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  1. Loch Sloy!

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Are the Oerlikon Skyguard systems in war stock? It seems to me these would serve useful in the anti UAS role...
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    Helicopters start rescue efforts after landslide traps hundreds on B.C. highway

    Potentially Yes... I would not be at all surprised if there are an order of magnitude more Professional engineers and experienced construction workers (all civiilian qualifications) in the reserves than in the Reg force. The CAF does not really appreciate the assets it has available in the...
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    How to get 404s

    404s for civilian pattern vehicles (commonly referred to as "blue fleet") only requires you to do the DLN course and present your certificate + civilian issued drivers license to base transport. You will be given a temporary paper 404, your photo will be taken, and a long time after you will get...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    In practice we often have more opportunities than soldiers able to fill them. 1VP has been very generous in inviting our soldiers to participate in training and 41 Bde is happy to pay, the issue is often troops can't get away for 4-6wk exercises or courses. This is the nature of reserve...
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Kevin, nice to see you back on the forum. I agree to the extent that this describes our old mortars, however IMO any light infantry platoon commander worth their salt would love to have one with the following (existing) capability; lightweight modern tube electronic "sights" (some have first...
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    Montreal police ticket veteran bagpiper for carrying traditional knife

    I (and every other officer/ Sr NCO there that day) carried a Sgian Dubh while meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Her security didn't batt an eye.
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    A proposal for combined arms training for Reserve officers

    41 Bde has been doing this (the weekend CAX part) for several years. The simulations are quite good and the operators hired by the contractor (Calian?) are top notch: all highly experienced former or serving officers/ NCOs who add significant value. Our plans for a few combined arms weekend...
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    Prince Philip Passed Away

    I had the honour of meeting both Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip in 2015 at Canada House. Prince Phillip (at 93 years old) lived up to his reputation in every way. He had a firm handshake, a very friendly and no nonsense demeanor, and believe it or not looked my wife up and down...
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    [Split] Discussion: Who is a civilian?

    I don't draw a distinction between military members and police in an effort to denigrate the service of civilian police in anyway. They perform an extremely difficult job and accept far greater risks than is typical for any profession. However if a platoon commander in war orders a fire-team to...
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    [Split] Discussion: Who is a civilian?

    Although police don't generally call themselves civilians, in my mind if you are not subject to unlimited liability (police are not...) you are a civilian.
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    Infantry Reserves DP1 [MERGED]

    The last information from the school on this was that MODs were no more, although it's possible there are exceptions, your OPs O should reach out to the school for the latest info. From what I understand very few people ever successfully completed the course in modules and it certainly was...
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    The Gael From Last of Mohicans

    Our band does a good version too; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPzUJA5OsT8
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    Reserve Force BMQ Aldershot

    Those are training days, the BMQ course is 1 month. Aldershot is a great little base, and beautiful in the spring/ summer enjoy your time there. In the meantime, make sure you are building up your fitness and taking advantage of any PAT training opportunities put on by your unit. Good luck.
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    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    In a perfect world reserve battalions would be properly manned and equipped, and in that world I would agree with you. In reality 41 brigade only has 2 Infantry Units both of which are only authorized a certain number of pers (as I'm sure you know that authorized strength is WAY below a full...
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    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    I get that a mortar platoon is not a company... however take at the look at a mortar platoon ORBAT, it's a large and complex beast. If we can train and deploy a mortar platoon from scratch, I'm very confident that we (41 brigade) could manage a rifle company.
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    Divining the right role, capabilities, structure, and Regimental System for Canada's Army Reserves

    Not sure what you mean by "barely capable" of augmenting the Reg Force. The Calgary Highlanders have augmented virtually every 3 Div deployment for the last 15 years or so. We currently have pers augmenting various Reg Force Units in multiple (at least 3) theaters. As we speak there is a 100%...
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    All Things Air Defence/AA (merged)

    Tracking. Thanks for the explanation. I think the issue is I'm thinking about and advocating a much lower lever of capability; both in terms of reach (MANPADS or other very short range systems) and how devolved the capability is (combat teams and BGs vs. Bdes). What about for self-defence...
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    All Things Air Defence/AA (merged)

    Although we don't know each other, at a guess I'd say it's about equivalent to your experience in the infantry... happy to be corrected otherwise. I don't see why infanteers couldn't be adequately trained to safely employ SHORAD systems for point defence. This seems to be the approach the...
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    All Things Air Defence/AA (merged)

    Strongly disagree. While completely abdicating Air Defence to the Infantry isn't a solution to the overall capability gap, infantry very much need an integral SHORAD capability. With proper training and control measures MANPADS (or perhaps LAV mounted systems) are an appropriate weapon system...
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    All Things Air Defence/AA (merged)

    Maybe we should keep the 76mm guns from the Iroquois fleet and use them as a GBAD training tool. There are some very interesting ammunition natures for this system, and  it has also previously been mounted on a tank chassis as a SPAA system (proof of concept) so its certainly possible to use it...
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