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The Post-pandemic Canadian Armed Forces

SupersonicMax

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We had a system when DVPNI was limited where people on a WhatsApp chat would “claim” a slot to use it and “release” it when done.  This way, we didn’t have to have assigned Individual timeslots for work and allowed a more efficient use of our unit’s assigned slots.  We had people that initially refused to join.  It was fine.  We gave them the midnight to 4AM slots and expected their work to be done on time.  You are working from home, saving on gas, saving on parking (for some) with a more flexible work schedule where you can spend more time with the family.  Even if it costs you $50 a month more, you probably saved more in transportation costs to/from work.  The least you can do is show a bit of flexibility for the organization, especially in a context where there is absolutely no precedent.
 

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You can give people all the 0000-0400 time slots you want;  if they don't want to use (or, say, don't even have) a personal Internet connection and/or devices...what is that accomplishing exactly?  ???

What level of info/data has WhatsApp been assessed for/approved for, IRT conducting official CAF business?  I'm not seeing it under the "Run Advertised Programs" on my DVPNI laptop as available software...meaning it would have to be assessed and approved for your/other units (which could be the case...).

I'm not debating this from a personal situation perspective;  I have DVPNI, I have a separate laptop at home for O365 (or I can assure you, it would not be installed on my personal device - see my earlier comments about how much I'll use my pers cellphone in the future for CAF business) and I do not have usage-based billing for my Internet.  My only real issue is the way 0365 *must* use MS 2FA for 365 to work.

The bigger, more important question is "should the CAF be relying on members using their own devices and internet (that the Crown does not pay for/maintain);  was this REALLY the solution in the (likely thousands of...) BCPs? 
 

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SupersonicMax said:
I honestly don’t see why some people are against communicating with work though means not provided by work. I can guarantee you that any civilian job will expect you to be responsive on your personal devices....

Really? ???

My company provides me with a full suite of IT resources.  They don’t have my personal mobile number, nor do they expect to have it. All work and communications is executed through company assets.  The same applies for all 50,000 employees around the world.

:2c:

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daftandbarmy said:
I had a (clearly insane) CO try to charge people for not replying to his emails.

Maybe that's the result of one of these misinterpretations? ;)

"Then there was the strawberry incident..."
 

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We use Microsoft Teams for work on our personal devices (with a DND Teams account).  It works well and we can share up to Prot A and discuss up to Prot B via voice.

I've not seen any of the documentation on O365 or Teams that mentions anything PB is authorized.  The documentation I have on O365 (including MS Teams) states "All work undertaken with this capability must remain at the PROTECTED A level or below" (underlining from my Onboarding directive on my Forces email).

I recalled there is an Internet document as well (the email I referred to above was sent to me PB).

Defence O365 frequently asked questions

2 - What is Microsoft (MS) Teams?
Microsoft (MS) Teams is a collaborative tool set to help you and your colleagues communicate when not in the office. You can use MS Teams to hold video conference meetings, or to share transitory information.  For more information about MS Teams, visit the Microsoft Teams Wikipedia article.

4 - Why should I use MS Teams when I’m already using similar Apps/Software?
While there are many apps and software available now, Defence O365 has been identified as the preferred option. Using your Defence O365 account with MS Teams provides a common platform to work and collaborate with your peers from the Defence Team.  The tool provides intuitive features such as chat, message boards, calendar and videoconference.  The tool is also an alternative to audio teleconference bridges.  This tool will allow us to improve our ability to work remotely and collaborate during this emergency period.

6 - How secure is this solution?
The Defence O365 environment was customized for DND’s needs. It was assessed by both the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security and DIMSecur. This tool has been approved to storing and processing up to Protected A information .  A number of security measures have been included in this solution, including active monitoring.

Authorized Use (Protected A)
25 - What is the appropriate usage of this tool – what type of work tasks am I allowed to complete in the Cloud?
Office 365 supports browser-based versions of all Microsoft Office Suite Applications such as: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. However, it is only suitable for information up to Protected A at this time. Please note that Protected B, Classified, Controlled Goods and ITAR information is not permitted on Defence O365 at this time.

:whistle:

Additionally, IRT WhatsApp and similar software:

DND/CAF Security Guide for Teleworking during the COVID-19 Response

* note - not seeing WhatsApp on this list...I'll assume it falls under "not assessed" as discussed in Para 6 above.

2. Share only unclassified* information: No sensitive information (Protected A, B, C or classified) is permitted. 

4.  Be inclusive: Some people may not have Internet access, have accessibility challenges, or have concerns using certain public cloud services. Find ways to ensure everyone can participate. 

