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Op UNIFIER - CAF and the Ukraine Crisis

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Bird_Gunner45 said:
It does answer everyone's questions of what is allowed to be attached to the sleeves...

I'm more surprised that they were able to find that many 5 CMBG guys without beards.....

Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?
 

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Dimsum said:
Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?

YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF HIM!!
 

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I am going to save this picture and wear as many patches as I can now, I mean if a Lt. General can do it, why can't I? (insert raging RSM here)
 

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MilEME09 said:
I am going to save this picture and wear as many patches as I can now, I mean if a Lt. General can do it, why can't I? (insert raging RSM here)
My work here is done ...
 

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Dimsum said:
Re:  patches, what I don't get is the Army one on his lower right.  Does one really need a patch to show that they're in the Army, which isn't already covered by the shirt colour, crossed swords on the nametag, or the Div patch above it?
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty
 

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PuckChaser said:
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty
Look closely, there's a big Army patch below that.
 

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PuckChaser said:
That's supposed to be a Brigade patch, but since he's CCA, he wore a Canadian Army patch. Heaven forbid he leave that space empty

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I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.  :nod:
 

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jollyjacktar said:
I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.  :nod:
  :facepalm:  Now you've done it.
 

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I wouldn't really care about the badges If they weren't so hideous looking.  The Brits wear jump wings and commando badges on their uniforms but the badges look a lot better. 
 

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jollyjacktar said:
I'm just waiting to see the Army come out with a sash like the Boy Scouts wear to fit all these patches on.  :nod:

I'd vote for this one  >:D

 

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From the UKR MoD Info-machine:
The Canadian trainers issued NATO certificates to 14 Ukrainian servicemen graduated from the basic counter-IED training course. Now these servicemen are certified trainers.

According to the Canadian party, this course was organized to increase the professional level of the Ukrainian demining specialists.

Totally, the Canadian trainers have already trained 103 Ukrainian specialists under the NATO standards since September 2015.
 

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From the UKR MoD Info-machine:  UKR troops getting training from Cdn medics ...
Thursday, July 21. KYIV — The Canadian medical instructors are delivering a training course for about 20 Ukrainian military candidates, who will become medical instructors after their graduation.

“This is the second course. We used to deliver it for soldiers and trained them to render medical care under fire. Then we decided to train instructors,” Mr Gualtier, Chief Course Instructor, told.

The course consists of two parts. First week — CFAE. Students are trained to render medical aid under the NATO standards. Second week — Instructors Training (TTT+). Medical specialists are trained under the ‘Train the Trainer’ principle.

The graduates will pass exams, receive appropriate certificates and be given individual first aid kits (IFAK).
... and MP's:
A group of the Ukrainian servicemen has been undergoing two-week training course delivered by the Canadian Military Police instructors. This course is conducted in the framework of agreements between Main Directorate of the Ukraine’s Military Law Enforcement Service and Defence Attaché Office at the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.

“This is a Course for servicemen of Military Law Enforcement Service on pre-trial investigation. We teach our students to keep a diary, then to plan actions at the scene. At the end, we train them how to conduct interviews with witnesses and suspects,” Maj. Paul Mellema, Course Manager, told.

Currently, 20 students are undergoing this training delivered by the qualified and experienced Canadian instructors. The graduates will pass exams and receive certificates.
Some pix attached - note the UKR info-machine seems to be leaving imagery of Cdn tps out of the latest batch of pix.
 

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From the UKR Info-machine (original in Ukraininan - Google English below):
Instructors Military Police Army Forces soldiers teach Canadian Forces GSP Ukraine

In Kiev, the opening ceremony of the next course "use of force". Courses that are conducted by instructors from the Military Police of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Canada held for military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

During the course of the military police will study dosed use of force and military police to proceed during a patrol and perform other tasks.

During the opening ceremony the sides discussed prospects of further cooperation and possibilities for opening new courses for military personnel Military Police in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Representatives of the Military Police Army Forces of Canada and disciplinary battalion brig Central Office GSP.

