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NES scutt work is what got me into the legal branch. When I was with the Camerons while in law school I went to see the local AJAG in Winnipeg and volunteered to do NES files on the side. The units, like all units were sluffing them off. I got things cleaned up over the year and got known. When the branch opened up ResF positions to majors that year, I got the call, sent off on a Basic LegO course and the rest is history.Yes very familiar, I was in a reserve unit that claimed 75 members but only ever paraded 25. NES paper work was something no one ever really wanted to get done I guess. It is of course the natural result of the show up when and if you want system, which is also why we can’t build reserve structures into our operational capabilities. Simply not reliable.
It's not hard to do better. QR&O has a provision for "ordering" people to attend training and the NDA has a provision to charge someone downtown if they don't. Were sending sex assaults downtown now, why not failure to attend training. Maybe its because of the stupid $25.00 or $50.00 fine.
9.04 (2) Subject to any limitations prescribed by the Chief of the Defence Staff, a member of the Primary Reserve may be ordered to train each year on Class "B" Reserve Service prescribed under subparagraph (1)(b) of article 9.07 (Class "B" Reserve Service) for a period not exceeding 15 days and on Class "A" Reserve Service (see article 9.06 - Class "A" Reserve Service), for a period not exceeding 60 days.
294 (1) Every officer or non-commissioned member of the reserve force who without lawful excuse neglects or refuses to attend any parade or training at the place and hour appointed therefor is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction for each offence, if an officer, to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars and, if a non-commissioned member, to a fine not exceeding twenty-five dollars.
(2) Absence from any parade or training referred to in subsection (1) is, in respect of each day on which the absence occurs, a separate offence.
Of course the fear is that is Gunner Bloggins is pushed on this he'll just up and quit.
This needs fixing and we need service contracts with obligatory periods of service and a set number of obligatory training days if we ever hope to improve the system.
"Come play when you feel like it" is a really dumb way to run a military. Personally, I'd rather have 7,000 folks I can count on that 15,000 I can't.