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We believe that the introduction of regular joint exercises between local Reserve units and the development of a battlespace simulation software intended for Reservists’ use can remedy the current training deficiency. For instance, combat and support units based around Vancouver, including the Seaforth Highlanders, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, the British Columbia Regiment, the 39th Signal Regiment and the 39th Service Battalion can organize a joint exercise once a year to test their interoperability. If possible, involvement of air and naval assets would increase the realism of the exercise. In essence, Reserve units should be encouraged to hold their own “mini-Exercise Maple Resolve.”
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 field exercises this year were unfortunately frustrated by COVID.
We are also heading back to Wainwright for our first real summer concentration exercise in years (Western Sabre) which I see as a step in the right direction.
Personally I'd rather see fewer exercises done right than a poorly attended and resourced one every month during the training year... weekend exercises should not be optional. As I understand it in a US National Guard Unit if you fail to attend a training weekend a warrant is issued for your arrest by the civilian authorities. I get that this would require huge legislative and cultural shifts but it sure would be nice.