCM GS/PD system, the next 'leadership' qual is the ILQ (WO/PO1 course).  I think that PD/leadership trg system 'works' well enough to not revamp it pan-CAF.
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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by stellarpanther on Yesterday at 13:01:06 »
If they want to release, because they are that worried, I say call the release section and good luck in your next career and I am sincere about it.  Some people join the CAF and don't fully realize that it comes with unique conditions of employment and risks including death caused by the performance of their duty.

Flying operations have continued in the RCAF;  that usually puts 2 pilots in close proximity in a cockpit with re-circ'd air.  If the Air Force can do it, I am sure Orderly Rooms, etc can as well.

In those cases, I trust the professional in CF Health Svcs will provide the member(s) with the necessary MELs;

They have.  They are being given a 6 month - 1 year T-Cat depending on base, that says words to the effect" Not to be employed in an area where 2 meters distancing can't be maintained and must have the ability to wash hands frequently.  There's one or 2 other things also but can't remember what those were.  I have a friend in that situation and he was given a chit a week or so ago.  According to one MO, it's not going to be treated as a normal T-Cat meaning that it won't lead to a medical release if not resolved in the future.

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Global Politics / Re: The US Presidency 2020
« Last post by LittleBlackDevil on Yesterday at 12:54:49 »
At this point I will inject some common sense into the argument. The majority of cities and states are blue run by democrats who clearly are out of their depth. Rather confront the rioters the blue staters gave up ground losing control. Many people arrested seem to be out of staters. The people who have been hurt are local communities. I doubt that Target will rebuild. Small businesses are gone forever in these areas. Riots occurred under Obama but it didn't hurt him politically. If Trump sends in Federal troops to restore order then he will be fine. He will be even better off if he cans ultra lib Jerod Kushner.

What you say seems to match up with what my friends in the U.S.A. say. Of course, one could say that their views are coloured by the fact that they're mostly mid-westerners and are more conservative types to begin with, but it is a fact that all of the riots etc. are happening in "blue states" and I don't know how happy the people who actually live in those areas are about the police standing down and allowing things (including a police station) to be burnt down. I'm not certain that Trump is going to get the blame for the riots other than from those who were never ever going to vote for him anyway.

I keep in mind that the media said Trump had a 5% or lower chance of winning the presidency in the first place so I take all predictions of his political demise with a grain of salt. I think that there is a large, disenfranchised (in terms of having basically no voice in public discourse) that supports him and does not blame him for COVID-19 ... again, most of the deaths are in blue states there as well. And the fact that a Trump-backed Republican won a recent election in California in a place that's been held by Democrats for decades suggests to me that it's far from over. Especially if the economy recovers in the fashion you mention.

I watched Trump's speech last night. I know lots of people say he's just a political opportunist. I am not so sure. To me, his speech was highly risky and it could either make or break his re-election bid. In my view, a political opportunist would have taken the safe/easy course of railing exclusively against racism, giving the riots a free pass, and making non-committal but impressive sounding promises about rectifying inequalities. Instead he gave a speech where he rightly denounced the disgusting killing of George Floyd but then called out the rioters and promised to uphold his oath of office and protect the people with the army if he has to if the governors aren't willing or able to. Bold, politically dangerous but it may work.

I also frankly think it was a dose of common sense/reality. While I understand how people are angry, you cannot allow such lawlessness to run rampant and destroy the rule of law. And Trump is the only person I've seen of authority actually talk about the innocent people who live and own small businesses in the areas of the looting and burning who are the main victims of this "unrest".
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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by Eye In The Sky on Yesterday at 12:54:15 »
Many people including CAF mbr's are afraid of catching this virus.  It's not the same as going off on deployment and getting hurt or killed, people can catch it and pass it on to their kids or spouses.  If push comes to shove I think they'll go back but I've heard several people say they will quite first.

If they want to release, because they are that worried, I say call the release section and good luck in your next career and I am sincere about it.  Some people join the CAF and don't fully realize that it comes with unique conditions of employment and risks including death caused by the performance of their duty.

Flying operations have continued in the RCAF;  that usually puts 2 pilots in close proximity in a cockpit with re-circ'd air.  If the Air Force can do it, I am sure Orderly Rooms, etc can as well.

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The CAF still has several mbr's that are diabetic or have other conditions that put them at higher risk of complications and those mbr's are and need to be protected so they won't be able to go back to business as usual for a while.

In those cases, I trust the professional in CF Health Svcs will provide the member(s) with the necessary MELs; 
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The Canadian Military / Re: The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces
« Last post by MilEME09 on Yesterday at 12:52:06 »

The solution to the (IMO, unacceptable) large number of Acting/Lacking ranks out there is not to lower the standard.  It is to make the successful completion of all courses a pre-requisite to promotion.  When I was on SLC (now called ILP, WO leadership qual) back in 2002, there were 2 PLQs running at the same time.  All the PLQ candidates were A/L MCpl-MS.  We, the CAF, have accepted a lower standard for far to long. 

It hasn't changed much, my PLQ in 2018 about half was acting/lacking. How many trades have specialty leadership courses after PLQ? I know armoured have their crew commander course, in RCEME we have DP2 Common RCEME which is our MRT Commander/workshop supervisor course. It takes what you learn on PLQ and applies it specifically to your trade, battle procedure is tweaked a bit in each trade I find. For HRA/FSA perhaps some kind of office management course is required if it doesn't exist after plq.
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Global Politics / Re: The US Presidency 2020
« Last post by FJAG on Yesterday at 12:46:00 »
He is a very talented slum lord though   ;D

Don't get me started. I read "Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump" months ago. I'm still trying to wash the bile out of my mouth.

 :pullhair:
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