Ok, so that's what I think as well from all the reading I've done here.
The thread about using museum parts for repairs, and the reserve recruit that didn't get boots issued are not the norm. I understand that.
I've also read that some of our jets and copters are generations old, they banned alcohol on ships and some coys have idiots as leaders (through their actions, but that happens everywhere).
But there are too many people on here that have had great experiences, seem to be able to help out folks as long as they do some research and can write properly and you ALWAYS help each other out by quoting CANFORGENs (whatever that is) and regulations to get through some sticky situations.
Lots of heated opinions which show that you are passionate about the CAF and make me want to know more.
So, yea, it's a little unsettling to read something like that because it's sad to know that the bloated powers that be (only saying what i've read) don't see what's going on, or just don't do shit about it. Won't stop me from trying to get in.
Infanteer's point about "your mileage may vary" is incredibly true, and relevant to anyone's consideration to join the military. There are all sorts of shortfalls in the CAF, ranging from equipment to policies to personal support levels, and it is absolutely understandable that someone who has had more difficulties, frictions or frustrations during their service should wish to express their discontent with, at the end of the day, the organization that they chose, in good faith, to serve within.
As do others, I have a great deal of empathy for Mr. Moncur. He served in good faith and was horribly injured and he was right to expect that he be cared for appropriately. I give him the benefit of the doubt when he says he was not looked after in the manner that he and others would reasonably expect to be. It gives cause for one, either still serving or thinking about joining, to consider whether they would be looked after if they were injured.
That said, several serving members have pointed out inconsistencies with, and/or explanations for issues that Mr. Moncur uses to dissuade those who may be considering a career or even a short period of service in the CAF. In the air force, the C-17 Globemaster, C-130J Hercules and CH-147F Chinook represent brand new, very capable additions to CAF equipment. Leopard 2 tanks and LAV 6.0 for the Army. Navy a bit longer lead time, but Canadian Surface Combatant coming as with (arguably problematic) AOPS, etc..., so it's not al doom and gloom for (large) equipment.
It would be nice to see personal support match the equipment-related investment, as it seems this is an area that the Government has some work to do. Does this make the CAF a "stay away at all costs" proposition? IMO no, but as others have said, your mileage may vary. Wishing you all the best with your career, no matter how long it may last.