Sailor and seaman can be considered synonym. In that sense, it is not inconsistent. Inconsistent doesn’t mean it has to be the exact same…. Just like many things in the military and life, intent is more important. And the intent between the seaman series and the sailor series is pretty much the same.
As I said, there are ways to do things before the process catches up. The process is not the end, the result is and while the process should be used most of the time, when there is a legal/regulatory window, there is nothing wrong with by-passing a process for a more immediate effect. Not sure what problem you foresee happening with this change…. Worst case, GiC says no and we go back to seaman…
The issue is with the way this was done. It's actually the Governor-in-Council/Minister who should be making this announcement. It's absolutely within the rights of the Governor-in-Council or Minister to make this change which is what should have happened.
A smart CDS would have endorsed this but not given the order themselves. It's not just about doing the right thing, it's about making sure it's done properly.
That's how you protect the institution
, by making sure all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed and that regulations are followed.
Of course the flip side is that the leg work has to be done eventually, something the CAF has been terrible at, with active CANFORGENs from close to 30 years ago still active….
Agreed, see CFAOs which were supposed to be all converted to DAODs about a decade+ ago.
Explain to me how using Sailor is « not compatible or in keeping with » using Seaman?
That's easy to answer. The QR&O's define a few key words which I already alluded to above.
Particularly the word SHALL
Shall is imperative; therefore, when it says:
It's pretty clear those are the only ranks that are to be used.
The job of the CDS isn't to make up his own interpretation of the QR&Os, it's to enforce the QR&Os.
Also, please point out where, in the QR&Os, Master Seaman is defined.
It is not a dance. It is using intent vs black and white, something you don’t seem capable of doing.
That's easy to answer:
Master Seaman and Master Corporal are not ranks, they are appointments. Their rank is Leading Seaman or Corporal, their appointment is Master Seaman or Master Corporal.
A Corporal and Master Corporal actually hold the exact same rank. The Master Corporal holds an appointment though.