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6 hours ago, BeaverFever said:

 

You know I honestly don’t get Scott Taylor. He has many videos and editorials like the latest one above which accurately describe the dire state of the CAF, but then he has others where he says Canadians should ignore calls for increased Defence budget which he suggests are based on propaganda from the defence lobby and the military industrial complex. 

I've met him, and he's honestly a great guy

he was 3 RCR, 4 CMBG at the Trace on the Inner German Border

Ducimus

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4 hours ago, Dougie93 said:

I've met him, and he's honestly a great guy

he was 3 RCR, 4 CMBG at the Trace on the Inner German Border

Ducimus

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I never met him, or don't recall him, do you know what company he was in, and i was there during the same time, never ran into him...That picture must have been early 88/89/ because shortly after we received the C-7... 

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11 hours ago, BeaverFever said:

 

You know I honestly don’t get Scott Taylor. He has many videos and editorials like the latest one above which accurately describe the dire state of the CAF, but then he has others where he says Canadians should ignore calls for increased Defence budget which he suggests are based on propaganda from the defence lobby and the military industrial complex. 

Same as some of his other writers, on again off again...you really don't know what angle he is playing...

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15 hours ago, Army Guy said:

I never met him, or don't recall him, do you know what company he was in, and i was there during the same time, never ran into him...That picture must have been early 88/89/ because shortly after we received the C-7... 

according to the Wikipedia profile that is 1984

I met him years later, in Toronto, in the 90's, when he was already the publisher of Esprit de Corps

I saw him at the bar, I knew who he was, so just walked up and introduced myself

 

 

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15 hours ago, Army Guy said:

you really don't know what angle he is playing...

same angle the Supreme Allied Commander of the Second World War invoked,  in 1961

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."  ~ President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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whoa, stop the presses

a Colonel is charged with five counts of 129 for making "derogatory comments" about the chain of command

Military charges senior officer with making derogatory remarks about commanders, allies

Col. Robert Kearney charged with 'conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline'

Military police have charged a senior officer with making derogatory and disloyal comments about Canada's military leaders and NATO allies while serving abroad.

In a brief statement released Monday, the Department of National Defence (DND) says Col. Robert Kearney, the assistant chief of staff at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Innsworth, United Kingdom, has been charged with five counts of "conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline" under Section 129 of the National Defence Act.

The charges came after military police received a complaint last fall at the detachment in Geilenkirchen, Germany. The offences are alleged to have taken place in the United Kingdom and Romania.

The first offence allegedly occurred in December of 2021 and four subsequent offences ranged from January 2023 to November 2023, said the DND statement.

Kearney, a veteran of the Afghan war who served as a strategic adviser to former chief of the defence staff Jonathan Vance, was known in military circles for his blunt, clear-eyed assessments of complex military and leadership issues.

The case will be handled under the military justice system. The defence department has refused to comment on the specifics of what Kearney is alleged to have said and who was offended.

Kearney would not comment on the charges. His lawyer also declined to comment.

The fact the case is proceeding under Section 129 of the NDA is worthy of note, say military law experts. It's a wide-ranging service offence that has been rarely used since June 2022, when the military justice system was overhauled.

Although prolific on social media, Kearney's posts were mostly personal and when he did comment on the military or allies, it was with congratulatory notes wishing various units a happy anniversary.

He did express concern in 2022 after serving members of the Canadian military, including senior leadership, gave a standing ovation to a speech at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute's annual Vimy Dinner by a retired general.

Retired lieutenant-general Michel Maisonneuve said Canada had lost its way and railed against "cancel culture," wokeism and the media.

Kearney responded on Facebook by saying that the annual gala had been "sullied with arrogance, entitlement, and not in keeping with the humility & spirit of the event."

He went on to say he hoped "folks that have worn/wear the uniform, past & present, will not think that all senior leaders support the hubris & arrogance displayed, over being humble, appreciative, and showing humility in such a forum. I also hope that more senior folks, (retired & serving), will speak out in the future. Canada deserves better."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/robert-kearney-1.7188594

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On 5/3/2024 at 8:31 PM, Army Guy said:

Here is the liberals next step to rebrand our military, it starts with it's new logo....As a member that has served i'm embarrassed to have our military reach its current status...

If you seen the new logo please tell us all what it is, because to many it lots like to blobs of shit..

I've been assuming its taken from some army camofloge pattern. The best comparison I saw online was a bear f*cking a moose from behind.

https://imgur.com/RXAjCmV

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8 hours ago, Dougie93 said:

according to the Wikipedia profile that is 1984

I met him years later, in Toronto, in the 90's, when he was already the publisher of Esprit de Corps

I saw him at the bar, I knew who he was, so just walked up and introduced myself

 

 

My bad 1984 was there last year there, then PPCLI took over until 88, thats when i arrived with 3 RCR...

