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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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    Looking for someone - Tore Ingvallsen

    A former Army Engineer. Supposedly living in BC now. A former High School classmate of mine would like to contact him.
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    Midway remake

    Saw the trailer for the Midway remake. Hope its more Longest Day than Pearl Harbor!  :facepalm: https://www.cineplex.com/Movie/midway
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    RCN Change of Command

    For those of you interested, the Change of Command Ceremony for the RCN will be viewed live on the MARLANT FaceBook page. https://www.facebook.com/MaritimeForcesAtlantic/
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    Canada's new Far Right

    Today's G&M has a pretty sobering article on the online world of Canadians trying to expand the far right. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadas-new-far-right-a-trove-of-private-chat-room-messages-reveals/ A couple of observations: Randy the alleged CAF Army engineer could be...
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    National Film Board

    Some great films from back in the day. This one had Fred Davis (Front Page Challenge host for all the youngun's here) visit a fighter base in Germany. Of course you have to have the young fella from North Battleford SK cavorting about Europe in his sports car and German Girl Friend on his arm...
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    GoC Obstructive as always

    Once, just one bloody time could the GoC be proactive and give its CAF members the recognition and support they deserve instead of making these same people fight tooth and nail for it? https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-rwanda-canada-veterans-forgotten-mission/ Same as getting...
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    BBC Drama - "The Last Post"

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5133742/ Now on the CBC streaming site. Watched the first episode today. Not sure why I watch TV military dramas, they only seem to raise my blood pressure because of the absurdity of it all. My question: Why do the Red Caps have a base all to themselves?
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    Mom, I know you love me, but........

    ....Please stay the **** off TWITTER!!!!! http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/%e2%80%98this-is-my-son%e2%80%99-navy-vet-horrified-as-mom%e2%80%99s-tweet-miscasts-him-as-supernumberhimtoo-poster-boy-%e2%80%94-and-goes-viral/ar-BBO8Ocg?ocid=ientp Excerpt: “This is MY son,” began his mom’s viral...