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The second part of that is to actually do the (hard) things that will get people in and keep people in. I mentioned that the Australian Army has retention issues as well despite having bases in cities (something I see on discussion forums often), but personally, I think we're hooped if we don't move our bases closer to places where the younger folks want to live.The future of the Canadian Armed Forces is closely tied to the diverse populations of our major cities, and we need to do whatever it takes to reach out to those cities and prove that we are indeed an institution worth serving in. And yes, that probably means that we have to change. But as much as we like to condemn the youths for not being able to change to suit military service, we also have a pretty poor record ourselves of being flexible as an organization. But we need to flexible in order to survive -- and the onus is on the CAF to change. Because what we're doing now? It isn't sustainable.
As to what those changes should be? I'm close to 50, and I'm the wrong guy to ask. Ask your troops. And especially ask the ones who are walking away.