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    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    There are other parts of a brigade that are some of the hardest to force generate — the signals squadron, the intelligence company, and the Role 2 capable Field Ambulance.
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    Effect of Rowe v. Wade reversal in the US Military.

    Getting an exchange posting to 10 Mountain Division but living in Kingston is certainly an interesting flex, that’s for sure. I mean, I don’t like Watertown much either, but still…
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    And this becomes the field upon which the regimental system fights its battles. Everybody wants a piece of everything, so if one of the brigades becomes the only place where you can potentially get six month rotations to Cyprus/Bosnia/Haiti/Eritrea, and similarly, if that brigade is cut out of...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Oddly enough, the last major culling of reserve regiments was done in the 1960’s — a period when not only were the majority of WWII veterans still very much alive and with us, but many were still serving. Didn’t stop regiments with service in Hong Kong, Normandy and Italy from getting the chop...
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    D.I.E. cis-het white men bun fight [Split from:SWO badge]

    Bermuda has recently discontinued conscription. As a result, and due to that island’s economy and cost of living pushing up wages, their new volunteer soldiers are now paid extremely well. A Bermuda Regiment Corporal makes slightly more than a Canadian Warrant Officer — but he will spend every...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    A project 22870 rescue tug doesn’t normally mount any armament, so it wouldn’t have a CIWS. Press releases have suggested that the Vasily Bekh was carrying an SA-15 Gauntlet air defence vehicle on the upper deck for self defence, but an SA-15 is missile only, no guns.
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    CRCN Message on the Steward Occupation Town Hall (Steward trade elimination)

    For a long time, Steward had a reputation as one of the few hard sea trades that didn’t have a retention problem. It was regularly in the Green, even, although I haven’t seen the most recent numbers. Something to consider when you’re tinkering with peoples career paths might be to start with...
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    Future Armour

    The niche of a light tank is that it lets you have a tank in places where you can’t logistically support MBTs. CVR(T) in the Falklands, Sheridan in Panama, that sort of thing. If you’re trying to up the firepower of your light forces, that‘s probably fine, but it’s ultimately still a niche role...
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    US Army Reviving the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska

    The 172nd Light Infantry Brigade were the main US Army unit in Alaska for a good chunk of the Cold War — they were then expanded into the 6th Infantry Division in the 1980’s when the light infantry division project got off the ground. No doubt expanding the force in Alaska didn’t hurt when it...
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    US Army Reviving the 11th Airborne Division in Alaska

    Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was Chairman of the Senate Defence Appropriations Commitee during the period when the light infantry divisions (6th, 7th, 10th, 25th) were being established. Ted was a lot of things, but he wasn’t a New Yorker.
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    We already have plenty of paths for people to stay at their current rank, whether through actively opting out of career progression or passively refusing to do the things required to succeed at promotion boards. A direct copy of the US Warrant Officer or 1970’s-style Specialist rank system...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    On paper, everyone agrees with you on the importance of the brigade. Even policy. From SSE: “The Army trains to fight at the brigade group-level.” We sent a brigade to West Germany and we sent a brigade to Korea. We’ve known this for a while. But in practice, building brigades is hard work. And...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    One of the best arguments that RMC had going for it over other commissioning plans was that it created bilingual officers early in their career, saving the traditional and expensive practice of pulling your best leaders out of units mid-career so that they learn enough language skill to promote...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    There is case law that you can be ordered to go the mess, so that isn’t always an option. The future of messes is certainly one aspect of our culture that does need to be addressed; for an institution that was widely believed to have been in decline for decades, messes do seem to show up with...
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    Allowances - Post Living Differential (PLD) [MERGED]

    The big difference is that if that Sgt is ordered from Bragg to Washington DC his BAH goes from 1500 to 2400 per month. If posted to San Francisco it would be 4800 per month. If that MCpl is posted from Gagetown (one of our most affordable large bases) to Ottawa (one of our least affordable) —...
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    JUSTAS: the project to buy armed Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAVs

    Unmanned aircraft, counterintuitively, are very manpower intensive. They require people at the operating bases to maintain, fuel and arm the things. They require a legion of shift workers to run the missions. They require technicians to maintain the secure networks that link everything...
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    Allowances - Post Living Differential (PLD) [MERGED]

    The US adjusts BAH each year, for each market. During times of particular market fluctuation, it can be adjusted twice a year, as it was in 2021 for multiple locations. Canada has a policy to adjust PLD annually — the CBI states “PLD rates are taxable and are set annually” — but this direction...
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    Change of Command drill question / passing of the Colours and Swagger (Pace) stick

    If you’re worried about the RCAF’s combat ineffectiveness, I have some bad news about procurement, maintenance, training and retention. Admittedly, parades are unlikely to do much more damage, but they also won’t do much good. Besides, indications are that the CAF as an institution doesn’t...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    We didn't frame pictures for Admiral MacDonald as CDS. As understand it, he resigned in disgrace before he got around to sitting for his official portrait, saving the taxpayer some money in the process. And General Vance, as the longest ever serving CDS by far, also gave us good value if you...
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    Acting Chief of Military Personnel on Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture Change Short-Term Initiatives

    That’s a bit of a worst case scenario, isn’t it? We change our military culture just enough to make our traditional recruiting pool feel unwelcome and unappreciated, encouraging them to walk away, but we don’t change our culture enough to actually attract a new demographic to replace them.