Dont we have a huge problem with retention and recruitment? I think I read here somewhere we have civies manning positions aboard ships. How are we expected to man nuclear boats?
My sense, from being a regular here on Army.ca, is that the staffing situation applies across the board ... the RCN may be the worst but, it appears, that everyone has some real problems.
Absent a big recession ~ which we might be due for in a few years (major recessions and subsequent expansion come every 25-50 years in modern (post industry revolution) times, our last major recession ended in 2009 ~ the best way to solve the recruiting and retention problem is to make military service and a military career more attractive than, say, being a civilian truck-driver or construction worker, or retail sales clerk, or electronic technician or a banker or businessperson or an airline pilot. It also seems, to me, based, largely, on what I read here, that the 21st century CF is NOT s really attractive career choice for most young people. (Please, remember, folks, I joined BEFORE Paul Hellyer became MND and retired almost 25 years ago.)
There was an analogous situation in the late 1950s and early 1960s. There was no war to fight ... the "adventure" factor ~ which I think
does make the military attractive to young men, especially ~ was lacking and pay was low. Mr Hellyer "solved" the pay issue by promoting most trained OS, Pte, LACs to Cpl and most Lts to Capt ... it worked, sortta, but it also mangled a proven , successful, leadership pyramid that had served Canada well in war, after war, after war.
But I'm sot sure pay is the top issue in 2021. Maybe "lifestyle" matters more: there are damned few perquisites any more, are there? And Cold Lake, Petawawa, Bagotville and Gagetown are not quite as "nice" for a soldier raising a family as were Calgary, Winnipeg, London, ON and Germany.
I agree with you, old chum, that recruiting retention MUST be solved in parallel with fixing the procurement system ... and both need to happen AFTER the
morbid obesity is cut from the CF's command and control superstructure and AFTER the individual training and career management mess is sorted.
In my view, ALL those reforms need to happen BEFORE the defence budget can be increased in any meaningful way ... and I suspect
, actually, I fear
that the top levels of the CF's leadership pyramid are, broadly and generally, unfit for purpose and cannot make the needed things happen.