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    Soldier Operational Clothing and Equipment Modernization

    Door gunners are Flight Crew, not Aircrew. The Army DEU Aircrew are certain Loadmasters — Loadmasters being a mix of Army and Air Force DEU. And in theory certain Astronauts, I suppose. Marc Garneau was a naval officer when he first went on the space shuttle.
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    British Military Current Events

    General Nick Carter seems to have had a conventional infantry background in the Royal Green Jackets. He doesn’t wear SAS wings and appears to have never served in a UKSOF unit or staff.
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    British army pulling out of Suffield

    Given the environmental state of Suffield, we probably can’t ever divest it. This could be a historic opportunity to reorient the army towards heavy metal manoeuvre warfare. Or it could be an expensive millstone that finally takes us all down. How’s the cost of housing in Medicine Hat? Have we...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Well, with Leslie agreeing to testify in the Mark Norman case, and not on the side of his PM, if he wasn’t on the “outs” before that, he certainly was after. A charitable interpretation would be that he was unable to balance loyalty between a respected colleague and loyalty to his party. A more...
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    Will 2021 see a new pistol buy?

    Heaven doesn’t forbid it. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act does. DND had three options: 1. Obey the law. 2. Convince Parliament that the law needs to be amended for operational reasons. 3. Break the law and hope no one notices. Our preferred option has been number 3, which doesn’t...
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    Will 2021 see a new pistol buy?

    To sum things up, the Department tried to do an illegal sole-source buy of the Sig P320, got called out for it by the distributor for Glock and CZ, and now DND has to go completely back to the drawing board in addition to paying all legal costs for the challenge. Do I have that about right?
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    People overcome deep impulses every day. People patrol at night, leave their families for months at a time, sail underwater, jump out of airplanes and even (worst of all!) get up before dawn. And all of those wholly unnatural skills are acquired through training and structure. The whole...
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    U.S. Defense Bill: Five Eyes to Nine Eyes?

    If the US can get Japan and South Korea to actually cooperate, that would be a hell of an achievement. Their relationship is… strained, to say the least.
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    Rick's Napkin Forces Challenge

    15,000 is just slightly bigger than the Irish Defence Forces, but their defence priorities are different than ours. They are focused on being distinct and apart from their larger neighbour (the UK), in our case, in our relationship with the US, we are focused on integration and access. So the...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    Not just a country; on any given day we have thousands of military personnel spread over the world. The logistics, and cost, of sending civilian investigators around the planet has to be considered. The NIS has maintained detachments overseas and is ready to send investigators anywhere they are...
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    "PM says Indigenous talks may offer "solution" so Canada can honour war dead"

    Treat it like heraldry, maybe, and put it with the GG? That transfers it out of the authority of the PM and the Minsiter of Canadian Heritage.
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    "PM says Indigenous talks may offer "solution" so Canada can honour war dead"

    That literally is exactly what they are. Hence their prominent display in the original badges of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, before that Corps found religion (and Anglophilia) in the form of the Roman God Mercury. Currently, half masting is within the PMs authority. And it Is his...
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    "Royal Marines commandos force US troops into a humiliating surrender" @ Twentynine Palms

    I forgot about RNTP! The Reserve Non-Commissioned Officer Training Program, just add water, instant Infantry Section Commander. Instant NCOs are a staple of some conscript armies — I forgot about our brief flirtation with the concept.
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    The Canadian Army doesn‘t even believe in teaching tactical skills to its own support trades anymore, so giving every sailor and airman a basic ground combat capability is pretty clearly not on the table. And given my understanding of our current CAF personnel situation, both current and...
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    North Park Armoury rehabilitation project in Halifax

    The future of messes is a separate issue from the future of armouries, but it does share a common thread in our collective inability to manage infrastructure. And neither issue shows many signs of progress — I was on a mess committee over 10 years ago when I saw documents being staffed around...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Well, now you’ve stumbled into one of our sacred cows that is being kept alive in its pasture by the regimental system. How many types of close combat/maneuver soldiers do you actually need? Currently we have 2 MOSIDs — but 5 types of sub-units. Tank Squadron Armoured Recce/Cavalry Squadron...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    No, it probably wouldn’t. There hasn’t even been an amendment implemented yet for naval ranks, QR&O still lists Leading Seaman, etc… and not the illegal ‘pirate’ ranks based on the term Sailor. And that’s just an Order in Council — it doesn’t even require an act of parliament. We can’t depend on...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    I’m not so sure about that, as a general statement. I joined 3 decades ago, and there were certainly plenty of people from my generation that liked to play fast and loose with rules and regulations — after all it’s hard to blame Somalia on the millennials, they were in primary school at the...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    That and the whole ”this will all blow over“ COA was already attempted in 2015, when Operation Honour was launched. 6 years later, and this is still eating up time, energy, resources and people. That’s longer than either world war; it’s longer than the period it took us to ramp up our first real...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Modern weapons systems, communications technology and intelligence capabilities will easily drive that to 4 in 5. But… the regimental system still drives our army,
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