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  1. willy

    What Cap Badge to wear?

    I am familiar with a situation where an Infantry WO was employed on a long-term Class B contract outside of his parent regiment.  His parent regiment, apparently unhappy with that state of affairs, demanded their accoutrements back, leaving him to wear the Infantry Corps cap badge.  Months...
  2. willy

    Advice needed - Best Winter Gloves?

    MEC may draw heavily on the hipster crowd when sourcing its employees, but that being said they have a 15% military discount, and I have never had any issues with anyone being less than friendly in there. Here's what I think you need to consider: - At -40C your gloves will not be getting wet...
  3. willy

    Trade Specific Occupation Badge for LCIS

    Take a look at the shit state that the trade (and more broadly speaking, the Army in general) is in right now.  You choose this time to try to drum up support for yet another buttons and bows issue? It's a dumb idea, and you ought to give your head a shake.
  4. willy

    Who should own CAS & why it can't be trusted to an Air Force (from A-10 retirement thread)

    You know what, not going there.  Max- you're on your own song sheet buddy.
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    Who should own CAS & why it can't be trusted to an Air Force (from A-10 retirement thread)

    Max, I'm a bit of a latecomer to the discussion but if fellow Airforce guys are asking you to unshmuck the lingo then isn't that possibly a bit of a ping in your mind that you aren't exactly on the same sheet of music as everyone else is?  At the end of the day, we are discussing the...
  6. willy

    "Re-Royalization", "Re-Britification" and the Heritage Transformation

    I didn't.  I had the jacket cleaned and pressed and it looked just fine.  I have two jackets with WO crowns that formerly bore Sgt hooks and neither one has anything wrong with it.  The only thing that keeps me from wearing those ones is that I've embraced my new rank and gotten way too fat for...
  7. willy

    Combat Signal Regiment - Australian Brigades

    I got the distinct sense that we became Regiments solely so that we wouldn't have to say that we were "junior partners"  in our relationships with our new brothers in the other CBG units.  At any rate, it doesn't matter what we're called, how "big" we are, or how the doctrinaires think we...
  8. willy

    Radio spectrum: a critical natural resource

    I am a latecomer to this thread.  Everything I'm about to say has been said already by others. In response to the question posed by Jacky Tar, the answer is: sure.  There are all kinds of ways that we can take the existing pie and make it "bigger" so as to accommodate more users.  The issues...
  9. willy

    Tim Hortons in Theatre Merged Thread (in AFG, no plans to preposition)

    You're quite right and in that sense I suppose I'm wrong and I'll therefore STFU.  What bugs me is that there are people trying to dress this up in terms of an IO effect that was non-existent.  Tim's was not an IO objective.  It was just bumph.
  10. willy

    Tim Hortons in Theatre Merged Thread (in AFG, no plans to preposition)

    I'm tracking the fact that some think this way quite well thank you.  I don't buy it however.  Your interperetation of politics and their impact on defence policy needs a bit of clarification for me: please state your case whereby the insertion of Tim Hortons directly impacted on our procurement...
  11. willy

    Tim Hortons in Theatre Merged Thread (in AFG, no plans to preposition)

    This. And this. The Tim Horton's, Massage Parlour, and other niceties did nothing for the operational effectiveness of KAF and I for one don't buy the IO effect idea for one minute.  Such message, if it ever existed, was limited to the Canadian population.  Again, I am not sold on this...
  12. willy

    Tim Hortons in Theatre Merged Thread (in AFG, no plans to preposition)

    KAF is hardly one of the most remote areas of the world.  KAF is a big, sprawling megabase that includes all manner of useless crap like massage parlours and Tim Horton's.  There is zero complimentary operational effect achieved by placing a donut shop in KAF.  All it does is promote an us vs...
  13. willy

    Tim Hortons in Theatre Merged Thread (in AFG, no plans to preposition)

    ::) You're totally missing what he's saying.  Tim Horton's is a symptom of a problem. 
  14. willy

    Tim Hortons in Theatre Merged Thread (in AFG, no plans to preposition)

    Dude, seriously?  Tim Horton's is not a tool of foreign policy.  Or at least it shouldn't be.  The point that I (and I think others) are trying to make is that there is a big difference between the inside and outside the wire experiences, and that Tim's is a distraction.  Who cares if our...
  15. willy

    Tim Hortons in Theatre Merged Thread (in AFG, no plans to preposition)

    Here's what an experienced General Officer had to say about the abundance of non-warfighting bumph there was on giant bases such as KAF: "this is a war zone – not an amusement park".  Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/25/us-commander-afghanistan-bans-burger-pizza Don't be so...
  16. willy

    Walts, posers & wannabes (merged)

    To add to what Skeletor said, I lost count of the times that I went out dismounted on my last tour.  Was that my primary combat function?  No.  Did I go as often as the dudes in the rifle coys?  No.  Did it happen though?  Sure it did.  I'm surprised that you're surprised that Sigs guys go out...
  17. willy

    The Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP)

    Oh, you must mean like the IRIS NAU, which requires a flash as soon as you look at it and third line maint if you breathe on it wrong. I have a little pelican case for my iphone that has never failed to withstand any abuse that I've thrown at it.  The iphone + case combo is cheaper than any...
  18. willy

    Leave Policy – Annual (time off, after hours, ect...) [Merged]

    Rick I am the SSM.  On the one hand I agree with you: It's not OK that people come in to work while they're supposed to be on lve.  On the other hand, as the guy who does it to himself, sometimes there's no choice.  Maybe it's the price of leadership.
  19. willy

    Leave Policy – Annual (time off, after hours, ect...) [Merged]

    It's not just about commander-centric. I'm a WO.  I'm not a commander of anything.  I'm on lve right now, but I'm in the office.  There was no reasonable opportunity for me to take my full entitlement of annual lve.  If I weren't here today then there would be a multitude of issues pertaining...
  20. willy

    Will i get removed if i cant do DP1?

    I am the SSM of a Reserve Force sub-unit.  I deal with such requests all the time. If you were in my Sqn, when your email reached my desk I would call you in for an interview.  If you had performed well on your BMQ, if you stated your reasons for wanting to defer trg to me in a reasoned manner...
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