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Found this in another forum. Rather oddly, it says the number of applications to join the military is way up. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean they're actually hiring more people.

Despite taking in 70,080 applications in 2023-24 — a five-year high — the military actually enrolled just 4,301 new recruits, according to new figures provided to the Star. 

That’s just a small uptick from 2022-23, when 3,930 recruits were enrolled and far fewer applications — 43,934 — were received. 

 

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/the-number-of-applicants-to-join-canadas-military-is-soaring-why-hasnt-that-resulted-in/article_83828744-0c81-11ef-be0f-57acf65e1452.html

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6 hours ago, Dougie93 said:

actually, it's my bad

I just looked closely at his epaulette and it says PPCLI

Can't really hold that against him, a little more training and i'm sure he'd of made a good Royal...

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8 hours ago, Army Guy said:

Can't really hold that against him, a little more training and i'm sure he'd of made a good Royal...

again, my bad, good catch, MWO, Never Pass a Fault

my apologies to the regiment for wrongly designating a Pickly as a Royal

 

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Former army general and Liberal minister Andrew Leslie says Trudeau has no interest in the military and neither he nor much of his cabinet sees much purpose in having one.

“The current prime minister of Canada is not serious about defence. Full stop. A large number of his cabinet members are not serious about defence. Full stop,” the former Liberal MP tells me.

“Our NATO allies are despairing. Our American friends are frustrated.

“But because NATO and Norad (North American Aerospace Defense Command) are both essentially voluntary organizations, in which other people cannot give Canada orders,” the retired general explains, “all the officers are extraordinarily polite in public. But in private, the conversations are quite brutal.”

 

We are undefended:' Ex-general says Justin Trudeau failing on defence | National Post

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5 hours ago, I am Groot said:

Former army general and Liberal minister Andrew Leslie says Trudeau has no interest in the military and neither he nor much of his cabinet sees much purpose in having one.

“The current prime minister of Canada is not serious about defence. Full stop. A large number of his cabinet members are not serious about defence. Full stop,” the former Liberal MP tells me.

“Our NATO allies are despairing. Our American friends are frustrated.

“But because NATO and Norad (North American Aerospace Defense Command) are both essentially voluntary organizations, in which other people cannot give Canada orders,” the retired general explains, “all the officers are extraordinarily polite in public. But in private, the conversations are quite brutal.”

 

We are undefended:' Ex-general says Justin Trudeau failing on defence | National Post

I like the last part, He’s talking to Pierre Poilievre’s team about defence strategy and finds them, “receptive, aware and focused.” And, he adds, “you can quote me on that.”

I hope that this is true...

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21 minutes ago, Army Guy said:

I like the last part, He’s talking to Pierre Poilievre’s team about defence strategy and finds them, “receptive, aware and focused.” And, he adds, “you can quote me on that.”

I hope that this is true...

I hope so too. We haven't heard much from Poilievre on the subject and I know he's big on balancing the budget.

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16 hours ago, I am Groot said:

I hope so too. We haven't heard much from Poilievre on the subject and I know he's big on balancing the budget.

We won’t hear many promises, if any at all, on most policy issues before the actual election kicks off and he’s on the campaign trail. It’s too early for that. Ideally a politician would want to get elected with as few specific promises to keep as possible.  And you don’t want to make them so early that they have to revised/backtracked upon as circumstances change. We might not even hear much detail on the campaign trail, because he’s so far ahead in the polls he doesn’t need to come out with a lot of specific promises. Even if he does, no matter which party is in power and what is promised, when it comes to Defence in Canada history has shown that words are meaningless and only seeing is believing 

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23 hours ago, BeaverFever said:

 

I spent 35 years in the Military and in the 80's we had the highest Officer to Men relationship of any Military in the world.

Thing have not changed. We have always had a bloated Officer Corps.

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21 hours ago, Army Guy said:

More Liberal speculation, this one does not promise anything but does say eventually...which here in Canada means maybe the conservatives will buy subs...

John Ivison: New Canadian submarines are ‘inevitable,’ says Blair. Acquiring them will be anything but (msn.com)

if it's not going to be nuclear powered submarines, then there is no point

since Canada's only submarine mission would be to project power across the oceans and under the arctic ice

a coastal diesel electric powered submarine serves no purpose for Canada

hence it would be very easy and in fact prudent for a Canadian government to decline to purchase more SSK's

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