Now, maybe it's only me, but I don't think "fuck you, you get the 0000-0400 slot" is what they meant in Para 4.  Great leadership, though (gold clap).
 

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Bruce Monkhouse said:
Really?  Any?  Well mine doesn't.....my GF's doesn't.  That's at least 2 just seconds after reading your post.

Same here. My civilian employers does not have my cell # on record, nor have they asked for it. I have voluntarily given it to a few select people under very certain circumstances.
 

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I meant voice as in phone lines.  For the midnight to 4AM slots, our units spans across Canada.  We had people on at 6AM Eastern time (4 AM Cold Lake time) and off at 2330 Cold Lake time, the slots being used about 80% of the time.  We were not good going to give people that were refusing to partake out of principle (they did have internet access, used Facebook and even WhatsApp on their personal devices already) convenient slots at the  expense of 40 other folks.  G2G: my dad has a blue collar job and is expected to give his personal phone number to his employer and be ready to be called for work.  Same for airline pilots on reserve.  These are truly first world problems especially when put into a pandemic context.  People lost their jobs and were forces to drastically reduce their income and can barely (if at all) make ends meet.  I bet they would trade their phone number for work...
 

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Im sorry, what now ?  Did I miss something ?

I just wanna jump on this, I had heard the military was ordered to back pay for short Changing troops related to TD travel; as they were only reimbursing up to 500km one way for pmv travel, but didn't seek treasury board approval for the change.

Any news on this front?
 

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SupersonicMax said:
I meant voice as in phone lines.

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We were not good going to give people that were refusing to partake out of principle (they did have internet access, used Facebook and even WhatsApp on their personal devices already) convenient slots at the  expense of 40 other folks.

So, we're back full-circle.  Can you order people who've been ordered to not report to their place of duty to use personal devices for GoC/CAF reasons?  If you can't order it, should you expect it?  Or should you just be thankful for those who are willing?

Is there a BCP out there, at the higher or lower (Sqn/Unit) levels that says "members shall be expected to use personal devices and data connections to conduct normal duties"?  (serious question there)
 

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Well, with giving them the available timeslots, they did not have to use their personal device.  They logged in when it was their turn.  That was our way of being flexible (and the only one that did not affect the whole unit. 

Do you ask the military to pay for your gas to/from work and provide you with a vehicle?  To me, nowadays, it is pretty much the same thing.

Most (99.9%) people appreciated using tools like this as it allowed them flexibility in their daily routine, juggling home schooling and work. 
 

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SupersonicMax said:
Well, with giving them the available timeslots, they did not have to use their personal device.  They logged in when it was their turn.  That was our way of being flexible (and the only one that did not affect the whole unit.

I'm missing something here, I realize.  What were they connecting with; DVPNI?

Do you ask the military to pay for your gas to/from work and provide you with a vehicle? 

Of course not, but use of a PMV for DUTY reasons, I would.

But those differences are clearly laid out in policy.

CFTDI, Chap 5, Section 3 - Transportation benefits
5.20 General
(No Entitlement) There is no entitlement for a member to be reimbursed any expenses for travel:
a. to and from their permanent workplace on a daily basis; and
b.  in respect of a mess dinner, mixed dining-in, or other similar event.

To me, nowadays, it is pretty much the same thing

But, is what you consider 'the same thing' equate CAF expectations?  This is part of the issue;  mbr's who have a personal opinion on a subj like this that begins to equal 'expectations of their subordinates', but with no *Snr Command* input/direction.  "You will watch the CofC ceremony on your FB accounts"  "Everyone in the section except Jimmy and Jane use WhatsApp how/when we want on their pers devices...lets give them crappy times because they aren't Bending The Knee". 

Most (99.9%) people appreciated using tools like this as it allowed them flexibility in their daily routine, juggling home schooling and work.

I'm one of those people, but I'm fortunate to have had DVPNI as well, AND a separate device for O365 AND no usage-based billing.  Not everyone is in that boat; those are the cases I'm cyber-advocating for...
 

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There's always going to be people who make a fuss about the chain of command having their cell numbers or whatever and fight it every step. Personally I don't care but I'm sure we've all seen it abused here and there so sometimes people have valid reasons for their privacy

I have a wicked schedule and I'm loving the amount of time I have with my family. If my boss wants to call me at 730pm because they need to know how many non-white females between 19 and 35 years old completed the FORCE test in the last 4 months and needs to know by tomorrow morning then sure whatever*.

