MCDV's are indeed run by reservists, but most of the billets are reserve billets and the reg force has little interest manning them. You would think there are lots of extra crew around, but there isn't really with things such as coursing and other manning challenges such as the Orca's.
At some point the RCN, especially, but the CF as a whole, has to come to grips with permanent
establishments. Our colleague dapaterson
has pointed out, time and again, that the CF is breaking its own rules.
While I think the idea
of reserve manned ships (and units) is great, it appears, as I understand it, that it violates the rules. Maybe we need to rethink the regular/reserve split; maybe we need two components: the active force
and the reserve force
and, maybe, within the reserve force
we need a permanent (or active) reserve
, which is on full time service and can be called to active service without further administrative action but which is not subject to e.g. postings (except for deployments) and a non-permanent (or volunteer) reserve
My sense is that the Naval Reserve (the RCN(R)?) cannot run more than, say, half of the MCDVs and
credible Naval Reserve Divisions. Maybe there need to be some nearly fully RCN(R) crewed MVDVs used for reserve training, say four or five of them, while the other seven or eight have mixed crews and are used for tasks like fisheries patrol and Op CARIBE, oceanographic research and even mine countermeasures.Edit: typo