2 commanders prior to him was Brian Vernon, who had some similar philosophies about being comfortable with being uncomfortable - if temps were above "x" degrees C, tarps were off the Iltis's and such...and he cared very much about how people performed in the field. I also found him very personable - had many occasions to discuss my job with him at various stages of the beginning of my career. BGen Ashton followed him - a little different, as we'd do a full up GOC's inspection, mustered in front of our vehicles and kit, followed by a full on unit level deployment...Gen Vernon wandered about to chat with us in the hangar for GOC's (at least at 1 Fd Amb - he was very concerned about how we functioned in the field though, not what we looked like). I'd also had a few chats with Gen Ashton about things...like why none of us had bayonets on our webbing as a for instance. I actually remember my CO visibly blanching when I noted that while there were many in the QM, we weren't issued them. When pressed, I let the CO off the hook by saying many thought of them as offensive weapons, so we weren't issued them. Then came BGen Cox...and his "hardness training" as some folks called it. I think that if you can make it through a few years in field units with the crap we were issued in the 80's and 90's to keep us allegedly protected from the elements, you were reasonably mentally and physically resilient. I actually enjoyed some of our exercises, since we just went out to Wainwright or Sarcee, cammed up as we hit the gates, and trained for a week or two straight then went home, since those were when budgets were at a premium. We were required to shoot to qualify pretty much monthly/quarterly at one point IIRC - again, something useful and important given the operational tempo we had in the early/mid 90's. Personally, the man never gave me a second glance, much less spoke to me, in the numerous times we'd crossed paths - I'm 6'2" and he is of a height where I'm sure he'd add in the extra 1/8" if asked his - he didn't like talking to or looking up at tall folks. If you look at those pics above, you'll notice he's sitting higher than the dude he's pontificating to. I missed GOC's with him due to deployments and courses...I heard all the fun stories from platoon mates though about how he'd rag out people because they had new socks in their rucksacks and other weird stuff. I broke my ankle just prior to the COP COBRA '95 fiasco going to and in Suffield, so missed out on it...then was posted. One of the platoon leaders in my current reserve unit was a Pte with 3 RCR when he was the CO - I've heard a variety of things, often the same as other things I'd heard from others that were there as well.