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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    Life is not often black and white and thus I don’t have opinions on other people’s marriages. For example, once a man introduced me to his wife so she could assure me that he was allowed “friends”. (Too weird for me.) But personal relationships are complicated and I think it’s best to reserve...
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    Purchasing Combat Boots in NCR

    I was very impressed with Millbrook. The salesman knew his stock and understood military requirements. I think I'm going to be comfortable in combat boots for the first time since someone stole my mark 3s. Their president is a woman and so they try to ensure they stock smaller sizes. I won't...
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    Purchasing Combat Boots in NCR

    Millbrook thinks they can take care of my troublesome feet. I have an appointment on Thursday. :)
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    GOFO Musical Chairs... LGen Frances Allen to be first female VCDS / LGen Rouleau shuffled

    Being VCDS seems to be the hardest and most thankless position in the CAF. The huge span that includes critical corporate and command responsibilities is brutal. Admiral Zwick apparently looked at the problem and produced an org chart that he felt would address many of the issues, but it...
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    Purchasing Combat Boots in NCR

    Good day all, Can you advise what store has the best inventory of combat boots in the Ottawa area? I stopped at Fundy Tactical but they had nothing in my size (female 8). They said they would order in a pair for me to try but I never heard from them again. Currently wearing a pair of Swats...
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    Calling all ladies/females/women!

    So happy to see you back! I've missed your commentary.
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    Pay Raise 2021

    The pay raise is official with CANFORGEN 2021 released today. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/maple-leaf/defence/2021/03/caf-members-receive-pay-increase.html And there was great joy and celebration...
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    General Vance - Inappropriate conduct?

    To add to the discussion, I would argue that even if the relationship was no longer sexual when she was working directly for Vance in Toronto (as he alleges and she disputes), it still would have been highly inappropriate. You do not ever have a command relationship with an intimate connection...
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    Can you tell what rank someone is in Civilian clothes?

    But the #3s are washable. (Maybe not the tunics.) I've been machine washing and drying mine on delicate for the last decade. Hang them up straight out of the dryer and they only take a couple minutes to iron. Even when I wore them every day, I didn't find they wore out more quickly than those...
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    Can you tell what rank someone is in Civilian clothes?

    But you were wearing dockers and a golf shirt! The sergeant-majors' civilian uniform...
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    Are we becoming too Politically Correct?

    As well, I don't think the system has devised a way to deal with the perpetually offended or the malicious. There are complaintants who cannot be mollified by anything less than harsh and public punishment of those who have offended them. Sometimes there is a mental health aspect to it, but...
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    Why the Emotional Support Dog Ban Is Good for Everyone

    Have they also tightened up certification/documentation of service dogs? I was at a dinner at the mess last year when the couple beside me nonchalantly mentioned that they had bought a service dog vest for their pet.  They said "it isn't illegal".  I was horrified but they were friends of my...
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    Whither the Royal Canadian Legion? Or RCL Withers?

    I don't have an issue with the Legion and it's poppy merchandise at all.  It's just that when I look at the image of the "Poppy Puppy", I don't see poppies...  I see something darker. AK
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    Whither the Royal Canadian Legion? Or RCL Withers?

    Does anyone else have significant misgivings about this Legion offering? https://www.poppystore.ca/poppy-puppy-7-600101 :facepalm: AK
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    Deposit today

    Supposedly everyone getting a VAC pension will receive.  Not sure how I feel about it.  (I received it too.) https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/covid19-emergency-benefits/one-time-payment-persons-disabilities.html Cheers, AK
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    Article: Unwanted sexualized behaviour at RMC

    I can only comment on how it was in my day, which was indeed an eon ago.  My personal opinion is that sometimes the environment promoted an exaggerated sense of closeness/familiarity.  In many cases, with all the time spent together, some people thought they were better/closer friends than they...
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    Article: Unwanted sexualized behaviour at RMC

    I agree completely.  This is the message that has to be "hammered" home and hopefully the numbers will improve.  But I cynically believe that the combination of alcohol, immaturity, and hormones will always produce some negative outcomes regardless of how well we indoctrinate.  Effective...
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    Article: Unwanted sexualized behaviour at RMC

    While I wholeheartedly agree that these stats are unacceptable, as a female CMC graduate, I'm not surprised.  I certainly frequently addressed wandering hands with monotonous regularity and varying degrees of force. The military colleges are a strange world where professional, academic, and...
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    Some Weird Swerve About Deployments [from the Coronavirus thread]

    My pet theory is that they should make it harder for the CoC to say no to members who want to deploy.  I had three postings in my last stint in the Reg Force and despite begging for another deployment, I was consistently denied.  After they yanked the rug out from under me a couple times, I gave...