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Quagmire said:One of the keys is to keep the boy's and girls together and not send them to schools to teach or on courses for a while. Let them get back to Canada and simmer with their mates for awhile. A long while.
I agree that we need to give these soldiers time to gear down, to bond with their families again, and to enjoy the peace (even the boredom...) of garrison life for a while. In the beginning, the best place for them to be will be amongst the soldiers they served with. No question.
But, I think it is very important that some of these officers and NCOs most definitely do go and teach while the knowledge is fresh and useful, so that our Army (all MOCs-not just the Inf) can benefit from their experience. These soldiers are our new experts on modern combat, and if we don't use them to make our Army better (and to prepare future rotations) then we are committing professional sin, and failing to honour the sacrifices made by those who were killed or injured in the process of gaining this combat experience. In past wars our Army made a regular practice of bringing combat experienced officers and NCOs out of the line and posting them to training establishments: we must not fail to do this. Canadian soldiers heading into combat need every advantage we can give them.