Got that out of your system now? Good. The tac vest issue has been addressed earlier. If someone in the CIC was issued one, they shouldn't have. The vast majority of us in that branch would agree on that point. On the other hand, other than looking foolish, if they managed to acquire one (or 82 pattern kit or whatever) through a surplus store, what's it to you? Unless it was stolen and fenced through the store, no one in the system is being deprived.Capt. Happy said:Is there any reason why the same thing could not be accomplished through the same means most Cbt Arms NCOs and WOs use when they are assessing candidates' abilities to move dismounted across a piece of terrain - a small pack or personally purchased Blackhawk backpack? Sorry, but I cannot for one second think of one single reason that a CIC officer or any cadet (and please do not use the term NCO without cadet in front of it when speaking of your cadets - the soldiers, sailors and airmen/women of the CAF have earned that designation) would require a piece of load carriage equipment designed solely for a soldier in combat to have quick and easy access to those items needed to inflict harm on the enemy, aside from some type of PD training the CIC officer may be participating in with a RegF or PRes field unit.
I have no doubt CIC officers and staff cadets require the ability to have water and other goodies on-hand when in "the field" with their cadets, however entitlements are there so that the finite resources the CF have are properly managed and the right people get the right tools to do the jobs required of them. Want a tacvest issued? Component Transfer to a MOC that requires it and the rest of the skillsets and headaches that go with it. Don't want all that? There are all kinds of aftermarket places to buy good quality load carriage equipment that you don't need an entitlement to purchase.
You can keep "comfortable", have all the goodies you need and set the example to the younger folks without making more out of your role than what it is :2c:
Most kit cadets are issued for FTXs are drawn from a separate cadet stores and is mostly obsolete or suplused kit that was transferred to the CCO for issue to the cadets. Again, no one in the CF is going without because of cadets being issued a ruck or a web belt for the weekend.
Oh, and by the way, NCO is a definition, not an honorific. The cadet system has used NCO (without the cadet modifier) officially since the program begin. If that's not to your liking, that's on you, not them.