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    Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle - RG-31, LAV Coyote, and (partial) G-Wagon Replacement

    Repair?  What line?  What is necessary to fill the gap between gassing up, checking the fluids, giving it a wash and maybe changing the tyres and the domestic support covered under the In Service Support contract signed by Textron and its sub-suppliers?  Can that gap be filled by B/C Reservists...
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    Are vets benefits "overly generous"? (split from CDS to CTV)

    In my humble opinion, the system is open to abuse and this undermines the support that is required by those in dire needs.  During the past year, I was aghast by request to get CF 98's returned quickly so that young soldiers could go to VAC to submit a claim.  I openly encourage that proper...
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    Fitness for Operational Requirements of CAF Employment ( FORCE )

    I just completed the test at Asticou and was very impressed by the professionalism of the PSP staff.  If memory serves as correct, we were briefed that you could have a second chance on the shuttle.  Maybe I had zoned out as the entire process seemed to take too long, but I assumed it was...
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    "Re-Royalization", "Re-Britification" and the Heritage Transformation

    This is a waste of money and time when we should be investing in operational capabilities and training.  Let's all head to the tailors for latest and greatest accoutrement's that will need to be purchased to implement this plan.  My two cents.
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    Benefits Cut...

    The latest CANFORGEN, although welcomed, does not alleviate any of the issues associated for those that are on Imposed Restriction less a short term reprieve.  I suspect that many families will not choose to up root themselves in the middle of the school year to reunite by Feb 2013.  Although TB...
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    Military families living in mould-infested homes: Ombudsman

    PMQs have many issues, however, they serve a very important purpose for folks that may not, for various reasons, want to buy or live away from the base.  My wife finds it very interesting since CFHA told us the reason we had mould at one PMQ was because we were not cleaning properly.  It was not...
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    Cutting the CF/DND HQ bloat - Excess CF Sr Leadership, Public Servants and Contractors

    Currently, BMOQ + undergraduate degree qualifies an officer to be a 2Lt.  Ph IV qualifies an officer to be Lt & Capt.  With merited promotions to Captain, we could be smarter about this.  The PRes used to have the Militia Officer Staff Course (MOSC) that was prerequisite for promotion to Captain...
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    Base closures?

    I have been browsing this topic with some interest. The reduction in the number of headquarters or the consolidation of a couple of the commands would be more palatable politically than base closures.  Reducing top heavy HQ`s may not put the correct pyramid structure back into the field as...
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    Obtain personal record

    I just received my entire file in the mail.  You can get the forms at this link http://www.admfincs-smafinsm.forces.gc.ca/aip/index-eng.asp .  There is a prescribed time limit to respond, however, mine were a little late as they have a back log of requests to get through.  Be very detailed with...
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    Posting Policy-Restricted (IR) & Prohibited moves [MERGED]

    The parking at Startop is good if you happen to qualify for a pass next to the building. Like everywhere in Ottawa it is based on the points system of time in, where you live, car pooling, and if you are near public transit.  There is an additional parking lot out back that is run privately. ...
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    09/10 Budget Impact on PRes - Unit stand-downs, Class B Freeze, and so on!

    I agree with this comment.  Having just recently transferred from the Reg Force and the Reserves, I am amazed at some of the comments and remarks that folks make when the realize you are a Reserve member, not realizing you are qualified up the hoop with a tonne of experience.  I guess I could...
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    Future of Government Pensions (PS, CF & RCMP) & CF pension "double-dip"

    It has been a while since I looked at the retention numbers, but I suspect that a large number of folks are leaving the forces prior to pension eligibility.  I am now aware of the large divide and some of the issues mention by Mr. Wallace on this site regarding reservists and agree with a lot...
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    Future of Government Pensions (PS, CF & RCMP) & CF pension "double-dip"

    I like the point regarding the top up for full time reservists, but don't think it will happen. Having just jumped ship from the Regs to the Res for family reasons, I chose the accept 15% less to be my own career manager;)  I still work just as hard and well as before, just for less money and...
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    Who is usually the Radio Operator?

    There is some really good discussion here. Like previously stated, the location of a Sig Op is usually dependent on unit resources, SOPs, and availability. For the individuals talking blue PA/digital networks, the Air Defence is ahead of most of the Army in terms of the capability. ...
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    PERs : All issues questions...2003-2019

    Wow.  This is a really good thread.  I understand where the initial post is coming from regarding a spouse with a good income.  I am facing the same issue presently, but will not state that I will get out if you post me.  Instead people have three options: Put up and move (three years in a row...
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