Transition Center to Transition Center, absolutely 0 reason to not post the member back home, especially in the specific case I'm talking about where the member was on IR and it not only made medical sense, but financial sense for the CAF to do it.
This is a great post and I don't know why the CAF doesn't exercise this option. I have never seen it exercised and I think it comes down to not wanting to pay.
IMO one of the big issues is our lack of recourse should members no longer be able to serve. They will go through a long and drawn our Administrative Review process and then release the member.
Any services the member requires then becomes the purview of VAC. It's a messy system and doesn't really set the member up for success.
The big issue is that we promise everyone a lifelong career in the CAF when the reality is many shouldn't serve a full career for various reasons. We do an absolutely terrible job transitioning these members to civilian life though. We've also made it more difficult financially for these individuals to leave, e.g. getting rid of severance pay, increasing time required to collect an immediate annuity, etc.
We've also made decisions like deliberately choosing not to certify members with trades training by providing them with red seals, etc in a flawed attempt to increase retention by preventing them from seeking outside employment.
This last point is particularly stupid and provides poor value for money to our tax payer. Especially when you consider that we have a chronic shortage of qualified tradesmen in this Country and many of our soldiers, sailors and aviators who may not be able to serve anymore would be valued employees elsewhere.
I think they should bring back severance pay. This would provide another cushion for members that need to be released from the service. It would certainly be cheaper than holding them in a position they can't be employed in for years on end.
My question to that is what kind of mental health screening is CFRG doing?
The CAF is no longer allowed to deliberately screen for mental health issues as it's a violation of the applicant's human rights.
They are not members of the CAF yet; therefore, the CAF has no right to know their medical issues.
Any information they do provide is on a voluntary basis. We give a basic medical but that doesn't tell a whole lot. We don't even screen people for fitness anymore.
What kind of fighting force doesn't screen applicants for actual fitness?