Edited to add:  some new faces inbound ...
Soldiers from Edmonton’s 3rd Canadian Division are readying for deployment to Ukraine.

About 30 military personnel — including some from CFB Shilo, Man. — will fly out of Edmonton International Airport on Thursday as part of Operation UNIFIER, a joint support mission between United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

This week’s deployment is part of an ongoing federal government commitment announced in 2015 for around 200 Canadian Armed Forces members in Ukraine until March 31, 2017 ...
 

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Demining training, done - more from the UKR MoD Info-machine (in Ukrainian - in Google English):
Canadian military engineers of the second rotation completed their seven-month mission at the Center for Demining

In Kamenetz-Podolsk military Demining Center of the Main Directorate of Operational Support Forces of Ukraine said goodbye to the staff of the Joint Task Force of the Armed Forces of Canada, which under the second rotation from January to August this year taught Ukrainian counterparts to counter improvised explosive devices by the standards NATO.

During the meeting the Ukrainian and Canadian engineers deputy head of the Center demining colonel Oleg Gavrilyuk thanked the commander of Major Hyuho discontent and his team for their understanding, competence and professional approach to the training of counter improvised explosive devices.

- Collaborate Ukrainian and Canadian colleagues will always be pleasant memories in the hearts of every soldier Centre clearance, because for seven months in Kamenetz-Podolsk foreign guests became real friends to us - said Lt. Col. Oleg Gavrilyuk.

In turn, major Hyuho discontent thanked the personnel of the Centre for Demining warm and inviting meeting and noted that the visit to Ukraine personally he left unforgettable positive impression as a state Ukraine in general and on average Ukrainian particular.

Finally soldiers exchanged souvenirs and gifts and a token of friendship between Canada and Ukraine planted seedlings of trees, symbols of the two countries - maple and viburnum.

For 8 August Demining Center will begin its work next personnel - military engineers third rotation Canadian Forces.
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An American media piece about what they're going through training Ukrainians - a few highlights shared ...
... conventional weapons are only part of the enemy's arsenal.

Danilo is particularly concerned with enemy propaganda, which has made liberating towns during his previous deployments that much more difficult. His countrymen, who have only been exposed to pro-Russian TV for months, now require convincing that defeating the separatists represents a victory.

The pro-Russian forces, believed to be backed by Moscow directly, have perfected other 21st century warfighting techniques that make their infantry movements that much more effective. Troops here say they are harassed with "reverse text messages," prompting them to lay down their arms and quit. Their enemy has also integrated drones into its fighting formations, using them to identify targets like Danilo and his men, and firing artillery much more accurately ...
... Ukraine's soldiers now mirror their Western counterparts who teach, for example, that all soldiers require first-aid training, not just the medics, to improve their chances of surviving a firefight. The trainers here also try to instill authority in these front-line troops, empowering experienced sergeants and young officers to take command and adapt to problems, not simply accept the orders of faraway generals as Soviet tradition dictated.

The change is tough, and not always accepted. Four out of 5 soldiers here have some sort of combat experience, and some, such as the Ukrainian army airborne troops in the last class of trainees, believe their elite status doesn't require further instruction from Western teachers. Others see the need for reforming their fighting doctrine, particularly younger troops who did not grow up during the height of Soviet control of Ukraine.

U.S. Army instructors on this day focus on new techniques to teach new maneuvers that won't make Ukrainian formations as vulnerable to the kinds of Russian-style attacks they've faced since fighting began in 2014. They're learning not to bunch up behind the armored fighting vehicle their officers command when taking enemy fire, but instead to spread out and employ coordinated maneuvers to cover one another as they move closer to the enemy targets and destroy them ...
... The 25-year army veteran was also quick to point out how much he and his comrades were able to teach the Americans, who haven't focused on tank warfare following 15 years of counterinsurgency fights in the Middle East. Balkovnic also boasts his army is the only one that has fought the Russians on the ground in decades, and he's offered insights to his American counterparts on the kind of fighting he's experienced – namely drone and electronic warfare ...
 
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