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    OCdt Speaks at Freedom Rally

    CIC's still extant. COATS is a larger "box" which includes both CIC and "COATS GS" officers and NCMs who've CT'd from Regular or PRes service. Was initially billed (at least as far as what I saw as Class A CIC...) as a way to allow continuing service for interested members no longer able to meet...
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    "Re-Royalization", "Re-Britification" and the Heritage Transformation

    Maybe modernized stable belts... CANEX can sell unit-coloured Velcro No. 5 belts. Must ensure traditions (troops being encouraged to, expensively, demonstrate unit identity) keep pace with current practice.
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    "Re-Royalization", "Re-Britification" and the Heritage Transformation

    Which could, if any of the Army's unit names matched or even approximated a current role (see: PPCLI, (some?) rifle regiments), be a home for tracked guns that can keep up with the "cavalry." Imagine a universe in which modern usage aligned with historical roles: CANSOF-as-Rifles, rather than a...
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    De Havilland Cannada announces new calgary manufacturing facility

    On the other hand, it's a very non-divisive (compared to e.g. the rats' nest of interests involved in energy policy) way to make nice to Alberta that also has national benefits (keeping aviation manufacturing alive).
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    "Re-Royalization", "Re-Britification" and the Heritage Transformation

    For the sake of picking nits, it's not terribly clear why that's authorized for the Navy: in pre-unification practice, white gloves were, as far as I'm aware, worn only worn by by RCN officers (maybe theoretically by noncommissioned pers as well?) at Court, and then only in certain orders of...
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    On the Toxicity of the ‘Warrior’ Ethos

    Very much so. Even costlier than Dead Bird if you start looking at their offshore jackets.
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    Arbour Report - Recommendation #29: Future of Military Colleges

    Is this something where there might be a need to review what's needed for the deployable force, and what's a static role? Not suggesting the latter should be entirely civilian, but (recalling comments in other threads) lest there be a large deployment, make sure there's no vital static tasks...
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    Jerry Amernic: The downfall of Canada’s military

    I did, thanks - though it was drawing on Vancouver Island circumstances. Nanaimo Military Camp had, for many years, a ratty collection of IIRC two-story (maybe three?) barracks, a big drill shed/sports space/etc. cube of a building, and some ancillary odds and ends. Quite raggedy, in desperate...
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    Jerry Amernic: The downfall of Canada’s military

    YMMV depending on location, but there may also be a concern from some units about lost capacity. The current facility might be past the century mark, idiosyncratically plumbed, expensive to heat, riddled with messes, feel like a brick cave system, act as a Faraday cage, and be apparently held...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Wonder how much of that's treason due to some sort of conviction, and how much of it's corrupt individuals looking out for the main chance.
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    How much of an improvement does a light "pure" tank offer in comparison to the punchier sorts of IFV? Is it akin to a battlecruiser; all the punch of the heavier sibling, but with other aspects significantly downgraded; or is it more balanced in its capability-drop? Wondering whether, if you're...
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    Hockey Canada in the Government Crosshairs

    In that case, make the funding withdrawal permanent.
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    Hockey Canada in the Government Crosshairs

    If funding is ever restored, as well as being contingent on comprehensive anti-abuse measures etc., it should be dedicated solely to support low-level youth (and possibly adult) sport. The only public good in entities like Hockey Canada is providing a venue or motivator for physical activity and...
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    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    How much of a challenge would bolting one of those onto a frigate be as far as deconfliction with every other transmitter and receiver?
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    2022 CPC Leadership Discussion: Et tu Redeux

    From the outside, it feels like all of the above.
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