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  1. McG

    GOFO promotions and postings 2018

    I hear the message is out.  Does anyone have the text?
  2. McG

    Russian market explosion with casualties - 27 Dec 2017

    Have seen this on a few French media already, but nothing English language yet. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1075229/une-explosion-dans-un-commerce-fait-plusieurs-blesses-en-russie
  3. McG

    RAND: Rethinking US Force Structure

    https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR1700/RR1782/RAND_RR1782.pdf I have only gotten through the summary so far, but this has the potential to be interesting and maybe to offer a few insights relevant to Canadian Force structure considerations. Figured I would drop the...
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    Millennials leading increased Remembrance Day attendance

    Millennials are leading the stats suggesting more Canadians will attend Remembrance Day ceremonies this year. And CAF speaking programs may be a contributing factor. Good.  http://torontosun.com/news/national/millennials-most-likely-to-attend-remembrance-day-ceremonies-poll It seems that some...
  5. McG

    Guardian is coming - New Human Resource Management System for the CAF

    I have heard that Guardian will debut before the calendar year ends.  With all the success the federal government has had with the roll-out of major new software systems, I am a little concerned.  It has also been quite some time (at least a few years) since I have seen any formal presentation...
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    The future of Turkey in the EU and NATO

    Here is an opinion that I have seen dropped in a few different threads and discussions relating to Turkey.  What should be the present day state of relations between Turkey and the west?  Certainly, its role in containing Russia would be as relevant to present day NATO as back though the Cold...
  7. McG

    Canadian Budget 2017

    They are increasing alcohol tax!?  That is mean.
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    Why is 21 EW Sqn not part of JSR?

    I would guess it is because the Army did not want to let those toys be moved out of its sandbox. 
  9. McG

    Canadian Values do not include Canada for younger generation

    The article is a lot of opinions, but the poll data on which it was based offers a potentially disturbing statistic.  http://infogr.am/a338beaa-2a13-4663-9894-3ade1151aa41 If younger generations are increasingly less inclined to feel an emotional attachment to the country, is that a national...
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    Army.ca call to action - Enabling prospective recruits to search

    The site's recruiting wiki is in a pretty poor state.  No narrative to guide visitors, and a small shopping list of links to other hollow wiki pages. http://army.ca/wiki/index.php/Recruiting Now, the CAF recruiting has a pretty decent site and we do not need to emulate that here.  But, people...
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    Defence Infrastructure Failing for Lack of Investment

    So here is what spending only 1% of GDP gets for defence.  Guess we must wait and see what the new Real Property Operations Units are able to do to for improvement, but I will remain skeptical until they show they can make a difference on the same little old budget...
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    Desexualized clothing instructions fail for gender specific directions

    Looks like an Air Cadet Corps has gotten itself in some hot water and garnered ministerial level attention for what was intended to be instructions to desexualize the clothing cadets choose to wear for training.  The criticism is accurate.  If one does not want to see people's underwear hanging...
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    Report of the SC on National Defence: "Canada and the Defence of North America"

    News media coverage of the 19 September Standing Committee on National Defence report is focused on accusations that the government rigged the report to justify a sole-source contract for Super Hornets.  But for a more informed opinion, one could read the report itself at: ...
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    Gerald Butts and other "backroom elites"

    Reference Gerald Butts seems to be popularly dragged-out as a Boogeyman to many of our conversations.  Some writers believe they produce mic drop statement by giving a vague hit of conspiracy theory in which Gerald Butts secretly runs government with presidential like powers.  In reality, he...
  15. McG

    Canada's new Ram Armoured Engineering Vehicle

    Canada's newest member of the Leopard 2 family of vehicles has started stretching its claws.
  16. McG

    Policy or Directive on Kitshops and Canteens

    Looking through A-PS-110-001/AG-002 MORALE AND WELFARE PROGRAMS IN THE CF, I see at Chapter 3 Page 12 that the rules for kit shops are prescribed in CFAO 27-8 BRANCH, REGIMENTAL AND GROUP FUNDS.  When I go to CFAO 27-8, I see that it was cancelled on 14 Jan 2014 and replaced by DAOD 5045-0. ...
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    Time to invest in more CAF logistics?

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/08/14/logistics-woes-could-strain-military-deployments.html Is it time to invest more into the CAF's logistics?  This is an area where we always force the personnel to do more with less.  When resources are available for investment, there is also a...
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    While the U.S. chased political correctness, Russia chased the edge in battle

    This article draws warnings for the US Army.  It is focused on artillery with a little reference to electronic warfare. However, its warnings are applicable to Canada in both general and specific contexts.  Like the US, we have allowed atrophy in our combat capabilities.  Infantry battalions...
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    Change of VCDS, with messages to government and to CAF

    The change of VCDS came with some good messages to our political leadership (from the outgoing) and to those CAF leaders who would be wasteful of organizational resources (from in coming)...
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    UK Exchange Officer charged with sexually assaulting CAF Officer in Kingston