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xx Cannot access "Contact Staff"

April 20, 2017, 12:24:58 by murrdawg
I have a question about cross posting, and I went to Contact Staff, but it brings me to an error page.
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xx POW Training 1980s

April 12, 2017, 12:36:58 by Lightguns
Anyone seen this?  I never really thought about this as anything more than a training simulation.

I have been hog tied and left laying in a mud puddle, laid on the floor of Grizzly, handcuffed and used as a foot rest, handcuffed in my underwear and not fed or watered for a half day.  Been in a little concertina cage with 10 other guys with bucket to pee in.  It was all in good exercise fun or at least I thought so back then.
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xx Former Canadian Soldier Wants to be a Reservist despite PTSD

April 11, 2017, 16:04:01 by Strike
My view - He has a pre-existing condition that has the potential to re-emerge given the right circumstances.  What if someone with Type 2 diabetes, who required no medication because they could control it through diet and exercise, wanted to apply?  We would say the same thing.  This pre-existing condition precludes you from serving.

Former Canadian soldier wants to be a reservist despite PTSD 

Gloria Galloway
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 10, 2017 8:26PM EDT
Last updated Monday, Apr. 10, 2017 8:26PM EDT

Joshua Dorais developed post-traumatic stress disorder while serving as a Canadian soldier in Croatia in the early 1990s but he says that should not disqualify him from re-enlisting as a reservist.

Mr. Dorais, 43, has filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission alleging that the Canadian Armed Forces is discriminating against him on the basis of a disability by refusing to allow him to return to the reserves.
The military says his PTSD prevents him from being deployed anywhere at any time – the universality of service rule that sees many permanently disabled soldiers handed their discharge papers. But Mr. Dorais says that is not true, that he has the condition under control and that his PTSD would not impede his performance as a nursing officer.

It’s a contentious issue, not just for the military and for people who want to enlist, but also for active soldiers who are suffering from a mental-health condition but refuse to step forward for fear that it will mean the end of their careers.

“The record needs to be set straight for serving and former members who have gone through this process, because I think we’re all being punished for no supported reason,” Mr. Dorais said in a recent telephone interview. “I think my situation really demonstrated the blatant discrimination.”

Mr. Dorais joined the reserves in 1993 and, a year later, was sent to the former Yugoslavia as a medic with the United Nations Protection Force. The images of two fellow soldiers who were killed on that tour still play through his mind and he returned a changed man at the age of 21, behaving in ways that caused him to lose important relationships.

A few years later, when he was part of the regular Forces, a psychologist and a psychiatrist said they believed he had PTSD.

It was a diagnosis Mr. Dorais did not accept until after he had left the military and, in 2003, tried to take his own life with an overdose of drugs. That pushed him into treatment and, with the help of medication, he says he has learned how to control the symptoms of the disorder and lead a productive and stable life.

“I am a better person today, I think, than I’ve ever been. That came with reaching out,” said Mr. Dorais, who worked for nearly 10 years as a nurse in a correctional institution.

Now, he would like to return to the reserves and help guide the next generation of soldiers. But, although he sailed through his interview with the Canadian Forces, and passed both an aptitude test and a physical-fitness test, his medical condition proved to be a stumbling block.

“As soon as I got into that office, the sergeant who was doing the exam said, ‘I am just going to be honest with you. I can’t support your enrolment. The Forces are kicking members with PTSD out. Why would they let people with PTSD in?’” Mr. Dorais said.

A few weeks later, he received a form letter from a recruitment medical evaluator confirming that he was being rejected as a result of the rules around universality of service. Because of his medical history, Mr. Dorais was told that he remains “at increased risk for a recurrence of symptoms, especially if again subject to the stress of a military environment.”

So, last week, Mr. Dorais appealed to the Human Rights Commission, saying that the Forces can no more predict the behaviour risk associated with his mental-health history than it can predict that a soldier will be maimed or mortally wounded during military service.

A Canadian Armed Forces spokeswoman said in an e-mail Monday that the military is aware of the complaint filed by Mr. Dorais and that it is being “dealt with appropriately” but that she could offer no additional comment due to privacy and confidentiality issues.

It is unknown how long it will take the Human Rights Commission to respond to Mr. Dorais’s allegations. An intake officer will determine whether the complaint meets some basic requirements. If it does, it will be handed to an inspector and then possibly given to the commissioners for resolution.

“I can perform and I do perform in my activities of daily life and I have already proven to the military that I have actually performed in those roles,” Mr. Dorais said.

“The universality of service says you must be fit to fight at any time and any place. Well, I am saying to them, ‘Tell me where I can’t perform in that capacity.’”

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xx Sea King Videoed Buzzing(?) Guam Beach

April 11, 2017, 13:47:20 by
Ooopsie ...
The military is investigating a Canadian helicopter that flew low over Guam's tourism center on Sunday, in a flight that one Federal Aviation Administration official says does not adhere to standard regulations.

Hundreds of people were sprawled along Tumon Bay on Sunday morning. The United Airlines Guam Marathon - which boasted over 4,000 runners - had just come to a close when a Canadian helicopter flew just 50 feet above the shoreline. Swimmers could be seen below the chopper which was spotted both in Tumon and Ritidian just before 11am.

According to military officials, the helicopter did not belong to the local military or the National Guard. Joint Region Marianas spokesperson Lieutenant Tim Gorman later confirmed it belonged to the Royal Canadian Navy. He said the chopper had taken off from HMCS Winnipeg, one of two Royal Canadian Navy Destroyers currently visiting Naval Base Guam, and was en route to Andersen Air Force Base.

Lieutenant Gorman said, "Although the helicopter was in FAA approved airspace, we have reminded our partners to be good neighbors and to avoid disturbing heavily-populated areas."

A representative from the FAA - Agana Tower air traffic control manager Stephen Carter - said because he was not aware of the specific circumstances surrounding this incident, he could not conclude whether or not it violated FAA regulations. However, after reviewing the video he did confirm that standard regulations dictate that a helicopter should not be flying over highly-congested areas at an altitude below 500 feet, adding the regulation is in place to ensure safety in case an aircraft needs to make an emergency landing.

Lieutenant Gorman confirmed the incident is under investigation.
Don't.  Read.  The.  Comments.  Don't say you haven't been warned.
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xx 22 March 2017: Attack In London

March 22, 2017, 12:26:15 by Halifax Tar
U.K. police shoot assailant after gunfire heard near Parliament

House of Commons suspended and locked down, least 4 people lying on ground, some bleeding heavily

A man has been shot by London police after loud bangs similar to gunfire were heard outside Britain's Parliament on Wednesday.

At least four people were lying on the ground, some bleeding heavily and apparently unconscious, on Westminster Bridge near Parliament.

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rcaf MCpl Alfred Barr - SAR Tech dies in training accident in Saskatchewan

March 09, 2017, 00:13:58 by duffman

A Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technician has died in a training accident near Yorkton, Sask.  Master Cpl. Alfred Barr died in during training Wednesday, according to the RCAF. He was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron based in Winnipeg.
 “The RCAF’s Directorate of Flight Safety will be investigating the accident and no further information will be released about the incident while that is ongoing,” the military said in a statement.
 The commander of 17 Wing Winnipeg, Col. Andy Cook, expressed his condolences to Barr’s family, friends and fellow service members.
“Master Cpl. Barr was a valuable member of 435 Squadron’s Search and Rescue team, and he will be deeply missed,” he said.
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