What makes you think that they don't know how to work with the RCAF or RCN, now. Besides 1 Div and CJOC have nothing to do with structuring the force. They're force employers. Solving the issue of the Cal Highs is way above their pay grade.
100% agree. A system that is designed in such a way so that 2/3 of the force is continuously not ready is a failure and needs to be corrected.
Everything is fixable given the right vision and direction from the top. The fact that it hasn't been is the CAF's greatest shame. That said, there is no reason why we can't redesign concurrently. In fact we need to.
Assuming that your opinion about CANSOFCOM is true then it just reinforces the basic opinion about special forces that they bleed all the talent away from the Regular Army leaving the second team behind. If CANSOFCOM's leadership is so great then make their boss CDS.
IMHO we have an inflated opinion of CANSOFCOM which comes in part from their secretive nature which hides all the warts. On top of that they have all the resources which makes it easier to stay focused on their limited mission sets and able to work full time on their skills while the rest of the forces has to deal with the turmoil of the bureaucracy. If the friction which effects the rest of the CAF was stripped away it to could turn out a useful product.
So true. Lack of vision and lack action. In my favourite quote from Charlie Belzile: "The Canadian Forces needs a plan".
And not just a plan but a good plan for once.
This hits the whole Reg F/Res F dichotomy nail on the head. The Reg F undervalues the Res F because it isn't available when the Reg F wants to train with it rather than the Reg F recognizing the limitations of the Res F and structure its training, or at least its support to the Res F based on the Res F availability.
You can easily form a 30/70 unit which will have 30% on high readiness (and in my opinion not just every third year but every year) BUT you also need to accept as part of the plan that 70% of that unit will not be on high readiness, probably ever, but be on low readiness and capable of a) supporting the 30% with a few selected volunteers and b) being capable of being mobilized in an emergency with some lead time.
There is no major need to change "terms of service" legislation. The vast majority of the constraints on the Res F (other than the fundamental truism of Res F service that you pointed out above) are imposed within the department's own regulations and attitudes of its Reg F leadership.
This is my day to be contrary. Totally disagree with that. IMHO we already do too much training on things that don't matter. IMHO again, I'd take the Army guys out of the BMQ circus entirely and run a decent combined BMQ/SQ that combines all the fundamental knowledge and skills every soldier needs in less time than the two currently take by a) getting rid of the chaff and b) driving the body 6.5 days a week. The .5 day off is to get their kit back in order. That should be immediately followed by equally concentrated and trimmed DP1 specialty courses followed by an immediate posting to their unit. No slack time, no voluntary releases until the end of their initial BE. I agree totally that there needs to be a tough indoctrination into the Army which inculcates each soldier with core Army values from day one but disagree that the 031s have any magic that does this universally not to mention that it wastes valuable time for gaining experience in the individual's chosen trade.