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Snowbirds' primary utility is raising awareness / goodwill with the public, which can aid in recruiting and possibly stave off budget cuts (yes, I know the latter is perhaps wishful thinking).What good do the Snowbirds do for helping us fight the enemy?
Why do we have family days? Families aren’t engaging the enemy.
Family days help raise the morale of CAF members and their families, make said families feel like more of a part of the overall military community, and thus stave off or at least delay some releases caused by spouses and dependents being dragged all over the country to places where they don't know anyone and don't feel like they belong.
The retention crisis is IMHO the #1 threat to sustaining our operational capability in both the short and the long term.
So... now that you've asked your unrelated rhetorical question, please answer mine.
What goal are we trying to accomplish by doing events like large scale change of command parades? How does it help, and furthermore how is it more helpful than other things we could be doing instead?
You know, despite the fact that the rank and file (literally in this case) members at said units can't stand them, and thus holding them is going to be damaging morale and worsening the retention crisis.