Simply put there needs to be boundaries. Because if there isn't then you have sergeants ordering their section to download chat apps of their choice to stay in touch. Lieutenants ordering their platoons to download Strava to track PT. CSMs ordering companies to use chat programs for call outs (and you better explain yourself if you don't respond within 30 minutes). CWOs ordering units to access and use facebook to watch a parade. Majors and LCols pushing out complete sets of orders over Whatsapp.


 

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Jarnhamar said:
Simply put there needs to be boundaries. Because if there isn't then you have sergeants ordering their section to download chat apps of their choice to stay in touch. Lieutenants ordering their platoons to download Strava to track PT. CSMs ordering companies to use chat programs for call outs (and you better explain yourself if you don't respond within 30 minutes). CWOs ordering units to access and use facebook to watch a parade. Majors and LCols pushing out complete sets of orders over Whatsapp.

So.... you've been talking to a few people I know out this way then? :)
 
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I'm missing something here, I realize.  What were they connecting with; DVPNI?

Of course not, but use of a PMV for DUTY reasons, I would.

But those differences are clearly laid out in policy.

CFTDI, Chap 5, Section 3 - Transportation benefits
5.20 General
(No Entitlement) There is no entitlement for a member to be reimbursed any expenses for travel:
a. to and from their permanent workplace on a daily basis; and
b.  in respect of a mess dinner, mixed dining-in, or other similar event.

But, is what you consider 'the same thing' equate CAF expectations?  This is part of the issue;  mbr's who have a personal opinion on a subj like this that begins to equal 'expectations of their subordinates', but with no *Snr Command* input/direction.  "You will watch the CofC ceremony on your FB accounts"  "Everyone in the section except Jimmy and Jane use WhatsApp how/when we want on their pers devices...lets give them crappy times because they aren't Bending The Knee". 

I'm one of those people, but I'm fortunate to have had DVPNI as well, AND a separate device for O365 AND no usage-based billing.  Not everyone is in that boat; those are the cases I'm cyber-advocating for...

I've heard people say we work 24 hours a day and are always on duty yet they pay you to come to work if you get recalled.  Why not pay you to use a personal device?  Although I'm not sure I want their apps on my phone regardless.

5.24 Recall to work
Subject to instruction 5.20 (General), a member who is recalled from home to the member's workplace is - if the recall is the second trip to the workplace in a 24 hour period - entitled to be reimbursed:

a.  in respect of a member using a PMV, two times the kilometric rate for the direct road distance between the member%u2019s home and the workplace; and

b.  in respect of a member using local transportation - including buses, subways, commuter trains, taxis, bridge tolls, docking fees, and other transportation
    charges authorized by the approving authority ordering the recall, the member%u2019s actual and reasonable expenses including gratuities.
 

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https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/politics/liberals-don-t-plan-to-cut-military-spending-to-rein-in-deficit-sajjan-1.5106032#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=mDqwJ6b


Minister says defense cuts are not on the table, and that they went to accelerate military spending due to covid. Likely in my opiniom to stimulate the economy.

I'll believe it when the budget comes down without us loosing money.
 

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MilEME09 said:
https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/politics/liberals-don-t-plan-to-cut-military-spending-to-rein-in-deficit-sajjan-1.5106032#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=mDqwJ6b


Minister says defense cuts are not on the table, and that they went to accelerate military spending due to covid. Likely in my opiniom to stimulate the economy.

I'll believe it when the budget comes down without us loosing money.

Accelerating spending is pretty hard right now; I'm sure the various COVID impacts have slowed down our system, but it's also impacted every aspect of the supply chain, and best of luck if you need anything that requires on the ground support for installation/set to work/trials from outside of Canada.  There is no way that we won't underspend this year, and if it's NP money it's just lost.

It would be a good time to fill up the part bins except they severly curtailed warehousing, so that's not an option either.

The budget really doesn't matter during something like this, and no chance of it ending this fiscal year and will still be slowing down any planned spending next year.
 

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MilEME09 said:
https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/politics/liberals-don-t-plan-to-cut-military-spending-to-rein-in-deficit-sajjan-1.5106032#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=mDqwJ6b


Minister says defense cuts are not on the table, and that they went to accelerate military spending due to covid. Likely in my opiniom to stimulate the economy.

I'll believe it when the budget comes down without us loosing money.

Doesn't the "Architect" know about our procurement process?
 

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FSTO said:
Doesn't the "Architect" know about our procurement process?

Right? Our procurement system only has a slow down button, never speed up.
 

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Once upon a time,, when I was a captain, I got glared at by some senior officers for suggesting our procurement system was designed to keep lots of people employed when there was no money to buy anything.
 
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