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    Spearing Bafflegab

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/the-growing-pandemic-of-political-speak-1.2618268 Good CBC piece here on work by Canadian born Stephen Pinker, a  Harvard thinker who has taken on the whole sickening issue of the idiotic way that many politicians, corporate types and academics speak these days...
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    COMBATIVE FACEBOOK POST BY MND's PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY LAURIE HAWN

    I was recently sent the following e-mail text by a member of my Association branch who is an active veteran's advocate, and usually quite critical of the current Govt's policies in this area. It purports to be an e-mail from Laurie Hawn, Secretary to the MND and a former BComd at Cold Lake...
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    RCAF AUXILIARY FIELD SANDHURST ONTARIO

    I posted this on the RAF page, but I thought I'd try here as well. I'm looking for any photos, info or history on this field. Built under the BCATP, it was a satellite for RCAF Kingston (now Norman Rogers Airport). It's "twin" was RCAF Auxiliary Gananoque, at Springfield hamlet, which still...
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    RCAF SANDHURST AUXILIARY LANDNG FIELD

    I'd post this under Military History, but I thought I'd try here first. I'm looking for any photos, info or history on this field. Built under the BCATP, it was a satellite for RCAF Kingston (now Norman Rogers Airport). It's "twin" was RCAF Auxiliary Gananoque, at Springfield, which still...
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    LOOKING FOR ADVICE

    Perhaps this should be on the Recruiting thread, but here goes... My 23 year old daughter, currently employed as a junior chef in a restaurant, is very interested in joining the RegF as a cook. Having had quite a bit of contact with cooks over the years of my service (and almost all of it very...
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    Does Character Matter?

    How much separation is there between the public role of a leader such as a politician, a general, or a CEO, and the way he conducts his personal life? Does the character of a public figure affect his suitability to do his duties, elected or appointed? If we take the French (France not PQ), ...
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    Fates of former armouries

    As I've travelled and lived around the country, I've occasionally run across structures (usually, but not always, in smaller towns) that quite obviously were once armouries. Today these buildings serve diverse purposes ranging from community centre to theatre to fire hall. While former CF bases...
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    On Training Army Formations (Split from: BP & OPP)

    This is a common accusation against simulation: the Brits advanced it to us to explain why they were still using live troops in the field to exercise formation HQs (a practice we hopefully stopped some time ago). It says more about the user than about the sim system. This accusation is only...
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    Battle Procedure and the Operational Planning Process

    And another thing.... ;D Comments on how big a Bde HQ shouldn't, IMHO, be based on looking at the current JTF(A) HQ as a model. Although it is a "Brigade-like" HQ, it is very big (the last one I was involved training with was about 150 or so), and it has a span of control and area of interest...
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    WAR OF 1812: UNIT RECOGNITION

    (I searched this topic first, but didn't find much to prevent me from posting anyway...) This topic has been touched on in these pages in the past, but I think it's worth raising again now. In two years or so, we will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, a shaping event in our...
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    TASER OPINIONS?

    The recent fatal incident at Vancouver Airport has certainly ignited some controversy about the use of the taser by Cdn LEAs, not to mention about the details of the incident itself. We seem to be seeing a division into two camps: those questioning the use of the taser and calling for inquiry...
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    POLICE PATROLLING METHODOLGY

    Here's a question for the serving LEO's on the board. I'm not a cop, although I have a few friends who are and I've worked on a number of joint operations of various sorts. What I've always wondered is: what is the actual value of the patrol car, as opposed to foot patrol, in "preventing" crime...
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    OCs/COs Hours, split from Re: Comparing the [Infantry] Regiments

    You go, paracowboy! I'm loving this thread on troops speaking up: brings back memories of times now long behind me. I agree 100% that smokers/OC's hours/bitch sessions are an ancient and honorable tradition. While I must say that as far as I know, most Canadians soldiers NEVER have a problem...
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    Afghan Experience in our Trg System

    I agree that we need to give these soldiers time to gear down, to bond with their families again, and to enjoy the peace (even the boredom...) of garrison life for a while. In the beginning, the best place for them to be will be amongst the soldiers they served with. No question. But, I think...
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    WAS IT ALL WORTH IT? -FRY RETROSPECTIVE

    (This may be more appropriate in Military History: I leave that to the mods...) We are in the final days of our significant military presence in FRY. With the exception of the individuals remaining on BRONZE and BOREAS, FRY will be part of our history, rather than somewhere we prepare to deploy...
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    BOBCAT APC

    Some posters here may be familiar with the Bobcat APC-Canada's post WWII entry into the fully enclosed, purpose-built APC field. Although only a trial vehicle, it was an interesting idea. I believe its development was dropped in favour of the purchase of the M113 from the US. There is a single...
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    WHAT RESERVE UNIT IS IN THE BURLINGTON ARMOURY?

    I live in Oakville. The other day I was driving in Burlington, passing Burlington Mall. I noticed a DND sign announcing the "Burlington Armoury". This didn't exist when I was last posted here (1998-2001). Who is in there, and how recently was it opened? Cheers
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    Trouble with the Neighbours

    General Hillier had   (and has...) an excellent relationship with the US Army. I know from my own experience that when I reported to the HQ of CJTF76 in Bagram, Gen Hillier was still remembered with respect and fondness by very senior US folks there for his excellent leadership of ISAF V. I...
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    THE EVIL MILITARY INFLUENCE ON CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES-WWW.KNOWWAR.CA

    Check this site out. It seems to be under construction, but I  can hardly wait until they expose the wicked military conspiracy to take control of our universities, along with the equally wicked contractors who supply us with our devilish engines of war. Here's the letter I sent them (and...
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    Battle Honours for Afghanistan

    So what do folks here think about the US Army (and USMC) system in which each battalion, regardless of Arm/Branch, has a guidon/colour, which IIRC  is paid respects (in some form...) on parade? At present we confine this in our Army to Infantry colours, Armoured guidons, and the guns of the...
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