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    Red Teaming the Government of Canada

    An excellent piece by Paul Wells. This government really needs to hear this but I think they are so wrapped up in their own awesomeness that they are actually blind, deaf, and dumb. I'll put the full article here...
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    GG Spending

    #4 - The upkeep of 24 Sussex will tell you all you need to know about Canadian small mindedness.
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    Corsairs, Skyhawks, Korea

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=devotion+-+movie&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-ca&client=safari#fpstate=ivlbx More Korean War I say!
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    CRCN 38 Flag Hoist

    Para 4 gives me hope SUBJ:VICE-ADMIRAL ANGUS TOPSHEE FLAG HOIST SIGNAL 1. I AM PROUD TO ASSUME COMMAND OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY. IN THIS ERA OF DIMINISHED TRUST IN SENIOR LEADERSHIP, I RECOGNIZE THAT I MUST EARN YOUR CONFIDENCE. I PROMISE THAT THE RCN WILL PLACE AS MUCH IMPORTANCE ON...
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    Oppressive Airport Security Requirements - Time for a review?

    Yes this link is about Covid Protocols at Canada's Airports. https://globalnews.ca/tag/toronto-pearson-airport-wait-times/ But its been over 20 years since 9/11 and I think the only folks happy with security at the airport is the companies supplying the inspection equipment! I would think that...
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    Majority of Canadians not interested in joining the CAF

    FROM THE CAF INFO MACHINE Majority of Canadians have no interest in joining the military, DND poll shows Not interested - RCAF 58%, CA 57%, RCN 61% Not likely interested - RCAF 21%, CA 22%, RCN 22% Poll done in Jan and Feb - 3,075 polled My edit - The sexual scandals have really hurt, but...
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    WWII veteran turned 100 years old last week

    Laverne Tufts, lives on his own, still drives and works at his son-in-law's place in the machine shop. He lives in my hometown of Killarney. Still very mobile and sharp as a tack. Amazing. http://killarneyguide.ca/2021/11/11/tales-of-a-wwii-scout-car-driver/
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    Go NAVY beat army!

    Think this works whether it's Football, Futbol, Rugby or Cricket!
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    The Kingpost is Dead! Long Live the Vertrep!

    When I was DeckO in VAN, I recall only rigging for it once. And that was for WUPS. Anyone with more recent experience, are you sad to see this go? Do you think they'll pull them out or just leave them in? Is the weight saving an issue in the Frigates? SUBJ:DIVESTMENT OF HALIFAX CLASS KINGPOST...
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    Defence Minister

    Same one? Another former Military person? Someone from left field?
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    I am the Secret Public Servant

    I'm putting this in here because I'm pretty sure this person has wafted through the Department of National Defence and if he hasn't he'll be missing some epic stories. https://www.canadaland.com/secret-public-servant/ Although this part I find incredulous that the author doesn't know that Tim...
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    CO-ED Accommodation

    CO-ED Accommodation A little bit of a whine here (okay, compared to the folks living in dry tents in the desert, we don't have a leg to stand on.) Deployed to Bahrain, we are all living in 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. Each bedroom has its own ensuite, television, desk and door can be locked. We...
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    The Coming DND Budget Cut

    This has likely been said many times before but when this emergency is over I'm thinking the Canadian Military will take a major hit. Now we in the military could look at this as an opportunity to right some obvious wrongs within the department or we could just work hard to save our own hides...
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    Photo Identification

    My daughter is an archivist for the City of Regina and came across this picture the other day, The photo was taken by a German made camera and the film was developed at a Swiss pharmacy. Questions: What is RCASC - Service Corps of some sort I assume; Are those Luftwaffe or Wehrmacht officers...
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    PSAC supporting cleaners

    PSAC has started a campaign to wrest cleaning contracts away from non unionized contractors. https://uncoverthecost.ca/?fbclid=IwAR3wTk7SJrGJjRZbtgaPbmqQ-bcbck7ERuYtUr-q0-BWGtNvgSqrxXGWGXc Headline Uncover the Costs When governments contract out public sector work to private companies...
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    Benefits to Deployed Pers with No Dependants

    For the CBI experts here. I've been told by several finance clerks that I'm entitled to F&E Storage costs on completion of my deployment, due to having no dependants. But a winger of mine (who I replaced in Bahrain) said he found an obscure order that states if said deployed person is getting...
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    Tax implications regarding date of release

    As the freight train of retirement closes in on me, is there any advantages (tax wise) of releasing in November vice waiting until January?
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    Space Force - Netflix Comedy

    I'm sure with Steve Carell behind this concept that it will be treated with all the respect it deserves! https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9612516/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt
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    Navy to consider gender-neutral ranks

    Don't know if this is top of mind for females in the RCN? https://tnc.news/2020/03/06/navy-considering-gender-neutral-alternative-to-junior-seaman-ranks/ Although I'd be okay with Ordinary Rate, Able Rate, Killick and Master Killick. Or Ordinary (insert trade here), ABN (for Able Bosn) One...
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    Daily wear - Work Dress vs Operational dress [Split from Sleeves up]

    Or you just wear No 3's in the office setting and there is no rolled sleeves issue (during the summer).
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