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    What is your favourite Military Saying

    "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." Actually, it is an excuse. If we don't properly train people to do a job, we can't reasonably expect them to do that job. We don't let just anyone drive a car. You take lessons, you take a test, you get a license. The purpose of the lessons and test...
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    What is your favourite Military Saying

    "It's called a store room because this is where I store the kit you need. If I were required to issue it to you, it would be called an 'issue room'."
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    Congratulations on Your Military Service… Now Here Are 9 Reasons Why I Won’t Hire You

    I think you are selling yourself a bit short! I believe there are any number of 'second career assistance' programs. Get signed up! I would add that you likely have a good sense of working with others (does that lead to HR or recruiting jobs?), you know about parts, inventory and...
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    Congratulations on Your Military Service… Now Here Are 9 Reasons Why I Won’t Hire You

    That is indeed a good article. I like the point about 'starting over'. That is 100% true. I have hired former soldiers to work entry-level jobs at construction sites. They were selected over other entry-level candidates because I had good confidence they would reliably show up, on time...
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    Replacing the Subs

    Thanks. I think we agree on this. So here is the test: when an air force general orders planes to fly and is told they can't due to air worthiness issues, what is his/her response? If an admiral orders a ship to sea and is told they can't because of seaworthiness (something like the...
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    Replacing the Subs

    Thanks, Mr Tacco, you make some valid points. However, I would point out that with a nuclear powered vessel, the engineering staff does not get to choose when the ship sails. If the documented and approved procedures say the ship can sail, it can sail. If the procedures say it can't, it...
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    Replacing the Subs

    Yes, you are correct on the nuclear industry and experience. As I have said before, what is lacking is the necessary 'culture' to safely operate nuclear reactors at sea. It requires a fundamental change in philosophy - by everyone and all ranks. For example, strict compliance with written...
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    Best trade for advancing in ranks

    One of the reasons I joined the Navy was my desire to travel. In my short career I visited: Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, up and down east and west coasts of Canada and the US, Bermuda, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Gibraltar, Italy, Suez Canal, Djibouti, United Arab Emirates...
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    GG Payette resigns 21 Jan 2021

    Rick Mercer?
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    Site Administration Welcome to the new Army.ca!

    Agree that while the new setup takes some learning, it is a big improvement. Well done.
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    Military bases struggling with personnel shortages, internal review finds

    In my experience, that is exactly true. Suppose someone from DND says they are responsible for a a $50M project. They then think they can leave the government and work for a company executing $50M projects. That is completely false. On the government side, their responsibility is usually...
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    Military bases struggling with personnel shortages, internal review finds

    As a hands-on practicing professional engineer, my opinion is that CAF pays their engineers (counting all the benefits, vacation, pension, training, etc.) VERY well compared to civilian employers. I would further add that as an engineer I have almost zero job security. One screw-up and I am...
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    The Coming DND Budget Cut

    This could be the end of the submarine fleet. (I won't argue if that is good or bad.) 
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    What’s in a Soldier? How to Rebrand the Canadian Armed Forces

    Slightly off topic... .but when I was leaving Reg F after my service, I recall there was a line on a form that said "Tick here if you wish to transfer to the reserves" or something like that. I didn't know much about the reserves and didn't tick the box.  I gave it no more thought than that. ...
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    What’s in a Soldier? How to Rebrand the Canadian Armed Forces

    I think you have touched on an important issue.  Perhaps part of the concern for the next generation is who is that "fool" that is being shot?  A farmer?  A combatant?  A spy?  Too many of the recent conflicts have muddied the issue of who is the enemy.  If we are fighting just to protect oil...
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