And I'm saying, if the people you are hiring for any trade, are the only ones willing to do it for less than competitive wages (and factoring in the CAF Factor), you're likely not hiring the right people.
I want to base our measure of their worth by what they can provide in terms of ability, not altruism.
SO...here's my question. WHY is this different for Cyber Ops than...any other trade in the CAF? Why? Don't we need those same kind of people as Sonar Ops on subs...Superintendent Clerks at HQ...HMCS Captains, XOs and Coxn or a Infantry Battalion Commander?
What makes Cyber "so much more special" than ANY other trade in the CAF? IS the cyber battlespace that much more complex than a live kinetic one (or do YOU think it is...and if so, what is your experience in the kinetic "people die" battlespace to compare it to)?
The people that are good at "the cybers" are NOT:
- The ones who do this as a day job, 8-4 and then shut off and go home.
- The ones who want the job *solely* for the money. ("OMG, they get spec 3, I want to VOT")
The people that excel at this job are the ones that live, eat, breathe this stuff, go home and do it on weekends, live the lifestyle.
You cannot train or drill that desire into an individual during their OJT or QL training, they are born with it.
Through fate you *may* wind up with high performers, but don't confuse accidental excellence with having the right process.
I'm saying that CAF shouldn't waste the resources by having lax selection processes, and training up a huge cohort to find the half dozen performers. (and now having trade clogged with mostly ineffective placeholders)
How do you weed the non-performers out from the juicy pay? (This is a mostly solved problem in the private sector)
Have a rigorous multi-step selection process.
Have actual interviews to determine interests and ability, not just a PSO seeing if the member can recite facts from a trade backgrounder.
What you're basically saying is, this is a special trade, the most special of all in the CAF and the people in it will be the ultimate tip of the sword and because of that, they should be treated differently than all other trades. The CAF has selection processes and a trade called PSO who have the sole job of doing...wow...personnel selection! How the trade will recruit, select, train and employ...you guys will get the same system most of the CAF does.
Is the system perfect? Recruiting...training...employment? Nope..its not...for ANY trade, Cyber included but guess what? Cyber isn't as 'special' as you folks are trying to make it. People are "born" good Cyber Ops? :
Get fuckin serious.
That thing you're calling 'born with it/live it'...think that Cyber is the only trade in the CAF like that? How about Patrol Pathfinders...clearance divers...all the SOF door kickers. They are recruited, selected, and employed thru all the processes you are saying 'are shit' in the CAF.
And all the REAL high speed/low drag trades....and I am talking about ones I've mentioned; Pathfinders, all the SOF stuff, Clearance Divers...they seem to be able to operate quite well despite all of your professed 'failing in the system' to recruit/select/train/employ.
I think where your worry really lies in not with "the CAF overall". It is your own branch; how fucked is ACISS? Is that the "CAFs" fault, or the C & E branches fault? PSO, TDOs, etc they are SME advisors to commanders - they didn't fuck up the Army Sigs world. The Army SIgs world did it well enough on their own.
Ref "we need to recruit the best people we can!" line...yup, Cyber and EVERY OTHER TRADE does. We have lots of strong Operators in my trade and we have others that straddle the 'minimum standard line'. Just like...every other trade. If the balloon goes up, there are Jnr and SNr NCOs in my trade who have the responsibility to "find the SSN/SSGN/SSBN" before it can complete its mission. THAT is a pretty hefty responsibility, no? Somewhat severe consequences if they fail...something like an OSCAR II or Yasen or Borei can do a mega shitton of damage. Those ladies and gents are also Spec 1. They were also...recruited, selected, trained and employed by the same system Cyber will be given life from. And, I can assure you, they are
capable of finding and killing that SSN/SSGN/SSBN. I have faith the CAF will figure out the R/S/T/E stuff for Cyber, and if it doesn't, let the blame fall on the C & E Branch leadership.
Ref your comments about "not recite some backgrounder info to a PSO"; SAR Techs have a selection process. Pilots, ACSOs, AES Ops..all go thru a version of testing at the Aircrew Selection Center. SOF folks do selection, clearance divers do selection. They have tangible, quantified and measureable selection processes to 'weed out the non performers out for the juicy pay'. Those processes have been vetted by folks like PSOs, TDOs, and the command levels within the applic trades. The C & E Branch should be looking at the processes already being used for the trades mentioned above, and like all those other trades have, get a selection process that is blessed by the applic required authorities to 'weed out the non hackers'. The RCAF, RCN, Cdn Army and SOF have all figured this out and, although not perfectly, it works.
Last point..if you're saying there is no system in place to weed out the knuckle-draggers now, why would I as a taxpayer even support Spec 1 pay??????